While credit card bonuses are the fastest way to earn a lot of miles without traveling, one of the easiest ways to earn miles is through online shopping since you can earn miles for purchases you would be making anyway.   Right now, 5 airlines are offering extra bonus miles for online shopping.  (In case anyone reading is not very familiar with online shopping portals, these bonuses are in addition to the miles normally earned for going through an online shopping portal and also in addition to any miles, points or cash back earned on your credit card.)

Here are the details (listed from lowest to highest possible bonus):

Alaska Airlines  – Up to 1,500 Bonus Miles

 

For purchases through November 20, 2015 11:59:59 pm ET:

  • 250 bonus miles for qualifying purchases of at least $100
  • 1,500 bonus miles for qualifying purchases of $500 or more

Here is a link to the promotion on Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Shopping.

Delta SkyMiles – Up to 1,500 Bonus Miles

For purchases through November 23, 2015 11:59:59 pm ET:

  •  250 bonus miles for qualifying purchases of at least $75
  • 1,500 bonus miles for qualifying purchases of $500 or more

Here is a link to the promotion on Delta SkyMiles shopping.

American Airlines AAdvantage – Up to 5,000 Bonus Miles

For purchases through November 26, 2015 at 11:59:59 pm ET:

  • 450 bonus miles for qualifying purchases of at least $150
  • 2,000 bonus miles for qualifying purchases of at least $550
  • 5,000 bonus miles for qualifying purchases of $1,200 or more

Here is a link to the promotion on the AA online shopping portal.

Southwest Rapid Rewards Shopping 5,500 Bonus Miles

For purchases through November 26, 2015 at 11:59:59 pm ET:

  • 500 bonus points for qualifying purchases of at least $150
  • 2,000 bonus points for qualifying purchases of at least $550
  • 5,500 bonus points for qualifying purchases of $1,500 or more

Here is the link to the promotion on Southwest’s online shopping portal.

United MileagePlus Shopping – Up to 6,000 Bonus Miles

For purchases through November 24, 2015 at 11:59:59 pm ET:

  • 500 bonus miles for qualifying purchases of at least $150
  • 1,500 bonus miles for qualifying purchases of at least $350
  • 3,000 bonus miles for qualifying purchases of at least $650
  • 6,000 bonus miles for qualifying purchases of $1,250 or more

Here is a link to the promotion on United MileagePlus shopping.

Each offer has different threshold amounts and different end dates. If you don’t plan to make enough purchases to earn all bonuses and need to choose only one, consider how much you will be spending and also the payout on the store you are shopping from. An easy way to compare payouts if you participate in several frequent flyer programs is checking websites such as evreward and Cashback Monitor.

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