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Southwest Airlines is running a pretty good promotion where you can earn bonus miles by shopping through their online portal. Between now and November 26, 2015, you can earn up to 5,500 bonus points based on how much you spend online:
- 500 bonus miles for qualifying purchases of at least $150, or
- 2,000 bonus miles for qualifying purchases of at least $550, or
- 5,500 bonus miles for qualifying purchases of $1,500 or more
So if you have a large purchase, or cumulative purchases resulting in over $1,500 spend, I suggest taking a look at the Southwest shopping portal. There is also an American Airlines and United Airlines shopping portal bonus offer during a similar time period, and both actually require slightly less spend to earn the maximum number of miles (max miles with AA offer is 5,000 and max miles with United offer is 6,000 miles). I suggest earning based on where you typically like to redeem your points.
What is an online shopping portal?
For those not familiar with an online shopping portal, essentially you go through the shopping portal first (in this case Americans), search for your online merchant, and you’ll then be taken directly to that merchants online website. At that point, you’ll shop how you normally would as if you went to the merchants site to begin with. It literally takes an extra minute and allows you to earn points or miles on the way.