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In the “Miles and Points for Beginners” session I presented with Million Mile Secrets yesterday at the Chicago Seminars, one of the things we touched on briefly that drew lots of questions after the session was online shopping portals. I talk about them here with some regularity, but it is clear that it is a method of earning miles that not everyone has dipped their toes in yet.
I think it is one of those things that sounds harder than it really is, so I’m talking about it again today both to continue to encourage you to give it a try the next time you need to shop online and because there are some increased portal payouts today. If you are new to shopping portals, skip to the end of the post for a primer on how they work. Otherwise, here are some increased payouts I saw this morning.
Remember that department stores are a 5x bonus category for the 4th quarter with the Chase Freedom® so shopping at say Nordstrom for 10x through the American Airlines portal and paying with the Chase Freedom would give you 10x American miles and 5x points on your Chase Freedom.
Under Armour 8x
Under Armour 9x
500 bonus miles with $100 in cumulative purchases by October 23rd
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 (as seen below), but it is a step that can earn you thousands of extra miles each year!
The numbers above 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).
Sometimes you can even “double dip” where you buy a gift card through the portal to earn points, then use that gift card through the portal to earn even more points! This doesn’t work with every retailer, but it can be very rewarding when it does work.
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.
Here are a few links to some popular shopping portals that anyone can access.
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