The days are long past where I used to focus on the airline mileage dining programs. They used to be quite lucrative but the payouts have become diluted over the years. They also don’t generally fit my travel patterns. That being said, they still work great for some folks. And, they occasionally have reasonable offers, like the one both American Airlines and United are pimping right now.
American Airlines 500 mile offer:
And, United’s offer:
Notice any similarities? 🙂
You don’t need to register for these offers, just spend $50 at a participating restaurant. You do need to sign up and register your credit cards if you haven’t done that yet, which means you can stack on a 1,000 mile sign-up bonus as well if you’re not already a member.
500 bonus miles is a nice bonus if there’s already somewhere on the list of restaurants you were thinking of visiting. 1,500 miles (if you’re a new registrant) is a healthy bonus for $50 in spend you might have already been considering.
There aren’t enough really good restaurants that are part of the program to justify chasing the VIP levels they advertise. But, occasional opportunities like this beat a sharp stick in the eye.