How to earn more airline miles on last-minute Holiday gifts

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How To Earn More Airline Miles on Last-Minute Holiday Gifts

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Most major airlines offer a shopping portal to help loyalists boost their rewards. With the Southwest Rapid Rewards shopping portal, for example, you can earn an additional 1-20 miles for every dollar you spend – and even more if you use your Southwest credit card to shop.

The catch? You need only log into your Southwest Rapid Rewards account and click through the shopping portal before you buy.

The benefits of using a travel-related shopping portal are plenty. The drawbacks, minimal. Since you earn free miles for each dollar you spend at participating stores, you might go through the extra step before you shop. And since you are still shopping directly with the retailer, you can stack other discounts like coupons to get an even better deal. On the downside, not all stores participate so your options may be limited.

The Best Airline Portals for Last Minute Gifts

This year, a few of our favorite airline loyalty programs have sweetened the pot by offering special bonuses on last minute shopping. Here are the best airline shopping portals for last minute gifts this year, along with related details:

United MileagePlus

The United MileagePlus shopping portal has another awesome holiday promotion this year.

The Offer:

  • Earn 500 bonus miles when you spend $100
  • Earn 1,500 bonus miles when you spend $200

Offer Details:

  • This offer ends on 12/20/16 at 11:59 p.m. EST.
  • Members can earn MileagePlus bonus award miles on qualifying purchases, in addition to the standard MileagePlus miles earned from shopping online through the MileagePlus Shopping mall.
  • Qualifying purchases do not include returns, cancellations, shipping and handling, taxes, gift card or other cash equivalent purchases, and certain products that are not eligible for bonus miles.

American AAdvantage eShopping

The American AAdvantage program rolled out a strikingly similar promotion for their eShopping mall.

The Offer:

  • Earn 500 bonus miles when you spend $100
  • Earn 1,500 bonus miles when you spend $200

Offer Details:

  • This offer ends on 12/20/16 at 11:59 p.m. EST.
  • Member will earn a one-time bonus of up to 1,500 AAdvantage miles on qualifying purchases, in addition to the standard AAdvantage miles earned from shopping online through the AAdvantage eShopping mall.
  • Qualifying purchases do not include returns, cancellations, shipping and handling, taxes, gift card or other cash equivalent purchases, and certain products that are not eligible for bonus miles.

Alaska Mileage Plan

Watch your miles add up faster by shopping through the Alaska Airlines shopping portal.

The Offer:

  • Earn 500 bonus miles when you spend $100
  • Earn 1,500 bonus miles when you spend $200

Offer Details:

  • This offer ends on 12/21/16 at 11:59 p.m. EST.
  • Member will earn a one-time bonus of up to 1,500 Mileage Plan Shopping bonus miles on qualifying purchases, in addition to the standard Mileage Plan Shopping miles earned from shopping online through the Mileage Plan Shopping mall.
  • Qualifying purchases do not include returns, cancellations, shipping and handling, taxes, gift card or other cash equivalent purchases, and certain products that are not eligible for bonus miles.
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