Before I started churning, I never took airline loyalty programs seriously. I never flew on the same airline enough times to amass enough miles for a redemption, so what was the point? Back in 2012, I had a few thousand United miles with no plan to use them. So when I received a letter from Magazines for Miles (also known as Mags for Miles) imploring me to use my miles before they expired, I figured I was getting a good deal.
I’m sure you’ve received these mailers before. It says your miles are expiring so you can redeem them instead of letting them go to waste. After receiving the mailer, I made two mistakes.
- My miles weren’t expiring for another year so there was no really no reason to take immediate action
- I didn’t know that using miles would extend their expiration so I assumed I had to use all of my miles
As a result of mistake number 2, I subscribed to SO MANY magazines. I feel dumb typing out this list, but here it goes:
- Entertainment Weekly
- The Economist
- Food Network Magazine
- Money (why???)
It got to the point where I had so much reading material that I would spend two hours eating breakfast trying to get through it all. For some reason, recycling them without looking at every single page seemed wasteful. I’ll admit, I had a lot of free time on my hands. I had graduated from college early so I had a semester to kill before grad school started. The things I could have accomplished while I was sitting at home reading magazines…
Magazines for Miles aka Mags for Miles is one way of extending your miles if they’re expiring, but for your own sanity, only redeem for ONE magazine, not every magazine on their list. However, Mags for Miles is generally not a worthwhile redemption. In the age of the Internet, magazines are so unpopular they can barely give them away. For some reason, I’m still receiving Elle despite never having paid for it…Despite my apparently lifelong subscription to Elle courtesy of Mags for Miles, whenever I receive these mailers nowadays, into the trash they go.