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Shopping portals are shopping websites connected with some airline or hotel loyalty programs, as well as through the banks, Chase, and Barclay.
Here’s the best part! You can use these shopping portals to earn miles and points with hundreds of the same merchants where you probably already shop.
Any member of the loyalty program can use these portals regardless of their credit score, which makes shopping portals a smart choice for people who want to earn miles and points, but have a harder time getting approved for credit cards.
It gets even better! If you have a miles and points earning credit card, the miles and points are in addition to what you would earn from using your card.
Example: Let’s say you have a credit card like the Chase Freedom, which gives you 5x the points on rotating bonus categories. During a drugstore bonus period, you’d earn 5x the points from your Freedom card PLUS the miles or points earned from shopping at drugstores through the portal!
Are you ready to get started?
Here are links to the travel and bank brands that offer shopping portals.
In order to shop in the Chase or the Barclay shopping portals, you’ll need a credit card with that bank. But, the airline and hotel shopping portals are for all members of their loyalty program. You can sign up for free to become a member of any/all of these loyalty programs. Use your member number to sign up or sign in and shop.
Once you sign in, type in the name of the merchant you would like to shop with or browse the hundreds of merchants in the various shopping categories. Here is an example on the United MileagePlus Shopping Portal.
I searched for Sephora. You can see the return rate for Sephora is 3 miles per $1.
You simply click the “Shop now” to confirm and the portal redirects you to that merchant’s website.
If there are available coupon codes, they will usually be displayed on the screen before you are redirected to the merchant’s website. External coupon codes typically cancel out any miles and points earned through the portal and should be avoided.
Shop and checkout like you normally would. Miles and points earned from the portal will appear on your loyalty or credit card account statement in a few weeks.
Want to be an even savvier portal shopper? Keep reading!
I use Evreward and Cashback Monitor to compare earn rates between different shopping portals. The earn rates are usually up-to-date and it saves time because I don’t have to go to each portal individually. Barclaycard RewardsBoost is the only program not listed in Evreward.
Simply type the name of the merchant you’d like to shop with into the search field.
Since I am a frequent shopper for pet supplies, I searched for Petco. These were the results I saw on my screen.
From here, you can decide to go with the portal giving you the highest earn rate. Here in this example, United will give you 6 miles per $1 spent.
Or, depending on your travel goal(s), it might make more sense to choose a shopping portal that gets you closer to reaching your goal(s).
If you’re saving up miles to earn the Southwest Companion Pass, then the Southwest Portal will be where you want to shop. If you’re planning to book a stay at a Hilton property, then the Hilton HHonors Portal will help you earn points for your upcoming stay.
Using shopping portals can help you get the most out of your money by giving you a return in miles and points. This can go a long way in earning award travel that’ll help you reach your travel goals.