Earn Up To 10,000 Bonus Miles via Dining Bonuses

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In the last couple days I have gotten multiple emails and seen several posts about some pretty hefty bonus mileage promotions available via several different dining programs.  If you aren’t familiar, multiple airline and hotel programs have dining programs where you can register your credit cards and then earn bonus miles when dining at participating restaurants.  There’s no extra membership cards or paperwork required.  It’s super simple and can be rewarding if there is a participating restaurant you frequent, or even just stumble upon by accident.  I hadn’t received any emails notifying of any bonuses on my account, so I just assumed the offers were targeted and I had been left out this time around.

Well the offers may well be targeted to certain accounts, but when I logged into my United MileagePlus Dining Account this morning and clicked on “bonuses” I saw that there was an offer attached to my account even though I had not seen any email informing me of the bonus.  I have seen various versions of this offer ranging all the way up to 10,000 bonus miles, but here is the version attached to my account.

Register then dine 10 times at participating restaurants, bars or clubs with each dine worth at least $40 between June 30, 2014 and August 15, 2014 and earn 5,000 bonus miles.

5,000 bonus dining miles

I love the idea of 5,000 bonus MileagePlus miles, but it seems unlikely I will dine 10 times at participating restaurants for $40 or more by August 15th.  If I knew I had a big event coming up where I was going to be spending a bunch at a participating restaurants I could buy 10 $40 gift cards at participating restaurants to trigger the bonus (over a period of time – not all in the same day).  However, I don’t have anything like that on the books, so will probably miss out on this bonus, though I am happy to see this return since it’s been a while since I saw very many good dining bonuses for existing members.

New members to United MileagePlus Dining can earn up to 3,000 bonus miles (500 of which don’t even require eating out).

It can’t hurt to log in to your various dining program accounts and check to see if you have any bonuses available – while you are at it check to make sure the credit cards you use to dine out are still up to date so you aren’t accidentally missing out on some pretty easy miles.

What bonuses did you find for your accounts?

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  1. 5k offers are also out there (still requiring 10 dines @ $40+ each). And AAdvantage seems to have the same offers.

    To my knowledge gift card purchases at participating restaurants will count. I plan to test this after work today. If so, it could be worth it to stock up on a variety of gift cards that you know you’ll use later.

    But the big one for me to consider is the 20% bonus on SPG points transferred to AAdvantage and USDM. The 20% bonus is *after* the 5k-per-20k-transferred bump. So every 20k of SPG nets 30k miles in those two programs.

  2. Went through all of our United Accounts. Neither mine nor daughters MileagePlusDining account had any bonus, but the wife’s for some reason had the 10K miles offer. So debating whether to make use of it. With all of the ways to earn AA miles I’ve little use for the AA version, but another 10K United Miles might be useful.

  3. My plan is to purchase $400 of restaurant gift cards with a new credit card, in order to get the 10,000 mile bonus and also to work toward meeting the card’s minimum-spend requirement.

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