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Saturday Recap: Up To 2,500 Bonus Miles At AAdvantage, 3,000 United Miles With Rocketmiles, Save 25% On Virgin America Flights And Help Rescue Dogs, And More

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Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week:

American Airlines Shopping Bonus

Earn 2,500 bonus miles at the American Airlines shopping portal.

Earn Up To 2,500 Bonus American Airlines Miles Shopping At The AAdvantage Portal: The American Airlines shopping portal is giving you extra incentive to be generous with your holiday shopping this year with the opportunity to earn up to 2,500 bonus miles on purchases made now through December 2, 2013.

This is how it breaks down:

  • Spend $75 and get 750 miles
  • Spend $150 and get 1,500 miles
  • Spend $250 and get 2,500 miles

When you shop at online stores through the shopping portal and you can also earn bonuses such as 12 miles per dollar spent at  Sephora, 30 miles per dollar spent at FDT, 5 miles per dollar spent at Red Envelope, or 12 miles per dollar spent at Nordstrom.

The bonus is based on a cumulative basis, so you can spread your spending out at various merchants. Returns, shipping, taxes, gift card purchases, and certain products are not eligible for the bonus, and it takes 8-10 weeks for miles to show on your account. For full terms and conditions, click here.

United Mileage Plus Rocketmiles

Earn 3,000 extra United Mileage Plus miles.

Get 3,000 United MileagePlus Bonus Award Miles With Rocketmiles: Create a new account on Rocketmiles and complete a booking now through November 30, 2013 to earn 3,000 bonus United MileagePlus miles on a stay before April 1, 2014. The bonus is for first-time customers only and there is a limit of one per person. Simply create an account here, make a booking at one of the participating hotels and earn up to 5,000 miles per night.

The Rocketmiles booking process.

The Rocketmiles booking process.

For those not familiar with the site, Rocketmiles is a hotel search engine and booking app you can sign up for here that works with a few premium hotel partners in several US cities to offer customers who book rooms bonus miles with Air France/KLM, Alaska, American Airlines, Delta, Etihad, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue, United, US Airways and Virgin America. Rocketmiles can be a lucrative way to rack up bonus miles on reservations where you wouldn’t normally be earning hotel points or status (and it can be worth it even if you are staying at a chain where you’d normally earn points/status because you’re earning so many more bonus miles), so do the math for yourself, compare your points/miles earning as well as the nightly rates, to see if booking through this promo makes sense for you instead of booking directly with a hotel or an OTA.

Chase is offering to "pick up the tab."

Chase is offering to “pick up the tab.”

Enroll Your Chase Card At A Chase Branch And Your Next Purchase Could Be Free: Chase is offering to “pick up the tab” if you stop by a branch and see a banker to enroll your Chase debit, credit or Chase Liquid card. Afterwards, a purchase at a store or online or could be covered by them if you are one of the lucky winners randomly selected every five minutes, now through December 31, 2013. For official sweepstakes rules, click here.

United Airlines is giving bonus miles for typhoon donations.

United Airlines is giving bonus miles for typhoon donations.

United Airlines Offers Relief To Typhoon Victims: United Airlines is inviting frequent flyers to join in the aid campaign for victims of the Philippines typhoon. The airline will award bonus miles to MileagePlus members who donate $50 or more, up to a total of 5 million miles. Members who donate $50-$99 USD will receive 250 MileagePlus bonus award miles, members who donate $100-$249 USD will receive 500 bonus award miles, and members who donate $250 USD or more will receive 1,000 bonus award miles. In addition, the United Airlines Foundation will contribute up to $100,000 in total matching donations to AmeriCares, the American Red Cross and Operation USA. Donations must be made on the Crowdrise website and members who donate $50-$99 will receive 250 MileagePlus bonus award miles, members who donate $100-$249 will receive 500 bonus award miles and members who donate $250 or more will receive 1,000 bonus award miles. All contributions are tax-deductible, and must be made now through 11:59pm on November 30, 2013. For all terms and conditions, click here.

Hilton Offering Miles For Donations to Typhoon Victims: Hilton is offering HHonors members who donate to typhoon aid efforts of 19 different charities on their Global Giving page 10 points per $1 from now through December 31, 2013. In addition, Hilton is matching all donations up to $100,000 USD. To earn the bonus, submit your HHonors number on the Global Giving page to receive your Bonus Points following the donation, or if you choose to pay through PayPal, forward your donation receipt to [email protected].

