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The days of ongoing lucrative dining-for-mile bonuses from most airline and hotel loyalty programs are gone.
In their place is an on-again-off-again grab-bag of bonuses, from a hodgepodge of suppliers, ranging in value from moderately noteworthy to eminently forgettable.
The most recent more-or-less industry-wide offer was five airlines offering various bonuses for newly enrolled dining-miles members, through December 31, 2010. Sign-up bonuses are nice for newbies, but they don’t move the needle for those who already include eating out among their regular mileage-earning routines.
Still, earning frequent flyer miles for dining out—something you’d presumably do even without the added incentive—is among the easiest of the many ways to bolster your loyalty program account balance. Earning the typical five miles per $1 spent at participating restaurants is a better payout than you get through most other program-affiliated companies. And there are the occasional worthwhile offers that make a decent deal a great one.
With that in mind, here are four current miles-for-dining promotions:
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