United is giving away a free 500 MileagePlus miles for simply signing up for their dining program – MileagePlus Dining. The MileagePlus dining program awards you with additional miles when you link your credit card and dine at participating restaurants.
Joining the program is an easy way to earn additional miles for dining out and a double dip opportunity when you link a points earning card as well.
What is the MileagePlus Dining Program?
The MileagePlus dining program awards you United frequent flier miles for dining at participating restaurants in their dining program. When registering for the program you link any credit card which will monitor what restaurants you dine at.
When the program sees that you’ve dined at one of their restaurants you’ll be awarded with 5 miles per dollar spent at the restaurant.
The nice thing about this is that you can double dip your point earning opportunity if you like a point earning credit card. For example say I link my Chase Sapphire Preferred credit which earns 2 points per dollar spent at restaurants. If I spend $100 at a participating restaurant I’ll end up earning 200 Chase Ultimate Rewards points and 500 United MileagePlus miles.
How To Get the Free Points
To get the free 500 miles you have to first have a United MileagePlus frequent flier account. If you don’t have one already you can sign up for a free account here. After you have our MileagePlus account you can sign up for the MileagePlus Dining program at this page.
During the registration process you’ll also need to link a credit card which they will track to see if you dined at one of their participating restaurants. I highly recommend linking a point earning credit card to double dip on the points.
During this promotion for the next month, each time you dine at a restaurant you can earn an additional 500 miles for a maximum of 2500 bonus miles. Not a bad deal if you’ll be dining out anyways, mine as well get some free miles for doing it.
On the dining homepage you’ll see an area at the top where you can enter your zip code to view participating restaurants near you. I did a search for Lake Buena Vista, Fl which turned up about 10 restaurants nearby such as LoneStar Steakhouse, Sea Dog Brewing Company, Singing Sam’s Pizza plus a few others. Doesn’t look like any on-site restaurants are participating right now.
I register all of my credit cards with most of the airline dining programs, usually I’ll see a few bonus miles appear in my account because I’ll end up dining at a restaurant I didn’t even realize was participating. Everything is free about the deal so it’s a no-brainer to sign up and earn a few extra miles!