If you’re earning air miles with Spirit Airlines, did you know 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 10,000 participating restaurants.
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!
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How to Sign Up and Log In
To start earning extra miles, you need to register for an account from the “Sign in” page. Click the “Join Now” button.
If you already have an account, then log in with your details.
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 forms to join using your frequent flyer details.
You’ll need to sign up here if you aren’t a Free Spirit member yet.
The next step is to link a credit card in order 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/change credit cards at any time.
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.
- 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!
There are 10,000 participating bars, clubs, and restaurants, and you can use the program’s search facility to browse restaurants in your chosen city, state, or by zip code. You can also search by restaurant name.
Your restaurant results can be presented in list format or by changing to a map view — which is really handy for checking particular restaurants nearby.
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.
When you visit a restaurant, be sure to pay with your registered credit card, otherwise they 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 6-8 weeks — so if you don’t see them immediately, don’t worry.
At the time this article was published, Spirit was offering 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.
However, a point of comparison: at the time of publication, you could also purchase 1,000 Free Spirit Miles for $27…somewhat cheaper than dining out to reach the minimum spend, but far less enjoyable!
The Free Spirit Dining Program includes over 10,000 participating restaurants 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, FL as an example, there are 298 restaurants within 30 miles of the city center.
Every city has a varying amount of participating restaurants. For example, when this piece was written, Las Vegas had just 61 restaurants listed within 30 miles of the city center, while Jersey City had 796 and Los Angeles had 501.
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!
If you dine out regularly and you like checking out independent restaurants, then it’s definitely worth signing up to 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!