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Black Friday Shopping

I have done my share of waiting in line on Black Friday for different things. It is not that much fun! Fortunately, this year, I don’t even have the option of going to a store on Black Friday (being in Greece). 🙂

Fortunately, for those who would rather stay at home, the last few years have seen the move towards online sales that rival in-store sales. So, if you are like me and millions of others who will shop online, how do you do that and rake in as many points/miles as possible?

To start, I use UltimateRewards shopping portal for all of my online shopping. I know there are some slightly better deals at various merchants, but since I try to build up UR points whenever possible, I just stick with them. They have some great deals on point bonuses if you shop through their portal (for more on the Ultimate Rewards shopping portal, read this previous post). Once you log-in, go to the Earn Faster tabs and shop by Merchant. You can sort by Name or by Earn Rate. I like to sort by Earn Rate so as to see the biggest stores available. Next, click on the store of your choice and follow the links through. There are some things to remember: make sure you do not have anything in your cart before you go through the link, read the terms carefully if you plan to use promo codes (as many promo codes will invalidate the bonus points), make sure you use your proper card for the most points – Sapphire Preferred and Chase Freedom through the personal site and the Ink Bold and Ink Plus for the business site.

Below are some of the highest earn rate stores.

Ultimate Rewards Shopping Portal


If you want to use a different card and earn miles with different airlines, visit the following links to earn miles with those particular programs:

Remember, it doesn’t cost you anything to use these portals and you will be shopping at the same stores you would otherwise – just earning a lot more points and miles while doing it! If you are going to do Black Friday shopping, make sure you are doing it to your fullest earning potential!

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About the author


Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
Now he uses this experience and knowledge to help others through Running with Miles.