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Shopping portals can be a good way of racking up points without flying and a good way to supplement mileage balances. The way a shopping portal works is that before you make an online purchase, you FIRST go to the shopping portal of one of the airline / hotel programs (they almost all have one), and then click through the portal to the merchant that you are going to make a purchase from
(SEE ALSO: Earning miles through shopping portals)
New Southwest bonus shopping offer
The payout rates vary quite a bit from portal to portal, and from merchant to merchant, and even over time. I’ve had good luck with shopping portals in the past (SEE ALSO: My experience with 19x points through shopping portals at Sears), and from time to time, in ADDITION to the regular portal payouts, there are bonuses.
I just got an email from Southwest offering 300 bonus points if you spend $150 or more through their online shopping portal. It’s good from now until 2/25 (so only a week or so) but in the meantime, it would be an extra 2 points / $1 on your purchases
At the bottom of the email, it does say that this is specifically for me, so this may be a targeted promotion – check your email to see if you got one!
(Update: Kirsten from the American Travel Project said on Twitter that her bonus was just 100 free points