Earn 1,000s Of Bonus Miles With These Shopping Portal Bonuses

A bunch of different shopping portals launched holiday bonuses a couple of days ago which are offering thousands of bonus miles when hitting spending thresholds. Most of these are airline portals, but the Upromise shopping portal is also offering a decent cash bonus that could be pretty easy to hit with a Visa gift card order.

The Deals & Key Terms

Alaska Airlines

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  • Spend $150 & earn 300 bonus miles.
  • Spend $300 & earn 750 bonus miles.
  • Spend $500 & earn 1,500 bonus miles.
  • Expires November 21, 2019.
  • Direct link to offer.

American Airlines

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  • Spend $150 & earn 500 bonus miles.
  • Spend $600 & earn 1,500 bonus miles.
  • Spend $1,200 & earn 3,500 bonus miles.
  • Expires November 21, 2019.
  • Direct link to offer.

Delta

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  • Spend $150 & earn 500 bonus miles.
  • Spend $300 & earn 1,000 bonus miles.
  • Expires November 14, 2019.
  • Direct link to offer.

Southwest

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  • Spend $150 & earn 500 bonus points.
  • Spend $500 & earn 1,000 bonus points.
  • Spend $1,000 & earn 3,000 bonus points.
  • Expires November 21, 2019.
  • Direct link to offer.

United

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  • Spend $150 & earn 500 bonus miles.
  • Spend $750 & earn 2,500 bonus miles.
  • Spend $1500 & earn 5,000 bonus miles.
  • Expires November 21, 2019.
  • Direct link to offer.

Upromise

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  • Spend $250 & earn $10 bonus.
  • Spend $1,250 & earn $100 bonus.
  • Expires November 10, 2019.
  • Direct link to offer.

Quick Thoughts

These portal bonuses are worth up to 3.33 bonus miles per dollar on top of the earnings you’ll already receive, so there’s the potential for some lucrative earnings here. If you know you’ll be spending $1,250, earning $100 from Upromise is also pretty enticing as that represents a bonus of 8% on top of the cashback rate for whatever store(s) you’re purchasing from.

If there are some bonuses you’d like to earn but would have a hard time hitting the spending thresholds, it might be worth considering purchases from Raise or GiftCards.com. The portals have wording excluding gift card purchases from earning the bonuses, but that seems to refer to standard gift card purchases from retailers where you wouldn’t normally earn miles/cashback anyway. Craig at Middle Age Miles has received bonuses from both the American and Alaska shopping portals in the past after purchasing Visa gift cards from GiftCards.com, so it’s not unheard of.

There’s no guarantee that’ll continue, but I’m certainly going to give it a try; clicking through to GiftCards.com from the Upromise portal and buying three $500 Visa gift cards should generate ~$115 cashback which is far too good an opportunity to pass up. The worst case scenario is that I only earn $15 (the standard cashback rate) which would virtually cover the activation fees anyway.

The Upromise bonus expires in a week, so you don’t have too long to take advantage of that. The other portal bonuses end on November 21, other than Delta which ends on November 14.

h/t Doctor of Credit

About Stephen Pepper

Stephen Pepper is on a 5 year, 50 state road trip with his wife Shae and their dog Truffles. Finding opportunities to earn miles and points is one of the ways they can afford to do this, so he'll try to help you do the same for your own travels.

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Is the upromise one actual cash back or does it go into some sort of college savings account? I have always been somewhat confused by this, since it specifically says to help pay for college as opposed to just saying earn cash back

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Stephen, you have any Upromise referral links I can sign up through?

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Has anyone seen Upromise track doing a GCC order? I ordered a few days ago and haven’t yet received any pending transactions.

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Is there any difference with regards to portal tracking (upromise -> GiftCards.com) with ordering Visa vs Mastercard GC? I haven’t used giftcards.com before and was considering getting Mastercard to pay bills on Plastiq with the 1% fees.

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I looked at Upromise Holiday binus T&C it says

*During the “Holiday Bonus” offer, which runs from 11/01/19 through 11/10/19 at 11:59:59 pm ET (the “Bonus Period”), Member will earn a one-time bonus of up to $100 bonus cash back on qualifying purchases, in addition to the standard cash back earned from shopping online through Upromise Shopping. This one-time bonus award will be determined based on Member’s cumulative qualifying purchases made during the Bonus Period using one of the following tiers: Tier 1 bonus: $10 cash back for qualifying purchases of at least $250; or Tier 2 bonus: $100 cash back for qualifying purchases of at least $1,250 or more. “Qualifying purchases” do not include returns, cancellations, shipping and handling, taxes, gift card or other cash equivalent purchases, and certain products that are not eligible for bonus cash back. Please see the Upromise Shopping site for details on product eligibility and other restrictions. Please allow up to 10 weeks after the Bonus Period for bonus cash back to post to your Upromise account. Void where prohibited by law.

It specifically says Gifts do not count as qualifying transaction for holiday bonus. Has anyone received the $100 bonus for the $1250 in giftcards.com spend