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!