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Up to 30% Bonus For Buying Amtrak Points: Now through December 31, you can get up to a 30% bonus on purchased Amtrak Guest Rewards points when you sign in through your account. The bonus is tiered based on how many points you buy:

1,000-4,000 points: 10% bonus
5,000-9,000 points: 20% bonus
10,000 points: 30% bonus

Amtrak points normally cost 2.75 cents each and you can buy up to 10,000 per calendar year, but with this bonus, you’re potentially getting them for 2.1 cents each. Though that’s not cheap, this might make sense because Amtrak awards are charted out with Zone maps, and you can travel from New York to Miami and that counts as a single zone and you can get a coach seat for 5,500 points. Or you could take the Acela from Boston to Washington, DC, which costs upwards of $400, for just 12,000 points. See these other posts about Amtrak Guest Rewards: Maximizing Amtrak Guest Rewards: Earning Points, Maximizing Amtrak Guest Rewards Points: Redeeming and Partners

Southwest will be joining the TSA PreCheck program "very soon."

Southwest will be joining the TSA PreCheck program “very soon.”

Southwest Airlines Added To TSA PreCheck Program: The TSA announced this week that Southwest will become the 8th airline to be included in the PreCheck program that allows expedited security screening. The budget airline will now be able to invite certain members of its Rapid Rewards frequent flyer program who are U.S. citizens to participate in PreCheck, which means an indicator would be embedded in their boarding pass barcodes showing that they can skip the regular security lanes and instead pass through the PreCheck lane. Southwest will become a part of the program “very soon,” according to executives, and will join current participating airlines: Alaska, American, Delta, Hawaiian, United, US Airways and Virgin America.

United Airlines iPhone App

The new United Airlines iPhone app.

United Airlines Launches New iOS 7 App For iPhones: Tech-savvy United flyers can now download a new app to their iPhone that is specifically optimized for the iOS 7 devices but still compatible iPads and older iOS versions. The updated app has a new easier-to-use home screen, travel cards and a travel wallet for more convenience. Version 2.0.10 includes the following features and upgrades:

  • All-new iOS 7-friendly design
  • Improved booking search results, giving you the choice of a list view for more flights on the screen, or an expanded view for a more detailed display multi-segment award bookings
  • Enhanced calendar selection for flight search
  • All-new seat map design
  • New mobile boarding pass display with enhanced multi-passenger view
  • TSA pre-screening logo added to Passbook mobile boarding passes for eligible customers
  • Streamlined flight status look and feel

You can download the app from the Apples iTunes store on your iPhone, iPad or tablet, and go to United Airlines’ Hub page for more details on the enhanced features.

Save $20 on NYC Uber rides.

Save $20 on NYC Uber rides.

Save $20 On Uber Rides In New York City: In honor of the “The Salon: Art & Design” show in New York City this weekend, Uber is offering $20 off rides to or from the event for new users who sign up and use the promo code TheSalon2013. Already riding with Uber? Use promo code TheSalon20 for 20% off one ride any day of the event. This offer is good from November 14-18, 2013. For more information on the SALON show,  which features coveted works of art, 20th-century and contemporary design, decorative arts, antiquities and ethnographic art, click here.

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  • r0m8470

    Hi TPG – you posted about 35 miles per $ spend on Ebags through one of the airline portal. United MileagePlus portal now has a 21 miler per $ spend with Shoes.com. Not as good, but decent.

  • Chris

    Where is the Virgin America offer?

  • Steven

    For the Southwest cards ending Monday, do bonus points for purchases in the shopping portal count toward the companion pass 110,000 pts?

  • PBIProwler

    with regards to AA offer, do you have to sign up, or is it automatic when you shop till you drop??

  • thepointsguy

    Automatic.

  • thepointsguy

    Points earned on purchases should count.

  • Jessica Lin

    Only 23 states are eligible for the Chase sweepstakes. How disappointing

  • Ben McKelfresh

    On that note, has anyone received their 2500 bonus miles yet? I know mine haven’t posted yet.

  • pj

    I haven’t gotten mine yet either. I had so many problems with my Walgreens orders — they didn’t initially post and i had numerous email exchanges before they finally posted the miles. Very frustrating! My other orders posted very quickly. I’m anticipating problems with the bonus! :)

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