2 Great Online Shopping Portal Bonuses

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. The number of bonus miles you earn per dollar spent varies greatly by retailer, though in addition to those variable bonuses, there are often promotions that are available on all purchases.

At the moment we’re seeing two such promotions — for American AAdvantage and United MileagePlus — which are being marketed as “back-to-school” offers. Here are the details:

American AAdvantage — up to 2,000 bonus miles

Through August 18, 2017,  you can earn up to 2,000 bonus miles for purchases made through the AAdvantage eShopping portal. Specifically, the promotion works as follows:

  • Spend $150, earn 500 bonus miles
  • Spend $300, earn 1,000 bonus miles
  • Spend $500, earn 2,000 bonus miles

The bonus is based on your cumulative spend over the promotion period, and bonus miles should post 8-10 weeks after the promotion ends. There’s no registration required to take advantage of this deal.

United MileagePlus — up to 3,000 bonus miles

Through August 18, 2017,  you can earn up to 3,000 bonus miles for purchases made through the MileagePlus Shopping portal. Specifically, the promotion works as follows:

  • Spend $150, earn 500 bonus miles
  • Spend $300, earn 1,000 bonus miles
  • Spend $600, earn 3,000 bonus miles

The bonus is based on your cumulative spend over the promotion period, and bonus miles should post 8-10 weeks after the promotion ends. There’s no registration required to take advantage of this deal.

Bottom line

Keep in mind that these bonuses are in addition to whatever miles you’d earn through the shopping portal anyway, so the above isn’t the extent of the bonus miles you’d be earning. Looking at the United offer, for example, I value 3,000 miles at ~$45, meaning that this is an additional 7.5% return on whatever you buy. When you consider the “base” miles you’d earn through the shopping portal, plus that many items have fixed pricing no matter where you buy them, that’s a great deal.

Do you plan on taking advantage of either the American or United shopping portal bonus?

Comments

  1. you bet !

    There is a great site called evrewards.com

    it tell you the different methods to follow depending on your goal. It is actually a double jump I have used for quite a while.

  2. Agree AA miles are currently worthless… Have been at this for a while. Availability is ridiculous.
    Why does Cartera have simultaneous promotions?
    You would think they cannibalize off each other’s portals…

  3. One important consideration. Oftentimes, you can earn more Ultimate Rewards than United or American miles for the same spend. And you don’t have to hit a minimum. So it’s important to factor all this into the equation.

  4. Delta just announced their Back-to-School shopping promo running 7/25/17 through 8/3/17:

    500 bonus miles when you spend a minimum of $150
    1,000 bonus miles when you spend a minimum of $350

    Same spend hurdle for 500 Skymiles, $50 higher for 1,000 Skymiles, and no 2,000 Skymiles option. I’ll probably go for the 500 Skymiles loading up on basics using some AmEx statement credit promos to stack.

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