“Sweeten the Deal” Dining Bonus – Earn an Additional 3 Miles Per Dollar

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I belong to several dining programs (who are all operated by the same company) that award miles for each dollar you spend at participating restaurants.  We will earn well over 10,000 miles this year just by participating in dining programs and earning miles for something we would be doing anyway – eatingout .  If you don’t already belong to at least one dining program, I highly recommend you look into it.  Most of the major airlines have a dining program.  You typically earn 3 miles per dollar spent until you have completed 10 dines, at which point you become a “VIP” and earn 5 points per dollar.  There are often new member sign-up bonuses that can net some decent miles up front for completing your initial dines at participating restaurants. I personally use United MileagePlus Dining most frequently myself.

Anyway, I recently received several emails informing me of a current “Sweeten the Deal” promotion that would award 3 additional miles per dollar spent at restaurants that award dining miles if you spend $125 through 12/31/11.  You must register for the promotion with your favorite dining plan program.  I personally saw this offer with United, US Airways, and Southwest, but presume it is available with additional dining programs as well.

You must also review the restaurants you dine at in order to be eligible for the additional 3 miles per dollar.  This sounds time consuming, but it is actually super simple and just takes a few seconds.  Since this promo is capped at 375 miles (for the $125 you spend), it is hardly an earth-shattering promo, but I can just about guarantee I will spend $125 at participating restaurants between now and the end of the year, so it is very little work for the extra miles in my case.  Check your email and/or dining account to see if this deal is available with your preferred dining program!

To learn more about dining programs, check out this or this post.  Bon Appetit!

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  1. The restaurants that come and go in the Rewards Network (at least for Phoenix) are lackluster at best. When I find a gem it will invariably leave the program post haste. I therefore rarely pay attention to dining at program member establishments outside of partner promotions or to keep accounts active.

  2. The surprising thing is that the hotel sponsored dining programs almost never include restaurants at their own hotels.
    So, the Hilton Honors dining program does not include HIlton’s own restaurants.
    I guess they would rather you eat out.

  3. @ArizonaGuy: same here in new orleans but when I find a gem I load up on gift certificates there using the first RN promo I can. remember to keep the quantities in check though as restaurants come and go.

    • Agreed – there are a few restaurants on the program locally that I really do enjoy, but most wouldn’t always be my first choice. In all honestly, when we aren’t in the mood for anything in particular, we do give preference to points earning restaurants even if they aren’t our favorites. Sometimes it just makes deciding where to go to dinner easier. 🙂 I like the gift card recommendation – some of my favorites have left the program as well.

  4. I noticed something interesting about restaurant participation…we have been going to one restaurant for years. I switch my cards from the United, Hilton, AA dining programs based on my needs and promotions. I recently switched over to Southwest Dining and noticed that my favorite restaurant only participated a couple of days a week..and it seemed to changed EVERY WEEK! I was so upset that we dined there for lunch mid week and did not earn miles on Southwest. I checked United and the others and this restaurant was included every day on the other program! So never assume the same restaurant is included every day with each dining program even though the dining program is run by the same company.

  5. I do my best to always live on a budget. I have one Mexican restaurant that is just reasonably close to where I work, and is on my dining programs. They know me now. My order is always very simple; and they know I’ll leave a cash tip of 20%.
    This is what makes it reasonable for me to participate in a dining program.

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