Earn Up to 3,000 Bonus Miles Through Airline Shopping Portals

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A few airline shopping portals are running a new round of promotions, and you can earn up to 3,000 bonus miles on purchases made in the next week. Just by clicking through an online shopping portal, you can double-dip on rewards on your online purchases.

Unfortunately, only three airlines are participating, and the rewards are significantly less than we saw during the holidays. However, getting bonus miles for your regular shopping purchases is always a good thing.

United MileagePlus Shopping Portal

Until January 19, 2021, you can earn up to 1,000 bonus points when using the United MileagePlus online shopping portal.

  • Spend $150 and earn 500 bonus miles
  • Spend $300 and earn 1,000 bonus points

United Airlines Shopping Portal Q1 2021 Promo

Key Terms

  • Promotion runs through January 19, 2021, at 11:59:59 pm ET
  • “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 MileagePlus Shopping mall site for details on product eligibility and other restrictions.
  • Allow up to 10 weeks after the January 19 promo end date for bonus award miles to post

American Airlines eShopping Portal

Until January 19, 2021, you can earn up to 1,000 bonus points when using the AAdvantage eShopping portal.

  • Spend $150 and earn 500 bonus miles
  • Spend $300 and earn 1,000 bonus points

American Airlines Shopping Portal Q1 2021 Promo

Key Terms

  • Promotion runs through January 19, 2021, at 11:59:59 pm ET
  • “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.
  • Allow up to 10 weeks after the January 19 promo end date for bonus award miles to post

Alaska Mileage Plan Shopping

Until January 22, 2021, you can earn up to 1,000 bonus miles when using the Alaska Mileage Plan Shopping Portal:

  • Spend $150 and earn 500 bonus points
  • Spend $300 and earn 1,000 bonus points

Alaska shopping portal offer

Key Terms

  • Promotion runs through January 22, 2021 at 11:59:59 pm ET
  • “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.
  • Allow up to 10 weeks after the January 22 promo end date for bonus award miles to post

Delta and Southwest Shopping Portals

At the time of this writing, Delta and Southwest Airlines are not offering any bonus miles in their shopping portals. If you're a member of one of these airlines — and not United, Alaska, or American Airlines — don't forget to check their shopping portals to see what deals they have. Each shopping portal is different, and perhaps your portal will have discounts for the store you want to shop at.

If these shopping portals add a bonus in the next week, I'll be sure to add them to this post.

Our Take

With these promotions, you'll only have to spend at least $900 between the United and American Airlines shopping portals to earn the full 3,000 bonus miles. That's a lot more reasonable of a spending amount than we have seen on similar promotions over the holidays — although the payout was much higher.

A true points maximizer will also want to check a site like CashBackMonitor or Evreward to make sure there isn't a better portal bonus for the same retailer. In situations where the total number of bonus points is comparable, earning Membership Rewards through Rakuten (formerly Ebates) may be the highest value option for online purchases.

Another thing to keep in mind is that shopping portals are a great way to prevent your miles from expiring.

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    I still don’t think enough people utilize shopping portals. They can be a great benefit for miles. Yes, you want to make sure the site is a good deal, but the miles are there.

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    Always great to see bonuses for the shopping portals. Great way to reset expiration dates.

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      Yes, especially for Alaska, this is one of the few ways to reset your expiration even without the bonus. Getting a bonus on top definitely makes it better.

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    Thank you for making me aware of these bonuses on the United airlines and American Airlines shopping portals. I can’t really think of anything I need to purchase at this time, perhaps I will come up with something in the next few days.

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    this is great. with covid my family probably won’t plan have a trip any time sooner. I was just worried about where to use off all the miles that we accumulate. with holiday season coming up, good way to prepare some gifts. just the leadtime is a little bit long ….

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    So two weeks to see if there is some shopping to do and earn the bonus.
    I will think about.

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    This is so great! The portals are so easy to use and now are a great way to gain a bunch of extra points to use when things open back up!

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    My typical use case of shopping portals is to renew expiration dates. This is, well, a bonus 🙂

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    IGNACIO MEDINA says:

    American shopping portal is one of the best out there. It has a small glitch when buying through a mobile device but customer service is pretty good to allocate the missing miles.

