Shop to Earn Thousands of MileagePlus, Mileage Plan and AAdvantage Miles

Y ou can shop to earn thousands of MileagePlus, Mileage Plan and AAdvantage miles through their respective Internet shopping portals through Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 11:59 in the evening Eastern Standard Time — but the earnings and amount of spend required vary between programs, which are detailed below.

United MileagePlus More Miles More Merry Promotion

Earn a one-time bonus of up to 5,000 MileagePlus bonus award miles on qualifying purchases, in addition to the standard MileagePlus miles earned from shopping via the Internet through the MileagePlus Shopping mall.

  • 500 bonus miles for spending a minimum of $150.00 on qualifying purchases
  • 2,500 bonus miles for spending a minimum of $750.00 on qualifying purchases
  • 5,000 bonus miles for spending a minimum of $1,500.00 on qualifying purchases

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Be Merry Promotion

Earn a one-time bonus of up to 3,000 Mileage Plan bonus miles on qualifying purchases, in addition to the standard Mileage Plan miles earned from shopping via the Internet through the Mileage Plan Shopping mall.

  • 500 bonus miles for spending a minimum of $150.00 on qualifying purchases
  • 1,500 bonus miles for spending a minimum of $500.00 on qualifying purchases
  • 3,000 bonus miles for spending a minimum of $1,000.00 on qualifying purchases

American Airlines Bonus Miles are Stacking Up Promotion

Earn a one-time bonus of up to 5,000 AAdvantage bonus miles on qualifying purchases, in addition to the standard AAdvantage miles earned from shopping via the Internet through the AAdvantage eShopping mall.

  • 500 bonus miles for spending a minimum of $150.00 on qualifying purchases
  • 2,500 bonus miles for spending a minimum of $750.00 on qualifying purchases
  • 5,000 bonus miles for spending a minimum of $1,500.00 on qualifying purchases

Select Terms and Conditions

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 allow up to ten weeks after the bonus period for bonus award miles to post to your respective shopping account. The Tier 3 bonus provides the maximum number of bonus miles which will be awarded. These promotions are void where prohibited by law.

For details on product eligibility and other restrictions, please see the respective terms and conditions of the following Internet shopping mall portal sites:

Summary

It is nice to be able to alert you of all of the shopping offers in one article, as the promotion periods are usually staggered between the shopping portals of each airline.

There are plenty of merchants available at all three Internet shopping portals where you can conduct shopping which you might already be doing for the next few weeks — whether it is for a home improvement project or purchasing a new portable electronic device — so if you intend to spend a minimum of $150.00 anyway, you may as well earn bonus award miles in the process.

As for which promotion is best for you depends on how you value the miles from each of the three frequent flier loyalty programs — but they are all generally the same…

…and you may want to shop at your choice of up to all three Internet shopping portals if you are interested in extending the expiration dates of your miles in any or all three of the frequent flier loyalty programs — or if you simply want to top off your account in order to have enough miles for award travel.

Keep in mind that the crediting of miles are usually for the time of purchase and not the time of when they are actually posted to your frequent flier loyalty program account — be forewarned that you may not see the miles you have earned posted to your account for weeks after the date of completion of the transaction — which is good to know in case you need to extend the expiration date of the miles already in your account.

Photograph ©2011 by Brian Cohen.

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