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Bonus Miles While Dining and Shopping

by John the Wanderer
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Bonus Miles Dining Shopping

I love earning miles and points when possible.

To do so I do the following things:

  1. Shop online using the American Airlines Shopping Portal
  2. Register all my cards with Dining for Miles and use the cards at restaurants
  3. Sign up for Airline and Hotel promotions
  4. Use my frequent flier number when I travel

One area that has often been difficult for earning miles and points was shopping at local stores or restaurants.

My friend Lee who runs BaldThoughts told me about an option that is great for dining out or shopping at local stores: The United Mileage Plus X app.

United Mileage Plus X

Bonus Miles Dining Shopping

The United Mileage Plus X app is an app that earns United miles for shopping and dining at local restaurants.

The app works by partnering with various businesses that allow you to pay via an electronic gift card.

When you are ready to check out, you use the app to buy the gift card for the store and buy the card for the exact amount of the purchase. I use a miles and points earning card to make the purchase. By doing that, I maximize the miles and points that I earn in store.

Then when you pay, you have the store scan the barcode from the app.

The app is easy to use and you can quickly purchase the electronic gift cards which you can use immediately.

How it works

Step 1 – Load the app and view the stores nearby:

Bonus Miles Dining Shopping

Step 2 – Select the store you want and press pay now

Bonus Miles Dining Shopping

Step 3 – Get confirmation of the points earned:

Bonus Miles Dining Shopping

Step 4 – Use the electronic gift card to pay at the store or restaurant:

Bonus Miles Dining Shopping

Bonus Points

This is a great way to earn bonus points on every day purchases.

You are even able to use it to buy gift cards that you can add to your Starbuck’s app so you can also earn stars for your purchase thus maximizing your point earnings in three ways:

  1. Earn miles and points via the credit card for buying the electronic gift card
  2. Bonus United miles for the purchase of the electronic gift card
  3. Earn Starbucks star points for the in-store purchase

What do you use for bonus point earning?

What do you use to earn bonus points?

I am always on the look out for new options and I want to hear what is your favorite method for earning bonus points so leave a comment and let everyone know your suggestions.

Photos: United / Google


1 comment

Lee Huffman October 10, 2016 - 3:40 pm

I’ve been using this app more and more. I love earning my normal miles and points with my credit cards… and THEN earning bonus United miles on top of that! Double-dipping is an awesome way to accelerate your next vacation redemption.


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