Amazing Deal Alert: 10,500+ Airline Miles for $32 With Netflix Subscriptions

Jun 29, 2012

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Netflix is aggressively seeking new customers and currently has sign-up bonuses with the four major US airline frequent flyer programs .The great thing about signing up for Netflix is that you don’t need to enter much information at all – pretty much just an email address and a credit card. What this allows you to do is sign-up for the service multiple times since they only track whether you are a new member through email, credit card and frequent flyer number. So if you use different emails (easy and free to create) and credit cards (I know most mileage junkies have no shortage of cards), you should be able to bank multiple bonuses.

This is not a new deal, and I have written about in the past, but I have taken advantage of all these bonuses within past year and gotten all the miles, so I wanted to remind people that it was out there as an easy way to get miles on the cheap (plus you get Netflix, which might be of value to some of you).

Though you can score bonuses on all the US legacy carriers, the best by far is 4,000 miles on United.

Risk and Reward
Digital membership is $7 a month and you can cancel at any time. That means conservatively you can get 1,500 miles for $7 – or less than half a cent a point, an amazing deal. I just got 4,000 United miles (which I value the most) for $7.99, less than 2/10 of a cent per mile. I then redeemed for a one-way business class award on Lufthansa for 50,000 miles and ~$50 for what would have been a $5,000 ticket. So my one Netflix sign-up got me 8% of a one-way business class award from Los Angeles to Paris. Not so shabby.

The risk is that you won’t get the miles and will still be charged that $7.99. Netflix has good customer service, so you could argue your way out of the first month if you don’t get the miles. In my opinion, the risk factor is pretty low.

Is it unethical to get multiple bonuses? Depends on your interpretation of the rules. Frankly, my take is that if Netflix didn’t want to give multiple bonuses, they would have better controls in place. They may love to see this spark new members because it helps their bottom line and they are gambling that people will forget to cancel and will be profitable customers. So playing along doesn’t seem out of line to me.

Here are the main offers – feel free to comment if there are any better ones out there or if you’ve had any recent success (or failure) getting a bonus.

Best offer: United 4,000 miles for United cardholders (and some lucky ones who don’t have the card) or 2,000 for everyone else. I do not have a United MileagePlus Explorer Card or United MileagePlus Club Card – I used my Sapphire Preferred Visa and I got the 4,000 miles when I applied on June 18, 2012. Note: you may still be able to also sign up with your old United MileagePlus number as well since United will auto-deposit those miles into your new account (Continental number).

My recent United Netflix payday

American: 2,500 miles when becoming a paying member (so wait for the free trial to be over).
Delta: 2,500 miles with new account.
US Airways: 1,500 miles with new account. Note: You may want to hold off for a potential Grand Slam promotion to stack with this promo.

And by the way,you can also earn 3,000 Priority Club points with a new account as well.

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card

Earn 50,000 bonus miles and 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $2,000 in purchases on your new card in the first three months of card membership. Plus, earn up to $100 back in statement credits for eligible purchases at U.S. restaurants in the first three months of card membership.

With Status Boost™, earn 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, up to two times per year getting you closer to Medallion Status. Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels, 2X Miles at restaurants and at U.S. supermarkets and earn 1X Mile on all other eligible purchases. Terms Apply.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 50,000 Bonus Miles and 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $2,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months.
  • Plus, earn up to $100 back in statement credits for eligible purchases at U.S. restaurants with your card within the first 3 months of membership.
  • Earn up to 20,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) with Status Boost® per year. After you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, you can earn 10,000 MQMs two times per year, getting you closer to Medallion® Status. MQMs are used to determine Medallion® Status and are different than miles you earn toward flights.
  • Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels.
  • Earn 2X Miles at restaurants worldwide, including takeout and delivery and at U.S. supermarkets.
  • Earn 1X Miles on all other eligible purchases.
  • Receive a Domestic Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate each year upon renewal of your Card. *Payment of the government imposed taxes and fees of no more than $75 for roundtrip domestic flights (for itineraries with up to four flight segments) is required. Baggage charges and other restrictions apply. See terms and conditions for details.
  • Enjoy your first checked bag free on Delta flights.
  • Fee Credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓®.
  • Enjoy an exclusive rate of $39 per person per visit to enter the Delta Sky Club® for you and up to two guests when traveling on a Delta flight.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • $250 Annual Fee.
  • Terms Apply.
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