You’re likely to buy flowers, chocolate-dipped strawberries or some other gift for mom for Mother’s Day, so why not snap up the bonus offers available through your credit card’s shopping portal, an airline e-shopping mall or airline dining clubs?
For example, if you use American Airlines AAdvantage e-Shopping portal, you can get 30 miles per $1 spent on ProFlowers orders. You also can earn 250 miles with $150 or more spent on gifts for Mom at select merchants at the portal. And some retailers offer free shipping.
You don’t need an airline credit card to score these extra miles and more. Just open a frequent flier account with your preferred airline or airlines, register your credit cards and order your gifts as you normally would at the airline’s e-shopping mall. If you sign up for emails from the shopping portals, you’ll get advance notice of the sweetest deals.
And if you’re taking mom to brunch, lunch or dinner for Mother’s Day, you can earn miles while using a card registered in a credit card rewards dining program.
Check out Susan Johnston Taylor’s story on “How to score airline miles without having an airline card” for details and links to several of the airline shopping portals and dining programs.
Taylor mentions that the airline dining programs often have sign-up bonuses. The popular travel site ThePointsGuy.com notes that signing up for United’s dining program can net you up to 5,000 bonus miles and instant VIP status (5 miles for every dollar spent). Here are the details: http://thepointsguy.com/2016/04/5000-miles-vip-status-mileageplus-dining/
If you’d rather not use airline e-shopping malls, several card issuers have their own shopping portals with discounts and sometimes free shipping with purchases at everyday retailers.
For example, Chase’s online shopping portal for cash-back cards offers 15 percent cash back on ProFlowers purchases, and 10 percent cash back on FTD.com orders and Shari’s Berries orders. Read Dawn Papandrea’s story, “Rewards malls can turbocharge miles, points, cash,” for details.
And if you’re using a shopping portal that’s not affiliated with an airline or a card issuer, Taylor offers “5 tips to boost savings using cash back shopping portals.”