Get up to 1,500 United Miles with Dining Program

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Today I saw an offer on the United website that was higher than the regular offer for joining the United MileagePlus Dining program.  The offer was for 1,500 United miles for joining the United MileagePlus Dining program and spending at least $50 (including tax and tip) at a participating restaurant within 30 days or registering (but no later than 12/31/12) and then completing an online review.  The offer does state that you must have the MileagePlus credit card to get the bonus.  People without a MileagePlus credit card can still register for the regular 1,000 mile new member bonus.  There is no fee for joining the dining program.

If you aren’t familiar with the Dining Rewards Network, you register one (or more) of your credit cards with the program and then use that card to pay for dinner at a participating restaurant.  Some parts of the country have more restaurant choices than others, but there are a few pretty good options where I live.  You then earn 3 or 5 miles per dollar depending on whether you are a “VIP member” (which you can reach when you have 11 “dines”).  This is in addition to the miles or points you regularly earn by paying with your credit card.  You can register with various dining programs with the different hotels and airlines, but each card can only be registered with one program at a time.

I’ll earn close to 10,000 miles in the dining program this year just by following my regular dining patterns, so it is possible for the miles to add up pretty easily.  Even if you only ever earn the initial sign-up bonus, it can still be a pretty good deal if there is a participating restaurant you like either in your hometown or in a city you plan to visit.

Here are the terms and conditions for the deal:

This bonus offer is open to new MileagePlus DiningSM members or existing members without a dining profile at the time of registration. A dining profile includes creating a web login and opting in and remaining opted in to receive emails from MileagePlus Dining with a valid, deliverable email address. To qualify, your profile must originate through one of the “Join Now” links on this page. You must register by December 31, 2012 to qualify for this bonus. You must continue to satisfy other Online and/or VIP Member level criteria to earn this bonus.

To earn this bonus, you must spend at least $50 (including tax and tip) in one dine at a participating restaurant, bar or club within 30 days of registering for the bonus, but no later than December 31, 2012. You must also complete your post-dine review within 30 days of your dine. Please note that activity that occurred prior to registration will not be eligible for this bonus. In addition, the dine must occur during a valid reward period and be paid for with a credit or debit card registered in MileagePlus Dining. A maximum of 1,500 bonus award miles may be earned with this bonus. Offer is not combinable with other MileagePlus Dining bonuses. Please allow 4-6 weeks from the date of your dine for any bonus award miles to post to your MileagePlus account. All account inquiries related to this bonus must be received by March 31, 2013.

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  1. What if I go to the register and buy a $50 gift card and then use it later or sell it online. Would I earn the 1500 united points.

  2. MP, quick Q, what kinda dining establishments are part of this program? Tried looking around the site briefly (without signing up) to get an idea if I ever eat there to make this worthwhile. Does fast food count or even franchised restaurants or just specific one-off/local eateries etc? thanks.

  3. These dining programs are one of the most underrated ways of getting airline miles . . . if you have a lot of participating restaurants near you. I’ve found 2 restaurants on the list that I frequent, so I only get a couple hundred points a year, and thats if I remember to use the correct credit card.

  4. Linda, there is a link in the post for those who don’t have a United credit card.
    @Ali, it is so varied. There are mom and pop places, there are chains like Macaroni Grill, and I have even seen some fast food places in some cities.
    @Andrew, true it totally depends where you are/where you visit. I am lucky that I have restaurants nearby that I love on the plan. One I even have used for catering a few times.

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