Earn Really Easy Miles This Year Each And Every Time You Eat!

By now, you should know to pay for all meals with a credit card – and never cash at a restaurant or bar.

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“No, Dad, this round is on me.”

Ideally, paying for the whole table and having the rest of table use Venmo or offer cash back is the best way to maximize point-earning potential.*

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Sardines in Spain.

But, did you know about the third way to earn via the Rewards Network?

Rewards Network is an online dining program that offers bonus airline miles if you dine at a restaurant in the Rewards Network, well, network. Think of it as an OpenTable for airline miles.

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No idea, but tasty at RiFF in Valencia, Spain.

All the big airlines are affiliated and some are offering sign-up bonuses, which I have highlighted below.

Jetblue and Spirit are also affiliates of the Rewards Network, but I couldn’t find any sign-up bonuses online for either program.

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Largest shrimp of my life at Para Pere in Valencia, Spain.

To earn, create a profile in the affiliated airline network of your choosing and then search for one of the 11,000 restaurants in the Rewards Network by entering your zip code or address and then setting a perimeter of how far you wish the engine to search. Then, pick a restaurant you like and have a great time!

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More RiFF. Again, no idea, but delicious.

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Lychee desert at RiFF.

Just wait for the email from Rewards Network confirming your dine which should arrive within a week or so and fill out a 20-second review of the restaurant. The bonus miles are now yours!

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Starting appetizer at RiFF – high-end salted Rice Krispy Treat.

It’s possible to triple-dip, too:

  1. Find a restaurant in the Rewards Network
  2. If that restaurant is on OpenTable, make a reservation (let’s hope it’s a 1,000 point reservation!)
  3. Pay for the meal with a credit card

This way, you can earn OpenTable points, and at least double points or miles. I say at least double because after you dine out between 5-12 times and agree to get some easily-deleted electronic correspondence, you become a VIP member.

Here’s what being a VIP with American gets you:

Print
MEMBERSHIP LEVEL REQUIREMENTS MILEAGE REWARDS BENEFITS
VIP Member
• You elect to receive emails from the AAdvantage Dining® program and provide a valid, deliverable email address.
AND
• You have 12 or more qualified transactions* in the calendar year
5 American Airlines AAdvantage®miles
per dollar spent
• Special VIP-only offers
• More bonuses and benefits
• Exclusive advance communications
Online Member
• You elect to receive emails from the AAdvantage Dining® program and provide a valid, deliverable email address.
3 American Airlines AAdvantage®miles
per dollar spent
• More bonuses and benefits
• Exclusive advance communications
Member
• No online profile
1 American Airlines AAdvantage®mile
per dollar spent
• Periodic bonus opportunities

As you can see, if you had an American Airlines credit card, you would be earning 6 miles for every $1 spent at a restaurant. Plus a minimum of 1,200 OpenTable points. That’s fantastic.

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Goose barnacles. They pop in half like a crab leg.

If you prefer cashback cards, that’s fine, too, and now you can earn miles and get cashback, instead of settling for one or the other!

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Something delicious in Kyoto, Japan.

So, as the year is young, I urge you to find a program that meets your needs and sign up to earn miles for free the easiest way possible!

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The chefs at Kyubey hard at work in Tokyo, Japan.

 

 

 

 

 

*If you are really crazy, look for the tables that are paying cash and ask them if you can pay with a credit card. Or not. That’s probably too insane. Even for me 🙂

 

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