Get Up to 10,500 Bonus Miles Through Airline Dining Rewards Program New Member Bonuses

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If you want to build up your airline rewards program miles but aren't planning to travel in the near future, there's another way to earn bonus miles on something you do every day: eating. Many U.S.-based airlines have dining rewards programs. And most are currently offering bonus miles for signing up as a new member.

Each program is a little different with how to get your bonus miles, but you can get all 10,500 miles without much spending. Considering these are “new member bonuses”, it goes without saying that these promotions are limited to new members. If you already have an account with any of these airlines, you won't be able to get the bonus miles.

Delta SkyMiles Dining Rewards Program: Up to 3,500 Bonus Miles

Delta SkyMiles Dining Program New Member Bonus

Delta allows you to get the bonus miles three times, with an additional bonus for SkyMiles Medallion members.

  • Sign up for the SkyMiles Dining program before December 31, 2021.
  • Link a debit and/or credit card.
  • Spend at least $30 (including tax and tip) in one dine at any participating restaurant, bar, or club within 30 days of joining the program.
  • Pay the check with your linked credit or debit card.
  • Complete an online review.
  • Earn 1,000 bonus miles for your first dine and review. If you're a SkyMiles Medallion member, you'll receive 1,500 bonus miles for your first dine and review.
  • Earn 500 bonus miles after each of your next four dines of over $30 in 30 days. You must complete a review after each of the dines to get the bonus miles.
  • Allow 4-6 weeks for the bonus miles to be posted to your SkyMiles account.

United MileagePlus Dining Rewards Program: Up to 3,000 Bonus Miles

United MileagePlus Dining Program New Member Bonus

  • Sign up for the MileagePlus Dining program before July 16, 2021.
  • Link a debit and/or credit card.
  • Spend at least $25 (including tax and tip) in one dine at any participating restaurant, bar, or club within 30 days of joining the program.
  • Pay the check with your linked credit or debit card.
  • Earn 1,000 bonus miles.
  • MileagePlus Premier members and/or MileagePlus cardmembers (such as the United℠ Explorer Card or United℠ Business Card) will receive VIP status until December 31, 2021 and earn an additional 500 bonus miles, for a total of 1,500 bonus miles on their first visit.
  • Visit up to three more restaurants in your first 30 days as a member, spend at least $25 each time, and receive 500 bonus miles for each visit.
  • Allow 15 days for the bonus miles to be posted to your MileagePlus account.

Alaska Mileage Plan Dining Rewards Program: 1,000 Bonus Miles

Alaska Mileage Plan Dining Program New Member Bonus

The Mileage Plan Dining rewards program is similar to the above two programs. However, you can only earn a bonus on your first dine.

  • Sign up for the Mileage Plan Dining program before July 25, 2021.
  • Link a debit and/or credit card.
  • Spend at least $30 (including tax and tip) in one dine at any participating restaurant, bar, or club within 30 days of joining the program.
  • Pay the check with your linked credit or debit card.
  • Complete an online review.
  • Earn 1,000 bonus miles.

American Airlines AAdvantage Dining Rewards Program: 1,000 Bonus Miles

American Airlines AAdvantage Dining Program New Member Bonus

American Airlines AAdvantage Dining is the easiest offer to get your bonus miles, as you only need to dine once and there's no requirement to leave a review.

  • Sign up for the AAdvantage Dining program before June 25, 2021.
  • Link a debit and/or credit card.
  • Spend at least $25 (including tax and tip) in one dine at any participating restaurant, bar, or club within 30 days of joining the program.
  • Pay the check with your linked credit or debit card.
  • Earn 1,000 bonus miles.

Southwest Rapid Rewards Dining Rewards Program: 1,000 Bonus Points

Southwest Rapid Rewards Dining Program New Member Bonus

The Rapid Rewards Dining rewards program is almost the same as the AAdvantage program, with the addition of leaving an online review.

  • Sign up for the Rapid Rewards Dining program before June 25, 2021.
  • Link a debit and/or credit card.
  • Spend at least $25 (including tax and tip) in one dine at any participating restaurant, bar, or club within 30 days of joining the program.
  • Pay the check with your linked credit or debit card.
  • Complete an online review.
  • Earn 1,000 bonus miles. Miles will be applied to your account within 6 weeks of your meal.

Free Spirit Dining Rewards Program: 1,000 Bonus Points

Free Spirit Dining Program New Member Bonus

The Free Spirit Dining rewards program is similar to Alaska's and Southwest's. However, it ends a month earlier.

  • Sign up for the Free Spirit Dining program before June 25, 2021.
  • Link a debit and/or credit card.
  • Spend at least $30 (including tax and tip) in one dine at any participating restaurant, bar, or club within 30 days of joining the program.
  • Pay the check with your linked credit or debit card.
  • Complete an online review.
  • Earn 1,000 bonus miles.

JetBlue TrueBlue Dining Rewards Program

JetBlue offers its own dining rewards program. But, at this time, it isn't offering a bonus to new members.

General Terms and Conditions for New Member Bonuses

  • Remain opted in to receive emails from the program with a valid, deliverable email address.
  • Some of the participating restaurants only offer bonus miles on certain days of the week, with a limited amount of spending per month, or a limited number of visits, so ensure to check your dining rewards program website for details.
  • These offers may not be combined with other dining program offers.

