Update: this deal is valid through Friday December 12 11:59:59pm ET!
Today only, The United MileagePlus Portal is offering 12 miles per dollar for United cardholders (and 8 miles per dollar for others). With a little extra work, you can increase this deal to as much as 29 miles per dollar.
(thanks to several readers for verifying this!)
5X Credit card earnings
Through the end of this year, both the Chase Freedom card and Discover It card earn 5X this quarter at Sears.com (among other places). Keep in mind, though, that both cards limit 5X earnings to $1500 in spend per quarter.
Double dip with gift cards
Sears is unusual among online merchants in that they explicitly allow portal earnings from both buying gift cards and using them. This makes it very easy to double dip: go through the portal once to buy gift cards and go through again to use them. NOTE: Do not buy physical (by mail) gift cards with your Freedom card as it will be unlikely to earn the 4th quarter 5X bonus (since physical gift cards are sold by Kmart). A better option is to buy e-gift cards, or reload an existing gift card (either e-gift card or physical gift card).
Add it up
- Go through portal (12X for United cardholders)
- Buy gift cards and pay with your Chase Freedom or Discover card (5X)
- Go through portal again to use gift cards and buy merchandise (12X for United cardholders)
- Total: 29X
- You do not have to pay with your United card to get 12 miles per dollar
- You cannot buy gift cards with gift cards at Sears.com
For more details please read the following posts from a similar deal:
Gift card order verification
Sears often verifies gift card orders through an online verification process in which they ask you questions from public records about where you’ve lived, what cards you’ve owned, etc. If that doesn’t happen, you’ll be in a queue for a verification phone call instead. You can expedite the process by calling Sears first. Have your order number(s) handy and call this number:
Be prepared to answer a number of questions to prove your identity.
Only 15 gift cards per order
Sears.com will accept no more than 15 gift cards per order when using gift cards to buy merchandise.
Do not buy from the gift card center
When shopping for gift cards at Sears.com, you may see an ad for their gift card center, like this:
This link will take you out of Sears.com to Gift Card Mall instead. You will not earn portal points if you buy from Gift Card Mall.