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Shopping portals are a great way to double-dip with travel rewards, since you’ll earn bonus points or miles both for going through the portal and for paying with a travel rewards credit card. If you’re shopping online, your first stop should be a shopping portal — and tools like EVReward.com can help you find the best option for a given e-tailer.

While going through a travel rewards shopping portal will always boost your earnings, sometimes you’ll find extra-lucrative offers. This current offer from United MileagePlus Shopping is one such example: Today, October 20, you can earn 20 miles per dollar when you go through the portal and shop with one of the following 20 retailers:

  • Magazines.com
  • 4inkjets
  • Restaurant.com
  • eBags.com
  • Rosetta Stone Language Software
  • ShoeMall.com
  • Jos. A. Bank
  • Nike
  • Alice + Olivia
  • Brooks Brothers
  • Omaha Steaks
  • Rite Aid
  • Tipsy Elves
  • Converse
  • Lord & Taylor
  • Backcountry.com
  • Bass Pro Shops
  • Jewelry.com
  • Minted.com
  • Lancome

If you’re looking to get an early start on holiday shopping or simply want to pick up a little treat for yourself, this promo could be a great opportunity to do so. Based on TPG’s latest valuations, 20 United miles per dollar equals a return of 30% — pretty impressive! Some of the standout retailers included on the list are eBags.com (if you’re looking to pick up some Tumi luggage, for instance), Brooks Brothers, Converse, Nike and Lord & Taylor, though of course based on your interests and tastes other e-stores may appeal to you as well.

Earn 20 miles per dollar with several retailers, including Brooks Brothers.
Earn 20 miles per dollar with several retailers, including Brooks Brothers.

While you’ll only be able to earn 20 miles per dollar with these retailers today, keep in mind that United’s running a MileagePlus Shopping Sweepstakes through the end of the month (October 31), with a grand prize of 100,000 award miles and $2,500 cash, plus three first prizes of 20,000 miles each. Use this link to register, and you’ll get 1 entry as a result. Then, you’ll get an additional 5 entries when you sign up for marketing emails plus another 5 entries for each qualifying purchase of $50 or more (up to 25 entries per day). Even if you don’t win a prize, you’ll be rewarded with bonus miles when you shop at select retailers — and with many merchants you’ll earn even more miles if you use a United co-branded card such as the United MileagePlus Explorer Card.

Bottom Line

If you have any shopping to do with the 20 eligible stores, today’s a great day to make a purchase online by going through the MileagePlus Shopping portal — you’ll be rewarded with a whopping 30% return on your spending, and you’ll be close to your next award flight on the carrier or one of its partners.

Will you be taking advantage of this one-day bonus?

United MileagePlus® Explorer Card

The standard sign-up offer for these co-branded cards is 30,000 miles after you spend $1,000 in the first three months, so the current bonus is a significant step up. TPG values United miles at 1.5 cents apiece, so this 50,000-mile sign-up bonus gets you $750 in value.

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More Things to Know
  • Special offer: 50,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open
  • Check your first bag for free (a savings of up to $100 per roundtrip) when you use your Card to purchase your ticket
  • Enjoy priority boarding privileges and visit the United Club with 2 one-time passes each year for your anniversary
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Earn 2 miles per $1 spent on tickets purchased from United, and 1 mile per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Your miles don't expire as long as your credit card account is open, with no limit to the number of miles you can earn
  • Use your miles for any seat, any time, on any United-operated flight at the MileagePlus Standard Award level
  • $95 annual fee
Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
16.49% - 23.49% Variable
Annual Fee
$95
Balance Transfer Fee
5.00%
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit

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