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It’s been a little while since we had some of the dynamite bonuses from shopping via a shopping portal online, however recently we have been seeing a little uptick in some payouts. Today there is a pretty exciting payout from Sears via the United MileagePlus Shopping portal. You can get up to 21x miles/points per dollar at Sears through tomorrow (10/9), but you have to have a couple of credit cards in order to get the payout that high.
Those without the United MileagePlus Card but with the Chase Freedom: 12x United miles + 5x Ultimate Reward points (if you have registered for the 5x 4th quarter bonus of department stores)
Those with the United MileagePlus Card but without the Chase Freedom: 16x United miles
Those with the United MileagePlus Card + the Chase Freedom: 16x United miles + 5x Ultimate Reward points (if you have registered for the 5x 4th quarter bonus of department stores)
That means you will earn anywhere from 12x – 21x miles and points depending on which of the above mentioned cards you have. You need to have a co-branded United card to get the higher payout via the shopping portal, but you need to pay with the Chase Freedom if you want to take advantage of that 5x bonus at department stores (up to $1,500 max).
Just to point how how lucrative this is…say that you need to buy $2,000 in appliances from Sears and you have both a United and Freedom card. That means that you will earn 32,000 United miles via the 16x MileagePlus Shopping promo and 8,000 Ultimate Reward points from using your Freedom to pay (maxing out the 5x). That means you will earn 40,000 miles and points for a purchase you were going to make anyway! I like that kind of math.
Note that it says in the terms that Gift Cards are eligible as of 10/4/13. I am not a gift card expert by any stretch, but I do know that once upon a time you could earn miles via the portals on both Sears e-gift cards and the physical gift cards. However, in recent months only the physical Sears cards have been earning miles when purchased via the portals. I’m not sure if this 10/4 date means that e-gift cards are again eligible or not, but it is a pretty good sign since it doesn’t spell out that they aren’t. There are no guarantees though so proceed with caution and report back with results so we know for future promos! Also be aware that according to Frequent Miler (who is a gift card expert) purchasing gift cards via Sears with your Freedom card likely won’t work for the 5x as it is processed by Kmart, not Sears.
Gift card stuff aside, I recommend racking your brain to see if you actually need any real merchandise from Sears. I’ll be browsing their site today to see what our family may need in the near future. Let us know what you find! This is one of those deals that is worth giving some thought to as it has never been this high in my memory. Thanks to Frequent Miler for Tweeting about this deal!
Here are the terms for Sears purchases via the United MileagePlus Shopping Portal:
Not eligible on purchases made with coupon or discount codes that are not found on this site. Only products with “Add to Cart” button are eligible. Gift Cards eligible as of 10/4/13. Not eligible on Home Delivery Charges, Auto Services, PA and Installation, Master Protection Agreements, Take With, Protection Plans, Sears auctions, Landsend.com, PartsDirect, Sears Canada, Portrait, Craftsman, Kenmore or Outlet purchases. Sears Marketplace products with “Go to Site” button are not eligible. Not eligible on Sold by Kmart items or any other licensed partners. Any return, exchange or other adjustment made at a physical store location for an on-line purchase may result in your purchase being deemed ineligible.