Easy Miles – 1500 AA, 1400 UA, 1000 DL, & 950 US

by Adam

Flyertalk member Samson7256 had a great first post yesterday, highlighting a potential way to earn some easy miles with AA, DL, UA, US, and WN.  He was looking for a way to add some extra miles and came across a New York Times offer in the UA MileagePlus Shopping portal awarding 1400 miles for new digital subscribers. For the first four weeks it is only 99 cents and you can cancel at any time. However, he notes that the miles posted within only two weeks and he was then able to repeat the offer for the same MileagePlus account. Even better, other posters confirmed that the offer is also available in the portals for American, Delta, US Airways, and Southwest. DEAL NOW DEAD 2/20/13 Here’s how to get the deal:

United – 900 or 1400 miles
1) Browse over to the UA MileagePlus Shopping portal and log in.
2) In the top right corner type in New York Times in the search bar.
3) Now, if you’re a UA Mileage Explorer Card holder you should see a 1400 mile offer, otherwise you’ll see a 900 mile offer.

4) Click shop now…

5) Next, you’ll be asked to enter your zip code. If you enter a zip code that has NYT delivery available, you’ll only receive these standard delivery options, the cheapest starting at $6.35 per week.

6) However, if you put in a zip code where the NYT does not offer delivery, you’ll be given the option for a digital subscription at 99 cents for your first 4 weeks (38883 works). You can use your actual address when entering your billing information during the next step.

7) That’s it, according the original poster, miles posted to his and his wife’s account within two weeks.

American – 1500 miles
1)Follow the instructions above but start your browsing at the AAdvantage eShopping portal. Use a different browser.

US Airways – 950 miles
1)Follow the instructions above but start you browsing at the Dividend Miles Storefront. Use a different browser.

Delta (1000 miles) & Southwest (1300 points) – Even easier. You don’t have to trick the system into offering you the digital subscription as it’s an option right from the start. Use a different browser.
1)Start at the SkyMiles Shopping Portal or Southwest Rapid Rewards Shopping.
2) Select the digital subscription option.

Important Notes – Besides the original poster, no one can confirm at this time the following:
1) Whether you can earn the miles from all portals at the same time. If you attempt this I would recommend using different browsers, emails, and credit cards.
2) Whether you can earn the bonus more than once per portal and across portals. The T&Cs state “new subscriptions will be eligible one time only, not eligible on subscriptions cancelled prior to 120 days”, however the original poster earned the UA bonus more than once by using different emails and credit cards even when canceling prior to 120 days.

Also, you must call 877-698-5635 to cancel your subscription which can surely be a hassle. A recent post seems to indicate that online canceling may also be available. Refer to the post for full details. I only personally subscribed this morning and do not have any data to report back yet as to what works and what does not. Try to exercise some restraint and don’t go crazy, let’s keep the deal alive for other readers!

HT – Samson7256 FT

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Samuel February 17, 2013 - 2:38 pm

Wouldn’t using an incognito window prevent the cookies needed to track the purchase?

Tzukino February 17, 2013 - 3:09 pm

I agree! So let’s just use different browsers or clear cookies in between purchases. Thanks for the tip! Will let you know when the miles post.

P T February 17, 2013 - 3:38 pm

The offers say Not eligible for subscriptions cancelled prior to 120 days.

adam February 17, 2013 - 3:41 pm

@P T – Yep, though the OP has reported success canceling after three weeks. YMMV. Check the forum for other interpretations of this rule as well.

MO February 17, 2013 - 3:45 pm

The digital subscription for $0.99 is also available from the AA portal.

adam February 17, 2013 - 3:51 pm

@MO – …and DL, US, and WN …that’s why I linked to each of the portals…

Dan February 17, 2013 - 5:51 pm

Wouldn’t it be fraud if you entered in an incorrect zip code? And if not fraud then at least unethical…

It’s not like the newspaper is exactly healthy these days

Andrew February 17, 2013 - 7:03 pm

Digital subscription is available on UA…just did it.

Kurt February 17, 2013 - 7:29 pm

Note the interstitial says, “New subscriptions will be eligible one time only. Not eligible on subscriptions cancelled prior to 120 days.”

adam February 17, 2013 - 9:22 pm

@Kurt – Yep, check the bottom of the post for the full T&Cs and disclosures.

RK February 18, 2013 - 2:20 am

Just did the Digital subscription on UA…used a prepaid Amex card that I bought in officedepot earlier..it has less than 20 dollars currently..and after using the card for subscription, I drained the remaining funds using Amazon payments..they cannot charge recurring the fees after one month..

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SB February 20, 2013 - 10:22 am

Is this offer dead?

adam February 20, 2013 - 12:11 pm

@SB – Unfortunately it now looks dead.

Vicky February 20, 2013 - 12:28 pm

@adam, it’s not working. it’s just showing NYTimes store in the milegeplusshopping.

adam February 20, 2013 - 12:50 pm

@Vicky – You are absolutely right, it’s been removed from the UA, AA, DL, US, and WN portals…

SB February 20, 2013 - 1:21 pm

Thanks for your reply. Thats what I was seeing – just the New York Times store but no option for order the paper

Robert Hanson February 20, 2013 - 3:22 pm

How about a Deal Now Dead disclaimer at the top? Just spent 5 minutes reading this post, then trying to get it to work thru the links. only to find it didn’t work anymore. :{

adam February 20, 2013 - 3:31 pm

@Robert Hanson – Sorry about that, I’ve updated the post for others.

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Grant March 14, 2013 - 11:43 am

I haven’t had any miles post 🙁
So I called NYT and had them cancel all 4 of my subscriptions.

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@Grant – I did the same yesterday, the only miles that posted were for Delta. Make sure they didn’t pre-bill your card ahead of the end of the .99 trial period. Mine was and I had to have them process refunds as well.


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