Earn Up to 500 Bonus US Airways Dividend Miles Shopping and DM Toolbar Gone

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Update: Since writing this post, I realized that Amazon is now not listed as a US Airways online shopping partner.  Two thumbs way down.  I think Hawaiian may be the last shopping portal that has Amazon as a partner (assuming it hasn’t disappeared there, too)  I also have put two and two together that the new US Airways shopping portal is now run by Cartera Commerce (who many people do not trust with mileage postings).  This would explain the re-vamp and possibly also the disappearance of Amazon.  I don’t have time right now to get overly detailed about the world of who runs online shopping malls, but this post by Gary @ View From the Wing should offer some insight.  All in all, this is probably bad news.  Certainly the loss of Amazon right before holiday shopping is a bad deal.

Boy, the dust has barely settled on the US Airways Grand Slam and US Airways has already rolled out some sales/changes to some Dividend Miles programs.  First, they started a great sale on US Airways Club Memberships (HT One Mile at a Time) the day after that Grand Slam ended that is valid from November 15th – 18th – which I am strongly considering getting in on myself as soon as I have time to call in and verify it isn’t a targeted sale.  Now they have announced that the Dividend Miles Toolbar is gone.  I personally am not a huge fan of toolbars since they have a tendency to “steal” credit for purchases that I am trying to make through other shopping portals, but I know that some people do like that they make earning points while shopping a more automatic process.  I am sad that this “easy” Grand Slam hit may be gone for 2012 though!

If you previously had the Dividend Miles toolbar installed on your computer, here are the instructions to un-install it:

As of 11/14/2011, the Dividend Miles Toolbar will no longer earn miles for shopping or making Yahoo! searches. We recommend that you uninstall by following these steps:

  • To uninstall in Internet Explorer: Go to your start menu, then Program Files. There will be a folder for ‘Dividend Miles Toolbar’. Click the ‘Uninstall’ link in that folder.
  • To uninstall in Firefox: Go to Tools -> Go to the tools menu in Firefox and select “Add-ons”. Click on the record for “Dividend Miles Toolbar” and choose ‘Uninstall’.
The good news is that the newly revamped Dividend Miles StoreFront Shopping Portal is offering up to 500 bonus US Airways Dividend Miles.  To qualify for the first 250 bonus miles, you must enroll, create a Dividend Miles StoreFront account and subscribe to Dividend Miles StoreFront emails. To qualify for the additional 250 bonus miles, you must make a minimum purchase of $100 at any one online Dividend Miles StoreFront retailer by December 31, 2011. Bonus miles will post to your Dividend Miles account within 8 weeks after the promotion end date. spend $100 or more with any Dividend Miles StoreFront retailer before December 31, 2011.
With the holidays upon us, that shouldn’t be too hard to accomplish for most families.  As always, make sure you are comparing the earnings potentials from different online shopping malls to make sure you are getting the best deal possible.  A good place to start to compare different shopping portals is evreward.com.  It doesn’t show portals like Ultimate Rewards and Membership Rewards, but it is a good place to start.
Remember to enter to win a FAA approved CARES harness so that your little ones can fly safely (or give it away to a family with traveling little ones as a present!).  Contest ends this Friday!

Comments

  1. My email’s terms and conditions actually state that you get 250 miles for signing up with the new site and 250 miles for the $100 purchase. Making this an easy and free 250 miles!

    Terms & conditions: To qualify for the first 250 bonus miles, you must enroll, create a Dividend Miles StoreFront account and subscribe to Dividend Miles StoreFront emails. To qualify for the additional 250 bonus miles, you must make a minimum purchase of $100 at any one online Dividend Miles StoreFront retailer by December 31, 2011. Bonus miles will post to your Dividend Miles account within 8 weeks after the promotion end date.

    • @Rachel, thanks for sharing. I didn’t get the email and just saw the banner on the shopping site and had a hard time finding the relevant Terms and Conditions. I dumbly assumed that they must be straight-forward since they weren’t prominently displayed. Ha ha! I will add this info to the post – thanks!

    • @JA, ugh. I have personally had good luck for the most part with them, but I know all too well of the Cartera disasters. Again, I say “ugh”.

  2. I’ve OK luck on the AAdvantage mall site but what I can’t figure out is why US Air would include a hit for the toolbar in the Grand Slam if they are dumping it anyway. Weird but at least it was a free hit. I just had to pay pain and suffering to use Firefox or IE instead of my preferred Chrome.

  3. Hi Mommy. Everyone mentioning how great it is to get the US Airways Club membership and use the $200 Amex platinum rebate in combination with this. BUT isn’t US Airways lounge access FREE for Amex platinum holders?

    Thank you.

    • @JRM, great question. The reason it is great for some is because US Airways Club membership gets you access to United/Continental Clubs. It is true that the Amex Platinum gets you into US Airways Clubs, but this route would also get you into the United Clubs that Amex can no longer get you into. Hope that helps!

  4. Strange, the AA shopping portal is run by Cartera but AA shopping also has the freecause toolbar, so the two aren’t necessarily mutually exclusive.

    Chase UR is usually my go to mileage portal, but it’s always nice to have more choices / competition.

  5. Really a bummer about Amazon going away. I noticed that not long ago US Air went from 1 mile per dollar to 0.5 miles per dollar on Amazon. With as much as I spend on Amazon, that stunk but at least I was still earning something. And as much as I love earning miles, Amazon is still too good to pass up in favor of other mile-earning sites. It was nice while it lasted.

  6. Not sure that I would count on getting any bonus offered by Cartera on a toolbar. I signed up for AA’s and ‘earned’ my 100 hits every month and neither the signup bonus nor the search miles have ever posted. Email to Cartera got a reply that they would look into it but I never heard back. Given their history, that might be the most expensive 500 miles you ever earn, if you get them.

  7. I wonder how this will impact the posting of toolbar searches and mall purchases from the start of the month? I was playing my husband’s GS pretty late and just did his mall purchase (amazon) and toolbar searches after Nov 1. They haven’t posted yet, I hope they still will.

    In total I’m waiting on 3 purchases from the old US mall to post. Ugh.

    • @Lyssa, I’m not sure, but it does make me a bit worried for those who did toolbar searches this month for the Grand Slam. I hope it all works out!!

  8. I too use amazon, so definitely not pleased its gone. Seems like we have been downgraded, AGAIN! Do any of the hotel shopping sites use amazon?

  9. I was just about to place a $10,000 order with Dell. Last week they were at 4 miles per dollar….today ONE.

    I don’t like this new portal.

  10. Because AA shopping site (Cartera) was so unreliable about miles; I now shop with the AA credit card only for things where I can afford to think of the shopping site miles as an unexpected bonus.

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