Earn Bonus Miles With 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 3,000 bonus miles with three portal bonuses

We’re seeing airline shopping portals introduce their first bonus promotions of 2021. At the moment three airline shopping portals are offering additional bonuses, should you have any online shopping to do. If you’re going to make online purchases anyway, you might as well take advantage of these offers.

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

Alaska Mileage Plan Shopping bonus

Alaska Mileage Plan Shopping is offering up to 1,000 bonus miles on purchases through Friday, January 22, 2021. The number of bonus miles you earn is based on your cumulative spending, as follows:

  • Earn 500 bonus miles for spending $150
  • Earn 1,000 bonus miles for spending $300

American AAdvantage eShopping bonus

American AAdvantage eShopping is offering up to 1,000 bonus miles on purchases through Tuesday, January 19, 2021. The number of bonus miles you earn is based on your cumulative spending, as follows:

  • Earn 500 bonus miles for spending $150
  • Earn 1,000 bonus miles for spending $300

United MileagePlus Shopping bonus

United MileagePlus Shopping is offering up to 1,000 bonus miles on purchases through Tuesday, January 19, 2021. The number of bonus miles you earn is based on your cumulative spending, as follows:

  • Earn 500 bonus miles for spending $150
  • Earn 1,000 bonus miles for spending $300

Bottom line

Between these three shopping portal promotions you can earn up to 3,000 bonus miles. Admittedly these aren’t the most exciting portal bonuses we’ve ever seen, but they’re better than nothing.

You can take advantage of each of these promotions, and each is based on your cumulative spending through a particular portal during the offer period. The bonus miles should post within 10 weeks of when the promotions end.

If you make purchases in the right increments you could be earning an average of over three bonus miles per dollar spent, not even factoring in the points usually being offered through the shopping portals, plus the miles you usually earn through credit card spending (make sure you’re using the best credit cards for everyday spending). That can add up.

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

Comments
  1. Shopping portals are such a pain. I’ve reached the point where I use it if I remember to but don’t want to spend a lot of time figuring out which one has the best point offer. And if I get the bonus great, if I don’t I won’t even bother pursuing it.

    I estimate that over 50% of the time the points don’t appear. In the beginning, there were restrictions and you have to follow a specific flow from the portal page to the shop and not closing the page and reopening etc. Then there were folks like jetblue who offered bonus with amazon but only if you shop on the wifi network on board flights. Then if you have vpn on your machine that nulls and voids the transaction meaning they expect you to use an open wifi without vpn while shopping. I mind as well lay $20 bills outside my house and see what happens. And still after knowing all that I would still not see points and when I call (and wait on hold forever) they would say we have no record of you visiting or purchasing from the site. But their own site shows I was there and my credit card transaction date/time matches up. But still nope because that would require Level 1 outsource customer support to use mental skills that will never happen. So now I don’t bother. If I happen to think about it sure but otherwise not worth the hassle unless I am buying something over $1000.

  2. I use shopping portals all the time and factor the potential earning in when comparison shopping. If you follow a few rules, in my experience you can count on earning what you are supposed to earn. I do all my actual browsing and price comparisons in my main browser. I check EvReward to choose what points I want to earn (also shows in-store points offers which are becoming more common) and then cashbackmonitor if I’m considering Chase UR Shopping, as EvReward doesn’t report freedom vs sapphire which seem to usually be different rates. That browser is configured to block all of the ad and tracking stuff these portals rely on. I note my planned purchases, empty any carts, switch over to a purchase only browser, and go through the simple flow of shopping portal, add to cart, purchase. It’s easy once you’re in the habit of it. Coupons and price adjustments or returns can cancel out your earnings though, so I segregate orders when convenient if I’m considering returning something.

    These trackers are complex and a million sites are fighting for your referral, so it’s very easy for some innocuous behavior on your part to disqualify you or break the tracking chain.

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