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    Just in time for early Christmas shopping! And more people will be shopping online due to COVID restrictions. The only drawback will be if miles are devalued due to the extent of time travel has been restricted.

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    Love using shopping portals and getting to double dip! They used to allow the bonus on gift cards but does anyone know if gift cards still work for the shopping portals?

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    I use shopping portals as much as I can. It is always good to check beforehand which ones are offering the most points, if you are in multiple points programs. I have found checking cashbackmonitor helps me figure out which one would be the most lucrative for me. It even includes my favorite, the flexible points portals.

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    I had all these emails come through but since I use these anyway it’s just a nice reminder. I quickly had signed up for the shopping buttons on another post ya’ll had and have been eagerly trying to boost my AS miles since. AS is a little harder to get miles up to higher numbers when you have more than 2 ppl traveling, so their shopping tab helps. I have also adding them to my Chrome to pop up when I go to a website that I can get miles on. Sometimes I can be forgetful ;o)

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    It never fails; they always post these promotions right after I make a large online purchase for the home. I don’t want to spend money just for the sake of spending to earn points bonuses, but it’s good to keep in mind should something come up in the next few weeks.

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    I use AA shopping portal to make small purchases at Home Depot all the time! I make the purchase online through the AA portal and select in store order pick up at customer service . I earn a few miles and I don’t have to wander the store looking for one item. Also, the miles from Home Depot always post very quickly! Thanks for this airline shopping portal run-down! SO helpful!

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    This is a good thing to take advantage of but there seems to be more and more of these at different times of the year. So if you miss this one, wait for the next one.

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    nice promos, indeed. Also good to check https://www.aadvantagedining.com

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    This is great! I wish I can fly again soon.

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    A year ago, we could not imagine that we would need to exclusively rely on shopping and dining to earn airline miles.

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    Ooh this is like a black Friday shopping portal special in July!

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    Nice to see bonuses even if minor ones.

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    This is really good, but American Airlines E-shop does not work in Argentina sadly

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    Thanks for this post. It would be interesting to read a parallel post for non-American airlines. Can you please recommend some options?

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    Thanks for the tip! looking forward to rack up more AA miles.

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    Thanks. Always good to have a reminder to use portals whenever possible. Also to check cashbackmonitor.com. It has proven very helpful.

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    GrubHub bonus is great for those staying at home during COVID and ordering more than usual.

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    Gotta love the shopping portal bonuses…they add up quite a bit.
    I already earned more than 5K miles from these websites this year.

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    Very helpful list!

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    It would be nice to publish another article to directly compare all the sites mentioned in this article.

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      They all run on the same backend, created by a company called Cartera — that’s why these promos always launch at the same time — and have consistent point levels. It’s just up to you which airline’s points you’d prefer.

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    Such an easy way to get extra points and keep FF accounts active if they expire. Just have to remember to go through the portals before buying things online!

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      Yes, AA still has not changed its expiration policy, though this website can delay the account expiration date.

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    Brian Kessler says:

    What a great way to get my shopping done without leaving the house. And miles awarded is a bonus!!

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    i got the american airlines card and have been eshopping alot since pandemic. its a good deal. good information

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    Thanks for posting this. Sometimes you just don’t have enough points for a trip.

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      Just note that you might be waiting a while for the points to come through, so this probably isn’t the best option if you need points to make an immediate booking.

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    Always on the lookout for a shopping deal.

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    American Airlines eShopping Portal is the plan that i always use!!

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    Irene Carreras says:

    Hello Award Wallet bloggers!

    Thank you for compiling both shopping portals. I always wanted to compare both bonuses programmes as a Delta and AAdvantage user.

    Another thing that is not mentioned in this post is that even though shopping portals are a great way to double-dip, keep in mind that these shopping portals tend to double rewards haul during holidays like Mother’s Day, Christmas and Valentine’s Day. So make sure you check them around those seasons to obtain even better bonus mile points 🙂

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    Sunshine98 says:

    Thanks. Been doing a lot more online to avoid crowds.