April 15, 2013
This week, the Aadvantage eShopping portal is running a few exciting bonus offers. To take advantage of these offers, simply browse to the Aadvantage eShopping portal and then click through to the merchant where you want to shop. Purchases will earn American Airlines miles in addition to any miles you earn automatically from your credit card.
Let’s take a look at each of these offers…
16 miles per dollar is an excellent return. The next best option for eBags is 8X at the Ultimate Rewards Mall or 10% back via BankOfAmerica. Previous reader experiments have shown that double dipping (buying and then using eBags gift cards to get double points) does not work with eBags.
2 miles per dollar is an awful return for Kohl’s. Go to the Ultimate Rewards Mall instead in order to earn 10 points per dollar.
8 miles per dollar at Sears is excellent. Sure, it used to be common to see Sears offer 10X at various portals, but in recent months they’ve topped out at 5X or 6X. If you prefer cash, another great option is 10% cash back via ShopDiscover. With the latter, you do need to own a Discover card to get access to the portal, but past experiments have shown that you will get cash back even if you pay with a different card.
With Sears, you won’t get points for buying e-gift cards, but many recent experiments and experiences have shown that points are awarded for buying physical gift cards. Points have also been awarded when using gift cards. So, if you hurry, it’s possible to get 16X at Sears by buying and then using gift cards through the AA portal (or get 20% back via ShopDiscover). Disclaimer: the ability to get points when buying or using gift cards may be taken away at any time, so shop at your own risk!
Another angle worth pursuing is to buy Sears gift cards and then use them to buy $100 Visa or MasterCard gift cards at Sears if you can find the the mysterious gift card rack. Now that many gift cards have become very easy to liquidate (see “Gift card PINs“), this could be a great option for some. Note, though, that I haven’t yet verified that Sears’ Visa/MasterCard gift cards work in this way.
You can take the above Sears’ opportunities even further by starting with a Home Improvement gift card (for details, see “The Home Improvement gift card“).
Personally, I wouldn’t bother with this offer. TopCashBack offers 35% cash back for Restaurant.com and the Ultimate Rewards Mall offers 15X.
H&R Block 9X
Seems a bit late for this to me, but you can do better anyway. ShopDiscover offers 20% back. The Ultimate Rewards Mall offers 10X.
This is a pretty good return for HP. You can also go to uPromise for 7% cash back. The best way to double dip here is to pay with an American Express business card that offers OPEN Savings. With HP, Amex will credit your account with 5% back if you spend between $200 and $1000 in a calendar year at HP; or 10% back if you spend more (up to $50K in spend).
This is only marginally better than some other offers (Ultimate Rewards Mall 5X; ShopDiscover 5%; uPromise 5%), but its still nice to see! For ideas on how to maximize this offer, see “Maximizing Home Improvement Spend”