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Update: Portal payouts change quickly these days, and this deal was valid last night when I posted, but the payout rates on several retailers mentioned (including Sears) has gone down today, while others have gone up (such as Sephora to 12x). Congrats on anyone who earned extra miles during the brief window!
A quick note in case you have some online shopping to do as some popular retailers have some temporarily increased payouts available right now via the American Airlines AAdvantage e-Shopping Portal. I haven’t noticed an email yet on when these increased payouts will end, but they rarely last longer than a few days. Also remember to try and “double dip” with buying and using gift cards where possible to double these amounts…
If you are new to online shopping portals:
If you are new to racking up miles by shopping online via shopping portals then know that 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. It is one extra step to go from a portal like the American AAdvantage eShopping portal to get to the retailer websites you know and love, but it is a step that can earn you thousands of extra miles each year!
The numbers below show above indicate 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.