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If you are like me and spend a fair amount of your monthly income on food, then make sure you register for this “Get Ahead Bonus” dining promo through the Rewards Network. With the Rewards Network, you typically earn 3 miles per dollar spent on dining at eligible restaurants when you pay using a registered credit card. Once you have 12 qualified dining transactions in a calendar year, you obtain VIP status and earn 5 miles per dollar on eligible dining transactions. With the current “Get Ahead Bonus” you will earn an additional 2 miles per dollar on top of your regular Rewards Network earnings in the participating airline programs, and 3 points per dollar in the participating hotel programs. More on the participating programs below.
I currently have VIP status with the United MileagePlus Dining program. So, if I go eat at a participating restaurant, I will earn 5 miles per dollar for VIP status + 2 miles per dollar for the “Get Ahead” promotion + 2 more miles per dollar with my Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (since it gives 2x for dining). 9 miles per dollar just for dining out is pretty awesome! I wish I could say I had time to cook at home frequently, but truthfully we eat out a lot. So, 9x on dining will translate to quite a few miles in my household. I’m am fortunate to have a few decent restaurants in my area that participate in the Rewards Network – I know some other locations don’t have quite as many choices.
In order to get the extra 2-3 points per dollar, you have to spend at least $75 at participating restaurants before 3/31/12. You also have to complete reviews on the restaurants you dine at within 30 days of the visit. I have found the reviews to take less than 30 seconds, and I usually do several at a time. Assuming you have at least $75 in eligible dining transactions by 3/31, you then continue to earn the extra 2-3 points per dollar through 4/30/12, assuming you continue to complete reviews. You can earn a maximum of 5,000 bonus points through this promotion.
You do have to register for this bonus first, so here are the relevant registration links:
As with all promotions, there are some terms, conditions, and small print. So, here you go:
To earn this bonus, you must spend $75 or more (including tax and tip) in any combination of dines at participating restaurants, bars or clubs between January 30 and March 31, 2012. Please note that activity that occurred prior to you completing your profile will not be eligible for this bonus. You must also complete your post-dine review for each qualifying dine within 30 days of your visit. In addition, all dines must occur during a valid reward period and be paid for with a credit or debit card registered in Mileage Plan Dining. You may earn 2 Mileage Plan Bonus Miles per $1.00 spent and a maximum of 5,000 bonus miles may be earned with this bonus. Offer is not combinable with other Mileage Plan Dining bonuses. Please allow 4-6 weeks from the date of qualifying dine for any bonus points to post to your Mileage Plan account. All account inquiries related to this bonus must be received by June 30, 2012.
You can only have a credit card associated with one Rewards Network program at a time, but you can have different cards registered in different programs. If you are a new member in one of the programs, make sure to take advantage of new member offers that they often have available as well. Okay, now I’m hungry!
Disclosure: I do receive a commission if you are approved for the Sapphire Preferred card using my link. I also use it myself for virtually all of my dining expenses. Gotta love bonus points just for eating…..now if we could get some bonus points for breathing and sleeping, we would be all set.