Today you’ll learn how to easily earn extra miles for many of your dining purchases for no additional cost or work. It’s called SkyMiles Dining, a program put on by Delta and managed through the Rewards Network.
Delta’s SkyMiles Dining program rewards you for eating out by giving you bonus miles. This article will walk you through exactly how the dining program works and how many miles you can earn.
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How To Join/Log in & Basics of Using the Program
Delta Air Lines‘ dining rewards program requires a separate account from your regular frequent flyer account, but you’ll need a lot of the same information. This includes your SkyMiles number, name, email, and address; you’ll also need to select a username and password.
When you register your account, you need to link a credit card to your profile. Don’t worry, you won’t be charged for anything!
The credit card is required to earn bonus miles. Each time you dine at a participating restaurant using that credit card, you will earn bonus points based on the cost of your meal, including tax and tip!
You don’t need to register your meal afterwards; the miles will be credited automatically. Depending on your membership level, you can earn up to 5 bonus miles per dollar spent.
As a “Member” you’ll earn 1 SkyMile per dollar spent. Become an “Online Member” by opting into emails, and you will earn 3 miles per dollar.
Complete 11 transactions in a year to become a “VIP Member,” where you’ll start to earn 5x SkyMiles from your 12th meal.
There is usually an introductory welcome bonus so you can earn even more miles the first time (or first few times) you dine at a participating restaurant, as long as you complete the requirement in a specific time period.
The current bonus available allows you to earn up to 3,000 miles over the course of your first 3 meals within the first 30 days of signing up.
All meals must be over $30 in order to earn the bonus. The first meal earns 500 bonus SkyMiles, the second earns 1,000, and the third earns 1,500. Completing an online review is required within 30 days of visiting each restaurant in order to earn the bonus.
SkyMiles Medallion Members can earn an extra 500 bonus miles of top of this as they get 1,000 miles for their first visit, making a total of up to 3,500!
This is one of the higher bonuses we have seen from Delta’s dining rewards program, so now would be a great time to join!
As mentioned above, the number of SkyMiles earned doesn’t vary by restaurant. However, you should make sure that the restaurants you dine at are participating in the program.
I searched for participating restaurants near Ann Arbor, MI and the results came back showing 97 restaurants within 30 miles. Most restaurants are small, local establishments rather than chain restaurants.
In addition to local restaurants, there were just a few chain options. Note that not all locations of a chain may be participating, but here are some examples:
- Buca di Beppo
- Edible Arrangements
- Hungry Howie’s Pizza
Using Credit Cards To Earn Extra Points
The points earned through SkyMiles Dining are in addition to any regular credit card points you will earn paying for your meal.
If you are mainly interested in earning Delta SkyMiles, you should consider using a co-branded Delta credit card. You could also use a card that earns American Express Membership Rewards points, which can be transferred to Delta at a 1:1 ratio.
American Express is the sole credit card issuer for Delta Air Lines’ branded products. Below you’ll find a list of cards that earn both Membership Rewards and Delta SkyMiles.
It may also be worth considering credit cards that offer dining as one of their bonus categories so you can earn even more points. Look for cards that have a good welcome bonus if you’ll be getting a new one!
Amex Recommended Cards (Personal)
|The Platinum Card® from American Express - There's currently a welcome bonus of 60,000 points after spending $5,000 in your first 3 months, worth up to $600 towards travel.|
However — you may be eligible for a welcome bonus of up to 125,000 points using the CardMatch Tool.
This is our #1 card for accessing 1,200+ airport lounges worldwide (including Priority Pass). We leverage ~$3,000+ in benefits and perks from the card every year. Terms Apply. For rates and fees of the Amex Platinum Card, click here.
|American Express® Gold Card - We love using this card as it earns 4x points at restaurants worldwide, including takeout and delivery, and 4x points at U.S. supermarkets (up to $25,000 per calendar year; then 1x. Terms Apply). There's no better card in our opinion if you eat out and/or shop at supermarkets regularly; and you'll have access to many benefits and perks.|
With a welcome bonus of 60,000 points after you spend $4,000 in your first 6 months and up to $100 airline fee credit per calendar year, it's a strong choice. For rates and fees of the Amex Gold Card, click here.
Amex Recommended Cards (Business)
|The Business Platinum Card® from American Express - Right now, there's a welcome bonus of up to 75,000 points after you spend $15,000 within the first 3 months. Terms Apply. |
See how we get ~$5,525+ in value per year by leveraging many of the benefits & perks, including access to 1,200+ airport lounges worldwide. For rates & fees of the Business Platinum, click here.
|American Express® Business Gold Card - probably our favorite Amex business card because we earn 4x points across the top 2 select categories that we spend the most money in each month, such as Facebook or Google ads. The 4x points applies to the first $150,000 in combined purchases from these 2 categories each calendar year. After that, you earn 1x. Terms Apply. For rates & fees of the Business Gold Card, click here.|
|The Blue Business® Plus Credit Card from American Express - This card is offering a welcome bonus of up to $300 back to boost your business. You can earn up to $100 in the form of statement credits at each of the following merchants: Dell Technologies, DocuSign or FedEx after you make an eligible purchase on your new Card within the first 3 months of Card Membership. A super simple, no annual fee card that earns you 2x points on any business purchase, up to $50,000 annually. After that, then 1x. Terms Apply. That makes for an easy 100,000 points per year. For rates & fees of the Blue Business Plus, click here.|
Delta SkyMiles Cards
|Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card- use this card to get one free checked bag for you and up to 8 companions on your itinerary, which we see as a "must-have" if you fly Delta regularly. Earn 50,000 bonus miles after you spend $2,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months (expires 10/28/2020). $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $99. Terms Apply. For rates and fees of the Delta Gold card, click here.|
|Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card- Earn 60,000 bonus miles and 5,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months, Offer Expires 10/28/2020.|
Enjoy your first checked bag free on Delta Flights and a lot of other benefits and perks, such as fee credit for Global Entry and TSA PreCheck. The annual fee is $250. For rates and fees of the Delta Platinum card, click here.
Joining SkyMiles Dining and linking a credit card is an easy way to start earning more rewards. You’ll earn miles on dining purchases at participating restaurants with no extra work required.
For rates and fees of the Platinum Card® from American Express, click here.
For rates and fees of the American Express® Gold Card, click here.
For rates and fees of the Business Platinum Card® from American Express, click here.
For rates and fees of the American Express® Business Gold Card, click here.
For rates and fees of the Blue Business® Plus Credit Card from American Express click here.
For rates and fees of the Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card, click here.