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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:
- Rosetta Stone Language Software
- Jos. A. Bank
- Alice + Olivia
- Brooks Brothers
- Omaha Steaks
- Rite Aid
- Tipsy Elves
- Lord & Taylor
- Bass Pro Shops
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.
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.
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?
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.
- 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