Travel The complete guide to the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan shopping portal
How to use points to upgrade to first class on U.S. airlines
One of the best things about being a miles and points enthusiast is helping friends and family experience travel for nearly free. Nothing beats the look on someone’s face when you show them the $1,200 cost of a ticket they just booked for $5.60 out of pocket! Lately, I’ve been getting a lot of questions […]Lately, I’ve been getting a lot of questions from friends about how to use airline miles to upgrade their seats.
At 1.8 cents per pile,routinely top . Unfortunately, Mileage Plan miles are also among the as Alaska doesn’t partner with any major currencies other than .
If you’re trying to top up your account balance and have already exhausted all the easy ways to, you should consider using the carrier’s online shopping portal as well.
The 15 Dreamiest Hotels in France (That Aren’t in Paris)
The 15 Dreamiest Hotels in France (That Aren’t in Paris)
Today we’re going to take a look at everything you need to know tothe next time you shop online by leveraging the Alaska Mileage Plan shopping portal.
For more TPG news delivered each morning to your inbox,.
In This Post
Fundamentals of online shopping portals
Online shopping portals are one of the easiest ways to double dip and earn extra miles on purchases you already planned to make. It’s free and easy to use. Simply(or install the browser pop-up button, which Mileage Plan Shopping offers) and you’ll earn bonus miles when you shop with eligible retailers.
The exact amount you earn will vary by store. Some offer a fixed number of miles for signing up for a recurring service like a newspaper subscription. Most offer a bonus multiplier (2x per dollar, 3x, etc.) for every dollar spent. Around the, major shopping portals even offer bonus points for meeting certain spending thresholds.
Alaska Airlines confirms San Francisco lounge is opening soon; updates membership pricing
Alaska Airlines has been steadily improving its network of lounges over the last few years, including opening new and renovated lounges in key cities like Seattle, Los Angeles and New York. However, there’s one lounge in particular that Alaska flyers have been waiting for: the Alaska Lounge at San Francisco (SFO). The Seattle-based carrier first …The Seattle-based carrier first announced the opening of the SFO lounge in early 2019 and gave an estimated opening date of sometime in 2020. However, the pandemic forced the airline to delay its opening and adjust some of its original plans.
For example, I know that when it’s time for me to get a new phone, I’m going to wait until the 10x miles per dollar at Apple bonus becomes available. I won’t pay anything more for shopping through a portal, so all the extra miles I earn (in addition to whatever I’ll) are just icing on the cake.
How to get started with the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan shopping portal
Before you can start using the Alaska Airlines shopping portal, you’ll need to go toand log in with your Mileage Plan account information. If you don’t currently have a frequent flyer account with Alaska Airlines but are interested in earning Mileage Plan miles, you’ll need to make an account.
Mileage Plan shopping partners with over 850 stores, so if you’re buying something online, there’s a good chance that you can earn bonus miles through this portal.
Is Alaska Airlines first class worth it?
Alaska Airlines is known for its incredible partnerships with international and domestic airlines alike, which provide travelers with unbelievable value when redeeming their Alaska miles (even if they’ve never actually flown the airline)! While many travelers end up transferring their points and miles to Alaska Airlines’ partners because of these great deals, if you live near an Alaska […]While many travelers end up transferring their points and miles to Alaska Airlines’ partners because of these great deals, if you live near an Alaska Airlines hub, consider keeping your miles and flying first class right on Alaska. It is definitely worth it.
You need to start your shopping trip at Mileage Plan Shopping, and after you’ve browsed through the available offers and decided where you want to shop, select the store and click the “shop now” button. This will open up a new tab for that specific merchant. From there, you shop and check out as normal. It’s important to note that if you close out of the tab for any reason, you’ll need to go back and start the entire process again or your miles won’t post correctly.
Of course, it can take a while to make it a habit to always check for portal offers. That’s why I strongly encourage you to add the browser extension for your favorite portals, so you always get a friendly reminder and don’t leave extra miles on the table.
For example, when I open up the staples.com website on my computer, I see popups from three different— , and Swagbucks. This lets me quickly compare offers and click on whichever portal is offering the highest rate of return.
9 Unique Ways to Visit Alaska This Summer
Many cruises may be on hold, but from train journeys to cycling trips, beautiful lodges to intimate expedition vessels, there are still ample ways to explore the Last Frontier this year.For travelers who are eager to make the journey north this summer in search of sweeping mountain views, varied wildlife, and nature-filled serenity, there are still many enriching ways to experience Alaska, including on trains, bicycles, in lodges, and even on smaller cruise ships.
In addition to bonus miles, shopping portals can help you find extra discounts with the merchants you’re shopping at. Going back to our earlier Adidas example, we saw several coupon codes and sales available when searching through the Mileage Plan shopping website. But if I go to adidas.com and click on the Mileage Plan shopping button (not the banner to activate the portal, but the button on my browser), you can also see the discounts this way.
Shopping portal tips and reminders
Shopping portal technology has gotten much better over the last couple of years, but you’ll still need to be careful not to accidentally lose your bonus miles by clicking on the wrong button. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
- If using the plug-in browser button, you must “activate” the points when alerted by the pop-up. Otherwise, you will miss out on the points completely, which would be a real shame because you were so close.
