There was a time when members of most major airline programs could expect to routinely earn a hefty 10 miles—and sometimes more, with periodic promotions—for every dollar spent at participating Rewards Network restaurants through their programs' miles-for-dining features.
Perhaps such generosity was unsustainable over the long term. In any case, active members—those who complete at least 12 qualifying dines during a calendar year—now earn just five miles per dollar spent, and the opportunities to earn more miles are less frequent, less lucrative, and more demanding.
The current bonus offer, which has just been extended through the end of the year, is a case in point.
This promotion, dubbed "All Double, No Trouble," was scheduled to end on June 30, but has been extended through December 31.
To double the miles or points normally earned for dining, program members must do the following:
- Dine at participating restaurants on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday.
- Charge the meal to a credit card linked to their dining miles account.
- Complete a survey evaluating their dining experience within 30 days.
There's no registration required.
Deal or No Deal
The "No Trouble" part of its catchy name must refer to the no-registration-required aspect of the promotion, because the day-of-the-week and survey stipulations are decidedly troublesome.
Still, if you can schedule qualifying restaurant visits for the beginning of the week, and remember to spend an extra few minutes rating the dining experience, earning up to 10 miles per dollar is among the best payout rates available. And, speaking as a foodie, earning good miles for a good meal is a double delight.
Reader Reality Check
Do you dine for miles in your program?
If not, why not?