United is running a promotion with their online shopping portal where you can earn up to 5,000 miles by taking an extra minute and finding your online retailer through their site first. This is definitely one of the better offers and I highly suggest doing your online shopping through United for the next few weeks to take advantage of this offer. This promotion runs through November 20, 2016.
For those not familiar with an online shopping portal, essentially you go through the shopping portal first (in this case United’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.
Some retailers even have large payouts through end of day today. And I expect some new ones to be added as well offering higher payouts. For example, if you shop at Backcountry.com by chance, you’ll receive 12 points per dollar spent on top of the bonus points from the above promotion! Spending $1,500 right now will net you 23,000 bonus points! That is almost enough for a free roundtrip domestic ticket.
Enjoy your bonus points!