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Probably like most of you, I have received lots of emails from US Airways related to the merger with American Airlines. With all of the emails that have come in recent weeks it is easy to overlook one or two, but there was one that stood out to me because it represented potential missed miles if I didn’t act in time.
Many years ago I joined the US Airways Dividend Miles Dining program in order to earn miles in the US Airways Grand Slam promo (may it rest in peace). I haven’t used their dining program in a long time as I now focus my dining via the United MileagePlus Dining plan, but the email I received informed me that I would be transitioned into the AAdvantage Dining program in the next 30 days.
For some people that may sound fine, but to me that sounds like I will be losing out on the chance to get in on the new customer bonus for the AAdvantage Dining program, and that wasn’t a good deal to me.
I wasn’t 100% sure if I had joined the AAdvntage Dining program in the past or not, but I went ahead and tried to register as a new customer and it worked! This means I can earn the 2,000 mile new customer bonus by doing the following activities.
- Earn 1,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles on your first participating restaurant visit.
- Earn 500 AAdvantage bonus miles each time you dine at a participating location within your first 30 days – up to two times, for a grand total of 2,000 AAdvantage bonus miles.
- Spend at least $30 (including tax and tip) on each check. Within 30 days of any visit, you must also complete a post–dine survey of the restaurant, bar, or club. Please note that all checks must be paid for with a credit or debit card registered with the AAdvantage Dining program at the time of the visit.
With the dining programs, you just register your credit card number and then there are no extra cards to use when you dine out in order to earn miles. If possible, be sure to register a card that earns a bonus on eating out at restaurants such as the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card since the points from your credit card will be earned in addition to the miles from the dining program.
In general the dining programs have not been as rewarding for me in recent years as they used to be due to limited participating restaurants and less frequent/attainable bonuses, but I’m still happy to get a relatively easy 2,000 bonus miles for a little extra work on my part instead of just letting my US Airways Dining account become an AAdvantage Dining account.
If you are in a similar situation be sure to not miss out on 2,000 relatively easy American Airlines miles!
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