October ushers in some updates with the online shopping portals – which can mean increased miles and points payouts with some retailers, and decreased rates with others.    Payouts don’t all change on the 1st, but a fair amount do get adjusted.  Doing your online shopping via a shopping portal is an insanely easy way to really rack up the miles for purchases you were going to make anyway.

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 is paying out at that retailer for 12x then you will get 1200 extra miles or points for that purchase on top of the ones that you earn for using your rewards credit card.  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 use www.evreward.com to compare payouts in various portals.

You can often stack coupon codes, free shipping, or in-store pick-up on top of the points or miles earned for 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.

I will cover many of the top shopping portals, but my personal favorite is generally the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal.  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.  The Ultimate Rewards portal can be accessed by those who have cards that earn Ultimate Rewards such as the Ink Plus® Business Card or Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card.

Also remember that one of the 4th quarter Freedom 5x bonus categories is a 5x bonus at select department stores.  That means that if you use your registered Freedom card for these purchases that you can effectively add 5x points to merchants such as Macy’s, Kohl’s, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, Sears, and more on top of the amounts listed below.

Ultimate Rewards:

Kohl’s 10x

Staples 2x

Anthropologie 5x

Apple 2x (usually 1x)

Gap 5x

Bluefly 5x

Brookstone 6x

Uggs 10x

Dell Home 3x

Home Depot 3x

Lowes 3x

Famous Footwear 6x

Holiday Inn 3x

Neiman Marcus 7x

J. Crew 3x

Kmart 5x

JCPenney 5x

Macys 5x

Pottery Barn 3x

Sears 5x

ProActiv 25x

Target 2x

Toms Shoes 5x

Walgreens 4x

Walmart 1x

Marriott 2x

Petsmart 5x

Petco 5x

United MileagePlus Shopping:

For some of the MileagePlus payouts you must have a United co-branded credit card and be logged in to your account.

Buycostumes.com 20x

Costume Express 20x

JCPenney 12x

Magazines.com 35x

AAdvantage Shopping:

Bloomingdale’s 12x

McAfee.com 22x

Lands End 4x

Melissa and Doug 4x

Personal Creations 21x

 

British Airways E-Store

Drugstore.com 8x

eBags 8x

Shoebuy 12x

Fossil 4x

J. Crew 4x
US Airways Dividend Miles Storefront:

Wholesale Costume Club 6x

Costume SuperCenter 8x

Costume Express 6x

BuyCostumes.com 6x
Southwest Rapid Rewards 

Brooks Brothers 4x

Famous Footwear 5x

Lands End 4x

Delta SkyMiles Shopping:

 

Have fun earning miles and points while doing shopping that you were going to have to do anyway.  If you have any extra tips or find any great payouts, I’d love to hear them!

 

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.

Posted by mommypoints | 7 Comments

7 Responses to “October Shopping Portal Payouts (Increases for Apple, Gap, and More)”

  1. Alex says:

    “not eligible for iphone 5s” via UR

  2. Donnie Law says:

    I always run into the trap of “forcing” purchases I wouldn’t otherwise make because of a large multiplier.

  3. mommypoints says:

    Alex, Apple sometimes has rules like that for a while with a new product. I don’t see that restriction with all Apple retailers though, so try an alternate avenue if you want to be sure to earn the points. ;)
    Donnie, oh no! I like to think that I time my purchases accordingly at times, but making extra purchases usually is a losing proposition.

  4. Sam says:

    Do the UR bonuses stack with quarterly Freedom bonuses (eg. Macy’s)?

  5. mommypoints says:

    Sam, yes. ;)

  6. BayAreaTaxGuy says:

    I logged into the United shopping portal and noticed that JC Penny was only at 4x. Sears shows up as a temp 16x, so I’m assuming that my login “knows” I have a Mileage Plus card.

  7. mommypoints says:

    BayAreaTaxGuy, since the 1st payouts have changed again, so some are down (JCP) and some are higher (Sears). 16x is the cardholder payout, so you are good to go!

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