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Rewards programs offering bonus points and discounts for back to school season

Take advantage of offers from shopping portals and card-linked offer programs the next few weeks


As you ramp up back to school shopping, keep an eye on our ongoing list of promotions from rewards programs. You might be able to rack up extra points along the way.

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With the new school year just around the corner, it is time to start shopping for supplies and take advantage of sales. Luckily, deals are not limited to your favorite office supply, clothing or department stores. Hotel and airline rewards programs, as well as card-linked offer deals, are targeting the back to school crowd – allowing a unique opportunity to rack up a few extra rewards this season.

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Here’s our running list of back to school promotions from rewards programs and more. We’ll update this article as new offers are made available over the next few weeks.

Earn bonus miles in the American Airlines shopping portal

For back to school season, retailers in the American Airlines shopping portal are offering inflated rewards rates. Participating merchants include Dell, Staples, Office Depot, JC Penney and more. Plus, you can earn 500 bonus miles for spending $150, 1,000 miles for spending $300 and 2,000 miles for spending $500.

Earn bonus miles in the Alaska Airlines shopping portal

Shop back to school deals in the Alaska Airlines shopping portal and earn miles on all your purchases, in addition to bonus miles for meeting spend thresholds. You can earn 300 bonus miles for spending $150, 750 bonus miles for spending $300 and 1,500 bonus miles for spending $500.

Earn bonus miles in the Southwest shopping portal

Southwest Rapid Rewards is also offering a higher earning rate from participating retailers when you shop back to school in the shopping portal. Plus, you can unlock bonus points by meeting spend thresholds. Earn 250 points when you spend $125, 900 points when you spend $300 and 2,000 points when you spend $550.

Earn bonus miles in the United shopping portal

Retailers including Verizon, Lenovo, Staples and Kohl’s are offering an inflated reward rate in the United shopping portal for back to school season. Plus, earn 500 bonus miles when you spend $150, 1,500 bonus miles when you spend $350 and 2,500 bonus miles when you spend $600.

Watch for targeted Amex Offers on back to school basics

Amex Offers are targeted to the specific cardholder, but many promos for stores offering back to school deals have been appearing over the last few weeks. Examples include $50 back for spending $250 with HP and an additional 1 point per dollar on Staples, Dell or Best Buy purchases. Check your Amex app for specific offers.

Watch for targeted Chase Offers on back to school basics

Chase Offers is also sending out targeted promotions relevant to back to school shopping. Boost your savings with deals like 15 percent back on Staples purchases. Check your Chase app for specific deals available to you.

Keep a close eye on your inbox for targeted promotions

As back to school season enters full swing, keep a close eye on all your rewards program pages and your email inbox for any special promotions. You might even get targeted offers that can save you money as you prepare for the new year.

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