Unless you’re some kind of super human, chances are that you still have some holiday shopping to do. If you’re anything like me (most people aren’t), you base a lot of your retail purchase decisions around bonuses being offered in various online shopping portals.
For those of you not familiar, online shopping portals can be a great way to pick up additional miles & points for purchases you’d make anyway. Just for following a specific link you can earn bonus points in addition to the ones you’d earn anyway for credit card spend.
At the moment we’re seeing two very nice bonus offers through the American AAdvantage and Alaska Mileage Plan shopping portals. Specifically, for purchases through December 21, 2016, you can earn:
- 500 bonus miles for a purchase of at least $100
- 1,500 bonus miles for a purchase of at least $200
To take advantage of the deal through American AAdvantage, follow this link.
To take advantage of the deal through Alaska Mileage Plan, follow this link.
The bonus miles are earned based on the cumulative qualifying purchases, so you don’t have to spend the entire amount in just one transaction. Qualifying purchases do not include returns, cancellations, shipping and handling, taxes, gift card or other cash equivalent purchases, and certain products that are not eligible for bonus miles.
It can take up to 8-10 weeks for the bonus miles to post, though in practice I suspect they’ll post much faster than that.
Last week we saw a promotion offering 15 miles per dollar spent at select retailers which was in many cases a better offer, though that was limited to just 15 retailers. In this case you can make a purchase with any eligible retailer (there are hundreds of them) and earn bonus miles.
As usual, I’d recommend using evreward.com to search the bonuses being offered by various retailers, so you can decide which frequent flyer program’s shopping portal is most rewarding for your purchase. Keep in mind that this current promotion is a bonus on top of the miles you’d usually earn, so you can potentially do quite well with this promotion.
I have some purchases I’ve been holding off on making, so at a minimum this will get me a very nice bonus on purchases I have to make anyway.