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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.

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.
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Old Jun 23, 22, 9:33 am
  #1066  
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
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Originally Posted by Cooper21 View Post
During Memorial day there were some codes to save the fees. Does anyone know if those are around, and are they commonly run?
The last one expired in early June. They have been on and off this year, more off than on. Though at 4 miles/dollar I think I can get comfortable with the $5.95 fee
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Old Jun 23, 22, 12:22 pm
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Join Date: Mar 2019
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Originally Posted by nk15 View Post
Any guesses how long this will last? My buying cycle is early month to early month, but this is so tempting....
Mine is too, but I'm risking it. I have 2 GCs that didn't track this month, so I'm going to buy two more at 4x and then ask customer service to credit the missing 3x ones. So far I'm 100% with customer service filling in all the missing buys. If 4x sticks around, my recently raised goal of hitting PPro seems achievable (4x means an extra 16k LP by February).
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Old Jun 23, 22, 6:46 pm
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I don't know how we're going to resist that temptation, it is not easy...
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Old Jun 23, 22, 8:32 pm
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Originally Posted by nk15 View Post
I don't know how we're going to resist that temptation, it is not easy...
This eGiftcard thing is kind of nice little LP "side hustle". I'm buiyng them when they offer the discount codes; paying less than the actual stored value; and using them to pay my bills online. The 1 RDM/LP per dollar spent I previously earned when using my Aviator card to pay my bills is just now replaced by the amount I get by purchasing these virtual VISA cards with my Aviator card. PLUS, I'm getting the additional 3 RDMs/LPs per dollar spent.
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Old Jun 23, 22, 10:39 pm
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Originally Posted by nk15 View Post
Any guesses how long this will last? My buying cycle is early month to early month, but this is so tempting....
Aaaand it's over.
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Old Jun 24, 22, 7:58 am
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"I can resist anything except temptation."

- Oscar Wilde
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Old Jun 24, 22, 10:06 am
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Originally Posted by redtop43 View Post
"I can resist anything except temptation."

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Originally Posted by VegasGambler View Post
Aaaand it's over.

Thank God....
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Old Jun 24, 22, 11:44 am
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Originally Posted by VegasGambler View Post
Aaaand it's over.
I wonder why that was so short lived. Maybe a mistake or maybe it wasn't meant to go up by a mile just yet?
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Old Jun 24, 22, 12:13 pm
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Originally Posted by jamabam View Post
I wonder why that was so short lived. Maybe a mistake or maybe it wasn't meant to go up by a mile just yet?
I doubt it was meant to be long-lasting. It was probably used as a short-term incentive to boost sales towards the end of the month (they probably get more traffic early in the month from the regulars...)
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Old Jun 24, 22, 12:27 pm
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Originally Posted by nk15 View Post
I doubt it was meant to be long-lasting. It was probably used as a short-term incentive to boost sales towards the end of the month (they probably get more traffic early in the month from the regulars...)
Yeah that was what I had thought initially when it went up +1, but puzzled why it wouldn't stay through the end of month if it had to do with boosting sales. Unless they met their quota in a day. I missed out on it, and will probably continue to wait until a discount promo comes out again.
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Old Jun 24, 22, 12:36 pm
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Originally Posted by jamabam View Post
I wonder why that was so short lived. Maybe a mistake or maybe it wasn't meant to go up by a mile just yet?
Originally Posted by nk15 View Post
I doubt it was meant to be long-lasting. It was probably used as a short-term incentive to boost sales towards the end of the month (they probably get more traffic early in the month from the regulars...)
Originally Posted by jamabam View Post
Yeah that was what I had thought initially when it went up +1, but puzzled why it wouldn't stay through the end of month if it had to do with boosting sales. Unless they met their quota in a day. I missed out on it, and will probably continue to wait until a discount promo comes out again.
If you look at the history on cashback monitor, you can see that it used to be that it was regularly 1 mile and then would occasionally get boosted to 3 for a day. So they have a history of 1-day promos.
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Old Jun 24, 22, 12:55 pm
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Originally Posted by jamabam View Post
I wonder why that was so short lived. Maybe a mistake or maybe it wasn't meant to go up by a mile just yet?
A few sites use the one-day boost technique. E.g., booking.com and tirerack.com, both of which I use, recently had 4x for a day before dropping back to their regular 3x. In addition to the spurt of activity from regulars, this puts them in the "these sites are offering more" list, which presumably more people watch.
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Old Jun 25, 22, 12:03 am
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It's been 3x every time I've bought, which goes back to February 28. I'm buying a little over $2K a month and hoping I can glom up as many LP's as possible before it drops to 1. That would be a big difference for me in terms of requalifying for EXP. (I'll be at PPRO level by next week.)
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Old Jun 25, 22, 4:01 am
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Originally Posted by redtop43 View Post
I'm buying a little over $2K a month and hoping I can glom up as many LP's as possible before it drops to 1.
Quick question- is the 2K limit based in a calendar month, or rolling 30 days?
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Old Jun 25, 22, 6:30 am
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Originally Posted by WannaTheater View Post
Quick question- is the 2K limit based in a calendar month, or rolling 30 days?
I've asked this before and gotten mixed answers! Also curious.
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