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Shopping portals are a great way to boost your miles and points balances without spending any more that you would anyway (as long as you’re disciplined!). By clicking through any one of a myriad of shopping portals (most major airlines have them as do some of the more popular credit card issuers) users can earn bonus points/miles on everyday spend without having to leave the comfort of their own homes.
Right now the American Airlines’ shopping portal is running a Mystery Bonus Event in which participants can earn “100s or 1,000s” of miles.
This offer has been sent out via email but, for some reason, it doesn’t look like everyone has been getting the emails – two out of the three accounts in our household didn’t receive an invitation to participate but all were offered bonuses when I clicked through and registered them for the promotion.
This is despite the wording in the email which reads:
Links and offers featured within this email are intended solely for use by, and for the benefit of, the named email recipient above. All AAdvantage® miles for qualified purchases using the links and offers featured within this email will be awarded to the AAdvantage eShoppingSM account registered to the named email recipient above.
The promotions I’ve seen so far aren’t particularly exciting and the most common one appears to be “earn a 400 mile bonus for $100 spend”…..
….but there’s a very good chance that some of the other offers out there are considerably more lucrative.
The promotion runs through 11:59pm ET on 30 June 2017 so there’s plenty of time to participate and with just about every major retailer participating in the AAdvantage eShopping portal it shouldn’t be too difficult to accrue a few easy miles.
Clearly you’re not going to get enough miles for a trip out of this promotion but it’s just such promotions you should be looking to participate in if you want to keep your mileage account ticking over.
If you’re disciplined there’s no reason to spend more than your usual monthly spend to meet the challenges that this promotion offers so, in effect, you’re getting free miles for buying items you would have bought anyway.
Also, using shopping portals can be a great way to prevent miles from expiring. One of our AAdvantage accounts hasn’t had any activity going through it for nearly a year and, as AAdvantage miles expire after 18 months of inactivity, I’ll be using this promotion to make sure that we don’t accidentally let some miles expire (that would be more than a little embarrassing for someone who writes a miles & points blog!) 🙂