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In addition to paid travel and credit card sign-up bonuses, another great way to earn points is through shopping portals. For those of you who may not know, shopping portals give you additional points for buying products through them.

(READ MORE: Earning Miles Through Shopping Portals)

(READ MORE:  How I earned over 1.6 million points in 2016)


Alaska Airlines Spring Bonus Promotion

This bonus runs from now until April 12th, and gives you 300 bonus Alaska Airlines points when you spend $150 and 1,000 bonus Alaska Airlines points when you spend $350. This is the same as the current United promotion, and It’s also exactly the same as the American Airlines shopping portal bonus from last month, which makes sense, since all three are operated by Cartera.

Is it worth it?

Reader Nick raised a good question on the United portal bonus:

Why does everyone blog about these when they really aren’t anything worth getting excited about. 300 miles for $150 spend?

It’s a good question, because on the face of it, 300 – 1,000 points isn’t really all great. I think why they get so much press it that it’s often seen as free points. If you were planning to buy things on the internet already, why not maximize the earning potential? Take Lord & Taylor for example:

Alaska Portal - Shopping

If you go to Lord & Taylor on 5th Avenue here in NYC and spend $350 on your Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® Credit Card, you’ll earn just the points from credit card spend — 350 points.

If you shop through the Alaska portal and spend $350, you’ll earn 350 points for using your Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® Credit Card, 1,400 points for the portal bonus, and 1,000 points for the bonus — 2,750 points. That’s almost eight times the points for buying the same exact thing(s)!

That’s why we often post these types of things here, as it allows you to accrue points at a faster rate. I hope that answers your question, Nick!

Will you be earning these bonus points? Do you take advantage of these shopping portal bonuses in general? Let us know below!

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