Earn Up To 3,000 Bonus Miles With AAdvantage Dining Promo

Nowadays a majority of miles are issued through non-flying means, ranging from credit cards to online shopping portals to airline dining programs.

If you’ve never used a points dining program before, the idea is that you can earn bonus miles for dining, in addition to whatever you’d otherwise earn through your credit card. Restaurants can opt into this, and they pay a percentage of the revenue from a transaction to the dining portal when you dine there. You simply link your credit card of choice, and then when you dine at a participating restaurant you’ll automatically earn bonus miles.

It’s not unusual to see a small bonus for joining a dining program, though at the moment the AAdvantage Dining program has an especially good bonus for anyone who isn’t yet a member.

Through October 31, 2017, the AAdvantage Dining program is offering new members up to 3,000 bonus miles within the first 30 days:

  • Earn 1,500 bonus miles by spending $25 or more on your first participating restaurant visit
  • Earn 500 bonus miles for each of your next three participating restaurant visits of at least $1 each

So you could potentially make a $25 dining purchase, and then subsequently buy three bottles of water, and you’d earn the full bonus. I value AAdvantage miles at ~1.3 cents each, so to me that’s like a return of $39. That means the miles you earn could potentially be worth more than what you spend on food, which is an awesome deal.

Now, do keep in mind that not all restaurants on the list are great. There’s a reason many of the restaurants choose to participate, and are willing to give a sizable chunk of their revenue to a third party.

Most dining portals are run by Rewards Network, and they essentially offer a white label service for airline, which is why most airlines have their own shopping portal. The good news is that you can earn any sort of welcome bonuses with each of them. However, you can only have one credit card linked to one of the programs at a time, so there’s no way to double (or sextuple) dip.

(Tip of the hat to Doctor of Credit)

Comments

  1. The last Rewards Network “bonus” offers in my view were sort of scams. I had a new AA Aviator card as well as a Delta SkyMiles Amex card. I took screenshots of the precise language to get the bonus points, and noted the time frame of when to dine and when the promotional period ended. I dined as instructed, charged the meals as instructed, and wrote the obligatory dining reviews as instructed. I followed up with emails 60+ days after the promotional period expired. Both replies came from the exact same person, yet both replies were sketchy — I should just wait (on one) and re-submit everything on the other. Which of course I did. Still no points. And no further reply from that person. In my view that’s a scam. But how to complain? It was already such a huge waste of time.

    Uhhhhh can I be the only person out there in this situation.

  2. I spent a recent month earning the 3,000 point bonus on Delta, American, and United. That should be 9,000 miles + earned miles-per-dollar.

    FIVE of the nine restaurants I visited did not report my purchases, so I had to submit five requests with images of receipts, dates, and other data.

    This program is really a colossal scam. I can understand a few mistakes, but 5/9 suggests intentional cheating by either the restaurants or Rewards Network. Furthermore, despite my purchases being “captured” for SkyMiles dining, I wasn’t given the reward.

    Though in the end I got all that I had earned, it took significant time and effort, as well as the foresight to know to save receipts and document restaurant visits. This was worth the miles, but barely: I wouldn’t recommend to anyone without patience.

  3. Dang! I’m already signed up for AA’s dining rewards program, so can’t take advantage of this. Perhaps I can get my fiance to sign up, though he never flies American (and rarely flies, period) so it’s not like he’d have much to do with those miles.

  4. I am thoroughly disappointed in AA for the manner in which they have steadily raised mileage reqirements and reduced mileage seats. I recently looked for a flight from JFK to CDG (Paris) and found only BA flights offered with untenable lay-overs and the usual high cost BA taxes. I have about 200K AA miles, but see them as nearly pointless.

  5. I had signed up for the AA dining program, linking my card and all. But after I saw the restaurants to choose from I decided to unenroll. Wonder if I sign up again would it work for me…

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