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I know time goes by quickly, but I’m seriously in shock that it is August already. For those of us with kids, that means Back to School Shopping. It is an annual ritual, even a sport for some. The deals are usually pretty good, the stores are packed (especially on tax-free days), and clearly it is important to get the coolest backpack and the newest shirt…or so I’m told. It is at least equally important to earn miles and points in the process. This post is going to focus on deals available online using various shopping portals. I will do a separate post if you prefer to do your shopping in the physical stores.
The numbers below show how many extra points or miles you will earn for your purchase. For example, if you buy something for $100 from a portal that says it is paying out at that retailer for 4x then you will get 400 extra miles or points for that purchase on top of the ones that you earn for using a credit card. Some portals even have extra bonuses on top of that! It can take a purchase that would have only earned a handful of points on the credit card to one that earns a significant number thanks to using an online portal.
You can often stack coupon codes, free shipping, or in-store pick-up on top of shopping through a portal, but that isn’t always the case. I recommend getting the best deal possible for an item first, and then worry about the miles and points second. Usually you can do both at the same time.
In case you aren’t overly familiar with how the Chase Ultimate Rewards shopping portal works, then head to this post for detailed instructions. While the Ultimate Rewards portal doesn’t always have the best payout (or the most retailers), they do seem to have some of the better customer service when something goes wrong with the points posting, so keep that in mind as well.
To access the Ultimate Rewards card you must have a card that earns Ultimate Rewards such as Chase Freedom Visa, Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, or Ink Plus® Business Card.
Kohl’s 10x (this stacks with the third quarter 5x bonus category on the Chase Freedom for a total of 15x on that card up to the $1,500 quarterly limit!)
Gap or Gap Kids 3x
Famous Footwear 10x
J. Crew 5x
Pacific Sunwear 5x
Pottery Barn Kids 2x
Toms Shoes 5x
For some of the MileagePlus payouts you must have a United co-branded credit card and be logged in to your account.
Spend $75 via the United MileagePlus Shopping portal by 8/18 and earn a 500 mile bonus.
Kmart 9x (through 8/3)
Sears 9x (through 8/5)
Watch Station 10x
J. Crew 4x
Maui Jim 10x
Earn up to 800 bonus points with back to school shopping through 8/28. Cumulatively pend $100 get 200 bonus points, spend $200 get 400 bonus points, spend $400 get 800 bonus points.
Get 250 bonus miles for every $100 spent via SkyMiles shopping through 8/31/13, up to 2,500 bonus miles.
Have fun earning miles and points while doing the online back to school shopping that you were going to have to do anyway. If you have any extra tips, I’d love to hear them! Stay tuned for a post on earning points while doing some of the back to school shopping that you want to do in a physical store.
Disclaimer: I do receive commission if you are approved for some of the credit cards mentioned in this post. As always, your support is very much appreciated.