New bonuses offer thousands of miles for online shopping
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The new year brings a variety of ways to maximize your spending and utilize various perks on your favorite travel rewards credit cards. And if you’re planning to do any online shopping in the next week, your purchases may have just gotten much more rewarding, as three major U.S. airlines are currently offering bonuses at their respective online shopping portals.
For a limited time only, you can earn thousands of bonus miles by shopping online with Alaska, American and United. Even though you can only earn one bonus through each portal based on the cumulative amount you spend, this is one of the best — and simplest — ways to boost your returns on everyday purchases.
Let’s dive into each one.
Alaska’s bonus has the shortest window in which to snag the bonus, as it expires tomorrow (Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020). It’s a tiered bonus based on your total spending, where you’ll earn 500 bonus miles by hitting $150 in purchases or 1,000 bonus miles by spending a total of $300.
The bonus tiers are in addition to the miles you’ll earn per dollar spent. Based on TPG’s most recent valuations, this offers an additional bonus of $9 or $18 for your spending — not mind-blowing but a decent added bonus, especially if you typically redeem your Alaska miles for top awards like Cathay Pacific first class. 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.
American’s promotion includes the same tier structure but has an extra week of validity. Through Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, you can earn the following bonus amounts:
- If you spend $150 or more, you’ll earn 500 bonus AAdvantage miles
- If you spend $300 or more, you’ll earn 1,000 bonus AAdvantage miles
Based on TPG’s most recent valuations, if you can meet the top-tier threshold, the 1,000 bonus AAdvantage miles are worth $14. And similar to Alaska, the bonus miles earned are in addition to the miles earned per dollar spent at the merchant. 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 identical to American, where you’ll earn 500 bonus MileagePlus miles after spending $150 or 1,000 bonus miles after hitting $300 in cumulative spend. Based on TPG’s most recent valuations, your bonus miles would be worth either $6.50 or $13.
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. Great options include cards like the following:
- Chase Freedom Unlimited
- Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card
- The Blue Business®️ Plus Credit Card from American Express
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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SIGN-UP BONUS: $150 after spending $500 on purchases in the first 3 months.
TPG'S BONUS VALUATION*: $150
CARD HIGHLIGHTS: No annual fee + earn 1.5% cash back on all purchases
*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.
- Earn a $150 Bonus after you spend $500 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening.
- Earn unlimited 1.5% cash back on all purchases.
- 0% Intro APR for 15 months from account opening on purchases and balance transfers, then a variable APR of 16.49 - 25.24%.
- 3% intro balance transfer fee when you transfer a balance during the first 60 days your account is open, with a minimum of $5.
- No annual fee
- No minimum to redeem for cash back
- Cash Back rewards do not expire as long as your account is open