Every now and again, we see major airline online shopping portals roll out big mileage bonuses on Apple products, allowing you to easily earn thousands of miles on one purchase. If you’re in the market for a new Macbook or iPhone, today is your lucky day.
Today only (Monday, March 7), you can earn up to 4x airline miles per dollar spent on many Apple products through a handful of popular airline portals, as The Points Guy first noticed. That’s up from the typical 1x return, which makes this a great opportunity to pile up some miles on your big purchase.
The airline portals participating are as follows:
- Earn 4x miles per dollar spent with American AAdvantage
- Earn 4x miles per dollar spent with Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
- Earn 4x miles per dollar spent with United MileagePlus
- Earn 4x miles per dollar spent with Delta SkyMiles
- Earn 3x miles per dollar spent with JetBlue TrueBlue
- Earn 2x miles per dollar spent with Southwest Rapid Rewards
Earning these miles on your purchase is simple: Just click through one of these portal links before checking out. You can use any credit card you’d like for the purchase and still earn these bonus miles, so consider a credit card that gets you purchase protection – or one where a big purchase will help you responsibly meet minimum spend to earn an even bigger welcome bonus!
A few items won’t qualify for bonus miles, including MacBook Pro M1 Pro and M1 Max 14-inch and 16-inch, iPads (9th generation), all-new iPad minis, Apple Pro Display XDRs, and Apple gift cards. Shipping costs won’t earn miles, either.
At 4x bonus miles, this isn’t the biggest bonus we’ve ever seen on Apple purchases … but it’s in line with some of the best bonuses we’ve seen in recent years. Which mileage program is best for you to go through to earn a bonus depends on which miles you’ve already got – and what travel you might be working toward.
American might be the single-best option here thanks to the ability to stack this with another promo, earning another 500 bonus AAdvantage miles on a purchase of $100 or more – and 1,000 more miles on purchases of $300-plus. You won’t earn Loyalty points towards American status on that promo, but you will with the normal Apple bonus.
But if you don’t already have a stash of miles in either program or a way to continue earning more, even a 4,000-mile bonus from buying a $1,000 Macbook Air may not be worth it. That makes Delta SkyMiles and United MileagePlus miles worth considering, too, depending on your situation.
Just take a pass on JetBlue TrueBlue and Southwest Rapid Rewards: With only a 3x bonus and 2x bonus, respectively, you can do better. Plus, award rates in both mileage programs are based largely on the cash cost of flights, which limits how much value you can get out of these miles.
How Do I Sign Up For the Shopping Portals?
If you are not currently a member, you will first need to create a frequent flyer account with any of the airline programs listed above. From there, you can then log in to the shopping portal of your choice and click through the Apple links to complete your purchase on Apple’s website.
There is no cost to join these programs and the miles you earn are in addition to any miles you would be earning on the credit card used for payment. These are some of the easiest miles you can earn, especially if you have shopping to do at Apple.
Apple products aren’t cheap and rarely go on sale, so taking advantage of increased portal bonuses is a good way to get rewarded if you are going to shop there.
Use Cashback Monitor
One of the first places I always visit before making any purchase online is cashbackmonitor.com.
This site gives you a look at what all the major shopping portals are offering for spending bonuses by retailer. CashbackMonitor is updated in real time, so it is always a great resource for current portal bonuses. As you can see, all of these increased portal bonuses are already reflected. Read our guide to using CashbackMonitor.com.
Thrifty Tip: You can shop online at apple.com to get your portal bonus and select in-store pickup at checkout. This will allow you to earn the bonus and get your products immediately if you don’t want to wait for shipping.
Online shopping portals are a great way to earn additional miles for spending you are going to do anyhow. Apple products aren’t cheap, but if you are going to purchase them anyhow, this is a great opportunity to do it and get some bonus points.
This promotion ends Monday, March 7, so don’t wait to take advantage!