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As the number of shopping days and (shipping days) until Christmas are dwindling, we are seeing some shopping portals spike some increased mileage earnings to try and snag your last minute purchase dollars! These increased mileage earnings are not lasting long, so don’t expect a big payout from today hang to around a few days from now unless it explicitly states otherwise.
Also remember that these payouts are on top of the miles and points your credit card will earn. For example, if you use your Chase Freedom® to make a $100 purchase at Sears.com at 12x as shown below, you will earn 5x points on your Chase Freedom and 12x via the United MileagePlus Shopping portal. If you first buy an e-gift card to Sears.com before using the gift card through the portal, then you could potentially add another 12x via that double dip, for a total of 29x! That is insane and could turn a $100 purchase into 2,900 miles and points! In a more extreme example, say you had a $1,000 appliance purchase on your list – that could be 29,000 miles and points!
Note that you have to have a United MileagePlus card to see the 12x Sears rate, otherwise you will see 8x, which is still good. Also, that form of double dipping with a gift card doesn’t work with all retailers, but does work pretty reliably with Sears.
The Chase Freedom is offering 5x points on select department stores, Amazon.com, and Zappos.com this quarter, for a combined max of $1,500 in purchases.
Banana Republic 4x
Crate & Barrel 4x
Famous Footwear 15x
J Crew 4x
Jos A Bank 12x
Omaha Steak 24x
Famous Footwear 14x
LL Bean 4x
If you see other increased payout amounts that catch your eye, be sure to let me know so I can share the good news!
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