Earn Up To 50 Miles/Dollar At Airline Shopping Portals This Labor Day

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It’s a holiday weekend so naturally there are sales and deals appearing all over the place right now. Some are pretty good while others are a complete waste of time but, if you can drag yourself away from the grill, some of the offers at the airline shopping portals may be of use.

In brief here are the deals that caught my eye:

American Airlines

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  • Magazines.com – 40 miles/dollar
  • eBags.com – 14 miles/dollar (I suggest avoiding any Tumi products)
  • IHG Intercontinental Hotels – 6 miles/dollar
  • Holiday Inn/Crowne Plaza – 5 miles/dollar
  • Lowes Hotels – 5 miles/dollar
  • Barneys New York – 8 miles/dollar
  • Banana Republic – 5 miles/dollar
  • Lowes – 4 miles/dollar
  • New Balance – 7 miles/dollar
  • Brooks Brothers – 12 miles/dollar
  • The Economist – 1,500 miles (**see below**)

The expiry date of these deals varies from today (3 September) to 9 September 2018.

The Economist subscription is potentially an interesting one as you can earn 1,500 miles when you take out a print & digital subscription costing $1/week for the first 12 weeks (60 days).

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The terms of the offer state the following:

Eligible on one (1) subscription per loyalty account number. Only eligible on new subscriptions. Only eligible on first month for pay by month subscriptions. Subscription must be active for at least 60 days. Not eligible on subscription renewals. Not eligible on any free products, trials, services, subscriptions and memberships. Not eligible on all retailer marketing subscriptions. Not eligible on purchases made with coupon or discount codes that are not found on this site.

The way I read those terms it would appear as if you can cancel your subscription at the end of the $1/week introductory period and you should still get the mileage bonus of 1,500 miles.

$12 for 1,500 AAdvantage miles is the same as 0.8 cents/mile which is an excellent deal.

Note: I’ll be taking out a subscription for myself to see if this works but be aware that there is a risk that the miles won’t post if the Economist thinks we’re gaming the system – partake at your own risk!

United Airlines

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  • Magazines.com – 50 miles/dollar
  • eBags.com – 15 miles/dollar (I suggest avoiding any Tumi products)
  • Living Social – 6 miles/dollar
  • JCPenney – 6 miles/dollar
  • Barneys New York – 8 miles/dollar
  • Barneys New York Warehouse – 4 miles/dollar
  • Shoes.com – 10 miles/dollar
  • Lowes – 5 miles/dollar
  • Brooks Brothers – 6 miles/dollar

United also has an offer for an Economist subscription just like American Airlines but it’s only offering 800 miles and I don’t see the point in risking the points not posting for that number of points.

These deals are around for just 4 days and so expire on 7 September 2018.


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  • Magazines.com – 40 miles/dollar
  • eBags.com – 12 miles/dollar (I suggest avoiding any Tumi products)
  • Living Social – 6 miles/dollar
  • New Balance – 5 miles/dollar
  • Kiehl’s – 5 miles/dollar
  • Barneys New York – 4 miles/dollar
  • Macy’s – 4 miles/dollar
  • Brooks Brothers – 8 miles/dollar

These deals are around for just 4 days and so expire on 7 September 2018.

British Airways

  • Macy’s – 7 Avios/Dollar
  • Apple – 3 Avios/Dollar
  • Bloomingdales – 4 Avios/Dollar
  • Kiehl’s – 12 Avios/Dollar
  • Shoes.com – 9 Avios/Dollar
  • Sears – 6 Avios/Dollar

Not all that much to get excited about over at BA’s shopping portal but the 3 Avios/Dollar at Apple isn’t bad and 7 Avios/dollar at Macy’s is ok too.

Bottom Line

With Airlines making it harder and harder to earn miles from flying it’s important to take up as many other opportunities as you can to stock up on miles….especially when there are deals to be had.

Np one should be making purchases they wouldn’t otherwise have made just because there are a few extra miles on offer (with the possible exception of the American Airlines Economist deal) but, if you have some shopping that you need to do, make sure you check out the airline shopping portals (and cashback sites like TopCashback.com) before you do anything else.