Our guide shows you how to get more Mileage Plan miles out of the Alaska Mileage Plan Dining program.
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While some of the largest carriers in the in the United States have changed their frequent flyer programs to offer miles based on ticket price, Alaska’s Mileage Plan program continues to reward its customers based on miles flown. Alaska also partners with 16 different airlines, including American, British Airways and Qantas, allowing you to go quite far when you redeem your miles.
But in addition to offering you generous miles for the flights you take, you’ll also earn miles on the ground by using the Mileage Plan Dining program.
What is Alaska Mileage Plan Dining?
Alaska Mileage Plan Dining is a dining rewards program powered by a company called Rewards Network. Members of the Alaska Mileage Plan frequent flyer program can join Mileage Plan Dining for free by going to the Mileage Plan Dining page to sign up.
When you pay for your meal at a participating restaurant using your registered credit or debit card, you’ll earn Mileage Plan miles. The number of miles you earn will vary based on the restaurant and the day of the week and may be boosted by a special promotion. You can earn up to 5 miles per dollar, depening on your level of status on the program. The miles that you earn through the Alaska Mileage Plan Dining program stack on top of any rewards offered by your credit card.
To receive the miles, you aren’t required to do anything when you dine. Your waiter and the other diners at your table won’t realize that you are earning miles from this program.
How to join Alaska Mileage Plan Dining
- To join Alaska Mileage Plan Dining, you need to first create an account by providing your name, address, phone number and email at this page on their website.
- You’ll then have to register your credit or debit cards that you plan to use at participating restaurants.
- Once complete, you can immediately start earning Alaska Mileage Plan miles when make purchases at participating locations.
How to use the Alaska Mileage Plan Dining program
After you’ve registered your credit or debit card, you don’t need to do anything to earn miles with this program the next time you visit a participating location. You’ll need to make sure you dine at a participating restaurant by searching the directory at the Alaska Mileage Plan Dining website. You can search for participating restaurants by city, state or ZIP code or by name.
Also, you need to make sure you use a registered credit or debit card to pay for your meal. That’s all the work you have to do — your frequent flyer miles should automatically be credited to your account within six to eight weeks.
How many miles can you earn with Mileage Plan Dining?
The rate of miles that you earn depends on your level of activity and whether you opt in to receive emails through the program:
|If you don’t opt in to receive emails||1 mile per $2|
|If you opt in to receive emails||3 miles per $1|
|If you opt in to receive emails and complete 11 qualified transactions in a calendar year||5 miles per $1|
How to maximize the Alaska Mileage Plan Dining program
- Make sure you opt in to marketing emails. To earn the most rewards from the Alaska Mileage Plan Dining program, you have to opt in to receive their marketing emails. Otherwise, you’ll only earn a half of a mile for every dollar spent. As soon as you opt in to email, your earning rate rises to 3 miles per dollar spent at eligible restaurants. Better yet, you’ll earn 5 miles per dollar spent if you opt in to email and complete 11 qualifying transactions in a calendar year.
- Search for qualifying restaurants in your area. The next most important thing you can do is figure out which restaurants qualify in your area. If you stick to eating at those restaurants, then you’ll quickly reach VIP status and start earning 5 miles per dollar. Take your friends, and clients to these restaurants and use them to host company functions.
- Put your friends’ meals on your credit card. When going out as a group, offer to charge the bill to your card and have your friends reimburse you in cash or some other way.
- Earn miles when you travel. Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, you can turn each meal into a chance to earn miles. Use the Mileage Plan Dining site to find restaurants near where you are staying.
- Scan your email for promotions. Finally, you should keep an eye on the promotional emails from the Alaska Mileage Plan Dining program. You can significantly boost your mileage by earning bonus miles for reaching a certain threshold in a particular month or by dining a certain number of times throughout the year.
Alaska Mileage Plan Dining sign-up bonus
New Alaska Mileage Plan Dining program members can earn 1,000 bonus miles in their account’s first 30 days. All they have to do is spend $30 or more at a qualifying restaurant.
What are the best credit cards to use with Alaska Mileage Plan Dining?
You will earn the same number of miles no matter which credit card or debit card that you use, and you can use any credit card or debit card that falls within the American Express, Visa, Mastercard or Discover networks, but some cards are better than others.
Since your credit card rewards stack with the rewards that you earn with Alaska Mileage Plan Dining, you should choose try to link your rewards cards to your account — especially cards that offer a bonus on restaurant purchases. Here are some credit cards that offer bonus rewards when dining out:
|Credit Card||Rewards for Dining||Annual Fee|
|Chase Sapphire Reserve||3x points||$450|
|Chase Sapphire Preferred Card||2x points||$95|
|Uber Visa||4% cash back||$0|
|Capital One Savor||4% cash back||$95, $0 first year|
|Citi ThankYou Preferred||2x points||$0|
|Citi ThankYou Premier||2x points||$95, $0 first year|
|Citi Prestige||2x points||$450|
|Discover it chrome||2% cash back (on up to $1,000 combined gas and restaurant spending per quarter, then 1%)||$0|
Eligible Alaska Mileage Plan Dining restaurants
Since the restaurants that participate in the Alaska Mileage Plan Dining program vary by location, you’ll need to visit the the Alaska Mileage Plan Dining program website to find out which restaurants qualify in your area. While the majority of restaurants on the list are independently operated or are regional chains, there are a few national chains in the list, including the following:
- Jack in the Box
- Buca di Beppo
- Brio Tuscan Grille
- Souper Salad
- Fogo de Chao