American 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 5,000 bonus miles based on how much you spend online:
- 450 bonus miles for qualifying purchases of at least $150, or
- 2,000 bonus miles for qualifying purchases of at least $550, or
- 5,000 bonus miles for qualifying purchases of $1,200 or more
So if you have a large purchase, or culmultive purchases resulting in over $1,200 spend, I suggest using the American Airlines shopping portal. The only thing is the email states that the email is only intented for the person who received the email. When I logged onto the shopping portal using my AAdvantage number and email, I immediately received a popup screen letting me know of the bonus offer. However, when I signed into my husbands account, I did not receive the same bonus offer terms. Due to this, it might be a targeted offer, but I am not 100% sure.
Additionally, over the next two days, many online stores are offering increased payouts when shopping through the AAdvantage shopping portal. This means you’ll earn the bonus miles on top of any regular miles you’d receive anyways. You can access the AAdvantage shopping portal here.
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.