It’s already “back to school” shopping season, so we are staring to see the related promos for those who shop online. That is a good thing whether you have kids that need new back to school supplies or not, as the bonuses aren’t just limited to those who just need a backpack and uniform khakis.
United MileagePlus Shopping has released a “back to school” themed promotion that awards bonus United miles based on the cumulative amount you spend in their shopping portal between July 14 – August 31, 2015.
The bonus payout structure is as follows:
Spend $125 get 500 bonus miles
Spend $250 get 1,000 bonus miles
Spend $375 get 1,500 bonus miles
Spend $500 get 2,000 bonus miles
As always, just click from their shopping portal to the online retailer of your choice and make your purchase like normal. If all goes as it should, the MileagePlus shopping portal will track your purchases made each time you click from there to your selected retailer(s), and then you will earn miles for the individual purchase at the rate show + bonus miles via this promotion assuming you spend at least $125 between now and the end of August.
The bonus miles take 8-10 weeks to post. They are slow.
Some of the current retailer payouts in the shopping portal are:
Bed, Bath, and Beyond 6x
Lands End 4x
Neiman Marcus 8x
As an example let’s say you needed $200 worth of goods for a dorm (or whatever) from Bed, Bath, and Beyond plus $50 worth of clothes from JCPenney between now to August 31st. If you made all of those purchases through the United portal you would earn 1,200 miles for the Bed, Bath, and Beyond purchases + 400 miles for the JCPenney purchases + 1,000 bonus miles for the cumulative $250 in spending thanks to the new promo.
That is 2,600 United miles you wouldn’t otherwise have just for going through the shopping portal to make the purchases. If you for some reason needed to spend $500 at Neiman Marcus between now and the end of August that is 6,000 total United miles via the shopping portal. This really can add up if you make it a habit like my family has. Of course you also still earn miles for spending on your rewards earning credit card for the purchases in addition to the miles earned in the shopping portal.