ThanksAgain is the service you link your credit card to and then you earn miles automatically when shopping with participating merchants.
It’s like making purchases through an online shopping portal to earn miles for what you’re buying anyway, only it’s for in-person retail purchases.
And it functions like Rewards Network (formerly known as iDine but which to me will always be Transmedia), you hand over your credit card for the purchase and the miles credit automatically nothing else to do and the store clerk doesn’t see any difference between those who earn miles and those who don’t.
I first wrote about ThanksAgain in 2007 when they were giving 500 miles in your choice of program just for signing up. Back then it seemed like most of their partners were dry cleaners, none of which were near me.
I’ve used them for partner transactions in promotions like the US Airways Grand Slam in the past as well, in that case through one of their online rather than brick and mortar shopping options.
They’ve really grown their retail shopping base, with a focus on airports, and tomorrow are launching across Dallas Fort Worth airport where they expect most purchases will count towards mileage earning.
You can choose to earn miles with Alaska Airlines, American, Delta, Frontier, United, US Airways, or Hilton.
Most merchants offering one mile per dollar spent (or two hotel points), with some merchants restricting earning to specific cards (eg not to higher processing cost American Express cards).
In addition, there’s a bonus based on the amount you spend cumulatively each 90 days.
- Earn 500 bonus miles/points when you spend $250 or more (2 miles/points per dollar spent)
- Earn 1,500 bonus miles/points when you spend $500 or more (3 miles/points per dollar spent)
- Earn 4,000 bonus miles/points when you spend $1,000 or more (4 miles/points per dollar spent)
- Earn 25,000 bonus miles/points when you spend $5,000 or more (5 miles/points per dollar spent)
With Hilton the bonus points earning is double, but the points are worth less. My own earning choice would be United, followed by American and then Alaska, but your preferences may vary.
There’s currently a 100 mile signup bonus with your choice of program, no transactions required.