The easiest method I’ve been using to get additional United MileagePlus miles is by doing all of my online shopping through the MileagePlus Shopping portal. Just by going through this portal you get access to online retailers like Brooks Brothers, HP.com, Dell, and OfficeMax just like going to their normal website, but you’ll also receive United miles just by shopping.
How MileagePlus Shopping Works
In the “Earn Miles” section of the United.com website there are a variety of options on how you can earn additional United miles. One of those options is the MileagePlus shopping portal.
If you click on the Shop in the U.S. button it will bring you to the MileagePlus shopping portal for US customers. On this website there are links to all sorts of online stores that offer you miles per dollar spent just for accessing their website through the MileagePlus Shopping portal and making a purchase.
My recommendation is to look at all online stores and order by earn rate. By doing this you can see some great deals and mileage earning opportunities. For example as of April 26th, 2013 there is an offer for 8 miles per dollar spent at Sephora.com
Tips for MileagePlus Shopping
Whenever I think of buying something online I always check what the earn rate is through the MileagePlus Shopping portal. Not every online website is included, some notables that are excluded include Amazon and eBay, but besides that there are a ton of retailers you can get miles from.
In addition, once I find a retailer I want to purchase from I go to their website normally and setup all of my purchases in their online shopping cart. Once that is completely ready for checkout I login and go to the MileagePlus shopping link and 99% of the time my cart will be ready for checkout and I don’t have to worry about possibly missing my miles benefit due to a website error.
Earn Rates through MileagePlus Shopping
The vast majority of earnings through the portal are 2-3 miles per dollar spent. One big benefit I’ve been doing is using the portal to purchase items for work. Unlike some of the credit card shopping portals like Chase, you don’t have to use any specific name or credit card on the order to get credit. So I can use our company card to purchase computers from Dell and still get the miles from that purchase.
Some of the recent mileage credits I’ve gotten just this year include:
- Brooks Brothers: 760 miles
- J. Crew: 1,300 miles
- Patagonia: 3,500 miles
These are all things I was planning on purchasing anyways, but by going through the MileagePlus Shopping portal for United I was able to get some big mileage boosts.