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AAdvantage eShopping, the online shopping portal of American Airlines, is on a roll lately with lucrative shopping bonuses for AAdvantage members who can earn multiple miles per dollar they spend when clicking through the eShopping website. A couple weeks ago, the site was offering 35 miles per $1 at ebags, and this week the airline is offering shoppers 18 miles per $1 spent at Neiman Marcus now through Thursday, November 7.

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While that’s only about half the miles you could have earned through the ebags promo, this basically equates to buying miles at 5.6 cents apiece – not the greatest deal, but in terms of this promo, you might want to think about it as being able to buy merchandise you want already, as well and earning miles on your credit card for the purchase. You don’t need to use an AA credit card – this bonus is good on all purchases, so this could be a great way to hit any minimum spend thresholds or to earn a category spending bonus like the Chase Freedom card is currently offering – 5X points per $1 at department stores up to $1,500 this quarter (until December 31) bringing your per dollar earning to 23 points and miles.

Screen shot 2013-11-03 at 5.58.44 PMJust make sure you login with your AAdvantage number at the portal before clicking through to Neiman Marcus – it will store your number and automatically deposit the bonus miles to your AA account, usually within a week or so.

If you were to max out the full $1,500 quarterly bonus on the Freedom card, you’d earn 7,500 Ultimate Rewards points (which I value at about 2 cents apiece thanks to valuable transfer partners) and 27,000 American miles – more than enough for a roundtrip domestic economy award – which I value at about 1.9 cents apiece. With those valuations, you’re getting about 40% back on your spending if you can maximize both these miles and points.

Though Neiman Marcus is an expensive department store, they carry a lot of the top fashion brands and holiday shopping is right around the corner, so it never hurts to get an early start!

Chase Freedom®

It's a stellar Cash Back card on its own, but when paired with the Chase Sapphire Reserve or Chase Sapphire Preferred, the Freedom's 5x Category Bonuses let you rack up Chase Ultimate Rewards Points, transferrable to partners or redeemable via the portal.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn a $150 Bonus after you spend $500 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening
  • Earn 5% cash back on up to $1,500 in combined purchases in bonus categories each quarter you activate
  • Unlimited 1% cash back on all other purchases — it's automatic
  • 0% Intro APR for 15 months from account opening on purchases and balance transfers, then a variable APR of 15.49-24.24%. Balance transfer fee is 5% of the amount transferred, $5 minimum
  • Enjoy new 5% categories every 3 months
  • Cash Back rewards do not expire as long as your account is open
  • No annual fee
Intro APR on Purchases
0% for 15 months
Regular APR
15.49% - 24.24% Variable
Annual Fee
$0
Balance Transfer Fee
5.00%
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit

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