Earn Up to 8 Miles Per Dollar Spent on Groupon

by on March 18, 2011 · 13 comments

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I constantly preach about earning miles for “no-brainer” things like dining and online shopping. If you aren’t already in on the game, you should start now. Most airlines have shopping portals that allow you earn miles on purchases from major retailers. In fact, the portal will take you directly to the retailer’s website and when you arrive via a link for your preferred shopping mall, you automatically get miles.

For example, AA will give you 8 miles per dollar spent at Groupon if you arrive by way of their Eshopping mall link. Simply go to that site, enter your AAdvantage information, and then search for retailers. Once you click “Shop now” you’ll be redirected to those sites and your AAdvantage number will be attached to your order – with most merchants, there’s no need to enter it again at checkout. The system can automatically tell you were referred by AAvantage e-shopping and in a couple weeks the miles deposit automatically.

FYI: Delta also offers a 7 miles per dollar (and up to 10 miles for some) bonus through Skymiles Shopping. United offers 6 miles per dollar through MileagePlus shopping. USAirways offers 4 miles per dollar at the Dividend Miles Mall.

Of course, it always makes sense to document your purchases so you can chase the miles if needed, but mine always post automatically as long as I go through the airline affiliated shopping portals.

Happy shopping!

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  • Brian Herbert

    It actually looks like you get 10 miles per dollar for Groupon on Delta’s Skymiles Shopping site!

  • The Points Guy

    @Brian- weird- for me it just shows a 5 that is crossed out and then a red 7 miles per dollar. Did you get that screenshot from

  • Brian Herbert

    Yep, I used the link you had in your blog post. In fact, here’s another link. Of course, I am logged in with my skymiles account so this is probably variable. Here’s another screenshot

  • The Points Guy

    No fair- they must like you more! I’ll add that some people might be eligible for 10 miles. Thanks for the tip.

  • David

    Mine definitely says 10 miles, too.

  • Coleman

    Can anyone shed some light on how long it takes for miles to post, either for AA or Delta? Thanks

  • The Points Guy

    Mine usually take about 2 weeks from the time of purchase. It depends on how quickly the vendor posts them though, and I’ve never ordered from Groupon, so I can’t say for sure.

  • Coleman

    From my extensive experience with Big Crumbs, Groupon seems to provide affiliates (or at least BC) with daily updates. 1am orders are reflected in my BC account by morning of the same day. I’m just curious how long it takes on the airlines’ end to credit the miles.

  • Alex Hickman

    Hey Brian, came up on this AA offer via email. I’ll post up the link, gives a chance to earn 100k miles on AA. My sister forwarded this to me. Might be worth checking out :)

  • Elise Lewis

    Watch the “up to” — for most merchants, the payoff is 3 or 4 miles per dollar.

  • D Whitaker

    Another method I use is to charge the groupon certificates THRU Skymiles shopping with a Delta Amex Reserve card and double the purchase points Plus the Skymile bonus points. You have to ride herd on some of these, as some of the office supply companies get flakey on their Amex offers.

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  • Ali

    Hi, is this redemption for groupon thru skymall considered better than the 15% cashback through discover?

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