You want to travel, but with the recession, you want to travel cheap, or travel for free. Here is one way to help. United Airlines offers a non-flight way to earn free Milage Plus points without flying that can add up fast and help get you those last miles you need to get a free flight. Its a dining rewards program called United Mileage Plus Dining.
The best part is that it is really easy and you don’t really have to do anything once you set it up.
Basically, you go to Mileage Rewards Dining website and create a Dining Rewards password to go with your United frequent flyer miles number. Then, you register your credit cards with the dining miles rewards program by entering the credit card number, expiration date, and so on.
Once your credit cards are registered, then you earn miles whenever you eat at a participating United Mileage Plus Dining restaurant if you pay with any of the credit cards you registered. That’s it! It couldn’t be any simpler.
You don’t have to remember a coupon, you don’t have to remember to tell the waiter, or give someone your Mileage Rewards number or anything. It’s all electronic behind the scenes. You pay like normal, and voila, free points in your account. As a double bonus, this has nothing to do with the regular credit card rewards points you are earning. So, for example, if you buy dinner with your Capital One Rewards Credit Card, you still earn Capital One No Hassle Miles for the dinner PLUS the United Miles.
For each dollar you spend, you get one free United frequent flyer mile. But, from now until June 30th, you get double points on the Dining Rewards program so that is 2 free miles per dollar spent eating out at restaurants. Depending on the kind of person you are, this can add up to big points. Eat out twice a week at $40 each and that is 160 miles earned per week without flying anywhere!
If you take clients out for meals, try and setup your meetings at restaurants in the program and you can earn points for those meals too. Pretty soon, you’ll be setting up your free vacation.
There is no cost and no charge to register your credit cards, so I registered every credit card I have. I never even look at the list of participating restaurants. I just go out to eat where I want to eat and just by coincidence hit rewards restaurants all the time.