Earn Alaska, Delta, And United 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.

Today new bonuses have been announced that allow you to earn more miles with Alaska Mileage Plan, Delta SkyClub, and United MileagePlus, for your holiday shopping. Here are the details:

Alaska Mileage Plan — up to 500 bonus miles

Through December 17, 2017, you can earn 500 bonus miles when you spend at least $150 with Alaska Mileage Plan Shopping.

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 500 bonus miles

Through December 17, 2017, you can earn 500 bonus miles when you spend at least $150 with Delta SkyMiles Shopping.

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 1,500 bonus miles

Through December 17, 2017, you can earn up to 1,500 bonus miles when you spend at least $150 with United MileagePlus Shopping. Specifically, you can:

  • Earn 500 bonus miles when you spend $150
  • Earn 1,500 bonus miles when you spend $350

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 ~4.3 miles per dollar spent. At a valuation of ~1.5 cents per mile, that’s a return of roughly 6.5%, 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.

While you can only take advantage of each bonus once, you can partake in the promotions offered by each shopping portal. Also keep in mind that American AAdvantage Shopping is offering up to 1,500 bonus miles through December 17, 2017, which I wrote about at the beginning of the month, so you have four programs to choose from. I actually took advantage of this promotion just a few days ago for some holiday shopping.

Do you plan on taking advantage of any of these shopping portal bonuses?

Comments

  1. Bear in mind that the miles earning pages of some shopping portals like FTD charge you higher prices than what the merchant offers on the generic non mile earning page. It’s worth checking if the miles are worth it.

  2. @Lucky FYI there is also an American Airlines shopping portal promotion running right now through 12/17…Spend $150 earn 500 AA miles / Spend $300 earn 1,500 AA miles.

  3. I didn’t even know about the 1,500 mile bonus, but used the AA portal last night for about $400 worth of purchases through Lord & Taylor since they were 5 miles per dollar while Delta and United were both only 3.
    Great added surprise!

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