Back in September United increased the bonus on their dining program to 3,000 bonus miles (1,500 miles for each of your first 2 dines) at participating restaurants in their dining program. About 8 different airlines and hotel loyalty programs have their own branded version of the dining program allowing you to accumulate a ton of extra miles just for going out to eat.
It looks like Delta has followed United’s lead and has now increased the initial bonus for SkyMiles Dining to 2,000 bonus miles after your 1st dining bill of at least $40. All you need to do is enroll in SkyMiles Dining, spend $40 in a single transaction at a participating restaurant and complete your review w/in 30 days of enrolling in the program. Offer good until 12/31/13.
This is higher than the usual bonus of 1,500 that has been offered all year.
IHG Rewards Club has also followed suit with an increase of 2.5x their usual bonus as well! The first part of the year IHG raised their bonus to 2013 in celebration of the new year and then lowered it back down to 1,000 points. However for the rest of 2013 the bonus has been increased to 2,500 which is half the amount need for a hotel stay via PointBreaks! The requirement for the bonus from IHG is same as the previously mentioned steps to earn the Delta bonus.
If you are like me and wouldn’t spend $40 at one dinner, you could consider paying for your friends meals on your card and then have them pay you in cash. You could also potentially buy a gift card for $40 or more at a restaurant that you would normally frequent or for a Christmas gift!
Once you have gotten the bonus for Delta, you can consider moving on to the next bonus from one of the other loyalty programs with a dining program below.
Alaska Airlines – Current offer is 500 miles for new members
American Airlines – Current sign-up bonus of 1,000 miles!
Hilton – Current offer is 1,000 points for new members
Southwest – Current offer is 300 points after first $25 in dining.
US Airways – Current offer is 1,000 miles for new members
United Airlines – Current offer is 1,500 miles for each of your first 2 dines