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Does the Mileage Plan Shopping Mall still exist?

Discussion in 'Alaska Airlines | Mileage Plan' started by miketown, Feb 9, 2011.  |  Print Topic

  1. miketown
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    miketown Silver Member

    I usually keep my Mileage Plan balance active via purchases through the shopping portal. But it's been a while.

    Is it down? I get an error going to http://mileageplanshopping.com/

    There is no reference to it on the AlaskaAir site. Is it Gone?
     
  2. jfhscott
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    jfhscott Silver Member

    If it is gone, I would never miss it. Simply, the miles/dollar spent for just about every merchant is woefully lower than that offered in other "mileage malls".

    It is, as OP indicates, useful for the maintenance of a Mileage Plan balance when I have had long periods with no AS travel.
     
  3. iolaire
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    iolaire Gold Member

  4. LETTERBOY
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    LETTERBOY Gold Member

    On FT, there's a thread that discusses this, and it's gone. It's not a really big deal to me, but I did think it was useful to get a few extra miles for stuff that I'd end up buying anyway.
     
  5. wombat18
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    wombat18 Silver Member

    I liked it for 'topping up' my miles ... when combined with something like evreward.com you could see how good a deal the miles from mileageplanshopping.com were (or were not).

    It appears that Alaska is looking for a new vendor to operate the mall. The question is what happens to miles that you earned, but haven't posted ... will they post?
     
  6. todd-r
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    todd-r Active Member

  7. wombat18
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    wombat18 Silver Member

    I just had some advantex miles post, from purchases in late December!
     
  8. The Missy
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    The Missy Silver Member

    There should be a new vendor for Mileage Plan shopping within the next couple of months
     
  9. beckoa
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    beckoa Gold Member

    Hope they can add a few other vendors.... the last one seemed to have a decent array- but not enough tech oriented ones...
     
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  10. kayet
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    kayet Gold Member

    Oh good! Haven't tried to use it in a while, but it was always my go-to for online purchases. I just discovered it was gone yesterday when friends were trying to convince someone to use their CO accounts to make a big online purchase and I pointed out that she should use Mileage Plan shopping since she flies AS... alas they got their CO points and she got nothing. [​IMG]
     
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  11. Exiled in Express
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    Exiled in Express Gold Member

    CO has been the benefactor of this absence for my spending as well. Need to get the balance up to 5k and turn them into Amtrak points before they are enhanced into UA miles.
     
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  12. Exiled in Express
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    Exiled in Express Gold Member

    I am hoping it is a new skin on the AAdvantage mall engine, lots of online options and bricks and mortar stores. I don't visit Sallee Beauty Supply and you can only order so much Domino's but options are good.
     
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  13. wombat18
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    wombat18 Silver Member

    All I want for Christmas is amazon as a Mileage Plan vendor! I mean, come on, its a Seattle thing, right? Right?
     
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  14. AKGUY
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    AKGUY Silver Member

    I agree. We need better stuff to spend our money on.
     
  15. jackal
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    jackal Gold Member

    I would <3 this to the max, but AFAIK, Amazon doesn't participate in any sort of rewards program anywhere.

    And to be honest, I doubt they need to. They already have the name recognition and attract customers without needing to give anything away. Between Costco and Amazon (and the much rarer B&N.com purchase), I haven't paid full retail for a book in probably 10 years.
     
  16. Golfingboy
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    Golfingboy Gold Member

    That would be cool and amazing!!! Clever idea... AS can make this an AS exclusive by restricting Amazon from entering into contracts with other airlines for specific time length... I know other airlines would be fumbling over this to make this happen if AS pulls it off :D
     
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  17. alphaeagle
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    alphaeagle Silver Member

    Somewhat unrelated, but, here is free Amazon Prime membership for "students:" http://www.amazon.com/gp/student/signup/info Unfortunately doesn't do much for Alaskan's as free two day shipping doesn't apply to Alaska, or Hawaii. I'm not aware of any other sites that offer something like that, or even every-day free shipping, even to Alaska, at $25 or more.

    They do have an affiliate program though, if you click on this link: Amazon.com and buy something, I will get a certain % of whatever you buy. So I'm not sure why they don't allow any rewards programs, unless if the commission they offer through my type of link is much less then what they offer through Mileage Plan vendor link.
     
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  18. beckoa
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    beckoa Gold Member

    The US Mint offers free 2nd day air mail for certain products if you meet spend requirements [​IMG]
     
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  19. jackal
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    jackal Gold Member

    I've always wondered if the mileage malls actually strike agreements directly with the vendors or if they simply take the vendors' existing affiliate programs, buy miles from the airline in bulk, and then put the two together to give you some miles while keeping a small cut of the affiliate spiff for themselves...
     
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  20. alphaeagle
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    alphaeagle Silver Member

    Speaking of affiliate programs, ebates.com offers $1 for going through them when buying tickets on AlaskaAir.com. I shamelessly put in a referral link to Ebates, but I believe you will get a $5 bonus for getting referred. $1 isn't a ton of money, and I keep forgetting to do it, but still a $1 is a $1.
     
  21. miketown
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    miketown Silver Member

    Any update on this? ;)
     
  22. LETTERBOY
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    LETTERBOY Gold Member

    I've established a BA Executive Club account, and now use that for purchases that I would've used the AS shopping mall for. Just hope that when I book a BA flight now, I don't have problems crediting it to my AS account. :)
     
  23. The Missy
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    The Missy Silver Member

    You know...I haven't heard anything. I'll see if I can find out whats going on
     
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  24. nomdeguerre0850

    nomdeguerre0850 New Member

    Just joined the forum to find out the answer to this. Seems it's going to be tough to keep the account active if you have no travel plans in the immediate future.
     
  25. dgreen12
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    dgreen12 Silver Member

    There's always the dining program or e-miles to get a few miles here and there.

    I've got all my credit cards registered in the dining program. There are a handful of restaurants registered in the Spokane area (maybe 10-15 --- the vast majority not worthy of a visit), but when eating out of town, it's always a pleasant surprise to come back home and discover some miles have posted.
     

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