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How To Use the United MileagePlus Shopping Portal to Maximize Points [2017]

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If you’re planning to shop online, what would you say if I told you how to earn extra miles just for clicking a few extra buttons? Pretty sweet, huh?

This article will teach you how to use the United shopping portal to do just that!

How To Log in & Basics of Using Program

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When you navigate to MileagePlus Shopping, you’ll be able to log in to your United account. If you don’t yet have a United account, you can also create one here.

You can view the bonus miles offered for shopping at various retailers without logging in, but you will need to log in to actually earn rewards when you’re ready to shop.

If you already have a frequent flyer account with United, you’re in luck! You won’t need to create a new account to log in and start shopping. The United shopping portal uses your frequent flyer information as login information.

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United Shopping uses the same login information as your United frequent flyer account.

Once you are logged in to the shopping mall, you just need to search for the retailer you want to shop with to see the number of bonus miles you can earn for purchases!

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At the time of writing, it was possible to earn 2 bonus miles per dollar spent when shopping at Macy’s.

Let’s say you are interested in shopping at Macy’s. At the time of writing, we found a bonus of 2 extra United miles for each dollar spent on Macys.com purchases.

In order to earn the bonus points, click “Shop now” to be redirected to Macy’s online store, and then complete your purchase in the new window. You don’t need to do anything else to earn the bonus!

Special Shopping Offers

Occasionally the MileagePlus Shopping portal will offer bonus miles for spending various amounts of money. These offers come and go throughout the year.

You should keep an eye out for United’s special shopping mall bonuses; they make easy ways to earn even more points! Here are some examples of past bonuses to be on the lookout for:

  • Spring 2017 Bonus: Spend $150, Earn 300 Bonus Miles; Spend $350, Earn 1,000 Bonus Miles
  • Holiday 2016 Bonus: Spend $150, Earn 500 Bonus Miles; Spend $350, Earn 1,500 Bonus Miles; Spend $650, Earn 3,000 Bonus Miles; Spend $1,250, Earn 6,000 Bonus Miles

Example Retailers

The number of miles earned through the online shop and the available retailers change regularly. At the time of writing, here are some of the better bonuses being offered through United Airlines Shopping!

  • 1-800-Flowers.com: 15 mi/$1
  • Saks OFF Fifth: 10 mi/$1
  • JCPenney: 8 mi/$1
  • Coursera: 5 mi/$1
  • eBags: 4 mi/$1
  • …and many more!
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Just a few more examples of stores you can shop through United MileagePlus Shopping!

Using Credit Cards To Earn Extra Points

Even though you’ll be earning bonuses through the shopping portal, that isn’t an excuse to put your charges on a debit card! You’ll want to make sure you’re paying with a credit card that will give you rewards for spending too.

If your main focus is earning United miles, you should use cards that earn United miles directly or cards that earn Ultimate Rewards points, which can be transferred to United at a 1:1 ratio.

Consider whether your earnings can be multiplied further by taking advantage of a specific credit card’s category bonuses too!

Below you’ll find rewards cards that earn United miles as well as Ultimate Rewards points.

Chase Ultimate Rewards Cards

Loyalty ProgramCredit Card
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Chase Sapphire Reserve℠ Card
Chase Freedom®
Chase Freedom Unlimited℠
Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card
Chase Ink Business Cash℠ Credit Card

United MileagePlus Cards

Loyalty ProgramCredit Card
United Airlines MileagePlus Frequent Flyer ProgramUnited MileagePlus® Explorer Card
Chase United MileagePlus® Club Card
United MileagePlus® Explorer Business Card
Chase United MileagePlus® Club Business Card

Conclusion

Utilizing United Shopping is an easy way to earn an extra mile or more per dollar spent on most of the purchases you’ve already made online. You may also want to check out their dining program to really maximize your awards.

The more rewards you earn, the closer you will get to redeeming your United miles for a much deserved vacation!

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  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Named Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, July 2016
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards
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FAQ

What kind of miles can I earn through the United MileagePlus Shopping portal?
The miles you earn through the shopping portal for United are the same rewards you would earn for flying United.

Do the miles earned through United MileagePlus Shopping count toward Million Miler status?
No, the rewards earned through the portal do not count toward Million Miler status.

What can I use my United miles for?
You’ll generally get the most value when redeeming them for flights. We have compiled a list of the best ways to redeem your United miles – check it out!

Do I have to do anything to claim my miles?
Your miles should post automatically within a few weeks of completing a purchase through the shopping portal. If you don’t see your rewards, you can contact United for help.

Is there a limit to the number of miles I can earn this way?
There is no limit to the amount of rewards you can earn through United Airlines Shopping!