Around a week ago we saw American Express gift cards added back to some cash back shopping portals. Shortly after that I noticed that JetBlue was offering 0 miles per dollar (?) on Amex gift cards via their shopping portal. Given that one airline site was indicating that it was even an option to buy Amex gift cards I figured it was imminent that they would again show up through various airline shopping portals.

I decided to check back today…and found that both Alaska and Delta are now offering Amex gift cards! Although not a huge earning potential it’s great to see them return as a way to earn extra miles.

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Amex gift cards are back to airline shopping portals!

The caveat for now is that the airline portals are only offering a measly 1 mile per dollar. This can still work out better than cash back portals if you value airline miles at more than 1.5 cents each. Personally I would much rather earn 1 Alaska Airline mile over 1.5% cash back given that I can quite easily redeem the miles at a value of 2.0+ cents per mile.

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Alaska Airlines is offering 1X mile per dollar on Amex gift cards

In the past some airline shopping portals have offered 3 miles per dollar on Amex gift card purchases. By leveraging the airline shopping portals to earn miles and a high earning rewards credit card like the 2X earning Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard® it was a great way to earn free travel via manufacture spend. Combining the two meant earning 3x Alaska miles + 2X Arrival miles per dollar.

It’s great new that airline shopping portals are again offering American Express Gift cards. However, time will tell if they will increase the mile/dollar earnings rate over time. Here’s to keeping your fingers crossed!

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Rand Shoaf

Introduced to traveling at a young age, Rand has since traveled to over 45 countries. Learning how to maximize credit card sign-up bonuses in college has allowed him to earn millions of travel miles and points. Using the same tips and tricks he writes about here has ultimately allowed him to explore the word for pennies on the dollar.