I’ve written in the past about shopping portals, which are a great way to earn bonus points for purchases you’d make anyway. There are several types of shopping portals, which offer everything from airline miles to hotel points to cashback.
Sites like evreward.com let you compare the rewards you’d get for purchases across multiple shopping portals. For example, here are the bonuses you can earn for purchases at Sears, per evreward.com:
As you can see, for many retailers there are a variety of options, so everyone will have a different preference as to which reward they value most.
Sometimes you can also earn shopping portal rewards for booking hotels, though it’s far from consistent. However, when that’s offered, it’s almost always cashback and not airline miles.
Here are the terms, which are worth taking a look at:
Please note these terms & conditions: Corporate, group, and other negotiated rates are not eligible. Not eligible on bookings where HHonors points are redeemed or booking made in conjunction with another offer. Not eligible at the following hotels, Hilton Curacao, British Colonial Hilton Nassau, DoubleTree by Hilton Panama City, Hilton Garden Inn Panama, Waldorf Astoria Panama City, Hilton Cartagena, Columbia, Hampton Inn Berlin and Hilton Garden Inn – Lecce. Not eligible until reservations have been fulfilled. Not eligible on gift cards, gift certificates or any other similar cash equivalents. Not eligible on purchases made with coupon or discount codes that are not found on this site.
Keep in mind these are miles you can earn in addition to the HHonors points you’d usually earn. So you’d still earn Hilton points as you usually would, and you’d still be eligible for Hilton’s summer promotion, which offers double base points. I value American miles at ~1.5 cents each, so to me the two miles are worth an additional return of ~3%.
This shopping portal simply redirects you to Hilton’s website, so you’re not forgoing anything by using it. As you can see, you don’t earn bonus miles if you use a corporate, group, or negotiated rate, and you’ll receive the miles after your eligible stay.
This seems like a great way to pick up an extra two American miles per dollar spent with Hilton! These shopping portal bonuses change all the time, so there’s no knowing how long this will stick around.