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United, American, Delta, and Southwest are all offering bonuses for shopping through their portals. The bonuses are in addition to what you’d already be earning by shopping through the portal. Shopping portals allow you to earn miles by making your normal online purchases through your favorite online stores. Just by starting at the loyalty program’s portal and using its link to your favorite online retailer, you can get extra miles for your purchases.

With each back to school promotion, the more you spend, the higher your return is. If you have kids gearing up for school in the fall, or just need to make a purchase from what is probably categorized as a back to school retailer (think Apple, Nike, etc.) be sure to take advantage of at least one of these portal bonuses.



  • Spend $150, earn 500 miles
  • Spend $350, earn 1,500 miles
  • Spend $600, earn 3,000 miles

The bonus offer expires August 18.



  • Spend $150, earn 500 miles
  • Spend $300, earn 1,000 miles
  • Spend $500, earn 2,000 miles

The bonus offer expires August 18.



  • Spend $150, earn 500 miles
  • Spend $350, earn 1,000 miles

The bonus offer expires August 3.



  • Spend $125, earn 250 points
  • Spend $300, earn 900 points
  • Spend $550, earn 2,000 points

The bonus offer expires August 18.

Condition for All Offers

  • You must spend money online at the designated “back to school” retailers. Common retailers include Nike, Apple, backcountry, and Kohl’s.

  • You do not have to meet the spending threshold for the bonus with one purchase. As long as you spend the required amount before the offer expiration date, it can be with as many separate purchases necessary.

Choosing a Portal to Shop Through

Which portal to choose depends on how much you plan on spending, with what retailers, and how much you value each mile. Specific retailers through specific portals also offer further details and promo gifts, so consider those factors as well when running numbers.

Of course, none of those numbers may matter if you have an upcoming redemption that requires just a top off of miles. In that case, 1,000 more of any mile could be a lot more valuable than 3,000 miles you have no plans for.

Bottom Line

If there are purchases you were already planning on making online, making them through shopping portals is a super easy way to rake in extra miles for almost no effort. Retailers offer varied bonuses per dollar spent all year long, not just before school starts. If you ever have a large online purchase planned, always check a site like to compare options and see which portal you should use.

At the moment, you can earn (on top of those per dollar spent bonuses) up to 3k bonus miles by doing back to school shopping through the major American carriers’ shopping portals. This extra bonus lasts through August 17 for United, American, and Southwest. Delta’s back to school promo lasts through August 2.

Have miles on the verge of expiration? Shopping portals are also a way to stir up a little activity in your account, re-setting your miles’ lifespan.


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