Back-to-School Portal Promotions

Update: We’ve added Delta and United to the list and will continue to add if and when other portals follow suit.

Several airline shopping portals are running promotions awarding bonus miles for meeting spending thresholds. So far, we have seen promotions from both American Airlines and Southwest Airlines. Back-to-school promotions are common at this time of year, and it’s great to see a couple already starting.

Alaska MileagePlan: Up to 1K bonus miles

The Deal

Key Details

  • Expires 8/18/17 at 11:59pm ET
  • Bonus is based on cumulative spending

American Airlines: Up to 2K bonus miles

The Deal

  • Spend $150 or more, get 500 bonus miles
  • Spend $300 or more, get 1,000 bonus miles
  • Spend $500 or more, get 2,000 bonus miles
  • Direct link to portal

Key Details

  • Expires 8/18/17 at 11:59pm ET
  • Bonus is based on cumulative spending

Delta Airlines: Up to 1K bonus miles (Expired 8/3)

The Deal

  • Earn up to 1,000 bonus miles for shopping through Delta SkyMiles Shopping
  • Spend $150, get 500 bonus miles
  • Spend $350, get 1,000 bonus miles
  • Direct link to promotion

Key Terms

  • End 8/3/17 at 11:59pm ET
  • Bonus is based on cumulative purchases

Southwest Airlines: Up to 2K miles

The Deal

Key Terms

  • Expires 8/18/17 at 11:59pm ET
  • Bonus is based on cumulative spending

United Airlines: Up to 3K bonus miles

The Deal

  • Spend $150, get 500 bonus miles
  • Spend $350, get 1,500 bonus miles
  • Spend $600, get 3,000 bonus miles
  • Direct link to promotion

Key Terms

  • Expires 8/18/17 at 11:59 ET
  • Bonus is based on cumulative purchases

Quick Thoughts

Remember that these promotions are based on your cumulative spending — the most you can earn in either case is 2,000 total miles/points per person (you do not receive separate bonuses with each spending threshold but rather one lump sum bonus after the promo). If you have multiple people in your household and more than $500 or $550 in purchases to make, consider making separate accounts for different household members (provided you will later have a way to accumulate enough points for an award). While these bonuses aren’t enough to compel me to make any purchases, they add a nice bonus on top (4X/3.63X when hitting the top threshold). Be sure to figure this bonus in when comparing rates at Cashbackmonitor.com.

About Nick Reyes

Nick Reyes is a (fairly) regular guy with an animalistic passion for maximizing the value of miles and money to travel the world in comfort and style. There is little in life that he loves more than finding a fantastic deal and helping you shop smarter & harder to achieve your travel dreams.

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