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Earn points and miles on Father’s Day dining and gifts

Father’s Day may be alarmingly soon if you haven’t recently glanced at a calendar. Father’s Day is June 16 this year, so there’s not much time left to order gifts and secure restaurant reservations.

If you’ve already made all the necessary arrangements, kudos for being better-organized offspring than most of us. But if you’re still at square one, there are some great ways to earn points and miles while purchasing gifts or meals for your dad.

Here are a few strategies to help you get the biggest bang for your bighearted buck.

Related: The best travel gifts to buy for Father’s Day

Earn rewards shopping for gifts


Online shopping portals are one of the most powerful tools in the world of travel rewards and cash back. When you begin your shopping trip with a portal, you will be redirected to the merchant’s website, so your shopping experience will be the same as if you’d started at the merchant’s site — except you’ll earn extra rewards.

Best of all, the rewards you earn via a shopping portal are in addition to the rewards you earn for spending on your credit card.

Related: Beginners guide to airline shopping portals

Here are a handful of good shopping portal deals for potential Father’s Day gifts that are available at the time of publishing.

Bass Pro Shops

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Uncommon Goods


Saks Fifth Avenue

Hugo Boss

Ace Hardware

Since shopping portal offers change frequently, I recommend using a shopping portal aggregator site like Cashback Monitor to compare returns and help determine which portal to use once you decide to purchase your gift from a particular retailer.

Related: Earn bonus miles with these airline shopping portal promotions

Earn rewards for sporting events and concerts


You can purchase tickets to sporting events and concerts from various sites, and they all provide dramatically different return rates. The returns listed below were available at the time of publication.

Vivid Seats



Again, I recommend using a shopping portal aggregator to compare current offers for your desired merchant.

Related: Book and redeem rewards for exclusive events with Capital One’s entertainment platform

Earn rewards for eating out


Whether you intend to brave the crowds for a Father’s Day meal or stay home and order takeout or delivery, make sure you’re using the right credit card to make your purchase. Many rewards cards offer bonus points on dining purchases, such as:

If you have the Chase Freedom Flex℠, don’t forget that restaurants are one of the bonus categories this quarter. Instead of the usual 3% cash back earned on dining, you’ll earn 7% cash back (or 7 points per dollar) through the end of June on up to $1,500 in combined purchases (activation required).

And if your chosen restaurant participates in one of the many airline and hotel dining rewards programs, you can earn even more points or miles by paying with a card linked to your account.

Related: Expert stacking: How I earned $80 in cash back and rewards from 1 dinner

Save with promo codes and credit card offers

Some rewards cards offer targeted statement credits and bonus rewards on everything from retail stores and restaurants to travel and tickets. It’s worth checking them out to see if there are any helpful offers for your upcoming Father’s Day purchases.

You can often use these offers in tandem with a shopping portal, which is a great way to receive an extra layer of savings or bonus rewards.

For example, here are some of my current Chase offers that could come in handy for Father’s Day.


I also have a string of Amex Offers that could help me save money or earn extra points on Father’s Day gifts.


Eligibility for these offers is limited. Enrollment is required in the Amex Offers section of your account before redeeming.

You can also check other apps like DoorDash and Uber Eats, which now deliver many nonfood items. For example, the Office Depot page on DoorDash has items ranging from office chairs to desk lights. Click on the “Deals” page to see what’s on sale.


One thing to note is that you may not always be able to use promotional codes and earn bonus rewards through shopping portals. Sometimes a promotional code will cancel the bonus rewards a shopping portal would otherwise provide. Be sure to read the fine print on the shopping portal before you make your purchase.

Bottom line

There are lots of ways to turn your Father’s Day gift-giving into a springboard for your next vacation. Thanks to online shopping portals, targeted deals like Amex Offers and credit card bonus categories, shopping for gifts and experiences can be more rewarding than you might expect.

Alternatively, if money is tight this year, check out our guide to using points and miles to give gifts with zero out-of-pocket cost.

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