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Maria Hinson
Maria Hinson
Feb 11, 2010

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Did you know that you could earn cash back and rewards when you go out to eat?  Not many people know about dining rewards so I though I would share them with you.  I have been using two free dining reward programs for a couple of years – http://www.opentable.com/ and www.rewardsnetwork.com.  Open Table is a restaurant reservation website that you can earn reservation points that are in turn redeemable for restaurant gift certificates.  Rewards Network is a program in which you choose your reward program such as cash back or airline miles and receive these rewards when you dine at participating restaurants.

Before I go out to eat, I visit the Open Table website to see if the restaurant I am going to is on the website.  If it is, I make the reservation, fulfill it, and get 100 points deposited in my Open Table account.  The first redeemable level is a $20 dining check for 2,000 points or twenty 100 point reservations.  Open Table also has 1,000 point reservations for select restaurants which make it easier to accumulate dining points.

For the Rewards Network program, I chose the cash back program so I earn 5% of the total food bill at participating restaurants.  The reward percentage is debited back on the credit card I paid with.  Since enrolling in the program in 2007, I have had over $100 debited back to my credit card.

There are many other choices for the Rewards Network dining rewards programs such as airline miles, college savings, hotel points, and contributions.  All you have to do to enroll is to register all of your debit and credit cards when you sign up for your account.  Every time you use your credit card at a participating restaurant, the cash back, airline miles, etc. will be deposited into your account.

Dine out and start seeing the rewards today!

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