This last holiday shopping season was one of the best on record, if not the best one. Retailers reported record earnings and the shopping craze is looking to last well past the holiday season online. For me personally, it was an awesome season, as I racked up over 40,000 miles on United and Alaska Airlines taking advantage of holiday shopping bonus offers. If you aren’t using the portals from the mileage shopping programs, then you aren’t doing it right. Its an incredible opportunity to rack up huge sums of miles and points, to get you closer to that award ticket of your choice. Use a strategy like using a credit card that offers 2x on shopping online, or airlines. Luckily, I have an American Express card, which earns me 3X on airline purchases. I simply tack it onto the Mileage X app, and buy gift cards for stores like Best Buy, Mayc’s, or whatever, which counts as an ‘airline’ purchase earning 3X points, and United Airlines miles on top. Double dipping my way to that next trip. If you haven’t been doing that, its never too late to start. When shopping online, use one of the portals to go through and collect your miles. Even Chase and other banks have portals, that you can earn points on if you arent into airline miles. You are going to shop online anyways.