Alaska & Delta Are Offering Bonus Miles For Holiday Shopping

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.

Last week I wrote about how American AAdvantage and United MileagePlus are offering shopping portal bonuses for purchases through November 19, 2017, though they’re not the only airlines offering such bonuses. Today two more shopping portal bonuses have been announced, for Alaska Mileage Plan and Delta SkyMiles. Here are the details:

Alaska Mileage Plan — up to 1,000 bonus miles

Through November 19, 2017, you can earn up to 1,000 bonus miles for purchases made through the Alaska Mileage Plan Shopping Mall. Specifically, the promotion works as follows:

  • Spend $150, get 500 bonus miles
  • Spend $300, get 1,000 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.

Delta SkyMiles — up to 1,000 bonus miles

Through November 19, 2017, you can earn up to 1,000 bonus miles for purchases made through the Delta SkyMiles Shopping Mall. Specifically, the promotion works as follows:

  • Spend $150, get 500 bonus miles
  • Spend $300, get 1,000 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

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 (which doesn’t even factor in the miles you earn for credit card spend). These deals offer up to an additional ~3.33 miles per dollar spent. At a a valuation of ~1.5 cents per mile, that’s a return of roughly 5%, which is great given that it stacks on top of the normal bonuses. With the cost of many products (skincare, jewelry, etc.) being fixed across retailers, you might as well earn as many miles as possible.

On a mile per dollar basis, this return is roughly the same as what’s being offered through American and United, though this is only available in smaller increments. While the previous bonuses I wrote about topped out at $1,200-1,500 of spend, this tops out at $300 of spend.

Lastly, while you can only take advantage of each bonus once, you can take advantage of the different shopping portal bonuses, so you could earn bonus miles with Alaska Mileage Plan, American AAdvantage, Delta SkyMiles, and United MileagePlus.

Do you plan on taking advantage of either the Alaska or Delta shopping portal bonuses?

Comments

  1. Which airline or hotel shopping portal can you earn miles shopping on Amazon.com? Initially I thought on Marriott, but that’s not correct.

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