Here’s a simple way to maximize your mileage earning by shopping online
One of the best ways to maximize your mileage earning potential is to use online shopping malls or cash back sites. With these “portals” you first navigate to the shopping mall then click through to the online store – such as Staples – that you want to shop at. In return, you receive a certain amount of points per dollar or a certain percentage of cash back. Some sites such as the online flower delivery sites offer large amounts of points – often times as high as 30 points per dollar; in order to attract your business. Even if you value you the points at a penny each, that’s 30% off your order! Although it takes some time to get accustomed to using these portals, once you get in the routine it is a very easy way to maximize your mileage earning. Below, I’ve outlined several sites that can be used to help determine which portal to use for each transaction.
For each of the sites I’ve done a simple search for “staples”. Keep in mind, not all points are equal. You can see the results that each site include and decide what works best for you.
ev’reward: This site lets you compare the different shopping malls to see which one is giving the best return. It is extremely easy to use and includes a wide variety of shopping malls to compare against. ev’reward has both cash back sites such as Big Crumbs as well as mileage earning sites including Ultimate Rewards, Citi ThankYou and various airline and hotel shopping malls. One of my main problems with ev’reward, though, is that it lacks some very popular portals such as Top Cash Back, which often has the highest percentage cash back.
Web Flyer: Web Flyer’s Mileage Mall is purely for airline and hotel shopping malls, but it has a much wider variety than most of the other sites. For instance, it includes programs such as JetBlue, Virgin America, and even Etihad. Overall, the layout isn’t as friendly as some of the others, but is still relatively easy to compare the different programs. If you’re mainly concentrated on earning miles and points, this is your go-to site as it has the largest number of programs. However, one glaring omission is the Chase Ultimate Rewards program. Although this isn’t technically a miles program, the site does include American Express Membership Rewards so it seems odd that they wouldn’t include the similar Ultimate Rewards program.
Cashbackholic: Cashbackholic is your go-to site if you’re simply looking for cash back on your online purchases and aren’t concerned with earning miles and points. The number of sites that it can compare is truly amazing and none of the other sites come close with cash back portals. However, the only points program that it includes is Chase Ultimate Rewards, since you can get cash back through the program. While you can’t easily compare airline portals on the site, it is still a great site to use if you’re primarily looking for cash back.
Personally, I generally stick to ev’reward as I’m mainly concerned with miles and points. It has all of the programs that I use, specifically Ultimate Rewards and airlines, and the site is very user friendly. While I realize that I may not get the best deal every time, I’m content with earning miles in the programs that it covers. However, just because I use it doesn’t mean that you have to. Find what works for you so that it becomes a routine to use the portals. If you have other sites that you feel do a great job at aggregating all the shopping malls, post in the comments so everyone can try them out!
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IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card
- Annual Fee: $49 fee waived for the first year
- Foreign Fees: No
- Card Type: Hotel
The IHG Rewards Club Visa is often cited as one of the most underrated hotel credit cards, with good reason. The official offer is for 70,000 points after $1,000 spent within three months, with the first year’s fee waived. The card comes with an annual free night certificate that can be used at any IHG property, including Intercontinental hotels - making this certificate worth upwards of 50,000 points. This is far more generous than some other hotel cards, which limit the categories in which free night certificates can be redeemed.
Cardholders earn 5 points per dollar at IHG hotels; 2 points per dollar at gas stations, grocery stores, and restaurants; 1 point per dollar everywhere else. Moreover, you’ll get a 10% rebate on award redemptions, up to 100,000 points per year. The card also comes with Platinum status, though that doesn’t get you much with IHG. Still, this is a fantastic card to have in your wallet, with benefits that far outweigh the already low $49 annual fee.
- Earn 70,000 bonus points after you spend $1,000 in the first 3 months of account opening
- Enjoy a free night of card membership at over 4,700 hotels worldwide
- Earn 5 points for each $1 spent at our hotels
- Earn 2 points per $1 spent on purchases at gas stations, grocery stores and restaurants
- Bonus points redeemable at hotels such as Intercontinental® Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts and Holiday Inn®
- Automatic platinum elite status, as long as you remain a cardmember
- $0 introductory annual fee the first year, then $49