The Airline Shopping Portals Are Loading Up Black Friday Deals


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As we approach Thanksgiving most “normal” people are looking forward to some time off work (if they’re lucky), spending some time with their family and eating far too much and then regretting it almost instantly. For a lot of miles and points fans things are a little different.

In the miles & points world the week leading up to Thanksgiving and the week following it are all about good deals, deep discounts and collecting as many miles and points as is humanly possible without upsetting your better half.

Families and turkey dinners are great but they’re all a side-show to the main events – the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales.

We already know that British Airways will launch its Black Friday sale at midnight on 22 November and that Priority Pass will offer its annual discounts from 23 November to 1 December and now we’re starting to see the airline shopping portals increase the number of miles you can earn when you click through to retailers using their sites.

Here are highlights of the better offers I’ve spotted:

American Airlines AAdvantage eShopping

  • JC Penny – 9 miles/dollar
  • eBags – 14 miles/dollar
  • Macy’s – 6 miles/dollar
  • Under Armour – 10 miles/dollar
  • Barney’s New York – 10 miles/dollar
  • Barney’s New York Warehouse – 7 miles/dollar
  • Levis – 6 miles/dollar
  • Sunglass Hut – 8 miles/dollar
  • Nike – 5 miles/dollar
  • Coach – 10 miles/dollar
  • Pandora – 5 miles/dollar
  • The Economist – 1,500 miles*
  • The Wall Street Journal – 1,200 miles*

*The Economist and Wall St Journal subscriptions are potentially interesting as you can earn 1,500/1,200 miles when you take out a print & digital subscription costing $1/week for the first 12 weeks (60 days).

The Economist terms 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.

And the WSJ terms say this:

Get 12 weeks for $12: Eligible on one (1) subscription per loyalty account number. Only eligible on paid subscriptions. Only eligible on first month for pay by month subscriptions. Subscription must be active for at least 45 days. Get 2 weeks, 4 weeks, two or three months for $1: Rewards will be issued based on an eligible Member’s purchase of a subscription to The Wall Street Journal, starting with one (1) 2 week, 4 week, two or three month trial subscription for $1.00. The trial subscription purchase must remain active (i.e., may not be cancelled) for at least 45 days

The way I read both of those sets of 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 and $12 for 1,200 AAdvantage Miles is the same as 1.0 cents/mile which makes both excellent deals.

Note: I haven’t tried this myself yet (I keep meaning to) so be aware that there is a risk that the miles won’t post if the Economist/WSJ think someone is trying to game their systems – take part at your own risk!

United MileagePlus Shopping

  • JC Penny – 6 miles/dollar
  • eBags – 10 miles/dollar
  • Macy’s – 6 miles/dollar
  • Under Armour – 12 miles/dollar
  • Barney’s New York – 10 miles/dollar
  • Barney’s New York Warehouse – 4 miles/dollar
  • Levis – 10 miles/dollar
  • Sunglass Hut – 4 miles/dollar
  • Nike – 3 miles/dollar
  • Coach – 10 miles/dollar
  • Pandora – 6 miles/dollar

The United MileagePlus shopping portal also has offers on the Economist and WSJ (like the AAdvantage portal) but the rewards are considerably lower and therefore probably not worth the risk of the miles not posting.

Delta SkyMiles Shopping

  • JC Penny – 6 miles/dollar
  • eBags – 10 miles/dollar
  • Macy’s – 3 miles/dollar
  • Under Armour – 10 miles/dollar
  • Barney’s New York – 8 miles/dollar
  • Barney’s New York Warehouse – 4 miles/dollar
  • Levis – 6 miles/dollar
  • Sunglass Hut – 5 miles/dollar
  • Nike – 3 miles/dollar
  • Coach – 10 miles/dollar
  • Pandora – 3 miles/dollar

Bottom Line

For a lot of readers the most interesting deal may be had through eBags (10-14 miles/dollar). eBags is likely to have some good discounts of its own for Black Friday/Cyber Monday and if you can snap up a good Briggs & Riley suitcase (for example) at a bargain price and earn a significant number of miles at the same time, that would be a very nice deal indeed.

Let me know if you spot any good deals I haven’t mentioned but please remember to shop responsibly. Don’t buy anything you weren’t already planning to buy just because it comes with a few extra miles – that would really negate the whole point of using miles and points to save money and, fundamentally, would be a pretty silly thing to do.

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