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United Mileage Plus Shopping and Alaska Mileage Plan Shopping are both offering a limited-time “mystery bonus” shopping portal promotion whereby you can earn extra miles when shopping through their portals over the next week. While this is advertised as a “mystery bonus” and may vary by individual after clicking through, I saw the same two offers (500 bonus miles after $100 in purchases during the promotional period) for both portals in several browsers.
- Two popular airline shopping portals are offering limited-time “mystery” bonus payouts. I received the following two offers in the browsers I checked:
- United offer runs from 4/10/2023 through 4/16/2023 at 11:59:59 pm ET
- Alaska offer runs from 4/10/2023 through 4/17/2023 at 11:59:59 pm ET
- “Qualifying purchases” do not include returns, cancellations, shipping and handling, taxes, gift card or other cash equivalent purchases, and certain products that are not eligible for bonus miles.
- Please allow up to 10 weeks after the Bonus Period for bonus miles to post to your frequent flyer account
- See promotion landing pages for full terms
If you spend exactly $100 this week, one of these offers represents an extra 5 miles per dollar spent. That’s certainly a nice added bonus, though the 500-mile limit means the bonus is worth less than $10 (assuming that you value airline miles at less than 2c per mile). That’s not enough to move the needle for me on making a purchase, but if I were already buying something this week I would certainly consider these bonuses on top of the ordinary portal payout.
Keep in mind that there is a slight difference in the validity period: the United portal promo runs through 4/16/23 whereas the Alaska promo runs through 4/17/23.