You probably already know that you can earn extra miles and points when you make online purchases through a shopping portal. These require you to make an account, log in, and then click through to a merchant’s website. You can earn anywhere from 0.5 to 20 points per dollar depending on promotions, etc.
The biggest problem is remembering to use these shopping portals. I sometimes have a shopping cart ready to check out, then I go back and log in to make sure I get my points. (This usually works.) Most of the time I never remember.
Cartera, which operates the Rapid Rewards Shopping portal for Southwest Airlines, reached out with a new browser plugin they developed that automatically reminds you to use their portal at participating merchants. Links are embedded in search results, and a button will pop up on a merchant’s web page to tell you how many Rapid Rewards points you could earn if you remember to log in before check-out.
I think it’s a great idea. While I try to minimize the number of browser plugins I use this is one I might actually consider. And as far as I can tell, the personal information collected is limited to the shopping experience, so it’s not a major privacy concern for me.
There are a variety of shopping portals out there with their pros and cons — and a variety of ways to compare them. I often use evreward.com to compare portals and make most of purchases through Ultimate Rewards. That’s me. However, the Rapid Rewards Shopping plugin is the first that I’ve seen to actually remind you to log in while you shop. Because this is the biggest issue I’ve had in earning more points and miles through online shopping, it’s definitely a good idea and seems to satisfy a customer pain point.