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The AAdvantage shopping portal is now offering an incredible 35 miles per dollar spent at eBags, the world’s largest online retailer of bags and accessories. This equates to buying AA miles at 2.8 cents a piece- plus you get the merchandise as well and you earn miles on your credit card for the purchase- and you don’t need to use an AA credit card- this bonus is good on all purchases, so this could be a great way to hit any minimum spend thresholds.Just make sure you login with your AAdvantage number at the portal before clicking through to eBags- it will store your number and automatically deposit the bonus miles to your AA account, usually within a week or so.
For example, $1,110 in purchases will get you over 40,000 AA miles- enough for a roundtrip off-peak economy award to Europe! Depending on the value of that flight (and adding in extra domestic “free” one-ways) you can get even more than that in value and you get the merchandise you purchased. Early holiday shopping anyone?
Normally you can buy AAdvantage miles online through AA.com in increments of 1,000 for 2.95 cents for purchases of 1,000 to 5,000 miles and 2.75 cents per mile for purchases of 6,000 to 60,000, plus a 7.5% Federal Excise Tax. With the current bonus when shopping with eBags, it is actually cheaper to buy merchandise and earn miles on the purchase than buying those miles directly from AA.com.
eBags has a huge selection of items including luggage, handbags, laptop cases, and accessories like sunglasses, wallets, hats and watches. Let’s say you wanted to buy a new suitcase and decided on the Tumi Vapor Medium Packing Case for $595, you would earn a total of 20,825 AAdvantage miles for that purchase which is basically buying miles for 2.85 cents a piece. The nice thing about eBags is that there is free 2 day shipping and when I typed in my Florida zip code there was no sales tax applied to my order.
Buying that same amount of miles at AA.com’s rate of 2.75 cents a mile would cost $572.68, plus the 7% tax would bring it to a total of $612.77. Right off the bat you would be saving about $17 and getting a great piece of luggage along with it!
In addition to earning AA miles, you can sign up to eBags Rewards for free and earn eBags Rewards Club Points on your purchase. Upon checking out, eBags will take a percentage of your order and convert it into points where 1 point is equivalent to $1.
Using the $595 Tumi luggage example above, I would earn $29.75 in eBags Rewards points which is essentially giving me 5% cash back to be used on a future eBags purchase. According to the eBags Rewards FAQ, points will be added to your account within 24 hours in a pending status and will be available to redeem in 60 days as long as the items were not returned. eBags Rewards Club Points or unused portions thereof will expire 1 year from the date of issuance.
This offer won’t last long, so if you want to get in- do so sooner than later!
Hat tip TPG reader Justin for the heads up! The Points Guy Assessment: The Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great pick for the beginner and the frequent traveler. The CSP has superb travel benefits, double points on certain purchases, and a 50,000 point sign up bonus. The $95 annual fee is waived the first year so this puts it as one of the less expensive cards, while still allowing you to earn one of the most valuable point currencies.
The Points Guy Assessment:
The Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great pick for the beginner and the frequent traveler. The CSP has superb travel benefits, double points on certain purchases, and a 50,000 point sign up bonus. The $95 annual fee is waived the first year so this puts it as one of the less expensive cards, while still allowing you to earn one of the most valuable point currencies.