New offer: Earn 1,000 bonus miles when shopping online with American and United

Jan 10, 2022

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The holidays may be over, but in today’s day and age, online shopping never really stops. And with the ongoing shipping delays and supply shortages with various popular products, it’s a good idea to stay a little ahead of getting things you realy need or want.

And if you have any big purchases to make, you can currently earn bonus miles through the online shopping portals of several U.S. airlines — including American Airlines and United. There’s no specific registration needed for these promotions, but you’ll want to keep their end dates in mind as they’ll only be available for a limited time.

Here’s a closer look at the offers.

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American Airlines AAdvantage eShopping

AA shopping bonus
(Screenshot courtesy of aadvantageeshopping.com)

American Airlines AAdvantage eShopping is offering up to 1,000 bonus miles when you shop by Jan. 20, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. ET, and it’s based on cumulative purchases made through the platform.

  • Earn 500 bonus miles when you spend $150 or more
  • Earn 1,000 bonus miles when you spend $300 or more

The two bonus amounts are worth about $8 and $16 respectively based on current TPG valuations, giving you an additional return of over 5% at both spending tiers. And, of course, these bonuses are in addition to the miles you’d earn with the specific merchant and the points you’d earn paying with a rewards credit card.

Your qualifying spending excludes shipping, taxes and any other fees associated with your purchase(s), and some items or categories aren’t eligible. As always, carefully review the terms for each merchant, so you don’t miss out on the bonus miles.

Keep in mind that base miles earned through the shopping portal now count toward elite-qualifying Loyalty Points. However, bonuses from limited-time spending offers like this one do not count.

For full details on this offer, visit this page.

Related: Your ultimate guide to American Airlines AAdvantage

United Airlines MileagePlus Shopping

UA shopping bonus Jan 22
(Screenshot courtesy of shopping.mileageplus.com)

The next offer is available through United MileagePlus Shopping, and it also offers two tiers of bonuses. However, this one runs through Jan. 19 at 11:59 p.m. ET — here’s the breakdown:

  • Earn 500 bonus miles when you spend $150 or more
  • Earn 1,000 bonus miles when you spend $300 or more

The two bonus amounts are worth a little over $5 and $11 respectively based on TPG valuations, giving you an additional return of almost 4%. Of course, these bonuses are in addition to the miles you’d earn with the specific merchant.

You’ll also face the same restrictions noted above. Your qualifying spending excludes shipping, taxes and any other fees associated with your purchase(s), and some items or categories aren’t eligible. As always, be sure to review the individual merchant’s terms to understand exactly how you’ll be earning miles.

For full details on this offer, visit this page.

Related: 30 ways to earn miles with the United MileagePlus program

How to maximize these offers

These new bonuses are decent, and with many readers placing online orders these days, this represents a great option to earn bonus miles on purchases you were already planning to make. You can also stack these rewards by adding additional discounts and offers to the card you use via programs such as Amex Offers.

For example, let’s say you have an Amex Offer for 1800Flowers on your The Platinum Card® from American Express that gives $10 back if you spend $50 or more on eligible purchases (up to two times).

In addition, say American is offering 10 miles for every dollar spent at 1800Flowers in addition to the bonus. If you spent $150 on flowers through the American portal, you’d walk away with 2,000 American miles (1,500 + 500 bonus miles), 150 Amex Membership Rewards points at 1 point per dollar charged to the card and $10 back as a statement credit.  That stacks to over $40 in savings and rewards on a $150 purchase.

(Eligibility for this offer is limited. Enrollment is required in the Amex Offers section of your account before redeeming.)

1800Flowers Amex Offer
(Screenshot courtesy of americanexpress.com)

Note that by going through these portals, you’re also potentially giving up rewards through other portals — like Rakuten or Chase. Be sure to use an online tool like Cashback Monitor to compare earning rates and select the best option.

Related: The best credit cards for online shopping

Use the right credit card

It’s critical to swipe the right credit card when making online purchases, so pay close attention to any bonus categories that might apply to the merchant at which you’re shopping. If there’s no additional bonus or discount potential, you’ll want to make sure you use a credit card that has high earning rates on non-bonus spending. Great options include cards like the following:

Be sure to read our guide to the best credit cards for everyday spending to see which cards will maximize your returns for online purchases.

Additional reporting by Andrew Kunesh and Nick Ewen

Featured photo by Yuganov Konstantin/Shutterstock.com

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card

Earn 50,000 bonus miles and 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $2,000 in purchases on your new card in the first three months of card membership. Plus, earn up to $100 back in statement credits for eligible purchases at U.S. restaurants in the first three months of card membership.

With Status Boost™, earn 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, up to two times per year getting you closer to Medallion Status. Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels, 2X Miles at restaurants and at U.S. supermarkets and earn 1X Mile on all other eligible purchases. Terms Apply.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 50,000 Bonus Miles and 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $2,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months.
  • Plus, earn up to $100 back in statement credits for eligible purchases at U.S. restaurants with your card within the first 3 months of membership.
  • Earn up to 20,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) with Status Boost® per year. After you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, you can earn 10,000 MQMs two times per year, getting you closer to Medallion® Status. MQMs are used to determine Medallion® Status and are different than miles you earn toward flights.
  • Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels.
  • Earn 2X Miles at restaurants worldwide, including takeout and delivery and at U.S. supermarkets.
  • Earn 1X Miles on all other eligible purchases.
  • Receive a Domestic Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate each year upon renewal of your Card. *Payment of the government imposed taxes and fees of no more than $75 for roundtrip domestic flights (for itineraries with up to four flight segments) is required. Baggage charges and other restrictions apply. See terms and conditions for details.
  • Enjoy your first checked bag free on Delta flights.
  • Fee Credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓®.
  • Enjoy an exclusive rate of $39 per person per visit to enter the Delta Sky Club® for you and up to two guests when traveling on a Delta flight.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • $250 Annual Fee.
  • Terms Apply.
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Regular APR
15.74%-24.74% Variable
Annual Fee
$250
Balance Transfer Fee
N/A
Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good
Terms and restrictions apply. See rates & fees.

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