Yesterday Hawaiian Airlines sent out an email announcing that you could now earn Hawaiian Miles through their shopping portal for making Amazon purchases, two miles per dollar spent.
This created a bit of an online stir because most folks didn’t realize that you could earn miles for Amazon purchases, while most online merchants have some sort of rewards affiliation — be it through the various loyalty program affiliate malls or through cash back sites like Big Crumbs and Ebates (I usually still use EV Reward to identify who is offering the most lucrative cash back or mileage rewards deal for a given purchase) — Amazon hasn’t really needed to pay out referral commissions which these sites kick back a portion of to consumers.
JohnDeere19 posted yesterday on Milepoint that Amazon purchases actually earn one mile per dollar through the US Airways shopping mall (powered by Skymall). I was aware of this but hadn’t realized what a big deal this was for people until how excited I saw folks get over earning Hawaiian Miles of all things.
Now, Hawaiian offers two miles per dollar and US Airways only one. But unless you’re specifically topping off an existing Hawaiian Miles balance I’d stick with US Airways with its much broader array of international partners and ability to combine partners on awards.
The overall point remains, always check to see what points or cash back you can earn from online purchases. Even Amazon offers something. So don’t leave points on the table. And be a little bit strategic about what points you earn, especially for purchases that will yield just a few miles — can you use the purchase to extend the validity of an account (credit to an account whose miles will expire in a few months and that you don’t have other planned activity in) or to top off an account you’re looking to redeem an award with, and compare who is offering the most lucrative incentive e.g. 2 versus 5 miles per dollar.
Glad to share the Amazon offer with y’all, since I know that so many make purchases through them in the regular course of their week.
Update: I see that Million Mile Secrets has also posted about earning miles from Amazon purchases via the US Airways mall.