Awesome Deal: 15 AAdvantage Miles Per Dollar Spent at Walgreens

by on November 21, 2013 · 18 comments

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While not quite the now expired 35 miles per dollar at eBags, the is now offering 15 miles per dollar spent at Walgreens.

Walgreens 15x

This is up from the typical 3x and is at least 3 times better than any other airline/hotel shopping portal, per
Evreward AAI value AA miles at around 2 cents a piece. For example, I’d gladly pay $1,350 for a one-way first class ticket to Asia on Cathay Pacific (67,500 miles) or pay $400 for a one-way award from Hawaii to NY and then onto Europe at a later time and date, (which is only 20,000 miles as long as the first leg departs in the off-peak season of October 15-April 15).

So at the valuation, you’re looking at about a 30% return on your spend- without including several other factors like:

1) Earn from using a credit card. The Chase Amazon Visa offers 2% back at drug stores, but even if you just use a Starwood Preferred Guest Amex that awards 1 point per dollar, that’s an extra ~2% back on top of the portal payday.

2) If you have a flexible spending account, you may be able to purchase eligible items and then submit for reimbursement, thus being able to use pre-tax dollars for the purchase.

3) There have been reports of getting the bonus miles for giftcard purchases. It could be possible to purchase gift cards through the portal and then use them again through the portal for your actual purchases (getting 15 miles per dollar on the gift card purchase and then another 15 miles per dollar when you make the merchandise purchase using the giftcards.) I just purchased a giftcard and I’ll report back if it worked (which may be after this promotion ends- I can’t find an end date), but I’d recommend starting small and making sure it works before loading up. Getting 30+ miles back for Walgreens purchases would be absolutely incredible. Giftcards are technically excluded from earning bonus miles, but I have shopped for gift cards through shopping portals in the past and been award with the bonus miles. Sadly other merchant gift cards are only available in-store.

4) Also earning Balance Rewards points for certain purchases. 40,000 points = $50 gift card.

While eBags was a beatter earning ratio, Walgreens prices are much less inflated and there are a ton of items- maybe you can even do some holiday shopping in addition to getting household items. Walgreens is also offering free shipping for orders over $25, so now might be the time to stock up- though don’t get too carried away and become one of those “extreme couponers” that buys huge quantities just because there’s a deal!

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Not eligible on purchases made with coupon or discount codes that are not found on this site.  Not eligible on gift cards, gift certificates or any other similar cash equivalents. Not eligible on purchases made through sub-domains such as, AARP discounts, pharmacy purchases or prescription drugs but photo orders picked up in-store are eligible. Not eligible on Prescription Savings Club. Any return, exchange or other adjustment made at a physical store location for an on-line purchase may result in your purchase being deemed ineligible for reward.

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  • DBest

    Can you use Walgreen’s gift cards at the pharmacy?

  • pas

    I bought my year-supply of contact lenses and used their coupon (on the AAdvantage shopping site) CONTACTLENS20 to get also 20% off my order.

  • Kelly

    Warning! you can not use a Walgreens gift card at they may only be used in local stores. LAMEST POLICY EVER

  • pauler

    Yes but you will not get bonus points from buying gift cards via this promotion as stated in the fine print.

  • thepointsguy

    Even though it says that I know people who have. Not a guarantee but it may be possiblr

  • “theotherpointsguy”

    Purchased 3 items together. One misc. item and 2 gc’s. Yes, points posted today. This deal is stackable with current aa 10% bonus on purchases up to $250.

  • nine

    Hi! I just started using the portal last week and my Nordstrom purchase posted within two days. I made a Walgreen’s purchase on Sunday night and nothing is showing up yet (non gift card). Do you happen to know if it takes longer for some accounts to have their miles post? I know it hasn’t been even a week but I’m a little concerned since yours posted so quickly.I followed all the directions, and it showed that I would be earning 15x. Thanks in advance for anyone’s input…. new to this all! :)

  • meagain

    FME, they should post within the week. Large purchases can take up to 3-4 weeks. Not sure what constitutes large purchases. Waiting for points to post can be nerve recking. If you did not purchase GC’s then you have nothing to worry about. Patience.

  • Doublel107

    Can you get points when you buy gift cards through FTD? That promo is $30 per mile

  • Anita

    There are some very, very interesting items on clearance at Just saying.

  • nine

    Thanks for the quick reply!! It was only a $40 purchase but I plan on making another purchase for a few hundred and was concerned that the miles might not post (I’ve read on other forums about problems with the portals). A great big thank you to thepointsguy and the other readers for all your great comments and suggestions! All the best!! :)

  • Steve

    Do you mean Walgreens GCs or Visa GCs?

  • Faye

    Those were completely unexpected – what a hoot!

  • Nandan Dasgupta

    Can it is applicable with Store Purchases? If Yes what Credit Card to use?

  • Smitty06

    Received my order yesterday. Too bad I didn’t get what I ordered. Seeing as I have black hair, 4 bottles of blond root touch up isn’t going to help me.

  • Solomon Neuhardt

    Can you buy vanilla reloads this way?

  • Joe

    It looks like the offer has expired?

  • Juan

    Nine, did they post yet? I spent a few hundred and got about 5,000k miles, been 2 weeks and no miles posted. Just wondering on time frame of miles posting.

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