Please note this site has financial relationships with American Express and this post may contain affiliate links. Read my Advertiser Disclosure policy here to learn more about my partners.
I used to earn a fair number of United miles via MileagePlus Dining thanks to occasional bonuses and the regular 5 miles per dollar earned at participating restaurants. At some point last year our favorite local restaurant stopped participating in the program, and thus our earning dropped off precipitously (we used them for occasional catering as well as regular meals). We still earned via some places around here we don’t visit quite as frequently, as well as sometimes by accident while traveling, but it doesn’t have near the impact for us that it used to. However, I noticed in recent months I haven’t earned a single mile via the dining programs. I had stopped getting the emails informing me of the miles we earned for eating at participating restaurants even though I had dined at some spots that participate, using credit cards that had historically been registered to the program.
Finally it dawned on me why…the credit cards I used had been issued new account numbers thanks to the Target fraud-a-thon that happened late last year. I had used a couple of the credit cards I have in regular rotation at Target, and so the issuers (such as Chase) had proactively required me to get new account numbers even though no fraud had yet occurred on those accounts. I had updated those credit card numbers with some bills that autopay to the accounts, but I hadn’t thought to update the card numbers with the dining rewards programs…thus I have missed out on some miles.
Today I went in and updated the card numbers so I can go back to earnings a few hundred miles here and there on various meals, but I also noticed I was targeted for 500 bonus miles for dining out once. I don’t know if this is widely targeted, or if perhaps I got it since I haven’t registered a dine in a while, but it is worth checking to see if your account also was offered 500 bonus miles for visiting a participating restaurant between March 24, 2014 – April 10, 2014. It was listed under the bonus tab at the top. I don’t see any minimum amount you are required to spend which is great! I love getting 500 miles for picking up a drink.
Whether you were targeted for that 500 mile offer or not, be sure that the cards you regularly use for dining are registered for a Dining Rewards Network program so you aren’t missing out on any miles!
*This bonus offer is by invitation only for select existing MileagePlus DiningSM members. To qualify, you must have a dining profile and remain opted in to receive emails from MileagePlus Dining with a valid, deliverable email address. A dining profile includes creating a web login and remaining opted in to receive emails from MileagePlus Dining with a valid, deliverable email address. You must also continue to satisfy other Online and/or VIP Member level criteria to earn this bonus.
To earn through this bonus, you must dine at a participating restaurant, bar or club between March 24, 2014 and April 10, 2014. Please note that all dines must occur during a valid reward period and be paid for with a credit or debit card registered with MileagePlus Dining. You may earn this bonus only once. Offer is not combinable with other MileagePlus Dining bonuses. Please allow 4-6 weeks from the date of your qualifying dine for any bonus miles to post to your MileagePlus Dining account. All account inquiries related to this bonus must be received by May 10, 2014.
Please note that some restaurants offer rewards only on certain days of the week or up to a maximum spending amount per month. For complete program Terms and Conditions, guidelines and restrictions, and the latest rewards calendar, visit mpdining.rewardsnetwork.com. Other limitations may apply.