The Mileage Plan shopping portal, which offers bonus Alaska miles when you purchase at online retailers, is running a special promotion for 15 miles per dollar at select retailers. These include:
- Under Armour
- Rosetta Stone
- Saks Fifth Avenue
- Lord & Taylor
- Saks OFF Fifth
- Old Navy
- JC Penney
- Neiman Marcus
However, you must make your purchase TODAY, January 20, to take advantage. (Cut-off time is 8:59 PM Pacific Time.) Regular earning rates return tomorrow.
Few promotions are worth going out to make a purchase you weren’t planning on. It’s still money out of your wallet. However, people who use miles wisely might find that this particular deal makes sense.
I personally value Alaska Airlines miles at 2 cents each because they have relatively inexpensive awards on some high quality partners. If you feel similarly, then this shopping portal promotion is equivalent to a 30% rebate. Buy $100 in goods now, and get 1,500 miles worth about $30 in travel rewards.
Resellers in particular may be attracted to this deal. If you can resell an item for close to your original purchase price, you still get the miles from this promotion while covering your costs.
Just remember there are plenty of opportunities for things to go wrong when handling large volumes of merchandise (or gift cards). I’d stick to purchases you were already going to make, but move them up to take advantage of today’s special offer.