Well over half of miles are issued through non-flying means nowadays, and one of those ways is through dining rewards programs. Rewards Network offers a co-branded dining rewards program in conjunction with the major legacy carriers.
Right now American, Delta, and US Airways are all offering new members 2,000 bonus miles with their first qualifying dine. The qualifying dates vary by airline, though:
- American AAdvantage dining promotion — join by August 30, 2014
- Delta SkyMiles dining promotion — join by June 13, 2014
- US Airways dining promotion — join by December 31, 2014
The above are the dates by which you have to join the program and create a profile, and then you have 30 days to make your first qualifying dine. The process is as follows:
- Join the free dining program
- Spend $30 or more on a single dine (including tax and tip) using your registered card at a participating restaurant, bar or club within 30 days of joining.
- Complete your review within 30 days of dining. (The review link will be emailed to you and takes only a minute to complete.)
- Earn 2,000 bonus miles!
It’s worth noting that you can take advantage of each of these promotions as long as you link different cards to each program. At the end of the day they’re all facilitated by Rewards Network, though the programs are run independently. So as long as you don’t link the same cards to the accounts, this is potentially an easy 6,000 bonus miles.
Is it worth going out of your way to dine at a participating restaurant?
I don’t go out of my way anymore to dine at Rewards Network restaurants. Keep in mind Rewards Network is taking 10-20% of the revenue from the dining transaction for “their” customers, so restaurants have to be pretty desperate to drum up new business in order to participate. Don’t get me wrong, there are some good restaurants that participate, but there are also some pretty crappy ones.
So if I’d dine at one anyway I of course wouldn’t turn down free miles, but I also won’t go to a restaurant just because it’s on the list anymore.