Best Point Earning Deals

Buy AA, United, and Alaska Miles for as Low as 2 Cents Each – Plus Get Magazines!

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Written by Charlie

Here is a great chance to buy miles and magazines for less. Using these deals, you can buy miles from AA, Alaska, and United for as low as 2 cents each! Plus, you will get magazines as well!

The time is here – the post-Christmas shopping frenzy when retailers try to draw people to get the things they wanted but did not receive for Christmas. This includes magazine retailers! As a result, they are paying out 45 miles per dollar for to get your business. When combined with the shopping promo bonus, this can be a good time to buy miles for less – and get magazines!

How to Buy Miles for 2 Cents Each – and Get Magazines

To begin, Alaska, American, and United all have this deal going on so you can basically pick the program you want the miles with more! The maximum benefit amount is to spend $300 (to get this shopping promo bonus) which would translate to 14,500 miles in any of the programs you choose. Yes, that is a lot of money but if you need a top up in your miles and would only buy some, here is a nice way to do it, and get magazines with it!

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The payout is 45 miles per dollar with each portal. That translates to 2.22 cents per mile in any quantity you want to buy. You can get that down to 2 cents per mile if you combine it with this shopping promo.  You can use the promo code TREAT to get $5 off and not disrupt your portal payout!

Here are the terms for this portal bonus:

  • Not eligible on automatically renewed subscriptions.
  • Not eligible on purchases made with coupon or discount codes that are not found on this site.
  • Orders cancelled within 90 days are not eligible.
  • Not eligible on gift card, certificates or any other similar cash equivalents.

Yes, you will be able to find many of these magazines for less from other sources so weigh your options to find the best deal. I myself like the opportunity to pay a few dollars more to get thousands of miles so I will be picking up a few subscriptions. Of course, I had already gifted some subscriptions this past weekend so missed out a bit on some miles for giving things on time. 🙂

Give or Donate

You can buy magazines as gifts or even to donate to your library/hospital/school. They would likely be happy to receive them and you will get 45 miles per dollar for your kindness!

If you would like an example, check out this page for the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital. It tells you what kind of magazines they would appreciate the most so it could be a good way to get some for something good without waiting to hear back from the organization as to what would be best.

Final Thoughts

This is a portal bonus that does come around a couple of times a year and is always a good way to buy miles for less than retail without having to buy up to a certain tier like mileage sales require. Plus, you can get more gifts, donate items, or even get a nice magazine for yourself while you are at it!

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About the author


Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
Now he uses this experience and knowledge to help others through Running with Miles.


    • What this has meant in the past is it is not good for automatic renewals – meaning it does not count for the renewals. Since you can cancel the renewal part at any time, this will not affect the portal payouts.

    • I don’t blame you at all! You should only do what you are comfortable with. With magazines, good deals always abound. I grabbed some subscriptions yesterday on Amazon for only $1 for 6 months!

  • I checked both the Alaska and United shopping portals. They offer 15 miles/1$, not 45 miles. Where did you see the above offer?