Groupon Fantasticness + Miles for Your Purchase = Happy Mommy!

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If you haven’t already discovered the fantastic-ness of Groupon, then crawl out from under your very large rock and check them out.  Groupons basically give you incredible discounts to try out restaurants or services in your area that you otherwise might have overlooked.  The discounts are usually in the 50% and up range.  That is fantastic for families on a budget!  This mommy has a giant love affair with Groupon!

Just a couple days ago, I was able to buy a Groupon for a “Mommy and Me” gymnastics class for Little C on the very same day that I was planning to go and register her at the gym for the regular price.  It was perfect timing, and a great discount for something I was about to pay for anyways.  I have also previously bought Groupons for discounts at The Gap, for great sushi restaurants, burger joints, hair cuts,  massages, and now for gymnastics classes!  I also like to keep an eye on Groupons available in cities that I will be visiting on vacation in the upcoming months.  I have scored some great deals on attractions to use while I am on vacation this way!

I have to admit that it was only a couple of months ago that I realized you can go through shopping portals to earn miles and points for buying Groupons.  If only I could go back in time and get miles for all those Groupons I bought before I knew they I could buy them through shopping portals!  When you take the great discounts that Groupon offers, and combine that with earning up to 12 points per dollar though shopping portals, you have pure awesomeness!  Now you can have that gymnastics class for half off, plus 400 points to go with it!  🙂

I went on a little “hunt” to see which shopping portals offer Groupon as a merchant.  Here is a list of what I found.

Shopping Portals offering Groupons:

American Airlines AAdvantage eShopping – 8 miles/$1 spent

Chase Ultimate Rewards Shopping – 12 points/$1 spent

Delta Airlines SkyMiles Shopping – 8 miles/$1 spent

Hawaiian Airlines HawiianMiles Market – 5 miles/$1 spent

Priority Club Shopping – 10 points/$1 spent

United Mileage Plus Shopping – 6 miles/$1 spent

If you are more of a “cash back” kinda guy or gal, then check out Big Crumbs for 6.4% cash-back on your Groupon purchases.

Shopping Portal Promotions and Contests:

While I was on my Groupon hunt, I also found two promotions going on, in addition to the United Airlines 250 bonus miles “Back to School” promotion that I already wrote about here.

Delta Airlines SkyMiles Shopping is giving away 25,000 miles.  Entries are earned by simply clicking on their “featured retailers”.   No purchase required!  Contest runs through 8/31/11.

Priority Club Shopping is also running a promotion that awards bonus miles for spending certain amounts of money through their shopping portal.  This promotion ends 8/15/11, so act super fast if you want in on this!

Best Portal for Groupons:

As with everything miles and points related, there is no “one size fits all” best recommendation.  It depends on what airlines you prefer, if you are working toward an award in a specific program, if you need to prevent miles from expiring in a specific program, etc…. However, if you have a credit card that offers Chase Ultimate Rewards (such as the awesome Chase Sapphire Preferred Card), I would say that going through the Ultimate Rewards shopping portal is usually going to be your best bet for earning points while purchasing Groupons.  At 12 points per dollar spent, they offer the highest point per dollar payment for  Groupons, and the points earned can be transferred into a number of quality programs such as Continental Airlines and Hyatt.

Whether you are into Groupons or not, definitely look for your favorite retailers on some of these shopping portals.  There are very few purchases I make online that I can’t do through some portal in order to gain miles and points.  It is an easy way to work towards “giving your family the world for free” for purchases that you were going to make anyway.

Did I leave out your favorite Groupon shopping portal?  What have your results been when purchasing Groupons through these portals?  Let me know what you think!



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  1. […] There are literally dozens of different miles and points shopping portals available, not to mention the cash-back portals.  There are many different opinions about which is the best portal overall, and then probably even more opinions out there for which portal is best for any specific individual purchase.  I have mentioned before that I have a strong personal preference for three main portals: Amex Membership Rewards Shopping, United MileagePlus Shopping (especially with the Months of Miles promo, if you were targeted), and Chase Ultimate Rewards.  I know that the American Airlines Aadvantage Shopping Mall has many supporters out there as well…..or at least did until the 83K miles for a $5 phone accessory fiasco.   I outlined some additional info about specific shopping portals, especially as they relate to purchasing Groupons, here. […]


  1. Thanks for doing the research on which programs offer the most points! I read several miles/points blogs daily and yours is fast becoming a favorite! It’s really nice to get a female’s prospective as well 🙂

  2. Didn’t see it mentioned, but don’t forget that Discover Rewards offers 15% cashback. If you have a Discover card, it’s the way to go!

    • Thanks for the reminder! Discover kinda gets lost in the shuffle sometimes, but 15% cashback is worth noting for sure! BTW, love your name “Vegas Deal Man”. I have a severe Vegas obsession myself!

  3. Vegas Deal Man beat me to it but wanted to add the Discover 15% as well. I know it’s not miles but on an expensive groupon, 15% is significant savings. Thank you for doing the research on this topic though.

  4. i think it’s funny that people still don’t utilize or even aren’t aware of cashback shopping portals. i’ve been doing it for years. if you own a Discover Card, ShopDiscover is the best for Groupon hands-down with a 15% cashback return.

  5. D, this is why I love the online travel community…what is “old common knowledge” to one person, is an awesome new revelation to another. It’s that sharing of info that makes us all more knowledgeable, so thanks for sharing!!

  6. What about using shopping portals to buy airline tickets? (say through expedia or travelocity?). Do you still get the double or triple miles with an airline credit card or bonus points through the site inside the shopping portal? It is confusing to try and figure out the best return of points/miles/bonuses etc

    • Laura,
      I have not done it myself, but it seems it should work…..most of the time. When you book through a portal like that, the airline tickets usually post to your credit card separately than the other items/fees booked on those sites. You can find some more info here and here. Let me know if/when you try it, but seems that in most cases you should have success (at least according to the info I found!).

      Here are the official terms and conditions related to 2x and 3x miles:
      To earn triple points (1 base point plus 2 bonus points) on airfare and double points (1 base point plus 1 bonus point) on gas and grocery, (a) the purchase must be charged on the Premier Rewards Gold Card and (b) the merchant must submit the charge under the appropriate merchant code, industry code, or required service or product identifier. Only purchases of tickets on all major US passenger airlines and many international airlines, and charges at U.S. stand alone gas stations and supermarkets are eligible for bonus points. Charges at tour operators, charter flights, departments of superstores, or warehouse clubs are not eligible for bonus points. Membership Rewards program terms apply; visit membershiprewards com/terms or call 800-AXP-EARN (297-3276). We reserve the right to exclude charges that we determine are not made for personal, family, or household purposes; or with the good-faith intention of consuming the item charged.

      • thanks, am waiting for my new Gold AE card in the mail, and think I will call and check before I book Grandpa’s flight for December (it is cheaper on expedia than on the Delta website, plus it will post as dollars instead of pounds. Forgot to mention he is flying to US from UK). Really enjoy your blog!

  7. I have only purchased once through Groupon and never realized that you could go through an AA shopping portal. From now on if I ever am on the fence about purchasing a deal from them, AA miles will probably decide for me. Thanks!

  8. Thanks so much for this article. I was trying to research on Flyertalk for the best shopping portal (I have so many!) to use with a Groupon I want to purchase, gave up and tried a google search, which led me to your article. Love it!!

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