March Online Shopping Point Bonuses: Ultimate Rewards, United, and More!

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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.  This month has some decent payouts at popular retailers, though I haven’t come across anything that is worth pulling the trigger on purely because of the payout. 

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, Chase Freedom® or Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card.

Note that some retailers have a different payout depending on which card you are logged in with in the Ultimate Rewards portal.  For example, Shoebuy.com is 15x with the Freedom compared to 6x with Sapphire Preferred, and Office Max is 3x with the Freedom and 5x with Sapphire Preferred. I listed which card I was logged in with to see the portal payment if it was one that I noticed varying based on the card you were using.  The Ink cards seemed to line up with the Chase Sapphire Preferred (CSP) payouts.

Portal Shopping

They call it “cash back” but it can be extra points!

Chase Ultimate Rewards:

Anthropologie 6x (CSP)

Apple 2x

Backcountry.com 6x

Banana Republic 4x (CSP)

Gap 5x (Freedom)

HR Block 15x

Holiday Inn 5x (Freedom)

J.Crew 3x

JCPenney 5x

Kohls 10x

Lowes 5x (CSP)

Magazines.com 30x (CSP)

Macys 5x (CSP)

Office Max 5x (CSP)

Petsmart 5x

Pottery Barn Teen 3x

Proactiv 30x (Freedom)

Shoebuy.com 15x (Freedom)

Snapfish 10x

The North Face 6x

Target 2x

Toms Shoes 6x

West Elm 3x

United MileagePlus Shopping:

Note that for the best United payouts you sometimes need to have a co-branded United MileagePlus Shopping card registered to your account. 

Brooks Brothers 6x

DSW 8x

Fossil 8x

Golfsmith 6x

HSN 6x

Lands End 4x

Nike 6x

Nordstrom 6x

Southwest Rapid Rewards

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics 5x

Samsonite 6x

iTunes 3x

AAdvantage Shopping:

Bark Box 15x

Overstock.com 2x

Isabella Oliver 3x

Neiman Marcus 5x

British Airways E-Store

Apothica 12x

Boxen 2x

eBags 8x

J.Crew 4x

Ugg 8x

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 American Express (gift cards) and Ebates will give 2% back on Hyatt 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 been tracking the Ultimate Rewards earning changes from month to month.  He lists the changes for each retailer from last month to this 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. most (not all) of these online stores are overpriced to begin with… negating the value of the earned miles. no surprise that amazon, ebay, etc are rarely listed in these promos

  2. You have to watch out using coupon codes for purchases, though. I jumped in on the Magazines.com 60 miles/$ promo that AAdvantage Shopping had a few months ago, and I used a coupon that only saved me $5, but they used that coupon as a reason to not award any of the miles.
    That darn $5 cost me about 5700 miles, in addition to the miles I would have earned for the bonus “spend X, get Y bonus miles”.

  3. Mr. Cool, still a value if you are going to make the purchases anyway. Not good if you are making an extra purchase just for the miles.
    G David, yes you do have to be careful with that especially if the purchase is largely motivated by the miles. Safest to just use ones on the portal website (take a screen shot).

  4. Although not miles, I find that Upromise tends to have the highest percentage back. You can withdraw as little as $10 by requesting a check.

  5. Can you get 5x points for buying gas cards at gas stations for freedom card? Is it $1500 for gas till end of March? Thanks

  6. Daniel, yes you can buy gas cards or any other gift cards at the gas station to get up to the $1500 for the quarter. If you have a Murphy Oil, or some others, you can buy the Vanilla reload for $500 with the card for $3.95 to load to your Bluebird card. 5 min can get that $75 cashback for less than $10 in fees.

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