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Update: Since writing this post, I realized that Amazon is now not listed as a US Airways online shopping partner. Two thumbs way down. I think Hawaiian may be the last shopping portal that has Amazon as a partner (assuming it hasn’t disappeared there, too) I also have put two and two together that the new US Airways shopping portal is now run by Cartera Commerce (who many people do not trust with mileage postings). This would explain the re-vamp and possibly also the disappearance of Amazon. I don’t have time right now to get overly detailed about the world of who runs online shopping malls, but this post by Gary @ View From the Wing should offer some insight. All in all, this is probably bad news. Certainly the loss of Amazon right before holiday shopping is a bad deal.
Boy, the dust has barely settled on the US Airways Grand Slam and US Airways has already rolled out some sales/changes to some Dividend Miles programs. First, they started a great sale on US Airways Club Memberships (HT One Mile at a Time) the day after that Grand Slam ended that is valid from November 15th – 18th – which I am strongly considering getting in on myself as soon as I have time to call in and verify it isn’t a targeted sale. Now they have announced that the Dividend Miles Toolbar is gone. I personally am not a huge fan of toolbars since they have a tendency to “steal” credit for purchases that I am trying to make through other shopping portals, but I know that some people do like that they make earning points while shopping a more automatic process. I am sad that this “easy” Grand Slam hit may be gone for 2012 though!
If you previously had the Dividend Miles toolbar installed on your computer, here are the instructions to un-install it:
As of 11/14/2011, the Dividend Miles Toolbar will no longer earn miles for shopping or making Yahoo! searches. We recommend that you uninstall by following these steps:
- To uninstall in Internet Explorer: Go to your start menu, then Program Files. There will be a folder for ‘Dividend Miles Toolbar’. Click the ‘Uninstall’ link in that folder.
- To uninstall in Firefox: Go to Tools -> Go to the tools menu in Firefox and select “Add-ons”. Click on the record for “Dividend Miles Toolbar” and choose ‘Uninstall’.