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Yesterday some big end-of-the-year dining bonus offers started going out! The bonus mileage offers seem to go as high as 10,000 bonus American or United miles, so these really are pretty big bonuses, certainly big enough to get my attention.
The offer I was targeted for awards 7,500 bonus United miles for ten eligible dines between November 10 – December 20, 2014. That is a lot of dines at eligible restaurants, but I could find a way to make it work if it weren’t for one likely deal breaking detail that isn’t show on that first screen….
The minimum spend for each dine is $40, including tax and tip. That kills using this offer to pick up a drink or sandwich for lunch, and instead you really have to be eating a big meal out with your family. That would be doable if it were a handful of dines, but I don’t think we will be doing that at eligible restaurants ten times between now and December 20th.
If you wanted to buy gift cards at the restaurants, that could potentially work, but you are still looking at ten $40 gift card purchases, which would only be worth it in a small set of circumstances where you knew you would get the value back out of the gift cards. Be aware that getting the gift cards would also be a process as the terms permit just one bonus qualifying visit per restaurant per day, so you couldn’t just get them all at once. You also must complete a post-dine survey within 30 days of each visit.
These are targeted bonuses, so your offer may be somewhat different. If you are new to dining programs, the United MileagePlus Dining program currently has an offer where you get 2,000 bonus miles for spending at least $30 on your first eligible dine within 30 days.
Did your family get a dining offer you think you will be able to utilize?