There are many ways to earn airline miles in your favorite frequent flyer program, and some don’t require you to fly at all.
With an airline credit card, for example, you can earn miles for each dollar you spend on your credit card, and you may even be able to earn a generous welcome offer, too. You can also rack up miles using a shopping portal each time you make a purchase online and “double up” on miles by using a portal and paying with a credit card that earns airline miles.
The American AAdvantage frequent flyer program offers a shopping portal for its members, and you may be surprised at how easy it is to use. If you’re not flying a lot this year or just want to boost your miles balance, keep reading to find out how the portal works and how to sign up.
How to join AAdvantage eShopping
To join the American Airlines AAdvantage eShopping program, you’ll need an American AAdvantage frequent flyer account. Fortunately, joining this program is entirely free and easy to do.
To get started, head to the enrollment page and enter basic information like your name, address, birthdate and gender. You’ll also set up three security questions with answers to add another layer of protection for your account. Finally, you’ll set up a password and wait for the American AAdvantage program to assign you a frequent flyer number.
How to get started with the AAdvantage shopping portal
Once you’re a member of the American AAdvantage frequent flyer program, earning miles for your online purchases is a piece of cake. Visit the AAdvantage site and enter your frequent flyer number, email and zip code. You also need to create a separate password for your eShopping account.
Once you have an account set up with your own password, you’ll use this information to log into eShopping each time you’re ready to make a purchase online.
The AA shopping portal lets you earn bonus miles when you shop at more than 950 online stores. While the participating retailers can change from time to time, you’ll frequently find popular merchants like GrubHub.com, Macys.com, Staples.com and Vistaprint.com.
Also note that some offers let you earn bonus miles based on each dollar you spend, while others offer a flat rate of miles in exchange for a specific purchase.
Some offers through the AAdvantage eShopping portal also include a special discount or a code you can use to save money on your purchase.
Download the AAdvantage button
You can also activate the “AAdvantage button” — a dashboard tool that will remind you to activate your AAdvantage shopping account so you can earn miles at participating stores when you shop.
This button will send you a notification when you’re visiting a participating store; all you have to do is hit “activate” to qualify for bonus miles.
Rack up more miles
Whether you opt to manually log into your American AAdvantage shopping account each time you shop or get the AAdvantage button and receive a reminder and log in instantly, the AAdvantage shopping portal can help you rack up considerably more miles than you would otherwise.
Offers vary, but you can frequently earn anywhere from 3 miles to 10 miles for each dollar you spend with a participating retailer. Meanwhile, the AAdvantage portal frequently offers valuable coupons, discount codes and offers for free shipping.
How to maximize AAdvantage eShopping
Shopping portals can be a valuable tool if you do a lot of your shopping online. After all, you can qualify for the exact same pricing you would be paying for your online purchases anyway. A shopping portal only asks you to “click through” before you shop, but you still head to the exact same retailer website you would be using otherwise.
Still, there are some steps you can take to make the most of the AA eShopping portal in particular. Consider these tips:
- Download the button so you don’t forget to log in. The AAdvantage button will remind you each time you visit a retailer that participates in the AA shopping portal. Download this button so you never miss out on bonus miles when you shop online.
- Make sure to check the portal frequently for special offers. Remember that participating retailers in the portal change all the time. Any time you make an online purchase, you should check to see if an AA shopping portal participant store offers the item you want.
- Don’t forget to check for non-retail bonus offers. Also remember that you can earn bonus miles for some subscriptions and one-time purchases. For example, you may earn miles for signing up for Disney+ or Hulu or ordering meals from Blue Apron or Hello Fresh.
- Also join American AAdvantage dining. While the AA dining program is entirely separate, this program lets you earn miles when you dine out at participating eateries. By pairing it with the AA shopping portal, you can rack up more miles in yet another spending category.
- Pay for your purchases with a credit card that earns American AAdvantage miles. You can double up on rewards if you use a rewards credit card when you shop in the AA eShopping portal. If you want to rack up even more airline miles specifically, you should check out co-branded American Airlines credit cards.
Best credit cards for AAdvantage eShopping
Racking up more airline miles is easy with American Airlines credit cards. The following chart highlights some of the top options to consider if you decide you want to double up on miles.
|Credit card name||Introductory offer||Earning rate||Annual fee|
|American Airlines AAdvantage MileUp℠ Card®||10,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles and a $50 statement credit when you spend $500 within three months of account opening||Earn 2 miles per dollar on American purchases and grocery spending and 1 mile per dollar on other purchases||$0|
|Citi® /AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite Mastercard®
|50,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles when you spend $2,500 in purchases within three months of account opening||Earn 2 miles per dollar on American Airlines purchases, dining and gas stations and 1 mile per dollar on all other purchases||$99; waived the first year|
|Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard®
|50,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles when you spend $5,000 in purchases within three months of account opening; you also get an Admirals Club membership||Earn 2 miles per dollar on American Airlines purchases and 1 mile per dollar on all other purchases||$450|
|CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® Mastercard®
|65,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles when you spend $4,000 in purchases within four months of account opening||Earn 2X miles on American purchases and on purchases at telecommunications merchants, cable and satellite providers, car rental merchants and gas stations; also earn 1X miles on other purchases
|$99; waived the first year|
|AAdvantage® Aviator® Red World Elite Mastercard®||Earn 60,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles after making a purchase in the first 90 days and paying the annual fee||Earn 2 miles per dollar with American Airlines and 1 mile per dollar on all other purchases||$99|
|AAdvantage® Aviator® Business Mastercard®||Earn 65,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles when you spend $1,000 on your card within 90 days of account opening and another 10,000 miles when a purchase is made on an employee card
|Earn 2 miles per dollar on American Airlines purchases and at eligible office supply, telecom and car rental merchants; also earn 1 mile per dollar on all other purchases||$95|
The information about the Citi® /AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite Mastercard®, Citi/AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard, CitiBusiness/AAdvantage Platinum Select Mastercard, American Airline AAdvantage MileUp Card, AAdvantage Aviator Red World Elite Mastercard and AAdvantage Aviator Business Mastercard has been collected independently by Bankrate.com. The card details have not been reviewed or approved by the card issuer.
AAdvantage eShopping partners
American AAdvantage eShopping partners vary widely, but you should know that more than 950 retailers are included. Categories these shopping partners fall within tend to include at-home comforts, food and drink, entertainment and education, home office essentials, home fitness and more.
Since AA eShopping partners change all the time, your best bet is logging into your account occasionally to check for new offers and discounts. You have nothing to lose by keeping an eye on this portal and maximizing it when you can, but you stand to lose a ton of miles if you choose to ignore it.