Are portal mega-deals on their way back?

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When I began blogging in 2011, Sears regularly offered 10 points per dollar for shopping through the Ultimate Rewards Mall.  This was great because it was possible to double dip: go through the portal once to buy gift cards and a second time to buy products for a total of 20 points per dollar.

Eventually, the Sears’ 10X deal slipped away, but other great deals appeared at regular intervals.  For example:

Then the months ticked away with no more mega deals.  Month after month since September we’ve seen, at best, 6X for this, 5X for that.  Fortunately, Kohl’s has been the exception to prove the rule, and has held firm at 10X via the Ultimate Rewards Mall.  Aside from Kohl’s, though, online shopping portal promotions have been dull.

Deals Returning?

Last week, Sears offered 9 miles per dollar through the AAdvantage eShopping portal:

That deal is gone, but United has picked up the slack with 9 miles per dollar for United MileagePlus cardholders (good through 8/5/2013):

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Are the Sears 9X offers an anomaly or are they a sign of things to come?  Maybe I’m just a wishful thinker (and there’s no doubt, I am), but it feels to me as if something is in the wind.  Mega deals are coming.  I can feel it.

Can you feel it?  Are shopping portal mega-deals on their way?

Note: If mega deals do appear, I’ll announce them via my QuickDeals page(subscribe here), and I’ll follow up on my regular blog (this one) with in-depth coverage (if needed).

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