Blog Giveaway: $200 in OpenTable Gift Cards

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Giveaway time!  We’re always happy to surprise random readers with prizes.  I hope you win!  This week we’re giving away $200 in OpenTable gift cards.

Blog Giveaway 200 In OpenTable Gift Cards

Your Next Meal Could Be on Me!

With OpenTable you can make online reservations at over 31,000 restaurants around the world for free.  And you can earn OpenTable rewards points, which can be redeemed for dining cheques that are good at any OpenTable restaurant.

If you find a restaurant that is also included in the Rewards Network program, this is a great opportunity for triple-dipping!  You can get OpenTable points, up to 5X airline or hotel points from Rewards Network, and use your Chase Sapphire Preferred card get 2X Chase Ultimate Rewards per dollar.

You could also use your Chase Freedom card and get 5X Ultimate Rewards points when restaurants qualify for the quarterly spending bonus.

How to Enter:

1.   Leave a Comment 

Please leave ONE comment telling me how you choose restaurants when you’re traveling.

I’ll pick 1 commenter who will win a $100 OpenTable gift card after the drawing closes at 9:00 pm Central Time on Saturday, October 11, 2014 (today).

2.   Tweet

Follow Million Mile Secrets on twitter, and tweet ONCE to @MilMileSecrets and tell me how you choose restaurants when you’re traveling.  You have to follow @MilMileSecrets to be eligible.

Don’t forget to include the hashtag “MMSOpenTableGiveaway”

I’ll pick 1 tweeter who will win another $100 OpenTable gift card after the drawing closes at 9:00 pm Central Time on October 11, 2014 (today).

Good luck!

Fine Print:  The prizes are worth up to $200.  I make the final determinations for the giveaway and there’s no appeal in the Million Mile Court.  I’m not receiving compensation from OpenTable and I’m giving away OpenTable gift cards, so please don’t make this hard for me!

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253 responses to “Blog Giveaway: $200 in OpenTable Gift Cards

  1. It all depends what I am in the mood for. I usually go to and search on their search engine. The good thing about it is that it lets you filter by $$, type of food and rating.

  2. I use Open Table reviews and guidebooks.

  3. boshappyflyer

    I look at the menu posted outside to make sure I like some of the food. Then I would look in to see that the ambiance seems ok (no one in restaurants) and the place seems clean and well kept.

  4. I ask locals.

  5. I like to walk around and explore

  6. I use lots of sources – guidebooks, TripAdvisor, internet searches, blog posts, newspaper travel articles and travel magazines ( have subscription to 4 and clip and save tons), OpenTable,, and recommendations from friends – and make a list before the trip. Then I also ask locals I meet while traveling, hotel staff (not just the concierge). Lots of times we end up using suggestions from locals and my list goes out the window! On a recent trip to Washington, DC, Open Table was useful because it helped us get a restaurant reservation in Alexandria on a very crowded Saturday night.

  7. i look at Purewow and eater in the cities i visit– if they have a section or look at food and wine and wine spectator recommendations

  8. I ask the internet, friends, and locals. I’ve gotten fantastic restaurant recommendations from people in bakeries and specialty food shops!

  9. I use Yelp to find highly rated, inexpensive, and vegetarian friendly places.

  10. I’m old fashioned. I walk around til I find one that looks good.

  11. I use yelp/urbanspoon or I ask locals. Sometimes I’ll just wander around and try a place that looks good!

  12. I try to triple dip.. use yelp to find a good restaurant and then go to open table, look for 1,000 point table and pay the bill using credit card who gives me most reward (csp or barclay or freedom when it’s 5%)

  13. Shelley Lacroix

    We usually ask a hotel concierge or look online at reviews. Sometimes we get lucky and find good deals at or a local restaurant promotion website. We try to get a good meal cheap!

  14. The best way to choose restaurants when traveling is through recommendations of friends or locals!

  15. YELP or ask someone who looks local – but NOT any of the hotel staff because, well just because.

  16. I use Eater Los Angeles to find out about new restaurant openings or hidden gems nearby!

  17. I ask friends and family who have traveled to that area where a good place to eat is.

  18. Being Jewish I have to find restaurants that adhere to my religious needs and open table helps me do that. I was able to make a reservation for my one year wedding anniversary on October 27th on open table to a very well known kosher restaurant in manhattan.

  19. I scope out the neighborhood and ask locals for suggestions.

  20. If I know a local I start there, if not I usually wander around looking for places that are a bit away from the tourists and have a lot of locals inside. I used to use reviews, but that never really panned out any better than random picks on my own, and I enjoy the hunt.

  21. I use yelp a lot when I travel. I also call friends and family who have been to the place and ask for recommendations.

  22. I go with locals’ recommendations!

  23. I use Yelp. Always been pleased with the results!

  24. I ask the front desk for advice and maybe some people who seem happy who are walking into the hotel!

  25. Love open table and MMS! Thanks Darius.

  26. I usually look for places that have been on the Diners Drive inn’s and Dives show !!!!

  27. I always check to find places have been featured on TV! I also use Tripadvisor & Yelp regularly, especially if we are looking for something close to where we are staying!

  28. When we are traveling I usually do extensive research on urbanspoon and yelp.

  29. We usually look for good options that are not available at home and that I have read about on Travel & Leisure, etc – sometimes we use Urbanspoon and TripAdvisor… typically we plan well ahead.

  30. The Tripadvisor app! Thank you!

  31. I use tripadvisor to find restaurants when traveling. Typically I look for something in the top 30

  32. I use yelp to find a good restaurant while traveling. When we get there it also has to look fun!

  33. I like to look up reviews online to find the best restaurants

  34. I do significant research ahead of time, looking at what I call “food porn” (menus) in advance so that I can have everything set in my mind.

  35. Yelp, Tripadvisor, Opentable are all very helfull in choosing restaurants when traveling.

  36. My husband and I are vegetarians and I don’t eat cheese or eggs, he eats some dairy, so we try and choose vegetarian/vegan places or places that are veg friendly.

  37. I use all the time in USA.

  38. We use yelp, guidebooks, and eyeing the place to make sure people are eating there.

  39. Pretty much just yelp reviews

  40. I use yelp and other online reviews before choosing the restaurants although it is a hit or miss sometimes.

  41. Ask my local friends! I’ve got a lot of job interviews coming up and have been planning out some restaurants to go to like Ivar’s Salmon house in Seattle.

  42. Talk to locals , tripadvisor and online research. Then we get there, walk around and throw away the research and just go somewhere that looks good.

  43. I like to use Eater and Yelp.

  44. I select a restaurant when I am traveling that is conveniently located, and is reasonably well rated for both the food and the noise level. The noise level is critical, because typically I am meeting with a client or prospective client, and if we are not conversing in a comfortable low-noise environment, I am unlikely to get or keep their business, or at least enjoy the conversation. A noisy restaurant is not compatible with networking or business conversations.

  45. Fogo de Chão is also included in the Rewards Network program!! Will make the reservation using OpenTable and pay the bill with my Chase Hyatt visa. 🙂

  46. yelp & tripadvisor

  47. Ask locals and hotel concierge.

  48. From yelp and friends

  49. when traveling, i rely on Yelp

  50. I research online typically tripadvisor and also talk to local people to get their opinions

  51. I pick my restaurants based on what will give me extra points with other rewards programs.

  52. I normally refer to either tripadvisor or Yelp. I also take consideration of extra points with dining rewards program for a tie breaker.

  53. I lookup Tripadvisor for places and yelp and other local sites for food