(EXPIRED) 10x miles at several stores via United / American

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In this morning’s portal alerts, we noticed that several stores are offering increased payouts of 10x or more through the United or American airlines shopping portals. Those stores with increased payouts via United would stack well with the new promotion we wrote about this morning to earn up to 1,000 bonus miles through 6/24/18 (See: Up to 1,000 bonus miles w/ United portal bonus).

The Deal

Quick Thoughts

Some of these are very good payouts and may be stackable with other offers from each retailer. The Macy’s offer in particular lends itself pretty well to stacking:

  1. Buy a Macy’s gift card through the Mileage Plus X app
  2. Use your Macy’s gift card when shopping through the United shopping portal (10x today)
  3. Get a bonus 100 miles when you spend $50 or more at Macy’s.
  4. Get a United shopping portal bonus if you spend $150 (500 bonus miles) or $300 (1,000 bonus miles)

For the sake of example, let’s say that you intend to spend $300 at Macy’s today. Let’s further assume that you have the Chase Mileage Plus credit card, which gets you an additional 25% in miles through the MPX app. You would earn:

  • 375 miles through the MPX app
  • 3,000 miles at 10x through the portal
  • 100 bonus miles for spending $50 or more at Macy’s
  • 1,000 bonus miles for spending $300 during the current bonus period

That’s a total of 4,475 miles on a $300 purchase, which certainly isn’t bad. Better yet, if you live near an office supply store and you have a Chase Ink Cash or Ink Plus, you could buy gift cards and earn a 5x category bonus at Step 1, earning 1500 Ultimate Rewards points instead of 375 United miles. Of course, another avenue would be to buy discounted Macy’s gift cards online to save money on the front end and forgo buying a gift card through the MPX app.

The additional 100 miles for spending $50 or more at Macy’s is an offer shown on the current summer portal bonus landing page here.

Coach and Nike are also offering 100 bonus miles with a $50 purchase through United, but American’s portal is the one offering much higher payouts at those two retailers.

As always, shop around to be sure that these are the best possible rates for your chosen merchant.

Last updated on June 24th, 2018

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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Nice post, another option would be to buy the gift cards st Kroger, get 6% back (amex bcp or alternative) and 1200 fuel points (worth up to $42 w/Kroger 4x fuel points offer).


But using gc to pay does not qualify to United points offer. Am I correct?


My login showed: United Explorer card holders earn 1,000 miles with $150 purchase.
Motley Fool $19 trial subscription earns 6,000 miles.
WSJ $1 trial subscription earns 1,000 miles.