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

by on Sat February 18, 2017 • 52 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.

Until recently, you could go online to to use Alaska, American, Delta, Frontier, Hawaiian, Spirit, and United miles to pay for a WSJ subscription.

But as of February, 2017 all new subscriptions via the website are on hold.

There is an offline workaround that has been hit or miss.

If you call MagsforMiles on 1-877-645-6806 and press ‘0’ to get past the phone menus, you can get a live agent to try to order the subscription with your miles.

Prices are:

  • 3,200 miles / 304 issues
  • 2,700 miles / 228 issues
  • 1,800 miles / 152 issues

Hopefully having to call in for other airlines online is just a temporary change, though pages that listed the WSJ for American and Delta miles changed to a different address, only to have the WSJ disappear again shortly afterward.

As for digital subscriptions, these are all now print-only subscriptions.

But if you’re okay with that, 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.


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

  1. Drew

    Thanks for this – I did it in 2016 and enjoyed a year of Wall Street Journal! I remember when I ordered it felt too good to be true. Thanks for the suggestion but still hasn’t been updated. Guess they figured it out!

  2. cali

    Thanks for advice. Tried today via toll-free number and they are not accepting any airlines miles ‘for now’. He advised to check back on the Mags for Miles website to see if/when they open it up. Frustrating b/c I want the WSJ!

      1. Iain Calder

        Is WSJ available for miles? How do I access the offer? The posted comments seem to indicate failure and frustration when trying.


      @William – At the moment they’re not taking subscriptions with miles. You can call 1-877-645-6806 and press ‘0’ to get past the phone menus, to check the status.

    2. Adele Harrington

      Just called – they have nothing. They said it’s all based on placing orders, and how many orders WSJ gives to them at a time per company. Also, they said they don’t do business w/ UNITED anymore.

  3. C Schwab

    Just spoke with the MagForMiles desk. WSJ is not accepting new subscriptions for miles at this time. Orders go into pending mode until further notice. There is no work around, and they are currently the only holdout. I was attempting to use AA or Delta. Unfortunately I don’t have enough miles for United.

  4. JH

    I can confirm the recent updates here. I have used miles for my WSJ subscriptions for years. Last year, I recieved digital acess with my print magsformiles order (using AA miles).

    Last week I renewed WSJ with DL miles (I must have just squeaked by the deadline). Initially my account showed that both print and digital were renewed, but today I see my account shows print “active” and digital “Stopped”.

    This is a sad development as WSJ for miles was one of the most valuable miles conversion opportunities.


      @JH – To update, you can still order print subscriptions by phone with AA / Delta miles so that’s a workaround for now but no digital. Number is 1-877-645-6806 and press ‘0’ to get past the phone menus.

  5. Jim Aldan

    Your response to Jean Tzung says that the WSJ is available for airline miles. I have United miles, and don’t find any way to get the WSJ. Please advise

      1. Tatiana

        United, American, Frontier, Spirit and do not offer WSJ paper subscription any longer. I checked all those sited on 2/15/17.


      @Jean Tzung – Thanks for the heads up. Yes, we’ve updated the links as they’ve changed. Alaska, American, Delta, and United still have options.

  6. Thimmaiah Theethira

    I need to suspend delivery to my home of wsj until january 15. how do i go about doing this? i tried to do this through the wsj website but i could not as my newspaper does not have a label or account number on it nor does the wsj website have a record attached to my phone number. Please advise. Thanks.

  7. 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.

      3. Kg

        I redeemed 3200 Spirit miles in March 2016 and also received digital access. If I recall, I had to do a little hunting to locate my online account record and relate it to my digital account but I was ultimately able to access all online media. I was even able to access via WSJ apps on tablets/phones.


      @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.

  8. 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.

      1. Akshay Aggarwal

        Hi, I am a delta frequent flyer. I followed the link above and it is indeed 3200miles but it does NOT say anywhere that this will allow me digital subscription…can anyone tell how do I get digital subscription through delta miles? Do i need to call their customer service?


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