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While not quite the now expired 35 miles per dollar at eBags, the AAdvantageEshopping.com is now offering 15 miles per dollar spent at Walgreens.
This is up from the typical 3x and is at least 3 times better than any other airline/hotel shopping portal, per Evreward.com.
I 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.walgreens.com, 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.
Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.
- Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
- Named Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, July 2016
- 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
- Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
- No foreign transaction fees
- 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
- Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
- No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards