Apr 12, 2009

MagsforMiles One Step Away!

[post updated on May 2009]
Information on airlines provided in alphabetical order by airline name. American, Continental, Delta, Hawaiian, Northwest, United and US Airways are covered in this post.

AMERICAN AIRLINES----------Follow this Link

BRITISH AIRWAYS (no direct link) try POINTS.COM


DELTA AIRLINES-------------- Follow this link

FRONTIER AIRLINES---------- Follow this link

----------Follow this link

MIDWEST AIRLINES------ Follow this link (Alternate Link)
(they also have Mileage exchange, a useful program for converting to Hilton Or use points.com to swap)

------ Follow this link

UNITED AIRLINES------------- Follow this link
(zip code needed)

US AIRWAYS------------------- Follow this link
Magazines only with US Airways miles, for newspapers you have to use Points.com
through the link Subscriptions for miles

POINTS.COM-------------------- Follow this Link
Additional notes, reviews, comments etc.

In my opinion, The Wall Street Journal - 230 and Conde Nast are good deals. I have used this twice successfully.

BRITISH AIRWAYS (no direct link) try

Has magazines as well as some kind of discount deal (50% off) on other merchandise. About the 50% deals [Miles for Merchandise], compare prices before buying. I am not reviewing Onepass as I have earned Onepass miles.

DELTA ([Link]
Comparable to the deal you get with AA miles.

Not reviewed

I have not used Hawaiian so I am not reviewing it here.

Same deal as AA or Delta miles (Note: NW is going to merge with Delta soon but websites remain separate)

UNITED AIRLINES [Link] (zip code needed)
I have not used this service as I use my UA miles for travel rewards usually.

(please turn off your pop up blocker on the US Airways website)
Points.com is an online portal that lets you convert airline miles and hotel reward points to useful items or swap them into other programs. You can also get Amazon certificates at points.com using your airline miles. This is yet another way to get magazines for airline miles. For miles of these carrriers: Hawaiian, American, US Airways you can get magazines via the POINTS.COM website. The downside of using a service like points.com is that the conversion losses are considered steep by some people.

But still, you have some additional flexibility to convert miles or points with which you cannot fly, but want some value out of (it). At points.com you can also convert those miles to amazon.com cash. You would need certain minimum miles depending on the program to get anything useful on points.com. So make sure you have a few thousand miles at least.

Points.com may give you more flexibility in spending the final amount. The approximate conversion rate to amazon.com gift certificate value* is discussed here. Currently (Jan 09) it is free to sign up with points.com.

My experience at Points.com: I converted some 13,000 US airways miles (near expiry) from my mom's Dividend miles account to Amazon gift certificates (~$11?). At points.com, you can convert miles at rates ranging from 0.8 cent/mile to as low as 0.4 cent/mile , which is way lower than my cost basis of 1c/mile).

If you want any other Airlines to be covered or have info on other airlines, please leave me a comment and I will add that to this list. Thank you! A similar post on this topic is here.
Looking for cheap paid subscriptions to magazines?
You can visit the following Amazon.com link Magazine Subscriptions From Amazon
Maybe people are trying to use up their accumulated miles for something, rather than letting them go waste. Considering how hard it has become to redeem miles for award tickets nowadays, converting them to magazines or Amazon cash (more on that in another page) is very welcome.

Barrons, Conde Nast Traveler, Fast Company, New York Magazine, Wine Spectator and several others are great choices for leisure or useful (read as "forming money making ideas") reading.

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with updates in blue

Watch out for bad ugly sites out there. Especially if you want magazines for your miles (airline miles). I have a feeling that most of these Magazines for miles websites could just be phishing operations.

The classic case is MagsforMiles [http://www.magsformiles.com/], a site that makes you fill out information such as FF no, name and address, makes you select the magazines and then when you click Submit selection, it gives a response that the site is just a demo, but thanks for the info anyway.

Hmm! Thankfully I used my one account with only 1000 miles but I am still concerned about giving my name and address away.

UPDATE: I realized that my paranoia was a little unfounded. [I got my mags and nothing untoward happened back then] I had posted the above material long back, but recently found out that this page has been getting lot of views. [My random post seems to be of some to people on this planet so I have rewritten my initial post to make it more informational.]


  1. MagsForMiles is a valid site, but they only allow the site to be used in response to a snail mail offer. One way to get around this is to search the web for "magsformiles" as you can usually find some references to the URLs for those response sites on forums or blogs such as this one.

  2. Pete, the above blog post covers most of the direct magsformiles links for most US airlines. For the airlines not listed, one can either comment here and ask for a search or attempt a search themselves. If you find something useful let me know and I will update this page. thanks

  3. Great post! When I read your article, I really agree with you about this. I hope you will share more with us. Thank you!
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  4. magsformiles tried to re-up my subscriptions last time, billingon my airline credit card! OUCH

  5. I don't know if the systems changed, but even now when I used US Airways website for magazine they did not ask any credit card at all. So pls do not give any cc when signing up with magazines for miles. Good luck


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