Posted by Chuck on October 31, 2016

Published on October 31st, 2016 | by Chuck


Holiday Shopping Bonuses: Get up to 5,000 United Miles & 5,000 American Miles & 3,000 Alaska Miles

This year’s holiday shopping portal bonuses have begun. We can earn up to 5,000 United miles, 5,000 American miles, and 3,000 Alaska miles for going through their respective shopping portals during this holiday season. I expect we’ll see bonuses from Southwest and Delta as well, but those aren’t yet available.

All bonus miles shown below are in addition to the regular portal earnings. All offers are valid for shopping done between now and November 20, 2016.

United Bonus Offer

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Shop through the United Shopping portal and get bonus miles.

  • Spend $150 and earn 500 bonus United miles
  • Spend $750 and earn 2,500 bonus United miles
  • Spend $1,500 and earn 5,000 bonus United miles


AAdvantage Bonus Offer

Direct Link

Shop through American Airline’s AAdvantage shopping portal and get bonus miles.

  • Spend $150 and earn 500 bonus American miles
  • Spend $750 and earn 2,500 bonus American miles
  • Spend $1,500 and earn 5,000 bonus American miles


Alaska Bonus Offer

Direct Link

Shop through the Alaska Shopping portal and get bonus miles.

  • Spend $150 and earn 500 bonus Alaska miles
  • Spend $500 and earn 1,500 bonus Alaska miles
  • Spend $1,000 and earn 3,000 bonus Alaska miles


The Fine Print

  • Offers are valid through 11/20/16 at 11:59:59 pm ET
  • Bonus award will be determined using one of the tiers, based on Member’s cumulative qualifying purchases made during the Bonus Period
  • “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 miles
  •  Please allow 8-10 weeks after the Bonus Period for bonus award miles to post to portal account

Our Verdict

Holiday season is an exciting time of year on many fronts, and we should see an increase in deals and bonuses becoming available.

Utilizing these portal offers, we can score an extra ~3 miles per dollar by shopping at any of the hundreds of retailers offered through the portal. To maximize, be sure to hit the tier amounts correctly.

My favorite way of meeting these bonuses used to be doing my eBay shopping through the bonused portals, but Cartera portals no longer offer eBay as an option, unfortunately, making it harder for me to get these bonuses.

Hat tip to A.

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T&C’s on the Sam’s Club portal states that gift cards are excluded — anyone know if this is enforced?


Can I buy VGC from and trigger the offer?


I know Staples is diligent about NOT paying out shopping portals on gift card purchases, so I would not expect VGCs or merchant gift cards purchased from to work.


Really only interesting if cheap Visa/MC gift cards can be purchased and trigger the bonuses. Ideas?

Billy Bob
Billy Bob

much harder to hit without ebay unless maybe youre reselling… but even then, no ebay. used to be able to hit all these bonuses… now, i don’t think i’ll hit any of them.


Do MPX purchases count toward the United spending bonus?

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