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The world of dining miles has been a pretty bleak place in recent years. The days of routinely earning 10 miles per $1 spent at thousands of participating restaurants are a happy but distant memory.
Proving perhaps that there’s still some outsized value to be had from dining-miles programs, two airlines now have promotions in place that harken back to the good old days.
Between June 30 and August 15, eligible AAdvantage members who participate in AAdvantage Dining can earn 10,000 bonus miles after eating out 10 times at participating restaurants and spending at least $40 for each meal (including tax and tip). The bonus may be earned only once.
Registration is required.
There’s a similar deal in place with United, but the bonus is 5,000 instead of 10,000 miles.
The offers are nominally targeted, but I’ve heard from several AAdvantage members who received no email notice of the offer and were still able to register. If you participate in the dining miles programs of either American or United, log into your account and click on the “Bonuses” tab. If the offer appears there, you’re good to go.
Deal or No Deal
American’s offer amounts to earning 1,000 bonus miles for each of the 10 qualifying dines. That’s in addition to the three miles per $1 (five miles per $1 for VIP members) normally earned, plus any additional miles earned from a rewards credit card.
Logging ten qualifying dines during the promotion period will be challenging for many, especially those living in areas where participating restaurants are few and far between. One way around that: Purchase restaurants’ gift cards for use at a later time.
Reader Reality Check
American’s promotion combines a high qualification hurdle (10 $40 meals) with a rich reward (10,000 bonus miles). Can you do it?
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