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October ushers in some updates with the online shopping portals – which can mean increased miles and points payouts with some retailers, and decreased rates with others. Payouts don’t all change on the 1st, but a fair amount do get adjusted. Doing your online shopping via a shopping portal is an insanely easy way to really rack up the miles for purchases you were going to make anyway.
The numbers below show how many extra points or miles you will earn for your purchase. For example, if you buy something for $100 from a portal that is paying out at that retailer for 12x then you will get 1200 extra miles or points for that purchase on top of the ones that you earn for using your rewards credit card. It can take a purchase that would have only earned a handful of points on the credit card to one that earns a significant number thanks to using an online portal. You can use www.evreward.com to compare payouts in various portals.
You can often stack coupon codes, free shipping, or in-store pick-up on top of the points or miles earned for shopping through a portal, but that isn’t always the case. I recommend getting the best deal possible for an item first, and then worry about the miles and points second. Usually you can do both at the same time.
I will cover many of the top shopping portals, but my personal favorite is generally the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal. In case you aren’t overly familiar with how the Chase Ultimate Rewards shopping portal works, then head to this post for detailed instructions. While the Ultimate Rewards portal doesn’t always have the best payout (or the most retailers), they do seem to have some of the better customer service when something goes wrong with the points posting, so keep that in mind. The Ultimate Rewards portal can be accessed by those who have cards that earn Ultimate Rewards such as the Ink Plus® Business Card or Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card.
Also remember that one of the 4th quarter Freedom 5x bonus categories is a 5x bonus at select department stores. That means that if you use your registered Freedom card for these purchases that you can effectively add 5x points to merchants such as Macy’s, Kohl’s, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, Sears, and more on top of the amounts listed below.
Apple 2x (usually 1x)
Dell Home 3x
Home Depot 3x
Famous Footwear 6x
Holiday Inn 3x
Neiman Marcus 7x
J. Crew 3x
Pottery Barn 3x
Toms Shoes 5x
For some of the MileagePlus payouts you must have a United co-branded credit card and be logged in to your account.
Costume Express 20x
Lands End 4x
Melissa and Doug 4x
Personal Creations 21x
J. Crew 4x
US Airways Dividend Miles Storefront:
Wholesale Costume Club 6x
Costume SuperCenter 8x
Costume Express 6x
Southwest Rapid Rewards
Brooks Brothers 4x
Have fun earning miles and points while doing shopping that you were going to have to do anyway. If you have any extra tips or find any great payouts, I’d love to hear them!
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