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Wall Street Journal subscriptions with miles: get 8+ cents a mile in value

by on Sun November 1, 2015 • 21 Comments

The last year has been marked by a drumbeat of news about devaluations of your miles and how much harder it can be to use your miles for flights.

But one great mileage value that’s been spared is subscribing for newspapers and magazines.

There are a bunch available at and you’ll probably not care much for most of them.

But subscriptions to the Wall Street Journal are incredibly valuable.

You can get a year’s worth of the Wall Street Journal in print for as few as 3,200 miles.

Without miles a cash discounted Wall Street Journal subscription costs $12 for 3 months…then $28.99 / month after that.

So it would cost you $273 in your first year.

Using miles the savings give you an incredible 8.5 cents per mile in value. And that’s comparing to a discounted introductory rate, even though existing subscribers are also eligible to subscribe with miles.

Here are the prices by airline program:

Alaska MileagePlan

  • WSJ print: 3,900 miles / 304 issues

American AAdvantage

  • WSJ print: 3,200 miles / 304 issues

Delta SkyMiles

  • WSJ print: 3,200 miles / 304 issues

Frontier EarlyReturns

  • WSJ print: 3,900 miles / 304 issues

Spirit Free Spirit

  • WSJ print: 3,200 miles / 304 issues

United MileagePlus

  • WSJ print: 2,700 miles / 228 issues

And here’s another tip.

You can order up to 3 years at a time. Just place 3 orders and Mags for Miles will simply extend your subscription. Or simply renew whenever you’d like. Your subscription starts about 4 – 6 weeks after buying them with your miles.

With miles so easy to earn, there’s no reason anyone should be paying cash for either of these publications.


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21 thoughts on Wall Street Journal subscriptions with miles: get 8+ cents a mile in value

  1. Ellsworth Snelson

    One of the very first merchandise options that was introduced was magazine subscriptions. And it s remained a part of several programs for years, in part because it s an inexpensive item so folks with very few miles can get They are usually the cheapest redemption option there is . Maybe you have just miles from a signup bonus, a single flight, or taking some surveys and you don t expect to build more miles. Better to get something for those miles for nothing at all, you might be able to burn as few as 400 miles.


      @WSJReader – Depending on what promos they’re running, you’ll either get access included, or a reduced rate. Tablet app access though is separate.

      1. Nick

        That’s entirely untrue. I subscribed to WSJ print edition (300+ issues) through mags for miles specifically for digital access, and did not receive it. Repeated attempts to gain access through both WSJ and mags for miles has been successful.

      2. Alicia

        That is not true and they do not offer the digital access at a discounted rate if you have the print subscription either.


          @Alicia – Thanks for the latest datapoint – we’ve seen mixed ones over the last couple years.


      @Nick – If you have one of the Ultimate Rewards cards that lets you transfer points to United (like the Sapphire Preferred, Ink Plus, or Ink Bold) then yes – just move the miles to United and get the subscription from your United account.

  2. Dan

    i used miles for an initial year’s subscription of WSJ. How/when do I renew with more miles? expires 7/3/15. Thanks


      @Dan- Unfortunately a seamless renewal is a little tougher – need to go through the same process you did the first time around as if it’s a new order.

      1. Barbara

        Does that mean I need to wait until my current WSJ subscription ends (or almost ends) before I send in a new order? I don’t want to get duplicate newspapers.


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