How Airline Dining Rewards Programs Work

Most of the dining programs work the same way. For each dollar you spend, you'll earn a small multiple of miles — usually around 0.5 miles per dollar. If you opt-in to receive emails from the dining program, you'll earn a lot more miles (typically around 3) per dollar spent. After you complete a set number of transactions in one calendar year, you'll move up to VIP status and start earning 5 miles per dollar spent on your 12th transaction and thereafter.

There are a couple of exceptions. First, American AAdvantage Dining automatically gives you 1 mile per dollar spent (instead of 0.5 mile per dollar spent).

The other notable mention is with Southwest. All miles earned through the Rapid Rewards Dining program count toward earning a Southwest Companion Pass. This is another great way to work toward obtaining one — especially in conjunction with one of the Southwest Rapid Rewards credit cards.

Our Take

Airline dining rewards programs are a great way to earn bonus miles, especially with travel as limited as it is these days. If you aren't already a member of these programs and want to maximize your miles, don't sign up for all of them at once. I'd suggest staggering them each month.

You don't have to use an airline credit card to get these bonuses, but it will help you earn even more miles. Plus, in the case of United, just having a card will boost your mileage bonus.

These new member bonuses are just another way in the long list to rack up your bonus miles and get ready for your next vacation when travel restrictions relax.

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    I know you can’t join two programs at the same time (i.e. Hilton and AA dining), but what about cases where two people have the same credit card number? Can the number be tied to one program for each person or does it get treated as a dupe?

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      Unfortunately, it will be treated as a duplicate. The dining programs only work off of the credit card number.

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    This is good but only for those who do not have an account yet. I wish they would do this for those who already have an account.

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    Does anyone know of similar programs at European airlines?

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    Besides being a great way to tack on some extra points & miles, the dining programs are also a great way to reset the expiration clock on those programs that still have an expiration date like Hilton, AA and Alaskan Airlines.

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    Amazing offer! I especially love that this is great incentive to dine out which will help the restaurants who are suffering in sales. Double win!

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    What about existing members? They need to offer something in todays times.

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    Easy way to earn some extra miles. Unfortunate that they only offers new member bonuses though. Would be nice to some incentives for those that are long time members.

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    Hold up; is this saying that you could get the delta bonus thrice? As in get the bonus, delete login, get the bonus, delete login, and get another bonus again?

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    I wouldn’t mind joining am few of these but as far as I can tell these programs are targeted to US residents only. Is that right? Any programs for international residents at the moment?

    Thanks!

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      JT Genter says:

      Most of the airline dining programs use Rewards Network for the backend – and they’re focused solely on getting U.S. restaurants onboard (at least for now). That’s why it’s only targeted to U.S. residents.

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      This kind of programs are usually offered by airlines in their home turfs to their home market members..

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    I have had a restaurant or two hit without expecting it. With the current uncertainty due to the pandemic, I’d look to the programs where they haven’t ended points expiration dates.

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    There’s gotta be a way to expand dining programs to Canada too!!

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    The link associated with the Spirit program appears to instead actually link to the Southwest program.

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    If you sign up but did not get the bonus before, can you still get the bonus now?

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      The terms generally say something like “This bonus offer is open to all new AAdvantage℠ members who have not yet created a web login and linked a credit and/or debit card.” So, if you’ve earned through the program in the past, you’re probably out of luck,

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    Looks like a great way to rack up some extra miles for when I start traveling again!

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    Great idea for building points throughout the pandemic! I plan to follow these steps. Thanks for posting.

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    I signed up for the AA, DL and UA dining programs years ago. I now just use my CSR wherever I dine

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    I’m a member of the Hilton Dining Program which is pretty good when you reach the VIP level but for 3.000+ bonus points, may have to switch loyalty for a few months.

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    Didn’t know about these programs. Thanks for an easy way to add some extra points to my frequent flyer programs!

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    My understanding is that a given card my only be associated “linked” with only a singular program at a given time. Accordingly, one would have to close an account to switch a particular card to another airline/hotel/shopping plan to take advantage of the bonuses detailed above. Is this indeed the correct interpretation?

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      That’s right that a card can only be linked to 1 account at a time. But thankfully, you don’t have to close the other accounts. Say you start with Delta. After the bonuses post to your account, you can open a United account and link the same card. Doing so will automatically unlink that card from your Delta account. Just make sure that you wait until the bonus posts to your account before switching over.

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    I am a big fan of the dining programs and have all my cards linked to various different ones. I have used it to earn miles but also it has helped me find great restaurants that otherwise I never would have visited. I actually didn’t know that JetBlue participated. I’ll have to sign up for their program but I think I’ll wait to see if they ever have a new member sign up bonus.

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    I’m a big fan of these dining reward programmes. I feel they don’t get the attention and uptake they deserve

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    I gave this a shot last August/September for 3,000 miles with United. The restaurant network is abysmal and nor did they give me the 3,000 miles. I wasn’t gonna fight for it and I stopped using the website to try and find restaurants. I guess my card is still linked if I hit the 1 in a million odds I done at one of the restaurants but I guess this isn’t for me.

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      These programs have been around for years, and the restaurant inventory does change over time, so maybe check in on the network every 6 months or so. You may be pleasantly surprised.

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    Do you know if there are any foreign carriers that have dining programs for their frequent flyer programs outside the US?