American is running a “Mystery Miles” promotion through their online shopping portal where you can earn 100’s or 1,000’s of bonus miles just by shopping online. While everyone is eligible to earn some sort of bonus, the exact number of miles you’ll earn varies by account. You’ll have to sign onto the American shopping portal to see your exact promotion – which you can do here. This is a great offer for taking the extra minute to find your online retailer through their site first. This promotion runs through June 30, 2017.
I personally received 1,200 bonus miles after spending $300. I easily spend $300 online in a given month, so earning the bonus 1,200 miles will be easy. Although, I suggest making sure that the bonus miles plus the normal miles earned is better then the miles/cash back that you can earn through another shipping portal.
For those not familiar with an online shopping portal, essentially you go through the shopping portal first (in this case American’s), 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. The bonus described above is for cumulative spend and doesn’t need to be in a single transaction.
Enjoy your bonus points!