I’m not a shopper, except when the deal is right, and I’m properly rewarded for buying online. There are some fantastic opportunities to build up your frequent flyer and hotel points accounts if you shop online.
Most airline and hotel websites have online shopping malls with affiliated retailers in all categories. I mean every category you can think of. At times there are so many options where to best make your online purchase, it becomes confusing. But we have a few websites to help us decide which online mall offers the best reward for shopping with them. (Prices being equal of course)
RewardsDB.com, CashbackMonitor.com and Evrewards.com scour the web everyday looking for the reward offerings from a multitude of online shopping websites. Their investigation includes non-affiliated sites where you may exchange your rewards points for travel items as well as the airline and hotel websites. There are over 95 shopping programs online offering rewards.
If you need a pair of LL Bean cargo pants, go to the RewardsDB.com website, enter the merchant name LL Bean and all the available rewards points options will be prominently displayed for you. It is now your job to compare prices and decide which offers the most value to you.
Banks are now offering rewards shopping malls tied to their affiliated rewards programs: Examples are Chase Ultimate Rewards, Citi Thank You Points, and American Express Membership Rewards. Each institution has an online mall where you can cash in your points earned from credit card spending and other bank related activities for merchandise, gift cards, experiences or, you can use your points to transfer to airline and hotel loyalty programs, OR actually pay for airline tickets or hotel accommodations.
Holiday time is a great time for online shopping; many merchants increase the award points they offer for purchases. During the holidays is not uncommon to be offered double the points. Shipping is also prepaid on many sites for purchases over a certain dollar amount.