Today only: Up to 31X at Sears. Here’s how…

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Today only, Sears is offering 8 miles per dollar through the AAdvantage eShopping Portal.  Here’s how to earn up to 31 miles per dollar by stacking promotions…

Promotion 1: 8X becomes 16X

Sears is one of the few online merchants that will pay out through portals for both the purchase of gift cards and the use of gift cards.  Here’s how to get 16 miles per dollar:

  • Go through the AAdvantage portal once to buy Sears e-gift cards (or to reload an existing gift card up to max value $500).  To speed up delivery of your e-gift card, call 1-888-396-5299 to verify your order.
  • Once you receive your gift card, go through the portal again to buy merchandise and pay with your gift card.

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Promotion 2: Pile of miles

The AAdvantage eShopping portal is currently offering a promotion in which they’ll award you with one time bonus miles if you hit certain spend thresholds through the portal:

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Ironically, the sweet spot to this promo is to spend a combined $100 through the portal since that will get you 5X (500 miles for $100 spend).  The $500 threshold is pretty good too.  It offers 4X (2000 miles for $500 spend).

Promotion 3: Freedom and Discover 5X

Both the Chase Freedom card and the Discover It cards offer 5X this quarter at Sears.com (among many other options).  If you haven’t yet maxed out those categories, then you can get 5X by paying with your Freedom or Discover card. 

Note: do not buy a physical (by mail) Sears gift card if you’re paying with your Freedom card.  Physical gift cards are shipped by Kmart and will not earn the Freedom department store bonus.

Add it up

Here’s an example of how to put it all together:

  • Go through portal to buy $100 Sears e-gift card (or reload existing gift card).  Earn 8X from the portal = 800 miles.
  • Pay for the gift card with your Freedom or Discover card.  Earn 5X from your credit card = 500 points.
  • Thanks to the portal “Pile of miles” promotion, you will earn a 500 mile bonus.
  • So far, you’ve earned 1800 miles for a $100 gift card.  That’s an amazing 18 miles per dollar!
  • Increase your earnings by going through the portal again to buy $100 worth of stuff and earn another 800 miles.
  • Total miles earned on $100 spend: 2600.  Total miles per dollar: 26.

You can also do the above steps with a $50 gift card.  Once you use the gift card to buy $50 worth of stuff, you’ll hit the $100 threshold for the portal promotion.  That combination will result in 31X:

  • Go through portal to buy $50 Sears e-gift card (or reload existing gift card).  Earn 8X from the portal = 400 miles.
  • Pay for the $50 gift card with your Freedom or Discover card.  Earn 5X from your credit card = 250 points.
  • Increase your earnings by going through the portal again to buy $50 worth of stuff and earn another 400 miles.
  • Thanks to the portal “Pile of miles” promotion, you will earn a 500 mile bonus.
  • Total miles earned on $50 spend: 1550.  Total miles per dollar: 31.

For more information, please see:

How to earn points and what to buy with Sears gift cards

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