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Earn Sign-Up Bonuses for Dining Miles Until December 31

Earn Sign-Up Bonuses for Dining Miles Until December 31

Remember when the airlines’ dining-for-miles programs were big?

Big promotions. Big opportunities to add lots of miles to your account. Big excitement.

At the end of 2008, I tallied up my dining miles and found I’d earned more than 25,000 miles for the year — enough for a free ticket.

For reasons best known to Rewards Network — the company that operates the dining miles programs that the airlines brand as their own — the constant stream of offers has slowed to a trickle. And what few offers there are tend to be weak ones.

These sign-up offers for members of several programs are no the exception to the new rule.

Offer Details

With the exception of the Southwest promotion, which has no published end date, all the following offers are in effect through December 31:

  • Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan members who haven’t signed up for Mileage Plan Dining, or who haven’t yet established a dining profile, can earn a 500-mile bonus for, first, enrolling or setting up a profile, and then logging one qualifying dine of $25 or more within 30 days of registering.
  • Delta SkyMiles members who haven’t signed up for US Airways Dining, or who haven’t yet established a dining profile, can earn a 1,000-mile bonus for, first, enrolling or setting up a profile and opting in to receive marketing messages, and then logging one qualifying dine of $25 or more within 45 days of registering.
  • Southwest Rapid Rewards members who haven’t signed up for Rapid Rewards Dining can earn a quarter (0.25) credit bonus for enrolling and then logging one qualifying dine of $25 or more.
  • United Mileage Plus members who haven’t signed up for Mileage Plus Dining, or who haven’t yet established a dining profile, can earn a 1,000-mile bonus for, first, enrolling or setting up a profile, and then logging one qualifying dine of $25 or more within 30 days of registering.
  • US Airways Dividend Miles members who haven’t signed up for US Airways Dining, or who haven’t yet established a dining profile, can earn a 500-mile bonus for, first, enrolling or setting up a profile and opting in to receive marketing messages, and then logging one qualifying dine of $25 or more within 45 days of registering.

Registration is required for all the above bonuses, except Southwest’s.

Deal or No Deal

While no longer a rich source of miles, dining miles still have value, especially if you live in a city that has many program-affiliated restaurants.

So if you’re not earning miles for eating out, you’re missing an opportunity to earn miles for something you’d do in any case. And getting a bonus for signing up is better than the alternative.

Reader Reality Check

Do you participate in the airlines’ dining-for-miles programs?

Has your level of engagement with dining miles changed over the past few years?

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  • J Maxwell

    I used to get several thousand miles a year with these programs, but the downturn has caused dozens of restaurants to leave Rewards Network – I have no idea of the fees, but it obviously costs them something.

    As such, Rewards Network is almost useless now, except to keep miles from expiring. There is now only ONE restaurant in my entire city (a state capitol) which still awards miles for dining.