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Load your Amazon account and earn 3.75x United miles or 10% cash

by on Tue December 1, 2015 • 3 Comments

Amazon rarely participates in shopping portal bonuses that can earn you airline miles.

But Chase, United, and Amazon are offering great promotions for December that can earn you lot of MileagePlus miles if you use them properly.

#1: Chase Freedom – 10% cash back on Amazon purchases

Update: this offer has expired.

First, if you have a Chase Freedom card you can earn 10% cash back on all Amazon purchases, including gift cards, on up to $1,500 worth of purchases from November 23 – December 31st. You need to activate your promotion here by December 14 to qualify.

Since the Chase Freedom earns Ultimate Rewards points, if you have a Chase Sapphire Preferred or Chase Ink Plus Business Card, you can combine your points, and then transfer them to United MileagePlus at any time.

So it’s possible to indirectly earn 10x United miles per dollar on your Amazon purchases this December.

#2: MileagePlus X app – 3x or 3.75x United miles

Second, the MileagePlus X app lets you buy electronic gift cards from many retailers.  And right now you can buy Amazon gift cards on MileagePlus X and earn 3x MileagePlus miles on your purchase.

On top of that, if you use a Chase United MileagePlus credit card like the MileagePlus Explorer Card to make the purchase, you can earn an additional 25% bonus, netting you 3.75x MileagePlus miles per dollar you spend.


The cool thing about Amazon gift cards is that they NEVER EXPIRE.

  • Once you get them, you can register them directly into your Amazon account and keep the credit on file for future purchases, so you can use these deals to stock up on Amazon credit to use throughout next year and beyond.
  • There’s no explicit limit on the number of Amazon gift cards you can purchase via MileagePlus X, but United does say it can limit an individual’s purchases at any time. And this 3x earning on Amazon could disappear any time from MileagePlus X as there’s no specific expiration date for the promotion.
  • You also can’t stack these promotions, for example, using a Chase Freedom to buy the Amazon gift card in the MileagePlus X app and getting both deals on a single purchase. That’s because purchasing Amazon cards via MileagePlus X actually codes as a United purchase, so it won’t register as an Amazon purchase using a Freedom Card.

But you can certainly take advantage of both deals on separate purchases.

And since MileagePlus X purchases from Amazon reportedly code as a United purchase you might be able to use a card that earns extra points for airline purchases like the Citi ThankYou Premier or Amex Premier Rewards Gold, which each earn 3x points on airline purchases. So you can earn 3x miles via MileagePlus X and might be able to earn 3x points from your card via the airline purchase, though it’s possible the merchant coding could change without warning.


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Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Miles dont expireas long as card is open
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Partner Offer

50,000 bonus points

Intro Offer

$0 introductory annual fee the first year, then $95

Annual Fee


Foreign Transaction Fee Waived

Yes - transfer to United MileagePlus, Southwest Rapid Rewards, Marriott Rewards, and more

Points Can Transfer to Airline Miles ?

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3 thoughts on Load your Amazon account and earn 3.75x United miles or 10% cash

  1. Lori Becker

    I have the Mileage Plus X app linked with my United mileage plus card. I purchased an Amazon Gift Card for $250 and only used $220 to purchase an item. The gift card says there is no remaining balance. Did I lose the difference?


      @Lori Becker: Was the remaining balance applied to your Amazon account? If not, we suggest you contact the MileagePlus® X marketplace and Amazon to resolve where the missing $30 went.

  2. Linda Salvatierra

    I am still not clear if I purchase a gift card from the app and then use the portal am I getting the most bang for my buck with the mileage plus x app or the portal or a combination of both. Like for example for Ulta (it was 4 xmiles per dollar) and then I used the gift card in the portal (Ulta was 3 miles I believe), my total Ulta bill was 69 I purchased a 60 dollar gift card and used the portal and put the rest on my mileage credit card. Did I get the most miles for the mileage plus x app? And only the 3 miles bonus for the 9 dollars I spent through the portal or for the total 69.00?


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