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American Airlines & United Shopping Portals Each Offering Bonus Miles

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There are new promotions out today from both the American Airlines AAdvantage and the United Mileage Plus shopping portals. Each portal is offering 500 bonus miles for reaching a spend threshold within the next week; it’s $150 for United and $200 for American. These bonuses are in addition to the store-specific bonuses that you get when shopping through the portals.

It’s worth noting that American Airlines miles earned from the purchase itself (the payout shown for the specific store you choose) count as both redeemable miles and Loyalty Points, but the 500 mile portal bonus is redeemable miles only. You won’t receive 500 Loyalty Points.

The Deals

  • The AA and United Shopping Portals both have new promotions out today which award 500 bonus miles when you spend either $150 (United) or $200 (AA) by February 12th, 2024.

American Airlines shopping portal

United shopping portal bonus 02.05.24

United Mileage Plus shopping portal

Terms and Conditions

American
  • During the “Winter Bonus” offer, which runs from 2/5/2024 through 2/12/2024 at 11:59:59 pm ET (the “Bonus Period”), Member will earn a one-time bonus of 500 AAdvantage miles on qualifying purchases, in addition to the base AAdvantage miles earned from shopping online through the AAdvantage eShopping mall.
  • This one-time bonus award will be determined based on Member’s cumulative qualifying purchases made during the Bonus Period: 500 bonus miles for qualifying purchases of $200 or more.
  • “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. Please see the AAdvantage eShopping mall site for details on product eligibility and other restrictions.
  • Please allow up to 10 weeks after the Bonus Period for bonus miles to post to your AAdvantage eShopping account.
United
  • During the “Winter Bonus” offer, which runs from 2/5/2024 through 2/12/2024 at 11:59:59 pm ET (the “Bonus Period”), Member will earn a one-time bonus of 500 MileagePlus bonus award miles on qualifying purchases made through the MileagePlus Shopping mall or from purchases made through MileagePlus Shopping in-store offers.
  • This one-time bonus award will be based on Member’s cumulative qualifying purchases made during the Bonus Period: 500 miles for qualifying purchases of $150 or more.
  • “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. Please see the MileagePlus Shopping mall site for details on product eligibility and other restrictions.
  • Please allow up to 10 weeks after the Bonus Period for bonus award miles to post to your MileagePlus Shopping account.

Quick Thoughts

If you hit the exact spending thresholds for these promotions, the American Airlines portal is giving an effective 2.5x bonus, while the United portal is giving a 3.33x bonus. The United shopping portal’s spending thresholds are easier to hit, not just because they’re lower, but also because you can hit that spend through in-store purchases at eligible retailers when paying with linked cards.

These bonus miles are good to have, but be sure to compare rates on Cashback Monitor first, as other shopping portals might be offering even more generous returns.



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