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While this promotion has ended, airline shopping portals regularly have promotions. Regularly check back on your favorite airline's shopping portal for future bonuses.
Earning points and miles through shopping portals is one of the easiest ways to pick up miles without flying. AA, United, and Southwest Airlines are offering various bonuses for shopping online through their portals, all of which are marketed as back to school promotions. It is a perfect time to pick up some bonus miles for already planned back to school shopping. Is it us or does this seem to start earlier each year?
The AA offer runs through August 18, 2017, at 11:59 PM ET. The bonus is tiered, and you can earn up to a maximum of 2,000 miles depending on how much you spend. The tiers are as follows:
- Earn 500 miles bonus for spending at least $150
- Earn 1,000 miles for spending at least $300
- Earn 2,000 miles for spending $500 or more
The offer is relatively broad-ranging, although you will have to check the specific terms and conditions to make sure the items you are purchasing qualify for the offer.
The United “Back to School” promotion runs through August 18, 2017, at 11:59 PM ET. Similar to the AA promotion it is tiered and what you earn will depend on how much you spend. The highest level in the promotion will earn you 3,000 bonus MileagePlus miles. The spending tiers are as follows:
- Earn 500 bonus miles when you spend at least $150
- Earn 1,500 bonus miles when spending $350 or more
- Earn 3,000 bonus miles when you spend $600 or more
As with all these promotions, some items will not qualify, so you need to make sure the items you are purchasing are eligible for the promotion. Once you have completed your eligible purchases, allow 8-10 weeks for the bonus miles to post to your account.
The Southwest version of the “Back to School” promotion also runs through August 18, 2017, at 11:59 PM ET. Like all the promotions, it is a tiered earning promotion, with a maximum possible earning of 2,000 bonus Rapid Rewards points. The earning tiers are as follows:
- Earn 250 points for spending at least $125
- Earn 900 points for spending at least $300
- Earn 2,000 points for spending $550 or more
You will need to check that your purchases qualify for the promotion, but items that do not count include taxes, shipping, gift cards and other cash equivalent items. Allow up to 10 weeks for your bonus points to post to your Rapid Rewards account after completing your purchases.
Maximizing Your Earnings
If you have significant purchases to make, you should consider spreading your purchases out over various sites to increase your return. Since once you hit the maximum spend for a promotion, you will not earn any more miles beyond the maximum.
These promotions are an easy way to top up your mileage and points accounts. Taking advantage of multiple promotions not only maximizes your earnings but can help keep your accounts alive, and prevent your existing points balances from expiring.
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