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OK, for better or worse, Christmas 2012 can now be spoken of in the past tense.
But the bonuses on offer at most airlines’ mileage malls — networks of online retailers that award miles for purchases — remain in place through December 31.
So there’s still time to get that Kindle that wasn’t under the tree on Christmas morning and earn bonus miles, too.
Speaking of which, a search on American’s AAdvantage eShopping site shows Kindles available through several merchants (although not directly through Amazon, which steers clear of mileage promotions). The best deal looks to be through OfficeDepot.com, which is offering double miles plus a $15 discount on orders of $150 or more.
In addition to merchant-specific offers, some malls are offering site-wide bonuses.
Through United’s MileagePlus Shopping, for example, shoppers will earn 500 bonus miles for every $250 spent at any combination of retailers, up to 2,500 bonus miles.
Not all the deals include bonus miles.
For instance, at the JetBlue ShopTrue mall, there are no extra points on offer for purchases at the Apple store, but you can save $30 and get free shipping on the Jambox wireless speaker.
But the best buys are often those that allow you to double up, getting both bonus miles and a discount or free shipping.
Example: At US Airways’ Dividend Miles StoreFront, purchases at Sears.com earn six miles per $1 spent, versus two miles per $1 normally, plus there’s a code to receive a $50 discount.
Where to Shop for Miles
Following are links directly to some of the larger U.S. airlines’ mileage malls:
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