Dining for Miles

Dining for Miles

How about earning miles for your morning coffee and bagel or dinner out with friends? Enroll in the dining rewards program for your favorite airline and get up to 5 miles per dollar spent.

Here’s how it works. Sign up for the rewards program and then enter your credit or debit card information in the system’s secured website. Review the list of participating restaurants in your area and go dine.

Make sure to pay for your meal using one of the credit cards you enrolled in the program. Your frequent flyer account will be awarded bonus miles for dining in the restaurant, take out, or even for restaurant gift cards.

Sign-up bonuses are common and range from 1,000 to 3,000 miles. Frequent promotions, like double miles, make these dining programs incredibly lucrative.

Rewards Network handles the dining programs for most major airlines, although Frontier partners with Thanks Again, a network of restaurants and service providers.

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Dining (Rewards Network): earn up to 5 miles per dollar spent

American Airlines AAdvantage Dining Program (Rewards Network): earn up to 5 miles per dollar spent

Delta SkyMiles Dining (Rewards Network): earn up to 5 miles per dollar spent

Frontier Airlines EarlyReturns (Thanks Again): variable earning rate

Southwest Rapid Rewards Dining (Rewards Network): earn up to 3 miles per dollar spent

Spirit Free Spirit Dining (Rewards Network): earn up to 5 miles per dollar spent

United Mileage Plus Dining (Rewards Network): earn up to 5 miles per dollar spent

US Airways Dividend Dining Miles Dining Rewards (Rewards Network): earn up to 5 miles per dollar spent