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If you’re like me, you probably make lots of purchases on the internet.
You probably also use your favorite mile or point card to make those purchases so that you earn miles on those purchases.
So far, so good!
But did you know that you could earn even MORE miles by making your purchase through airline or hotel shopping portals?
Air Miles Shopping Example
Say you want to buy a $100 microwave oven from Target.com
If you buy the microwave from Target.com you will earn 100 miles if you use a regular mileage card such as the Citi AAdvantage Visa or the Chase United Mileage Plus Visa (which earns 1 mile per dollar spent).
But by clicking through to Target via the AAdvantage e-shopping mall you will earn an EXTRA 3 AAdvantage miles per dollar or an EXTRA 300 miles.
That’s right – by using the AAdvantage e-shopping mall you earn 300% EXTRA miles!
And do take advantage of online shopping portals, and let EV Reward be your guide to which portal offers the best deal for a given purchase.
BTW, if you’re serious about increasing your miles and points knowledge, you have to read View From The Wing – it is one of the best sources for airline award booking tips, ways to earn miles, and how to spend miles and points in the most decadent way possible. Gary freely shares his extensive knowledge acquired over many years of travel!
EV Reward evaluates which online shopping portal offers the best deal (cashback or miles and points) for your purchase.
Let’s continue with our example of wanting to purchase a $100 microwave from Target.
Enter “Target” in th EV Reward search box and hit “Find Rewards.”
You’ll see a list of options sorted by:
- Cash Back Rewards
- College Saving Plan & Other Savings Rewards
- Frequent Flyer Miles & Hotel Rewards
Usually you can earn more Frequent Flyer Miles or Hotel Points than Cash Back, but keep a look-out for cases where the Cash Back is much more than the Frequent Flyer Miles or Hotel Points.
In our example, we can earn between .25 Air Tran Rewards per $100 spent to 6 Choice Privileges Points per $1 spent.
Now, more points thru one program does NOT necessarily mean that it is a better program. You need to evaluate the value of each point to you.
In this example, I would prefer 3 AAdvantage miles to 3 Delta SkyMiles because I value Advantage miles more than Delta Sky Miles and also because currently each AAdvantage mile counts towards lifetime Gold or Platinum status.
Once you have identified in which program you’d like to earn additional miles, click on “Go” and you will be taken to that program’s online shopping mall. In our case, it will be the AAdvantage e-Shopping Mall.
Complete your purchase and by clicking thru to Target.com from the AAdvantage e-Shopping Mall.
This simple change in your online shopping habit will earn you many more miles! Bookmark EV Reward now!
I regularly use the AAdvantage e-Shopping Mall to make my Groupon purchases. Groupon.com offers you great deals every day and you can check out my review of Groupon here.
Update: Million Mile Secrets reader Larry (Thanks, Larry!!) reminds us that some portals may require us to register our credit cards to get the extra bonus points.
Are there any other ways to juice up your online spending to earn even more miles?
Update: Blog reader Mary Alice (Thanks, Mary Alice!!), informs us that United is offering an extra 1,000 Mileage Plus miles if you spend $100 via the Mileage Plus Shopping Portal by June 30, 2011.