Earn Miles and Points With Online Back to School Shopping

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I know time goes by quickly, but I’m seriously in shock that it is August already.  For those of us with kids, that means Back to School Shopping.  It is an annual ritual, even a sport for some.  The deals are usually pretty good, the stores are packed (especially on tax-free days), and clearly it is important to get the coolest backpack and the newest shirt…or so I’m told.  It is at least equally important to earn miles and points in the process.  This post is going to focus on deals available online using various shopping portals.  I will do a separate post if you prefer to do your shopping in the physical stores.

The numbers below show how many extra points or miles you will earn for your purchase.  For example, if you buy something for $100 from a portal that says it is paying out at that retailer for 4x then you will get 400 extra miles or points for that purchase on top of the ones that you earn for using a credit card.  Some portals even have extra bonuses on top of that!  It can take a purchase that would have only earned a handful of points on the credit card to one that earns a significant number thanks to using an online portal.

You can often stack coupon codes, free shipping, or in-store pick-up on top of 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.

In case you aren’t overly familiar with how the Chase Ultimate Rewards shopping portal works, then head to this post for detailed instructions.  While the Ultimate Rewards portal doesn’t always have the best payout (or the most retailers), they do seem to have some of the better customer service when something goes wrong with the points posting, so keep that in mind as well.

To access the Ultimate Rewards card you must have a card that earns Ultimate Rewards such as Chase Freedom, Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, or Ink Plus® Business Card.

Ultimate Rewards:

Kohl’s 10x (this stacks with the third quarter 5x bonus category on the Chase Freedom for a total of 15x on that card up to the $1,500 quarterly limit!)

Anthropologie 7x

Gap or Gap Kids 3x

Aeropostale 2x

Famous Footwear 10x

J. Crew 5x

Kmart 3x

JCPenney 5x

Macys 4x

Pacific Sunwear 5x

Pottery Barn Kids 2x

ProActiv 30x

Shoes.com 10x

Target 2x

Toms Shoes 5x

Walgreens 4x

Walmart 1x

Apple 1x

United MileagePlus Shopping:

For some of the MileagePlus payouts you must have a United co-branded credit card and be logged in to your account.

Spend $75 via the United MileagePlus Shopping portal by 8/18 and earn a 500 mile bonus.

Kmart 9x (through 8/3)

Sears 9x (through 8/5)

Gap 4x

Watch Station 10x

AAdvantage Shopping:

Nordstrom 8x

Staples 4x

Walgreens 6x

British Airways E-Store

J. Crew 4x

Danskin 4x

Diapers.com 1x

Shoebuy 12x

US Airways Dividend Miles Storefront:

Clinique 2x

Maui Jim 10x

Southwest Rapid Rewards

Earn up to 800 bonus points with back to school shopping through 8/28.  Cumulatively pend $100 get 200 bonus points, spend $200 get 400 bonus points, spend $400 get 800 bonus points.

JCPenney 8x

Delta SkyMiles Shopping:

Get 250 bonus miles for every $100 spent via SkyMiles shopping through 8/31/13, up to 2,500 bonus miles.

Have fun earning miles and points while doing the online back to school shopping that you were going to have to do anyway.  If you have any extra tips, I’d love to hear them!  Stay tuned for a post on earning points while doing some of the back to school shopping that you want to do in a physical store.


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  1. The SW RR deal seems like it might be of some use for me. Can anybody comment on whether SW rewards points for gift card purchases– both buying a gc, and buying something with a store gc (ie, double dipping). It works on most things for Chase UR, where most “research” is done. I haven’t heard many comment about AA, SW or United portals.

    • Dave, I think there is a high chance if it works in one portal it will work in another. Not guaranteed, but high probability.

  2. Florida has the free tax weekend Aug 2-4 and this includes computers 750$ or less. I used Ultimate rewards to connect to Best Buy and bought an iPad mini tax free and in addition Best Buy is adding 25$ gift card for free, and some software. I used my Amex card that I had synced so I will be getting a 25$ credit from Amex since the purchase was more than 250.00. I save over 80.00$ plus will receive 429 UR points.

    There are lots of deals this weekend in other states so I hope you all take advantage of this !

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