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.
While these portals are great for everyday purchases, there are also sometimes bonuses for making purchases with travel providers, which can be a great way to double dip. For example, at the moment the AAdvantage eShopping Portal is offering 10 miles per dollar spent with IHG hotels. Ordinarily they offer three miles per dollar spent, so this bonus is more than three times as good as usual.
This should be valid at all hotels globally, and the terms associated with earning miles through this method are as follows:
Please note these terms & conditions: Not eligible until reservations have been fulfilled. Specialty rates such as corporate, negotiated rates, and IHG Friends & Family are not eligible for Cash Back. Rooms booked and paid for by IHG reward Club Points are not eligible. Not eligible on purchases made with coupon or discount codes that are not found on this site. Not eligible on gift cards, gift certificates or any other similar cash equivalents.
What’s so great here is that the AAdvantage eShopping Portal simply directs you to IHG’s website, meaning you can still earn your IHG points and elite nights as usual. That’s huge. I value American miles at ~1.3 cents each, so to me this is like an additional ~13% return on IHG stays.
This is very different than booking through something like Rocketmiles, where you can earn miles for hotel stays, though that’s in lieu of earning hotel points. Here you get the best of both worlds, since you earn 10 American miles per dollar spent plus whatever IHG points you’d usually earn. You could stack this with IHG’s current Accelerate offer, as well as their promotion for up to 30,000 bonus points for summer stays.
I’m not sure how long the increased bonus will last, so I’d recommend booking ASAP. Only hotel stays booked through this link qualify, so if you can rebook a stay at the same cost then I’d highly recommend doing so.
(Tip of the hat to The Short Final)