Earning 3,000 Bonus Miles for My New Computer Purchase, Yes Please!

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This past weekend I decided it was time to purchase a new computer. My computer is 7 years old and is definitely showing its age – it is slow, hardly has any memory available, and is constantly getting stuck. Definitely does not make blogging easy! It was tax free weekend in Massachusetts (where I live) and Best Buy had some good pricing on MacBook computers, plus I was able to snag an additional $150 off with a student discount. My husband kept on telling me to go to the store to make the purchase, but there was no way I was going to leave bonus miles on the table.

Right now, there are many airlines offering some increased (and generous) bonus offers for going their their shopping portals first. It literally takes just a few extra seconds to shop online this way and an amazing way to earn some free airline miles along the way!

My purchase ending up costing $1049.99 so I was able to essentially pick which offer I wanted to take advantage of. Of course I wished that I could have split up paying for my computer into two separate purchases to take advantage of multiple shopping portal bonuses, but that is just not feasible when my purchase included just 1 item. Ultimately, I decided that earning bonus United miles would give me the best value – 3,000 bonus miles for a purchase I was going to make anyways! American would have only given me 1,500 miles and Southwest 2,000 points. And I value United miles slightly higher then the other two.

In case you are making a large (or really just any) purchase over the next few days, I highly suggest making sure you go through one of the shopping portals below first! This can ultimately earn you a total of 6,500 miles in total!

Roundup of Shopping Portal Bonuses:

American Airlines – Earn up to 1,500 bonus miles

Between August 9 and August 19 you can earn a total of 1,500 bonus miles. Shop through the American Airlines AAdvantage shopping portal here.

  • Spend $150, earn 500 bonus miles
  • Spend $350, earn 1,500 bonus miles

United Airlines – Earn up to 3,000 bonus miles

Between July 23 and August 19 you can earn a total of 3,000 bonus miles. Shop through the United MileagePlus shopping portal here.

  • Spend $150, earn 500 bonus miles
  • Spend $350, earn 1,500 bonus miles
  • Spend $600, earn 3,000 bonus miles

Southwest Airlines – Earn up to 2,000 bonus points

Between July 23 and August 19 you can earn a total of 2,000 bonus points. Shop through the Southwest Rapid Rewards shopping portal here.

  • Spend $125, earn 250 bonus points
  • Spend $300, earn 900 bonus points
  • Spend $550, earn 2,000 bonus points

Ultimately, a great way to earn some extra miles on a purchase you were going to make anyways! Not only did a get a great deal on my computer, I also earned 3,500 United miles along the way (3,000 bonus miles + 500 regular miles) – since I value United miles at about 2 cents a piece, this is worth about $70 to me! Note: If you go through the Southwest shopping portal, the regular points earned count towards the companion pass, but not any bonus miles earned. 

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