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If you’re trying to maximize your spending to earn the most rewards possible, online shopping portals can be quite handy. Simply by clicking through one of these sites to make a purchase at your retailer of choice, you can rake in several extra points or miles per dollar. It’s worth taking the extra few seconds to do this even when a portal will only net you an extra mile or two, but it’s especially lucrative when you can take advantage of elevated earning rates.


Currently, the United MileagePlus Shopping portal is offering up to 20 miles per dollar when you shop with select brands. This promo is available now through July 16, and the elevated rates are as follows:

Retailer Elevated Rate Standard Rate
Athleta 6 miles per dollar 2 miles per dollar
Bonton 10 miles per dollar 2 miles per dollar
eBags 20 miles per dollar 4 miles per dollar
Gilt 10 miles per dollar 2 miles per dollar
Gilt City 20 miles per dollar 2 miles per dollar
Jane 5 miles per dollar 1 mile per dollar
Laneige 15 miles per dollar 5 miles per dollar
L’Occitane 15 miles per dollar 3 miles per dollar
Lord & Taylor 12 miles per dollar 4 miles per dollar
Saks Fifth Avenue 12 miles per dollar 4 miles per dollar
Saks Off Fifth 12 miles per dollar 4 miles per dollar

You’ll get the highest return (20 miles per dollar) when shopping at eBags and Gilt City — a 30% return based on TPG’s latest valuations. Even the retailers with the lowest elevated rates will net you some significant miles, though; 5x miles at equates to a 7.5% return on spending.

Depending on whether or not this current promo aligns with your shopping needs at the moment, this could be a good opportunity to do some shopping and boost your MileagePlus balance in one fell swoop. Just make sure to make your purchase by clicking through the United shopping portal by Sunday night if you’re interested!

Will you be taking advantage of these elevated earning rates?

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