Shopping portals are a great way to supplement traditional points and miles earning, but the number one complaint I hear (myself included) is that some people don’t “feel like” taking the extra stop to go through the portal before buying a $25 phone case. They don’t think it’s worth it. Look, you do you, but if you were to take your monthly spending (even 80% of it) and convert that into points and miles you would have a nice haul at year’s end!

Luckily, there’s a way to make this step easier — shopping portal plugins for your browser!

What’s a shopping portal button?

Simply put, a shopping portal button is a browser extension that pops up when you’re at a sponsored merchant’s website or searching for a product on Google. This eliminates the need for going to the actual portal website.

Who offers shopping portal buttons?

By my count, the following airlines offer shopping portal buttons:

How does it work?

Say you’re looking to buy Bose noise-canceling headphones, and you go to the Google (as my grandmom says it)…

See that blue button? All you have to do is click it and you’ll be taken to the Bose website…

Once you click the Activate X miles/$ button you’ll be redirected to the AAdvantage shopping portal. At this point all you’ll need to do is login to your shopping portal account and you’ll be all set to shop!

It’s as simple as that. Do you use shopping portals? If not, why not?

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Just go to cash back monitor. I don’t like the idea of sending all my URLs to a shopping site for analysis just for the button to work.