(EXPIRED) AA/Alaska/Delta/United Shopping Portals: 3-6x miles at Apple (today only)

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The shopping portals for American, Alaska, Delta and United Airlines are all offering 6x miles on Apple iPhone purchases today only (normally 1x). Everything else has a an increased rate of 3x miles/dollar. Note that earnings on the AA portal will create Loyalty Points towards elite status as well.


The Deal

Key Terms (AA – others are similar)

  • To qualify for rewards you must complete your purchase within the same session you start the purchase without exiting your browser. Opening a new tab or returning later will result in rewards not tracking.
  • Products not eligible for rewards are HomePod (2nd generation), MacBook Pro 14” and 16”, Mac mini, Apple Pro Display XDR, gift cards, gift wrap, Apple Developer Programs, AppleCare+ monthly subscription, and shipping. 
  • Orders purchased on the Government or Veterans and Military Stores are not eligible for rewards.
  • Apple sells and ships products to end user customers only; you may not purchase for resale.
  • Eligible only to a customer for up to five (5) units per eligible product, except iPhone, in which case only two (2) units within a thirty-day (30-day) period are eligible.
  • Not eligible on purchases made with coupon or discount codes that are not found on this site.
  • Not eligible on gift cards, gift certificates or any other similar cash equivalents.
  • Purchases made with a gift card may be ineligible.

Quick Thoughts

Last year, we saw even more aggressive bonuses for Apple purchases, including 10x back via (the now defunct) Point Debit card and 12-21% back at Slide (now greatly reduced). Those larger bonus opportunities are probably unicorns, making this 6x promo the best portal rate that we’ve seen. While 6x is great, there’s a list of exclusions on this offer, including new generation Macbook Pros, as well as gift cards and…shipping? Also, the 6x is only valid towards iPhone purchases with a lower 3x multiplier on other eligible purchases.

I’m not sure whether or not purchases made with Apple Gift cards always track. While there is a “may not be eligible” disclaimer, they have worked for me.  I bought $1000 in Apple Gift Cards with my first TCB/Slide purchase (recieving $230 back) and we’ve seen gift cards go on sale at Kroger as well. Being able to pay for my order with a GC and still get 4x Miles was a nice cherry on top.

If you have a valid Apple purchase that you’re making anyway (and that isn’t an 16″ Macbook Pro!) and this is the best current payout, it’s worth taking the easy win. Be sure to check the rates on other portals to see if there’s something better before making your purchase.

Note that, while AA, Alaska, Delta and United are all offering elevated earnings on their shopping portals, only miles earned using the AA portal will count towards elite status. Still, if you value any of those other currencies above AAdvantage miles, they may be the better option.

Previous Apple 4x Promotions

  • 2/17/23
  • 1/23/23
  • 12/12/22
  • 10/31/22
  • 9/26/22
  • 3/7/22
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For the Mileageplus portal the very first exclusion is “not valid when payment is made using a gift card”.


> If you have a valid Apple purchase that you’re making anyway (and that isn’t an iPhone 14!), this is the best current payout, so it’s worth taking the easy win.

It should track iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus. The exclusion only for the PRO


Would it make more sense to wait for the iPhone to be on sale at BestBuy for 10x or more for a better return? I can see buying for the AA loyalty miles but it seems waiting for Rakuten or another portal?


can i earn miles from airlines Shopping Portals on homedepot.com or lowes.com if i pay with fee-free $200 visa gift card from Staples


Does anyone have any insight on how all of these sites are offering 4x points on the same day? Are these sites run on the backend by the same company or does Apple goto the sites and tell them to run the promo?

Iolaire McFadden

In the 2000’s Apple had a single affiliate company that managed the referrals for Apple. I assume its the same today and the shopping portals are just an Apple Affiliate that provide the buyer a kickback instead of keeping the entire Affiliate payment themselves (as say a deal site like Slickdeals would do).