There are some great and easy shopping portal bonuses for you and everyone in your household with a frequent flyer account:

  • Alaska: Spend $500, earn 1,500 bonus miles
  • American: Spend $1,000, earn 4,000 bonus miles
  • Southwest: Spend $1,000, earn 3,500 bonus miles
  • United: They suck badly, don’t bother. But, spend $1,000, earn 5,000 bonus miles

Here’s the thing though — awards portal bonuses on virtual Visa and MasterCards, and those can be used with several from-home MS techniques easily. You maybe surprised to find that the merchant coding gives bonus categories on certain credit cards when you buy the virtual gift cards (trust me on that one).

United Airlines Gate Agent after asking to switch seats

Ok, so about that Unicorn Amex that needed to use a Resy affiliate link? No need apparently. As of November 12 all new AmEx Platinum approvals get 10x on grocery and gas up to $15,000 spend. Visit American Express at this link and you could see the same offer. You may need to try private mode or a different browser if you don’t see the 100,000 MR points plus 10x grocery spend and gas stations offer, or copy and paste the link yourself, or jump up and down and yell “Ice, Ice, Baby!” when you click.

The Brave browser has been reported to work. If you don’t get a popup at the last step of the application, you should be eligible for a sign-up bonus even if you’ve already had the card.

Vanilla Ice, rapper
Vanilla Ice (maybe) has a Unicorn Platinum

If you have a Barclay’s credit card, Check your email inbox for a 60,000 miles or $600 spend offer ($3,000 spend required). So far, people have received the offer on:

  • Aviator
  • Arrival (no annual fee version)
  • JetBlue
  • Uber
Crazy nurse mind-melding with a brain
Barclay executive consulting the marketing department

(HT: Windbag Miles)

American Express is currently offering a $25 statement credit on $250 in spend at BestBuy in-store or online. A little bird told me that you can sell a $250 BestBuy gift card at between 99% and 101%, netting you some spend and some cash back.

Also, check your inbox for a (boring) offer from Amex for a $2 statement credit for using contactless payments, up to 5 times.

Too bad it doesn’t compare to this offer:

Apparently Walmart is rolling out a POS software update which blocks money order purchases for swipes of above $49.99 for prepaid Visa or MasterCard gift cards from the BlackHawk Network (BHN), which is the network that issues prepaid cards for both Staples and Simon.

You can currently still load GoBank / Serve at the registers or money center, and so far US Bank issued gift cards are not affected.

If you’re like me, you need another Amex Platinum card like you need a hole in the head. But, here’s a better sign up bonus for an American Express Platinum card that’s the best I’ve ever seen:

  • 75,000 Membership Rewards sign-up bonus after spending $5,000 in 6 months
  • 20% statement credit on restaurant spend up to $300 back within the first 12 months
  • 10x Membership Rewards points at Grocery Stores and/or Gas Stations

I think this is an affiliate link of, so they’ll likely get something if you use their link. I’d give you a non-affiliate link if I knew of one, but I don’t, sorry. 🤷‍♀️

Drunk Kermit
10x Membership Rewards on Rosé from Ralphs

Cash App is offering 10% back on Grocery, up to $7.50, expiring in 3 days. (In case you’re not aware of Cash App, it’s a free cash management debit card and mobile app designed to transfer money from venture capitalists’ bank accounts to startups to your wallet.)

In case that doesn’t strike your fancy, Meijer Grocery and Staples are both offering fee free or better Visa gift cards this week.

Finally, there’s a good $750 sign up bonus for the Chase Ink Unlimited no annual fee card. See DoctorOfCredit for more details.

Sample venture capitalist: