Earn Miles for Dining Out
As I mentioned last week, credit card churning is the most common method for accruing miles, but it may not work for everyone depending on the situation of their credit score and uneasiness about credit cards. A more “soft-core” approach is to earn miles for dining out through Rewards Network.
You will need to first register an account with Rewards Network, which manages the dining for miles programs for all of the major U.S. carriers.
During registration, you provide the card number (Debit/Pre-Paid cards work fine) for each card that you register, and Rewards Network securely saves this information to track each dine.
They make it seem as though you can only sign up for one program, but in reality it’s one program per unique card that you register. Although, there have been instances of receiving credit from multiple programs for a single dine! 🙂
Below are the sign-up links for Rewards Dining with American, Delta, United, and US Airways. Incidentally, Continental used to offer a dining program, but shut it down a fear years back. Eehh, oh well–you can still freely transfer miles between United and Continental if you need to.
The links will direct you to the sign-up pages for a specific dining program with each airline. In addition, each of these programs currently has a new member sign-up bonus for registering then spending $25 or more at participating restaurants by December 31, 2012. Currently, Delta has the largest mileage bonus at 1,200 miles, while the other programs are only offering 1,000 miles.
Note: Only a select number of restaurants participate. To find which restaurants participate, use the search toolbar at the top of each Rewards Network dining page.