The AAdvantage Shopping Portal is offering 35 AAdvantage miles per dollar spent at ebags.com, compared to the usual seven miles per dollar spent. This has the potential to be extremely lucrative since ebags.com sells a huge variety of luggage, bags, etc., mostly at very competitive prices.
I value AAdvantage miles at 1.8 cents each, so to me that’s like getting back 63 cents for every dollar spent at ebags.com. You don’t actually have to use a Citi AAdvantage credit card as long as you go through the portal, so you can use another more rewarding credit card for the purchase while still earning 35 AAdvantage miles per dollar spent.
Ebags.com carries most major luggage brands, including many Tumi products, and ground shipping is free within the US for orders over $25. Their prices are competitive with other retailers, and in many states you don’t have to pay sales tax when making purchases through them, so they can end up being even cheaper.
In theory it could make sense to purchase bags with the intention of reselling them. If you value AAdvantage miles similarly to me, you’re basically buying luggage at 63% off, so even if you take a loss on the resale you could still come out way ahead.
It’s also worth noting many items are eligible for free two-day shipping through Shoprunner, which is offering eligible American Express cardholders a complimentary 1-year membership.
It’s anyone’s guess how long this will last, so I’d definitely take advantage of this sooner rather than later.
(Tip of the hat to The Points Guy)