January 2014 Shopping Portal Payouts

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At the beginning of most months I write a post about some of the shopping portal payouts since there are often some adjustments each month.  Payouts don’t all change on the 1st, but a fair amount do get adjusted at some point in the month.  Doing your online shopping via a shopping portal is an insanely easy way to really rack up miles for purchases you were going to make anyway.  I have to admit I feel silly doing the shopping portal post this month since I know so many of us spent plenty around the holidays and don’t really need to buy much right now (and the payouts are pretty mediocre coming off the holiday season).  However, you never know when you will need to pick something up online so just in case your budget didn’t tighten up at mine, I’m happy to share some payout examples!

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 a credit card to one that earns a significant number thanks to using an online portal.  You can use www.cashbackmonitor.com or www.evreward.com to compare payouts in various portals (though I would do some manual checks for large purchases).

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.

Chase Ultimate Rewards:

Anthropologie 5x

Baby Gap 4x

Brooks Brothers 6x

DSW 6x

Estee Lauder 5x

J. Crew 3x

Kohls 10x

Last Call by Neiman Marcus 7x

Lowes 3x

Nutrisystem 20x

Petsmart 5x

Pottery Barn 3x

Shoebuy.com 10x

Target 2x

Toms 5x

UGG 10x

Walgreens 4x

Walmart 2x

 

Sports Authority 4x
HR Block 14x
NutriSystem 24x
Walgreens 6x

United MileagePlus Shopping:

Isabella Oliver 3x

Melissa and Doug 4x

The North Face 5x

 

AAdvantage Shopping:

Madewell 3x

Sears 3x

Target 2x

 

British Airways E-Store

iTunes 2x

eBags 8x

Fossil 8x

Nordstrom 4x

Restaurant.com 12x

Shoebuy 12x

Both US Airways Dividend Miles Storefront and Delta SkyMiles Shopping also are available, though a quick look wasn’t showing any dramatically better payouts than through other portals.

Ebates and TopCashBack are also not to be overlooked as they are cash back sites that can be more lucrative for retailers.  For example, TopCashBack will give 3% back on Hyatt and Ebates will give 8% back on IHG Hotels.  You will still be able to earn hotel points and participate in hotel promos when going through those sites as they take you straight to the hotel site to make your reservation.

Also note that a site called Million Mile Quest has started tracking the Ultimate Rewards earning changes from month to month.  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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Comments

  1. Online Shopping Portals

    * I made this list in my Evernote account. The links didn’t paste over.*

    Aeromexico: Mall Premier
    Air Canada: Aeroplan EStore
    Air France: Air France Flying Blue Shopping
    AirTran: A+ Rewards Mall
    Alaska: Mileage Plan Shopping
    Alitalia: Alitalia Store
    All Nippon Airways: ANA Gift
    American: AAdvantageEshopping.com
    Avianca: LifeMiles e-Store
    Amtrak: Amtrak Guest Rewards
    Barclays: Barclays RewardsBoost
    British Airways: BA Miles Estore
    Cathay Pacific: Asia Miles iShop
    Caesars Total Rewards: Total Rewards Marketplace
    Chase: Ultimate Rewards Shopping
    Choice Rewards: Choice Privileges Mall
    Citi: Thank You Shopping
    Delta: Skymilesshopping.com
    Discover: ShopDiscover
    El Al “Matmid”: Fly & Buy
    Etihad: Etihad Guest – Earn Mall: Shop & Earn
    Frontier:Early Returns Mall
    Hawaiian Airlines: Hawaiian Airlines eMarket
    Hilton HHonors: Hilton HHonors Shop to Earn Mall
    Japan Airlines:JAL Shopping Americas
    JetBlue: ShopBlue
    KLM: Shop@KLM
    Marriott Rewards:Shop My Way
    MasterCard: Free Shipping by MasterCard
    Qantas: Qantas Shop
    Singapore Airlines: KRISSHOP – SINGAPORE AIRLINES
    Southwest:Rapid Rewards Shopping
    United:MileagePlusshopping.com
    Upromise: Upromise
    US Airways:Dividend Miles Shopping Mall
    Virgin America: The Red Store
    Virgin Atlantic:Shops Away
    Visa: Visa Offers (these are discounts not points-earning)

  2. Such a disappointing month. The loss of some merchants from October/November sucks. Many people may have not noticed and they may not have been amazing but it’s a worrying trend.

  3. Mark, thanks!
    Haldami, it is cyclical to some degree. Merchants come and go and payouts go up and down. I’m not surprised to see it kind of boring after the holiday shopping season.

  4. Mommypoints,

    Is there a website that allows you to type in a merchant name and then found out whether the merchant is part of any portals?

    Speficially, I’m wondering about Land of Nod. I have not found it in any portals yet.

  5. word of warning:

    do not be seduced by higher payouts at topcashback. the chances of actually getting the money are not good- and the better the ‘deal’, the less likely.

    stick with the reputable cash back sites. TCB is a scam. they make sure bloggers get paid. if you’re not a blogger, it’s worse than a roulette wheel…

  6. btw, the above is not a dig at MP’s or the bloggers. more an account that as true scammers, topcashback.com is smart enough to avoid biting the hand that feeds…

    • Abby, I have heard varied reports of TCB, but I’m 99.9% sure that my good luck with them was not blog related…at least for the first year or so as I didn’t have my name attached to my blog and didn’t sign-up with an email address that could in any way be tracked to the blog. Of course, in the more recent history it would have been relatively easy to figure out who I was, if they wanted. Very interesting though that some have had no issues, and some have had nothing but issues. Def use the route that works reliably for you. 😉

  7. Can I just ask….what does everyone do with hundreds of dollars in Kohls gc’s from the UR portal? I’m trying to start getting into the giftcard game, but can’t figure out what I would do with Kohls gc’s!

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