American sent out a marketing email offering 2000 miles for signing up with NextIssue, a service that lets you read a bundle of periodicals on mobile devices.
When you get to the sign it does look like you get 2000 miles for signup.
But that’s not quite right. You sign up and get a free one month trial. You then pick the basic ($10) or premium ($15) monthly plan.
The mileage offer is only available with the premium plan and miles are awarded after first monthly payment. (You are not committed to keeping the service after that.)
Here’s the relevant terms:
This offer is available to new, first-time Next Issue subscribers only. Try Next Issue free for 30 days. After your free trial period, you will earn 2,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® miles upon your first monthly payment. Mileage offer valid on Premium plan only.
Please allow up to six weeks after you make a payment for the miles to reach your AAdvantage account. You may cancel anytime. Bonus mile offer expires October 1, 2015.
Now, $15 for 2000 miles is a good deal. There was a time I would have done this for the miles and set my calendar to auto-remind me that I needed to make a decision on continuing after that month.
I have plenty of American miles and I’m not sure 2000 more is worth the calendar space (and followup to cancel). It’s a personal calculation, and as I say my younger self would have jumped on it.
Some will find it a useful service since there are plenty of titles, such as:
Personally I like stripped down RSS reading and emails, I like text, and I don’t use a tablet. I don’t really want to manage this on a smartphone. So my ex ante guess, not having tried it, is that it won’t suit my own particular reading preferences. But your mileage may vary.