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Dining programs are one way that you can get miles.  Most of the major programs have them, and you can link your credit cards to the account and if you dine at a participating restaurant, you can earn bonus frequent flyer miles in the program of your choice. Unfortunately they are all run by the same company, so you can’t link the same card to every different program and double (or triple or quadruple) dip.

Personally I do not really participate in these because part of our budget for our family of 8 people means that we very rarely dine out at restaurants.  Still though, signing up for the program is worth doing regardless since it’s just 1000 bonus miles for doing nothing.

(SEE ALSO: How I eat for less than $1 / meal)

1000 United miles for signing up plus 500 miles per visit

Today’s deal is for United miles.  They are offering a bonus through April 30th where you earn 1000 miles by signing up (normal bonus is for 500 miles).  It should go without saying that you can only get the bonus if you’re not already a MileagePlus Dining member.


You can also earn 500 bonus miles on your first five restaurant visits.

Here is the terms and conditions – you can view the full details here.

This bonus offer is open to all new MileagePlus DiningSM members without a dining profile. To qualify, you must create a dining profile by April 10, 2016, including creating a web login, and remain opted in to receive emails from MileagePlus Dining with a valid, deliverable email address. You must also continue to satisfy other Online/VIP level criteria to earn this bonus.

Upon creating your dining profile, you will earn 500 bonus award miles. Plus you will earn an additional 500 bonus miles, for a total of 1,000 bonus miles, when you create your dining profile between March 1, 2016 and April 10, 2016.

To earn each additional 500 bonus miles (up to 2,500 bonus miles), you must dine within 30 days of creating their dining profile at any participating restaurant, bar, or club and spend at least $25 (including tax and tip) on your check. All restaurant visits must be completed by May 10, 2016 at 11:59 pm Eastern time to qualify for this promotion. Limit one bonus–qualifying visit per restaurant per day. Please note that all checks must be paid for with a credit or debit card registered with MileagePlus Dining at the time of the visit. You may earn this additional bonus amount five times for a maximum amount of 3,500 bonus miles (initial 1,000 bonus miles plus 2,500 bonus miles).

Good luck and happy traveling!

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