**CONTEST HAS ENDED – Congrats to Jill from Jill Will Run!**
In late September, we were contacted by idine, a new dining benefits program which was right up our alley. From our point of contact, as well as from their easy navigable website, we learned that idine is a free rewards program for dining out and reviewing restaurants. When you register with the program, you register whatever credit cards you might use while dining out, check out what restaurants participate in your area, and then dine at one of the restaurants. We registered and then went on our whirlwind western roadtrip before heading east for our friends’ beach wedding. We planned to look more into the restaurants participating when we got back. A quick email while at the beach, however, let me know how easy this program is!
As routine readers know, we dined at Sticky Rice in Richmond, VA before heading out to the Outer Banks and we were pleasantly surprised when idine emailed us asking us to review them. When we got home to Las Vegas, we had lunch one day at Pasta Shop Ristorante (one of our favorite local pasta restaurants) and received an email a few days later from idine about our experience. Last but not least, on a recent trip to Virginia, some friends and I met up at a Macaroni Grill for dinner and again I received an email asking for my review. In each of these experiences, I was just living my normal dining out life and I was rewarded for it.
At first I thought using idine might be cumbersome, trying to remember when I dined out and log into the website to review the restaurants. However, between receiving emails (and reminders after a few weeks if I’m slow to get on the site) and having the restaurant on my homepage to review when I log in, as well as a relatively short survey to share my experience with other idiners, I’ve been impressed with the program.
The benefit to its users is that idiners earn back 5% of their credit card bill for each review they write. The more frequently they dine out at idine restaurants, the level of membership increases with a maximum of earning 15% during the year. Once an idiner earns $20 in reward points, idine sends them an American Express giftcard.
When idine contacted us, they offered us a $50 American Express giftcard to dine out and review their program, but we turned that down. You can see how much we dine out anyway and we don’t want our readers to feel we’re swayed in our opinions based on swag. (If we do ever accept swag for ourselves, we will be sure to let you know, and we promise our opinions are always our own.) They did offer, however, a reward for you! A $20 American Express giftcard for you. Not having done a giveaway on Hungry Wanderers before, mostly because none of the offers we received really match out blog genre, we were excited to accept this on behalf of you.
So, what do you have to do to win? The contest will be open until Sunday, November 27th at midnight Pacific time. Entries include the following:
- Check out the participating Las Vegas restaurants (or the restaurants in your own area) and comment here where you would like to try (or if one of your favorite restaurants participates in idine, let us know which one!)
- Sign up for idine and leave us a comment letting us know that you joined
- Link to this blog post via your blog, twitter, or Facebook telling your friends and family about this giveaway and leave us a comment letting us know you did
Good luck! We’re excited to share idine with you