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As we hoped/expected, more airline online shopping portals are releasing bonus miles promotions in anticipation of snagging some back to school shopping dollars! This means you can get the school supplies, school clothes, or anything else you may be in the market for and potentially earn thousands of bonus airline miles in the process.
American Airlines and Southwest Rapid Rewards both have new back-to-school shopping promos that each award up to 3,500 bonus miles that I outllined here. Now United MileagePlus shopping has entered the bonus promo game as outlined below.
Beginning today (7/21/15) through 8/12/15 you can earn up to 4,000 bonus United MileagePlus miles for your online shopping on top of the regular miles you earn from the portal and any you earn via paying for your purchases with your rewards earning credit card!
Bonus mileage earning structure for purchases made from7/21/15 – 8/12/15:
- 500 bonus miles for cumulative qualifying purchases of at least $125
- 1,750 bonus miles for cumulative qualifying purchases of at least $600
- 4,000 bonus miles for cumulative qualifying purchases of $1,500 or more
Some examples of current retailer payouts in the United shopping portal include:
Note that if you do not have a United co-branded credit card such as the United MileagePlus® Explorer Card then the payout rates you see may be lower for some retailers.
Bed, Bath and Beyond 4x
Brooks Brothers 9x
Finish Line 8x
Living Social 6x
Neiman Marcus 8x
New Balance 6x
Office Depot 4x
As an example of how this can stack, if you made $125 in purchases at Staples online while it is paying out 4x via this promo period you would earn 500 miles from the regular 4x payout, 500 miles via the bonus for spending $125, and then you would earn the miles via the rewards credit card you paid with.
The United shopping portal is also running a sweepstakes right now that awards up to 100,000 miles to the grand prize winner – you can read more about that here.
Terms and Conditions for United Shopping Promo:
† During the “Back to School” bonus campaign, which runs from July 21, 2015 through August 12, 2015 at 11:59:59 pm ET (the “Bonus Period”), Member will receive a one-time bonus of up to 4,000 bonus award miles on qualifying purchases, in addition to the standard miles earned from shopping online through MileagePlus® Shopping. Bonus miles will be issued based on Member’s cumulative qualifying purchases made during the Bonus Period: 500 bonus miles for qualifying purchases of at least $125; 1,750 bonus miles for qualifying purchases of at least $600; or 4,000 bonus miles for qualifying purchases of $1,500 or more. Returns, cancellations, shipping and handling, taxes, gift card or other cash equivalent purchases, and certain products are not included in the bonus award miles eligibility calculation; please see the MileagePlus Shopping site for details on product eligibility and/or any coupon code details or other usage restrictions. Please allow 8-10 weeks after the Bonus Period for bonus award miles to post to your MileagePlus Shopping account. The maximum number of bonus award miles that will be awarded to an eligible MileagePlus Shopping account through the “Back to School” bonus campaign is 4,000 bonus award miles. This offer cannot be combined with other offers or promotions. Please check the MileagePlus Shopping site daily for updates to increased earning opportunities. Void where prohibited by law.
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