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, 3 different 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:

American Airlines AAdvantage 3,500 Bonus Miles

For purchases through August 16, 2015:

  • Spend $125 & earn 500 bonus miles
  • Spend $500 & earn 1,250 bonus miles
  • Spend $1,000 & earn 3,500 bonus miles

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

Southwest Rapid Rewards Shopping 3,500 Bonus Miles

The Southwest bonus offer is almost identical to American’s except you earn 1,500 bonus miles (instead of 1,250 with AA) for spending $500.

Through August 16, 2015:

  • Spend $125 & earn 500 bonus miles
  • Spend $500 & earn 1,500 bonus miles
  • Spend $1,000 & earn 3,500 bonus miles

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

United MileagePlus Shopping 4,000 Bonus Miles + Sweepstakes

Through August 12, 2015:

  • Spend $125 and earn 500 bonus miles
  • Spend $600 and earn 1,750 bonus miles
  • Spend $1,500 and earn 4,000 bonus miles

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

In addition to earning bonus miles, United is running a sweepstakes where a grand prize winner will win 100,000 United MileagePlus miles plus $2,500 cash and 3 first prize winners will each receive 20,000 United miles.  Anyone making purchases from the United shopping portal earns entries to the sweepstakes but making a purchase is not required to enter the sweepstakes.  You can receive one entry for registering and additional entries for signing up for email communications. Here are the official rules of the MileagePlus All Day Recess sweepstakes.

If you won’t be shopping enough to earn all 3 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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