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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Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
- Annual Fee: $95 fee waived for the first year
- Foreign Fees: No
- Card Type: Bank
The Sapphire Preferred offers 2x points on dining and travel, and no foreign transaction fees, making this the go-to card for travelers.
This card accumulates Ultimate Rewards points, which are very valuable for transfer to United and Hyatt. Overall, this card is a great choice for maximizing earnings on dining, travel, and every day spend.
- Earn 40,000 bonus points when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $500 in travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate RewardsSM
- Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening.
- 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases
- No foreign transaction fees, plus Chip and Signature enabled for international travel.
- 1:1 point transfer to leading frequent travel programs at full value — that means 1,000 Ultimate Rewards points equal 1,000 partner miles/points.
- 24/7 direct access to dedicated customer service specialists
- Introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, then $95