Spirit Airlines Free 8,000 Miles = Free Magazine Spree!

From Dan’s Deals, Spirit Airlines is giving away 8,000 miles per person for complaining about an airline. You need to enroll in their Free Spirit program and submit your complaint at hatethousandmiles.com.

Spirit Miles expire in 90 days without earning activity, though they do have partners like a dining program that can be used to keep balances alive.

Dan’s Deals points out Spirit is now a MagsForMiles partner which gives cheap miles redemptions for magazines and newspapers (WSJ), even rarely discounted The Economist at 4800 miles, redeem here.

I love MagsForMiles, many of my trips start with a load like this:

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Some MagsForMiles tips:

  1. Magazine selection differs among airlines and changes frequently (Barron’s recently disappeared, BusinessWeek irregularly appears, The New Yorker never appears)
  2. Prices differ among airlines, but with few better uses, cash out Spirit anyway
  3. If you already have a subscription, go ahead and get a new one, most magazines automatically match details and extend your existing subscription (The Atlantic usually messes this up and sends duplicates, but they can manually merge accounts)
  4. Some publications are limited to new subscribers, there seem to be plenty of ways around this like different names at the same address
  5. Order only one publication at a time, you will be offered additional magazines for $2 each, if you accept you will be set-up for auto-renew at high rates, but are paper-mailed reminders with plenty of time to cancel
  6. At year end, when you call to cancel an auto-renew you will almost always be offered an extension for another $2 or similar

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  • DaninSTL

    NO ! NO ! stop the presses.

    Don’t waste them on Magazines. That’s what I thought at first since they expire so quickly. Better yet. Go ahead and grab the 8k miles, then apply for the BofA Spirit Mastercard for at least 15k (unless you can find a better link). That will give you 23k miles which is only 2k short of a round trip Spirit Mastercard rate redemption in region 4 so that is anywhere they fly including South America. I know it’s a long haul on Spirit but it’s a great deal. On top of that they have a deal going on right now where you can buy the other 2k points you need for $48.38 at a 30% off sale. Figure by the time you pay for bags you might have $100 all in.

  • Rapid Travel Chai

    @DaninSTL – that is a great point. I had no idea they fly internationally. And for some reason I thought their card was Barclays so I would have no shot at it, but BofA is super generous with approvals. I now see there route network goes all the way down to Peru. A few of their Caribbean destinations might help with my next island hopping. Thanks!!

    (But I still redeem miles for magazines!)

  • Thanks Stefan! I plan on linking to this post when I blog about this. I saw the deal a few places and overlooked it because I could care less about Spirit, but when you brought up magazines I like, well, you spoke my language!

  • Rapid Travel Chai

    Two to Travel and Tango – thank you, getting people to read…and on paper no less, is a noble cause, perhaps Spirit’s first, if inadvertent.

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  • I think Danin stl is misinformed . I believe you would need either 37500 or 45000 miles to fly to south america.

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  • Just an update: So our 8000 miles posted Thursday to our accounts and we have already redeemed them for miles! If any of your readers need a step by step guide on how to redeem once the miles post, we wrote a blog post about it, as it was somewhat tricky at first. The post is here: http://twototravelandtango.com/travel-tips/how-to-redeem-free-spirit-miles-for-magazines/#more-376

    Excited about a free year of The Economist, ESPN, and Time!

  • delionita

    So here is my story about Spirit: I bought a good ticket from Minneapolis to Chicago, bare bones, which was fine with me. ON the way back they were oversold and they offered one voucher ticket to volunteers that wanted to give up their seat. As they couldn’t find volunteers that easily (maybe most people knew what they would ge tinto if they said yes) they raised the offer to 2 vouchers. After a bit of thinking, as I had to miss work the next day and I was dieing so see my daugher, I said yes. I though, here it goes to one fun trip with her in the future. They put us up in the worst hotel they could find but that’s another story. When I try to get the vouchers redeem (I still have a couple of days to do it if I want to) I realized that even if they claimed to be usable for up to $500 tickets, they have virtually no value. You can only use them in April to get the most value and most of the times they’d give me a discount of$60 to $100 for a ticket and I have top ay the rest which goes from $100 more to $300 more. I guess I knew that Spirit was the worst airline around but I gave them a try. In the past I had a great experience being bumped of a flight with United. They have my husband and me a $600 voucher each, put us in a 5 star hotel and upgraded us to busness class the next day on a trip to South America. Sweet. Next time you hear Spirit wants to bump you off the plane, JUST SAY NO.