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Through August 12, 2016, you can earn up to 2,000 United MileagePlus miles by shopping through United's e-shopping portal, MileagePlus Shopping, in what they are calling their “Back to School Promotion.”
The exact amount of bonus miles you can earn through this promotion varies depending on how much you spend in purchases during the promotional period. You will need to spend $1,000 to earn the maximum 2,000 bonus miles bonus. However, you can earn 500 bonus miles by spending $250, and you can earn 1,500 bonus miles by spending $750.
No registration is necessary to participate in this promotion. Make sure to sign-in to your United account before clicking on your favorite merchant to begin your purchases. The bonus miles will be awarded 8-10 weeks after the promotional period ends.
The bonus miles earned through the Back to School Promotion are in addition to the miles you would normally earn for online purchases initiated via MileagePlus Shopping. If during the promotional period you spend $1,500 on merchants providing an average of 4 bonus miles per dollar spent, you would end up earning at least a total of 8,000 United miles, 6,000 miles directly from the purchases plus 2,000 bonus miles from the promotion.
These totals do not take into account miles or points you would earn directly from your credit card for your purchases.
E-shopping portals provide one of the easiest and most efficient ways to maximize points and miles earnings. Most major airlines and hotel chains have an e-shopping portal. Among the most popular ones in addition to United's are American Airlines' AAdvantage eShopping, British Airways' Gate 365, Delta's SkyMiles Shopping and Marriott's Shop My Way. Among the flexible rewards currencies, Chase's Shop through Chase is a great option. And if you are more interested in earning cash back for your online purchases, make sure to check out Ebates.
Regardless of where you shop online, always check first whether you can earn bonus points by beginning your purchase through an e-shopping portal. And when there are spending promotion like United's Back to School, make sure to start all your purchases from the same e-shopping portal to earn even more points or miles.
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