A few days ago, I received my renewal notice for my subscription to the Economist which reminded me that I’d subscribed last year using Delta miles.
I just checked and it’s still available for 3,200 miles from Delta, US Airways, American, or United. I checked Southwest and saw no sign of magazines for miles there.
While I generally consider redeeming miles for anything other than airfare with suspicion, this is a reasonable deal in two regards:
- It’s such a small increment that it’s great for running down small accounts.
- It can actually be a good value if you’d subscribe otherwise! A good paid rate for the Economist is around $50/year if you hunt a bit which makes for a respectable $.0156/mile.
Good deal? I think so!
Bonus Reminder: Redeeming small numbers of skymiles for car rentals can be a bargain too! I believe however that there are limits on who can do this, based on your status with Delta. I working from memory here and and can’t check easily since I know both my wife and my account have access.