Last Minute Holiday Bonus Miles Through Shopping Portals (Through December 17, 2017)

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It’s that time of the year again, where shopping online can earn you plenty of bonus miles. Currently, you can earn bonus miles with Alaska, United, Delta, and American Airlines. In a feat of epic imagination, all four carriers have titled their promos “Last Minute Holiday Bonus”.

Alaska Shopping Bonus

Last Minute Shopping Bonus 2017 Alaska Mileage Plan

  • Promotion valid through December 17, 2017
  • Spend $150 on qualifying purchases and earn 500 bonus miles
  • Qualifying purchases do not include returns, cancellations, shipping and handling, taxes, gift card or other cash equivalent purchases
  • Allow 8-10 weeks for the bonus miles to post to your account

Delta Shopping Bonus

Last Minute Shopping Bonus 2017 Delta SkyMiles

  • Promotion valid through December 17, 2017
  • Spend $150 on qualifying purchases and earn 500 bonus SkyMiles
  • Qualifying purchases do not include returns, cancellations, shipping and handling, taxes, gift card or other cash equivalent purchases
  • Allow 8-10 weeks for the bonus miles to post to your account

United Shopping Bonus

Last Minute Shopping Bonus 2017 United MileagePlus

  • Promotion valid through December 17, 2017
  • Spend $150 on qualifying purchases and earn 500 bonus miles
  • Spend $350 or more and earn 1,500 bonus miles
  • Qualifying purchases do not include returns, cancellations, shipping and handling, taxes, gift card or other cash equivalent purchases
  • Allow 8-10 weeks for the bonus miles to post to your account

American Airlines Shopping Bonus

Last Minute Shopping Bonus 2017 AAdvantage

  • Promotion valid through December 17, 2017
  • Spend $150 on qualifying purchases and earn 500 bonus miles
  • Spend $300 or more and earn 1,500 bonus miles
  • Qualifying purchases do not include returns, cancellations, shipping and handling, taxes, gift card or other cash equivalent purchases
  • Allow 8-10 weeks for the bonus miles to post to your account

Our Take

With the holidays fast approaching, directing some of your shopping to airline portals is an easy way to pick up extra miles. Maximize your earnings by splitting them between the various portals. If you want to truly squeeze out every cent of value from your purchases, use a site like CashbackMonitor.com to compare how many miles per dollar you will get from specific stores. So not only do you distribute your spending to maximize your bonuses from the various portals, but also you earn the most miles possible by pairing the store with the most rewarding shopping portal.

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Last Minute Holiday Bonus Miles Through Shopping Portals (Through December 17, 2017)
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Comments

  • I’m pretty much done with my holiday shopping. Hope those last minute shoppers can benefit from this info.

  • This is an awesome reminder! I will definitely be using these portals!

  • I’d like to recommend that people also look at topcashback.com. They pay a percentage of your purchase back to you. Just bought something at Bed Bath and got 4% back. I realize I gave up some points, but I can always use the cash back to pay for travel expenses.

    • There are a myriad of cashback sites; check out cashbackmonitor which does a good job aggregating them by merchant.
      CB definitely has its place, if one is interested in gaining a little extra cash to defray the cost of paid travel, but if one is prefers to upgrade to premium airline cabins, or make stays at aspirational hotel properties, mile-earning & point-earning portals are definitely the way to go. For instance, on an average int’l J ticket that costs, say $5000, you’d need to spend $125000 earning 4% CB to earn enough to pay for it…whereas it would take significantly less than $125000 to earn the 60k or 90k miles needed to redeem for that ticket.

  • Best phrase nomination… “In a feat of epic imagination…”

  • I keep hearing about shopping through portals, its a new concept for me… so thanks for this article as it helped me understand them a bit better in print (and the links provided are helpful).

  • Steffen Richter says:

    I bought a book through AAdvantage Shopping via Abebooks and the seller unceremoniously just cancelled the order. So it doesn’t always work out. I’ve also made some purchases were the miles never materialized. I think this is a bit risky as a last minute attempt to stop your miles from expiring.

  • Thanks for the link to cashbackmonitor! Didn’t know about that site before

  • I need to get some more things so this is nice!

  • just got some last minute United miles

  • I find the spending levels needed to qualify for some bonuses are completely reasonable and easy to meet.

  • I’m finding chasing these all up a bit of a pain!

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