Earn Bonus Airline Miles While Back to School Shopping

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This is my first year as a parent really dealing with school supplies and very long and detailed school supply lists. For whatever strange reason, the deadline for ordering all the supplies in bulk from my daughter’s elementary school was in June. We clearly missed that. This means piecing together purchases for manilla folders, left handed scissors, construction paper, glue, markers, crayons, binders, spirals, a new larger industrial sized back pack and much, much more from many stores. Hurray to my sister for helping with that adult version of a scavenger hunt!

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This is also our first year in a long time without wearing school uniforms, so there was much headway to make in the first grade outfit department. All of this to say, this back to school shopping time is taking on a whole new meaning and price tag around here this year.


To make it all feel a bit better, be very sure you are earning your airline miles, including some available shopping bonuses. I’ve already mentioned the United MileagePlus Shopping back to school bonus of up to 2,000 miles, depending on your cumulative spending total. American Airlines also has a 1,000 bonus AAdvantage miles bonus, though it is limited to purchases at Neiman Marcus…which certainly isn’t where we did the majority of our school shopping.

Now the Alaska Airlines online shopping site has introduced a one-time “Back to School” bonus of up to 1,500 miles. They will award 400 bonus miles for qualifying purchases of at least $200 or 1,500 bonus miles for qualifying purchases of at least $750 made by staring from their site from 7/29 – 8/14/16. They have over 800 stores available from their site, so it covers a very wide spectrum of retailers!

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Of course you don’t have to actually be shopping for school supplies and such in order to take advantage of these bonuses, so just keep them in mind if some online purchases pop up in the near future. This one from Alaska Airlines runs until August 14th.

Terms and Conditions:

*During the “Back to School” bonus campaign, which runs from 07/29/16 through 08/14/16 at 11:59:59 pm ET (the “Bonus Period”), Member will earn a one-time bonus of up to 1,500 Mileage Plan™ shopping bonus miles on qualifying purchases, in addition to the standard Mileage Plan™ shopping miles earned from shopping online through the Mileage Plan™ Shopping mall. This one-time bonus award will be determined using one of the following tiers, based on Member’s cumulative qualifying purchases made during the Bonus Period: Tier 1 bonus: 400 miles for qualifying purchases of at least $200; or Tier 2 bonus: 1,500 miles for qualifying purchases of at least $750. “Qualifying purchases” do not include returns, cancellations, shipping and handling, taxes, gift card or other cash equivalent purchases, and certain products that are not eligible for bonus miles. Please see the Mileage Plan™ shopping site for details on product eligibility and other restrictions. Please allow 8-10 weeks for bonus miles to post to your Mileage Plan™ shopping account. The Tier 2 bonus provides the maximum number of miles that will be awarded. Void where prohibited by law.

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