For those of you who don’t travel frequently or use a specific airline regularly, you might have some frequent flyer accounts with a few hundred or thousand miles on them. I had a couple accounts with this since I tend to fly on a few specific routes/airlines.
A few hundred frequent flier miles are often too low a number to get any free flights or upgrades, not worth any substantial value to try and transfer to someone else to buy/exchange and if you don’t have regular activity with the airline for over a year or two, the miles will often expire and you get nothing — and often no warning. (Delta is the exception currently, where they don’t expire.)
One solution to get *some* sort of value out of these lonely and small amounts of miles is to cash them in on MagsForMiles.com, where you can exchange a few hundred miles (or sometimes a thousand for weekly publications) to get basically free newspaper or magazine subscriptions using something you’d lose anyway. By posting the activity in your frequent flyer account, you can keep it active and not lose everything completely and you get a free subscription in return.
I’m not a print guy, at all… even though I worked for print organizations expediting their shift to go digital, I try to do everything digitally and inexpensively/freely/quick/easily/no subscriptions, but this program gives me a chance to have 2-3 new publications a year on different topics I might not come across in my daily, focused reading and consume them for when I have down time to relax on the porch. They’re also good coffee table or bathroom basket material for the house, and sometimes you’ll find some gems of information, photos and collectible covers.
I’m currently subscribed to Outside, Fortune and Time — and the 500-some miles spent on Time was worth it to get this Notorious RBG cover (pictured). In the Winter, I will probably add Inc. and Fast Company soon (although I read those two online frequently so the print subscription is of little added value to me).