Back to School 2016
Source: Alaska Airlines.

Earn Up to 1,500 Bonus Mileage Plan Miles by Shopping for Back to School

E ffective through Sunday, August 14, 2016 at 11:59:59 in the evening Eastern Daylight Time, you can earn up to 1,500 bonus Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan frequent flier loyalty program miles — in addition to the standard Mileage Plan miles earned — during the Back to School bonus campaign at the Mileage Plan Shopping portal by spending the following minimum amounts of money for shopping for qualifying purchases on your favorite products from hundreds of participating retailers:

  • 400 bonus Mileage Plan miles when you spend a minimum of $200.00 shopping
  • 1,500 bonus Mileage Plan miles when you spend a minimum of $750.00 shopping

Earn Up to 1,500 Bonus Mileage Plan Miles by Shopping for Back to School

You can only earn the bonus of up to 1,500 Mileage Plan miles once, as the maximum number of bonus award miles that will be awarded to an eligible Mileage Plan Shopping account through the Back to School bonus campaign is 1,500 bonus award miles.

Bonus Mileage Plan miles will be issued based on your cumulative qualifying purchases made during the bonus period. Returns, cancellations, shipping and handling, taxes, gift card or other cash equivalent purchases, and certain products are not included in the bonus award Mileage Plan miles eligibility calculation.

Please allow up to ten weeks after the conclusion of the bonus period for the bonus award Mileage Plan miles to post to your Mileage Plan Shopping account. This offer cannot be combined with other offers or promotions.

Other terms and conditions may apply.


This promotion is essentially similar to the one offered by the shopping portal of the United Airlines MileagePlus frequent flier loyalty program, where you could earn up to 2,000 bonus MileagePlus miles by spending money on shopping.

Cartera Commerce, Incorporated is the company which operates the Mileage Plan Shopping portal — as well as powers many of the shopping mall Internet web sites for airlines in addition to that of Alaska Airlines — but the company has not had a perfect record with satisfaction amongst its customers.

Chances are that you will not experience problems with this promotion — but be prepared to expect a less than flawless experience, just in case.

Still, I have sporadically used the shopping portals of at least two different airlines plus one lodging company; and I have had no problems earning the proper amount of frequent flier loyalty program miles. Be aware that the adding of those miles can take as many as ten weeks — as was the case with the lodging company — but if that happens after the expiration date of the miles in your account, take consolation of knowing that the date of the transaction is what counts and not when the transaction is approved. I have had to send a reminder to the lodging company for them to reinstate points which had expired greater than two months prior to finally being credited the points earned from shopping — and they did.

If you intend to spend up to $750.00 anyway by Sunday, August 14, 2016, you may as well earn up to 1,500 bonus award Mileage Plan frequent flier loyalty miles in the process, which should extend the expiration date of the Mileage Plan miles already in your account by another 24 months.

As for going back to school — well…believe it or not, there are some areas of the United States where students have already gone back to school for the start of the 2016-2017 school year…

Source: Alaska Airlines.

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