- If using the shopping portal site, you must click through the link on the site and then make a purchase from the page that pops up. Don’t navigate away and come back later, as . This means you can’t close the tab out, but sometimes even switching to other tabs can trip up the portal. My way around this is to shop and browse as much as I want, and then once I’ve added everything to my cart and am ready to check out, I go back and activate the plug-in browser button. That way, I just need to complete the quick checkout process without changing any tabs.
- You must make sure that you have cookies enabled in your browser for the retailer’s site. This is what allows the portal to “track” your purchases and award bonuses accordingly.
- Only use promotions or promo codes found on the portal; if you use others, the purchase .
- You cannot stack multiple shopping portals together, so don’t bother trying or you may lose out on both sets of bonus points.
- Consider using a shopping portal aggregator like or . The site allows you to pull up a specific retailer and . This includes all of the above types of portals, allowing you to quickly compare earning rates and determine which one offers the best return for the individual merchant you are shopping with.
8 amazing first class seats you can still book with points and miles
The coronavirus pandemic hit international luxury travel hard. Months of low demand lead many airlines to retire their flagship A380’s and 747’s, causing them to discontinue or massively reduce their first-class offerings in the process. This comes after airlines had already been reducing international first class for years, opting instead to expand business class products. …But not all is lost. There are a handful of airlines still flying true first class, both domestic and abroad. Some planes are in the sky now, while others are set to make a return in the coming months. Better yet, you can book all of these first-class products with points and miles.
Best credit cards to use with online shopping portals
Shopping portals don’t change how the transaction is coded, meaning the charge on your credit card statement will still be from “Adidas” whether or not you use the Mileage Plan shopping portal. Many online merchants fall into the category of “,” a catchall term used to describe merchants who don’t fit into any common credit card bonus category.
You can check out TPG’s full guide to the. The two that I find myself using the most are The Blue Business® Plus Credit Card from American Express and the Chase Freedom Unlimited®, which earn 2x points on your first $50,000 in purchase per calendar year (then 1x) and 1.5% cash back or 1.5x points per dollar respectively.
Of course, you’ll want to keep your eyes out for any merchants that do offer a bonus category such as travel or dining. If you’re making a large technology purchase, you may want to use aeven if it doesn’t earn the most bonus points.
Keep your eyes out for a ‘triple dip’
Earning bonus points from a shopping portal in addition to the miles earned on your credit card is already a huge win. Still, sometimes it’s possible to do even better by stacking an, or other rebate.
For example, I once received an Amex Offer on my Blue Business Plus offering $15 back when spending $50 at Winc, for up to three uses. Winc itself offered a new member promo of $20 off your first box, and the Mileage Plan shopping portal was offering a bonus of 1,400 miles (worth $25 based on) for first-time users.
Cleared for Takeoff: A honeymoon trip to South Africa and the Seychelles
Cleared for Takeoff is a weekly series showing readers like you the best ways to book post-pandemic adventures using points and miles. If you’d like tips on booking your own trip using miles, please email us with your preferred itinerary and current mileage balance. Planning a honeymoon can be complex and expensive. But, you can often use …Planning a honeymoon can be complex and expensive. But, you can often use points and miles to lessen the cost of an epic honeymoon.
I bought $75 worth of wine for only $57 by stacking these deals. Subtract the $15 credit I received from my Amex Offer and the $25 worth of miles I received, and my net cost was really only $17, or $3.40 a bottle and over 75% off list price. The Mileage Plan shopping portal played a huge part in this quadruple dip (credit card points, shopping portal, Amex Offer and Winc new member offer) and will do me quite well during this extended lockdown.
As with all rebates and bonus offers, you have to be careful not to fall for the marketing and waste money you didn’t want to spend just to earn more miles. However, if you’ve already decided to make a purchase at any of hundreds of popular retailers, the Mileage Plan shopping portal can be a great way to increase your return.
Givenand how hard can be, the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan shopping portal has quickly become one of my favorites.
Featured photo by BraunS / Getty Images
SPONSORED: With states reopening, enjoying a meal from a restaurant no longer just means curbside pickup.
And when you do spend on dining, you should use aand potentially even score special discounts. Thanks to temporary card bonuses and changes due to coronavirus, you may even be able to score a meal at your favorite restaurant for free.
for dining out, taking out, and ordering in to maximize every meal purchase.
Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.
Maximizing Marriott Bonvoy’s unique airline transfer options: Part 1 .
While most people save up Marriott Bonvoy points for hotel stays, the program allows you to transfer points to 41 airline partners across all major alliances. The transfer ratio is 3:1 in most cases, with a 5,000-mile bonus for every 60,000 points transferred. Many of these frequent flyer programs are also transfer partners of competing …Many of these frequent flyer programs are also transfer partners of competing rewards programs, like Amex Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, Citi ThankYou and Capital One miles. But in this two-part series, I want to look at the unique transfer partners offered only by the Marriott Rewards program and show you some of the ways you can maximize the benefits.