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Online shopping portal payouts used to adjust monthly, or at least on a bit of a less frequent basis than they do today. As such I used to do a “monthly portal round-up” post that shared some portal payouts on the beginning of each month. That approach doesn’t really work anymore as payouts don’t change on that schedule, so instead I have been trying to share higher than normal payouts or promos as I see them in case they can help someone earn a few extra miles. And please, share if you see increased payouts, too!
Last night some retailers like Sears and JCPenney had high payouts via the American Airlines AAdvantage e-Shopping Portal and today that list has changed again already. I know lots of moms like to stock-up at Sephora and many families print stuff at Snapfish, so have at it while earning more American miles than normal. Also remember to try and “double dip” with buying and using gift cards where possible to double these amounts…
This goes without saying, but of course you are only coming out on the winning end of this deal if you aren’t spending more money on stuff than you otherwise would just because of the miles. Purchasing some new lipstick and mascara a couple weeks ahead of schedule to coincide with the increased mileage payout is one thing, loading up on a ton of goods you otherwise would have never purchased is another. I know, I know, just being a mom…
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.