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If you’re planning to make a large online purchase soon, listen up. Alaska Airlines and United are currently offering shopping portal bonuses, and if you maximize both of them, you could walk away with up to 1,500 bonus miles across the two airlines.
There’s no registration needed for either of the promotions, but you’ll want to keep their end dates in mind, as they’ll only be available for a limited time.
With Alaska’s promotion, you can earn 500 bonus Mileage Plan miles when you spend $200 through the airline’s shopping portal before 11:59pm ET on Wednesday June 26. You can earn a one-time maximum of 500 miles for spending $200 on cumulative qualifying purchases, meaning the minimum spend can be met over multiple purchases. However, this also means that you can’t earn multiple 500-mile bonuses through additional $200 purchases.
Based on TPG’s most recent valuations, the 500 bonus miles are worth $9, and they’re in addition to the miles you’d earn at the individual merchant. The terms of the offer indicate that it may take up to 10 weeks for the bonus miles to post, though it’ll likely be faster than that.
However, the usual exclusions apply. Qualifying purchases do not include returns, cancellations, shipping and handling, taxes, gift card or other cash equivalent purchases. In addition, certain products are not eligible, so be sure to read the terms and conditions of the individual merchant to make sure your purchase will qualify.
United’s promotion is a bit more attractive, as it offers two levels and a higher bonus. You’ll get 500 bonus United MileagePlus miles for spending $150, or you’ll take home 1,000 bonus miles for spending $300. The promotion runs through June 23 at 11:59pm ET. However, these two levels are not stackable. You can only earn one of the United bonuses based on your total, cumulative spending during the promotional period. In other words, don’t spend $450 and expect to earn 1,500 miles.
Based on TPG’s most recent valuations, the 1,000 bonus United miles are worth $13, and like Alaska, the bonus miles you’d earn are in addition to the miles earned per dollar spent at the merchant. Again, not every purchase will qualify, so read the fine print before you click through to a merchant to make sure you aren’t disappointed at missing out on your bonus miles, which should post within 10 weeks of the end of the promotion.
Use the Right Credit Card
When shopping online, you’ll want to make sure you use a credit card that has high earning rates on non-bonus spending. The Chase Freedom Unlimited, Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card and The Blue Business℠ Plus Credit Card from American Express are great options, but make sure to read our guide to The Best Credit Cards for Everyday Spending to see which cards will maximize your returns for online purchases.
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