Earn Bonus Miles From Alaska, American and United With Shopping Portal Promotions

Mar 16, 2018

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Three major US airlines are offering bonus points or miles on purchases made through their shopping portals for a limited time only. In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day — and, in the case of United, NCAA March Madness — Alaska, American and United are all offering bonus miles for purchases made through their shopping portals.

Check each of the promotions below to find out the bonus earning possibilities:

Alaska Mileage Plan Shopping

With Alaska’s St. Patrick’s Day promotion, you can earn an extra 500 Mileage Plan miles after spending $200. The promotion is valid through March 19, 2018, at 11:59pm ET. The 500 bonus miles will be awarded after making at least $200 in cumulative purchases and are on top of the miles you earn per dollar spent. Based on TPG‘s most recent valuations, the 500 bonus miles are worth $9.50.

American AAdvantage Shopping

Similar to Alaska’s promotion for St. Patrick’s Day, American AAdvantage Shopping is also offering 500 bonus miles after meeting a minimum spending requirement. If you spend $150 or more in cumulative purchases by March 19, 2018, at 11:59pm ET, you’ll be eligible to earn the bonus miles. Based on TPG‘s most recent valuations, the 500 bonus miles are worth $7.

United MileagePlus Shopping

Finally, United is having a more mysterious promotion in honor of NCAA college basketball. In order to find out exactly how many miles you could earn, you’ll need to sign in to your account. I received a bonus offer of 500 bonus miles after $150 in cumulative spend. However, other MileagePlus users have reported getting offers of up to 1,000 bonus miles after spending $300. Based on TPG‘s most recent valuations, the 500 miles are worth $7, and the 1,000 miles are worth $14. For everyone, regardless of specific offer, you’ll need to meet the minimum spending requirement by March 23, 2018, at 11:59pm ET.

Shopping portals are one of the best ways to earn bonus airline miles without actually having to fly. If you know you’ll be making an online purchase, be sure to make it directly through a shopping portal in order to earn the bonus miles.

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

WELCOME OFFER: 80,000 Points


CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 3X points on dining and 2x points on travel, points transferrable to over a dozen travel partners

*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,000 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
  • Enjoy benefits such as a $50 annual Ultimate Rewards Hotel Credit, 5x on travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards®, 3x on dining and 2x on all other travel purchases, plus more.
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,000 toward travel.
  • With Pay Yourself Back℠, your points are worth 25% more during the current offer when you redeem them for statement credits against existing purchases in select, rotating categories
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