Shop online for gift cards and earn AAdvantage Miles

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As a child one of the highlights of the holiday was the annual arrival of the Sears Wish Book catalog.  I would study every little detail of toy section: the descriptions and the photos.

The greatest edition ever may have been the 1978 Wish Book.  That was the year that Sears offered every single Star Wars action figure including the secondary characters like Hammerhead, Snaggletooth, and Greedo.   It was also the year that they sold the Star Wars Death Star Play Set.

As far as I’m concerned, shopping hasn’t been as much fun since.

How can anything that you might find at Macy’s or Bed, Bath & Beyond, or even Neiman Marcus compare to these items from the 1972 Wish Book:

I’ve never been one to enjoy shopping.  Especially at this time of year.  Some people develop strategies for holiday shopping, I develop some for avoiding it, and gift cards are key to my shopping avoidance system.

A way for to me to do all my gift card shopping at once and earn miles is to use, one the AAdvantage eShopping retailers. offers gift cards to just about every retailer I know of and you’ll earn 3 miles per dollar.

To earn the miles you have to be a member of AAdvantage eShopping (free) and navigate to from the link provided at the AAdvantage eShopping Mall.

Go here for more info.

If you’re interested in a little retro shopping, go here WishBookWeb to see more catalogs form 60s, 70s and 80s.

I think my earliest memories of Christmas go back to the year I asked for and received these toys from the the 1971 Wish Book. The T-Rex may have been one of my all time favorites:

From the 1971 Sears Wish Book
From the catalog description:

You can stage the meeting of 2 of the most fiercest dinosaurs that ever walked the earth. Push the remote control button…they walk forward or backward!

Tyrannosaurus: $2.99
Triceratops: $2.99

Speaking of 1971, that was also the year that my little sister arrived.   I doubt that she reads my blog very often (she thinks miles are boring) but just in case:

Happy Birthday Robin!!


  1. Yes. I just purchase my ticket to go to brazil for Christmas. Bought AA gift card from and earned 3 miles per dollar. That is a total of 4500 miles seen I bought $1500 in gift cards and just called AA REP. to pay for the ticked using these giftcards 🙂

  2. @Josinei – next time buy them from costco and you will save 10%, or in your case $150 which I would take anytime above 4500 miles

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