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Old Aug 30, 22, 11:39 pm   -   Wikipost
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AAdvantage eShoppping by Cartera Commerce
Using, earning miles, problems, etc. (Consolidated thread)

American Airlines is not the contact for Cartera / AAdvantage eShopping .

AAdvantage eShopping FAQs and an e-contact form can be found via the "Contact Us" link at the bottom left corner of the home page.

If you have trouble getting purchases to track, there's also a browser extension to help.

Cartera website: http://www.cartera.com

Cartera Commerce, Inc.
One Cranberry Hill
Lexington, Massachusetts 02421

Tel. (781) 541-6800 Fax: (781) 541-6801

For general inquiries, please contact [email protected] or 888.456.6255
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A related article, highlighting an interview of Cartera Commerce CEO Tom Bercher, is "Secrets of Cartera Commerce Revealed: Inside the Company that Brings You Miles for Online Shopping" by Gary Leff on March 3, 2014. Link.

As described in this thread, AAdvantage Shopping now offers a downloadable button installable on your desktop (not mobile) device to facilitate e-shopping. Link.

Older posts may be read at http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/ameri...or-consol.html


Notes about Giftcards.com:
  • A separate thread exists for discussing Giftcards.com and likely has more data points than this generic thread.
  • Purchases from giftcards.com earn miles on the first $2,000 spent in the named calendar month, meaning for example between March 1st and March 31st.
  • Giftcards.com has had various limits over the years, and it was always by calendar month.
  • Some data points show the $2,000 monthly limit is not always enforced.
  • In 2022, larger orders track more slowly, and you may need to wait a full month to see miles.
(Copied from the LP thread wiki): Once you click through the AAdvantage eShopping portal to a vendor offer and make a purchase, you will eventually get the associated miles posted to your AAdvantage account as both redeemable miles and Loyalty Points. If the merchant advertises an increase in the miles per dollar spent, you'll earn the higher amount in both redeemable miles and an equal number of Loyalty Points. The same applies if a merchant advertises a higher fixed amount per purchase, rather than a per dollar amount. Examples of this would appear on the portal as, "Extra miles. Was 1 mile/$. Now earn 3 miles/$" or "Extra miles. Was up to 3700 miles. Now up to 6200 miles." However, if the website advertises a "Limited-time bonus offer" for "bonus miles" after meeting a spending threshold, that bonus will only post as redeemable miles and not Loyalty Points. If a bonus is offered for some site-wide activity such as 1000 miles for installing an extension, or 500 miles for enrolling in the portal, or 2000 miles for meeting a spending threshold across multiple merchants, the bonus will only post as redeemable miles and not Loyalty Points.

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Old Sep 5, 22, 11:12 am
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Originally Posted by Andrea Waters View Post
You all may already know this but it's now possible to add visa/mc gift cards to Samsung Pay. Of course, spending them online has always been easy but I have found that adding them to Samsung pay works well for local retailers who don't have an online presence.
Can I also add them to Apple Pay?
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Old Sep 5, 22, 11:20 am
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Originally Posted by EQDsSUCK View Post
Can I also add them to Apple Pay?
In theory you can, by downloading another app. In practice its never worked for me.
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Old Sep 5, 22, 11:46 am
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Originally Posted by EQDsSUCK View Post
Can I also add them to Apple Pay?
No. The virtual GCs are issued by Metabank which is not supported by Apple Pay.
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Old Sep 5, 22, 12:02 pm
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Originally Posted by LittleBird View Post
No. The virtual GCs are issued by Metabank which is not supported by Apple Pay.
Thanks. I am new to this thread, sorry for the newbie questions. :-/ So, there is no plastic visa gift card to buy at egiftcards that I can use at stores I visit in person? So for stores not represented on the egift website I am out of luck in terms of a way to somehow earn LPs for those transactions?

