The first thing I do when holiday portal offers pop up is to see if Magazines.com has an increased portal offer. That is because this is a great way to “buy” miles at the same prices often available during sales, but without a minimum purchase. These are a great way to top up your mileage account before a big award!
Earn Up to 52.2 United Miles Per Dollar with Magazines.com
To get the extra 2.5 miles, you would need to buy $200 in magazines to take advantage of the 500 bonus mile promo going on now.
Buy As Many – or as few – Miles As You Need with this Deal!
This is a great way to increase your mileage total for that next reward – whether you need a lot of miles or just a few to top off the account.
While airlines often have mileage sales that get their miles down to 2 cents each (or even less), that normally requires you to purchase a lot of miles to get to that tiered bonus. These deals from magazine.com are great because you can get as few (or as many) as you want with the deal! So, if you just need 1,000 miles, you only need to buy $20 in magazines.
A great thing with United as well is that I have typically had miles post from portal purchases inside of a week, sometimes in as few as 3 days.
The Exclusions – Read Them Carefully!
- Not eligible on automatically renewed subscriptions.
- Orders cancelled within 90 days are not eligible.
- Not eligible on select Magazine Titles including
- American Patchwork & Quilting
- Better Homes & Gardens
- Country Gardens
- Diabetic Living
- Every Day with Rachael Ray
- Family Circle
- Martha Stewart Living
- Martha Stewart Weddings
- Midwest Living
- Siempre Mujer
- Successful Farming
- Traditional Home
- Fit Pregnancy
- Men’s Fitness
- Muscle & Fitness
- National Examiner
- Natural Health
- OK! Magazine
- Soap Opera Digest
- The National Enquirer
- Not eligible on purchases made with coupon or discount codes that are not found on this site. Not eligible on gift cards, gift certificates or any other similar cash equivalents.
That’s right – those are a lot of exclusions! Make sure you read and compare that list carefully with the ones you want to buy to make sure you are ok. As to the first detail on the list – automatically renewed subscriptions – this refers to magazines purchased now with the subscription enabled. It means you will get the miles on the purchase you make today but not on the subscription renewal (since that will not have been initiated through a portal).
Remember that you can often find better prices on magazines at discounted magazine sites or with coupons. Do not play around with coupons on this deal to get a better price as coupons that are not allowed by the portal will eliminate your bonus! It kind of really doesn’t matter what the price is, though, since you are most likely doing this for the miles. So, if you are overpaying by 50%, that isn’t a big deal since the miles are pretty cheap right now.
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 50 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.