American Is Offering Bonus Miles For Online Shopping (Again)

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 points 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.

In mid-July I wrote about how American offered up to 1,500 bonus miles for online shopping, and now they’ve brought back exactly the same promotion. I took full advantage of the last promotion, so I’m happy to see it return.

The American AAdvantage eShopping portal has introduced a “back to school” shopping bonus, offering up to 1,500 AAdvantage bonus miles. The promotion is valid for purchases between August 9 and August 19, and is tiered as follows:

  • Spend $150, earn 500 bonus miles
  • Spend $350, earn 1,500 bonus miles

In other words, if you spend $350 you’d earn an extra ~4.3 AAdvantage miles per dollar spent. Keep in mind that this is in addition to whatever miles you usually earn through the AAdvantage eShopping portal and through your credit card.

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

This isn’t a reason to make a purchase you don’t otherwise need to make, but if you are doing some online shopping, this promotion is most definitely worth keeping in mind, as you’re earning up to ~4.3 miles per dollar spent, plus whatever the mileage bonus is through the shopping portal, plus whatever you earn through your credit card. That can really add up.

If you’d prefer to earn miles with another program, Alaska, Southwest, and United, are all offering bonus points for online shopping through their portals at the moment as well (the Alaska promo ends today, while the Southwest and United promos are good through August 19).

Happy online shopping!

Comments

  1. Haven’t had luck with miles being credited when going through AA. Yet I have had 100% success with UA and Delta. I don’t use AA’s portal because of this.

  2. @Rimjobb I’ve had experiences with all of them (maybe 1/3rd of my purchases) where you unfortunately have to email them to get the points added, but theyre usually pretty good if you reach out. Its the same company running all three portals so purchases are no more/less likely to work with one than another.

  3. Thanks! I was wondering why I would receive emails at about the same time with similar titles for UA and AA shopping portals.

  4. I agree with Evan. Back several weeks ago, Kiehl’s had a 15x promo on mileageplusshopping. I never saw any miles from them after my purchase so I sent an email a few days ago and all they asked for a copy of the order number and within a few days I got my miles!!!
    I normally take screenshots when I make the purchase just in case there are any questions. Also make sure not to use paypal or any third-party wallets.

  5. @rimjobb Its all the same technology through Cartera. So it doesnt matter which airline you buy from, its all still the same backend. If you have an issue with credit for a transaction you need to send them the order number and they can then look it up.

  6. I think Shop through Chase portal offers better values than any airline shopping portal. You earn Ultimate reward points that are more useful than unusable aadvantage miles.

  7. Amex has a spend $300 for 3,000 Points offer for BestBuy.
    I’ve been buying Shell gas cards and the miles post so this will be an easy promotion to reach with a couple authorized user cards I have.

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