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Old Sep 5, 22, 1:40 pm
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Originally Posted by EQDsSUCK View Post
Thanks. I am new to this thread, sorry for the newbie questions. :-/ So, there is no plastic visa gift card to buy at egiftcards that I can use at stores I visit in person? So for stores not represented on the egift website I am out of luck in terms of a way to somehow earn LPs for those transactions?
You can buy plastic cards, either generic or for specific stores. You'd just need to wait for them to be shipped to you. Their max value is only $250 however. There are business gift cards up to a $500 value but you need to open a business account with GCC and while I've tried to follow through with this process, the questions asked (website, business number etc) seem to make it hard, maybe I could just make up the info but I haven't decided to go that route yet.
You need to think outside the box a bit with these giftcards. You may need to shift your shopping habits.
Myself, for example, I buy the vVGC and use them on the Walmart app for groceries and gas. I have also purchased a plastic Walmart GC for use at Murphy gas stations which are numerous around where I live. For anything else online, if the store is not found on the portal, I just use the vVGC to purchase what I need. I also buy my AA tickets with the vVGCs. Basically, I buy the vVGCs and then buy everything I can with them instead of using a cashback credit card as in the past. Tax payments, insurance, pet bills, health insurance costs, home repairs have also been paid with these vVGCs.
I just worked out I've bought $10000 worth of eVGCs since March for a cost of only $9822 total spend - kind of surreal in a way.

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Old Sep 5, 22, 3:05 pm
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Originally Posted by EQDsSUCK View Post
Thanks. I am new to this thread, sorry for the newbie questions. :-/ So, there is no plastic visa gift card to buy at egiftcards that I can use at stores I visit in person? So for stores not represented on the egift website I am out of luck in terms of a way to somehow earn LPs for those transactions?
Search YouTube for the slide app. You may be able to utilize that for loading VGC and spending at stores for added discount.
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Old Sep 5, 22, 11:47 pm
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Giftcards.com just dropped back down from 3x to 1x.
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Old Sep 6, 22, 5:31 am
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Originally Posted by MoonOverMiami View Post
Giftcards.com just dropped back down from 3x to 1x.
Damn. Lets hope that's a quickly rectified mistake
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Old Sep 6, 22, 7:08 am
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Originally Posted by MoonOverMiami View Post
Giftcards.com just dropped back down from 3x to 1x.
Well, that was fun while it lasted.

Especially enjoyed double stacking with the ENDOFSUMMER promo. Fortunately, got my 2k in for September already.
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Old Sep 6, 22, 7:56 am
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Giftcards.com just dropped back down from 3x to 1x.
I am curious- has this happened before? It has been 3x since I started with AA shopping a few months ago.
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Old Sep 6, 22, 8:08 am
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Originally Posted by WannaTheater View Post
I am curious- has this happened before? It has been 3x since I started with AA shopping a few months ago.
Yes, it has. Although it's been at 3x most of the time since ~March.
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Old Sep 6, 22, 8:52 am
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Originally Posted by MoonOverMiami View Post
Giftcards.com just dropped back down from 3x to 1x.
Noooooooooooooo
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Old Sep 6, 22, 10:25 am
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Originally Posted by LittleBird View Post
Damn. Lets hope that's a quickly rectified mistake
I doubt it is a mistake pretty much every portal that was more than 1x has dropped today with a couple of exceptions. I am guessing they have seen a huge uptick in volume with the 5% off (I know I have been buying a lot) so they don't feel the need to bonus the spend so much.
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Old Sep 6, 22, 10:37 am
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Originally Posted by 36902BRF View Post
I doubt it is a mistake pretty much every portal that was more than 1x has dropped today with a couple of exceptions. I am guessing they have seen a huge uptick in volume with the 5% off (I know I have been buying a lot) so they don't feel the need to bonus the spend so much.
I'd rather see them remove the 5% and bring back the 3x miles. I am pretty sure they will see the sales slump at some point and bring it back.
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Old Sep 6, 22, 10:47 am
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I'd rather see them remove the 5% and bring back the 3x miles. I am pretty sure they will see the sales slump at some point and bring it back.
Ha I am the exact reverse if I had to chose my poison as I can liquidate these cards pretty easily and at scale so I hope the 5% lasts beyond 9/11. But that said I agree without the 5% I am not a buyer even at 3x except if there is an additional portal bonus so I agree the 3x is likely back at some point unless they decide discounted GCs is the better deal for them.
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