New Airline Shopping Portal Bonuses

Filed Under: Alaska, American

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 for credit card spending.

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.

Earn 1,200 bonus miles with three portal bonuses

At the moment three popular airline shopping portals are offering additional bonuses, should you have any online shopping to do. These aren’t the most exciting bonuses we’ve seen, though if you’re going to make online purchases anyway, you might as well take advantage of them.

Here’s what you need to know about these offers:

Alaska Mileage Plan Shopping bonus

Alaska Mileage Plan Shopping is offering 400 bonus miles when you spend $200 on purchases by February 17, 2020.

American AAdvantage eShopping bonus

American AAdvantage eShopping is offering 400 bonus miles when you spend $200 on purchases by February 17, 2020.

United MileagePlus Shopping bonus

United MileagePlus Shopping is offering 400 bonus miles when you spend $200 on purchases by February 17, 2020.

Bottom line

Between these three promotions you can earn up to 1,200 bonus miles. You can take advantage of each of these three promotions, and for each promotion the bonus is based on cumulative spending during the promotion period, so you can earn the bonuses based on multiple transactions.

There’s no registration required, and the bonus miles should post within 10 weeks of when the promotions end.

The above offers can earn you up to an additional two miles per dollar spent online, in the right increments. These bonuses are on top of whatever miles are usually offered through the shopping portal, plus whatever points you earn through your credit card (make sure you’re using the best credit cards for everyday spending). That can really add up.

Comments
  1. I have had horrible luck getting AA miles to post. I end up emailing the third-party customer service team for more than 50% of the transactions before they finally post. I still have quite a few transactions from early December that haven’t posted. For whatever reason I have better luck with DL; however, they typically offer lower miles/$.

  2. All those airline portals have horrendous customer support comparing to Rakuten.
    I’d only consider them with twice or more rebates over getting MR.

  3. Some data on portals:
    Aeroplan – One purchase, never posted, emails ignored, do not recommend.
    American – One purchase, did not post, CSR resolved.
    Alaska – One purchase, posted, stacked with Amex offer.
    Rakuten – dozens of purchases, stacked with Amex offers successfully all times, one did not post, CSR was prompt in fixing.

    With all the marketing Rakuten is doing, they’re still significantly invested in making the platform seem reliable. I’m inclined to rely on that trust more than a slight different in point offer.

  4. Like others, I find Rakuten the most reliable. It’s a no-brainer after they added Amex MR as a partner. They consistently have higher rebate values as well, but not always. I do find AS miles valuable so I will use AS’ portal whenever they have additional miles earning bonus thresholds. I haven’t had any problems with them posting miles.

  5. I have a separate browser (Firefox) that I only use for the shopping portals. It has no pop up blockers and limited extensions. I do all research on what I’m buying while in chrome. I then go to Firefox and log into the portal (usually United or AA). I try to go to the Portal partner transaction with as limited number of steps as possible.

    Doing this has greatly increased my chances of actually getting the points. Part of the problem is learning the restrictions of what you actually get points for. Walmart and Sam’s being the most restrictive. Home depot and Lowe’s are much better at giving you points for almost anything.

  6. I agree with the other posters that Rakuten is very reliable. AA usually won’t post and Alaska isn’t much better. United and Southwest have been ok in my experience.

    I’ve just started using British airways shopping and they are 100% so far and often have great bonuses

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