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Bilt Dining Comes to Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C,
  • Bilt Dining has come to the Washington, D.C., area.
  • The innovative program allows you to earn rewards points for eating out.
  • There are dozens of participating places, including several Michelin restaurants.

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Washington, D.C., is more than the most powerful city in the world.  It’s also a great place for foodies — with classic and creative options ranging from high-end Michelin restaurants to authentic ethnic hot spots.  Having lived in the Washington area off and on since college, I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to enjoy many of them.

And the D.C. dining scene just got even better.  Bilt Dining arrived in the Washington, D.C., area last month.  It’s a new program that lets you earn rewards points at restaurants; the points can be redeemed for travel and other things.

Bilt is an innovative rewards program.  Its Mastercard belongs in the wallet of almost anyone who travels.  That’s because of its unique blend of benefits.

The card pays:

Bilt celebrates “Rent Day” — the first of each month — with double points on non-rent spending, opportunities to earn bonus points through things like trivia games, and sometimes benefits like elite status with one of its partners.

Points are transferrable to several travel partners.  The Bilt Mastercard is the only major card whose points transfer to American Airlines’ AAdvantage program.  Bilt’s other airline partners are:  Aer Lingus, Air Canada, AirFrance/KLM, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Hawaiian Airlines, Iberia, Turkish Airlines, United, and Virgin Atlantic.  Its hotel partners are Hyatt and IHG.

There is no annual fee, but you must use the card at least five times per billing period in order to earn points.  The card is issued by Wells Fargo.

With Bilt Dining, you can actually earn up to 16 points/dollar at participating restaurants.  If you use your Bilt Mastercard, you’ll earn up to 10 points/dollar via Bilt Dining as well as the 3x points for using the card.  And if you use the card on Rent Day, you earn 6x points, plus the up-to-10 Bilt Dining points — for a whopping 16 points/dollar.

But you don’t even have to use the Bilt Mastercard.  You’ll still earn up to 10 points/dollar when using any registered credit card at a participating restaurant.  So if you want to link a foodie favorite like Capital One’s Savor, you can, and you’ll still earn the up-to-10 points/dollar from Bilt plus the 4 percent cash-back from Capital One.

There are dozens of participating restaurants in Washington, as well as in northern Virginia and southern Maryland:


Adams Morgan



Capitol Hill

Capitol Riverfront


Columbia Heights


Dupont Circle

Foggy Bottom


Logan Circle

Mount Vernon Square


Penn Quarter


SouthWest Waterfront

Upper NorthWest

West End





Old Town Alexandria

Outside the Beltway


Continue your adventure in Washington, D.C.

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