How to Use Spirit Airlines’ Free Spirit Dining Program to Earn More Miles

Free Spirit Dining Program

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If you’re earning miles with Spirit Airlines, did you know that you can earn them even when you’re dining out? Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it?

Just join the Free Spirit Dining program, and you can start eating your way to extra miles with over 11,000 participating restaurants, bars, and clubs.

This article will guide you through setting up and making the most from your account so you can start planning your next meal out right away!

How to Sign up and Log In

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Sign up to the Free Spirit Dining program today. Image Credit: Free Spirit Dining

To start earning extra miles, you need to register for an account at freespiritdining.com. Click the Join Now button.

If you already have an account, then log in with your details.

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Log in or sign up for membership. Image Credit: Free Spirit Dining

If you have a Free Spirit account with Spirit Airlines already but haven’t signed up to the dining program, then you’ll still need to fill out the form to join using your frequent flyer details.

You’ll need to sign up here if you aren’t a Free Spirit member yet.

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Register your details. Image Credit: Free Spirit Dining

The next step is to link a credit card to complete your registration. There’s no fee for joining; this is just how they will track your dining experience and credit your miles. You can add or change credit cards at any time.

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Link a credit card to your account. Image Credit: Free Spirit Dining

You don’t have to log in to view participating restaurants, so you can browse before joining if you want.

Basics of Using the Program

There are 3 membership tiers for the Free Spirit Dining program, each with different earning levels.

FREE Spirit Dining Program Membership Levels
There are 3 tiers of membership with varying point-earning levels. Image Credit: Free Spirit Dining
  • Standard members receive just 1 mile per $2 spent and will benefit from bonus opportunities periodically.
  • Online Members receive 3 miles per $1 spent, and it’s really easy to climb to this tier — you just have to sign up to receive emails from the Free Spirit Dining program.
  • VIP Members receive 5 miles per $1 spent. To be eligible for this tier status, you must consent to receive emails and have completed 11 qualifying dining transactions in a calendar year. On your 12th meal, you’ll begin receiving 5 miles per $1!
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Earning is simple. Image Credit: Free Spirit Dining

There are over 11,000 participating bars, clubs, and restaurants, and you can use the program’s search engine to browse restaurants in your chosen city, state, or zip code. You can also search by restaurant name.

In list format, you’ll be presented with information such as the restaurant’s member rating taken from reviews, average entree price, and what days you can dine and collect miles.

Hot Tip: You can sort your list by any of these headings. For example, if you have a dining budget or you’re only interested in well-reviewed restaurants, choose to see those options first.

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View results in a sortable list view. Image Credit: Free Spirit Dining

Your restaurant results can be presented in a list format or by changing to a map view, which is really handy for checking particular restaurants nearby.

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View results in map format. Image Credit: Free Spirit Dining

When you visit a restaurant, be sure to pay with your registered credit card, otherwise, Spirit will not be able to track the visit and award the miles to your account.

You’ll earn bonus points based on your membership tier and the total cost of your meal, including tax and tip.

Hot Tip: You’ll accrue the points at the same rate for any participating restaurant, so hit up that fine dining establishment or grab some cheap takeout!

After your dining experience, miles earned should appear in your Free Spirit Dining account within 5 days. However, it could take up to 6 to 8 weeks — so if you don’t see them immediately, don’t worry.

Intro Bonus

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Earn 1,000 bonus points in the first 30 days. Image Credit: Free Spirit Dining

At the time this article was published, Spirit offered 1,000 extra bonus miles for new members who spend $30 in the first 30 days. You’ll need to pay with your registered credit card and review your experience within 30 days of the visit to qualify for the extra miles.

Example Restaurants

The Free Spirit Dining program includes over 11,000 participating restaurants, bars, and clubs across the U.S.

We found that most of the participating restaurants are small independent restaurants rather than chains, so if you like trying a new restaurant regularly, this could be the program for you.

When searching for Miami, as an example, there are 397 restaurants within 30 miles of the city center.

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Restaurant detail. Image Credit: Free Spirit Dining

Every city has a varying amount of participating restaurants. For example, when this piece was written, Las Vegas had just 81 restaurants listed within 30 miles of the city center, while Jersey City had 1,007, and Los Angeles had 576.

While most participating restaurants are independent establishments, double-check the address listed. If you are looking at a chain restaurant, not all chains may be participating in the program.

Final Thoughts

If you dine out regularly and you like checking out independent restaurants, then it’s definitely worth signing up for the Free Spirit Dining program.

You can use it as a resource to check reviews on great restaurants and benefit from extra valuable miles at the same time.


Frequently asked questions

What is Free Spirit Dining?

The Free Spirit Dining program gives Free Spirit members the opportunity to earn more bonus points by dining out at over 11,000 participating restaurants. Members link a credit card to their account and can earn 1 to 5 points per dollar spent.

How many points do you earn with Free Spirit Dining?

Basic members earn 1 mile per $2 spent if you choose not to sign up to emails from Free Spirit Dining.

Select members earn 3 miles per $1 spent if you choose to sign up to emails from Free Spirit Dining.

VIP members earn 5 miles per $1 spent if you choose to sign up to emails from Free Spirit Dining and have completed 11 qualified purchases in the calendar year.

Is there a Free Spirit Dining bonus?

Spirit occasionally runs a bonus, where new members that sign up to the program earn 1,000 bonus miles when they dine out (minimum $30 spend) and leave a review within 30 days.

How much does it cost to join Free Spirit Dining?

There is no fee for signing up for the Free Spirit Dining program. To register, you need to provide your name, address, phone number, email, and a credit card that you will use for payment in restaurants.

When do Free Spirit miles get added to my account after dining?

Miles will appear in your Free Spirit Dining program usually within 5 days of dining at a restaurant. Miles will then be displayed in your Free Spirit account 6 to 8 weeks after the transaction.

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