As predictable as falling leaves and the end of Daylight Saving Time, this has become the season for bonuses at the airline and hotel mileage malls—networks of online retailers awarding miles and points for purchases.
To maximize sales in the run-up to Christmas, the merchants participating in the mileage malls offer extra points, sometimes bundled with discounts or other incentives as well.
It's a good opportunity to boost the balance of one or more loyalty accounts, for purchases you'd likely make even if miles weren't on offer. And if your airline account is in danger of expiring, it's an opportunity to make a qualifying transaction and extend the life of those endangered miles.
Today's bonus is from the Marriott Rewards Mall: triple points at Dell and ICE.com (an online jeweler), and double points at 17 other retailers, including Barnes & Noble, Sears, Nordstrom, Gap, and Harry & David.
Purchases must be made by December 31 to earn the extra points.
As is normally the case with mileage mall purchases, there is no extra charge to earn the points—prices are the same whether the item comes with or without them.
Finally, it's important to remember that there is one extra step required when earning points for mileage mall purchases: Consumers must first stop at the loyalty program's landing page to register their membership number. After that, click on the link to the retailer's website and shop, shop, shop, to earn, earn, earn.