Posted by William Charles on February 4, 2019
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Published on February 4th, 2019 | by William Charles

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[Expired] Get 1,000 United Miles with $1 Wall Street Journal Subscription

Deal has expired, view more WSJ deals by clicking here.

The Offer

Direct Link to offer

  • The United Airlines shopping portal is offering 1,000 bonus miles when you shop through the portal to purchase a $1 2-month Wall Street Journal subscription.

The Fine Print

  • The trial subscription purchase must be made between February 4, 2019 at 12:01am Eastern Time through 11:59 pm Eastern Time on February 8, 2019 and must remain active (i.e., may not be cancelled) for at least 45 days.

Our Verdict

Remember you need to keep the account active for 45 days and if you don’t cancel before the two month trial is up you’ll be automatically enrolled into a regular subscription. So just set a remainder to cancel shortly after the 45 day period. All of the other portals only give the bonus with a $12 subscriptions.

Hat tip to readers Leonardo M & Gators5220

 



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FM
FM

Would recommend using a credit card with a virtual number generator since you can set a max charge limit and kill the card as soon as your $1 trial charge hits. I only know of Bank of America and Citi that offer this service. I use the BofA virtual card (shopsafe) every single time these WSJ deals come up and the recurring charge has never once made it through with $1 limit numbers.

Satellite
Satellite

Is cancelling that difficult?

FM
FM

In my case, yes it is due to the number of phone calls and time required. I usually have ~5-10 new accounts I sign up for each time this deal comes around (combination of me and spouse, WSJ and Barrons, and 2-3 different airline portals — the combinations add up quick!). It’s enough of a pain to do the signups such that I’d rather not have to deal with the cancellations if I have an easy out with the virtual card numbers

Sang Kancil Guru

Thanks for the tip, FrequentM.

FM
FM

I’m not the same FM as Frequent Miler (FM happens to be my initials), but you’re welcome 🙂

lenin1991
lenin1991

So, you’ve done this deal multiple times on a single frequent flier account? I’ve done it across different airlines, but since the terms say, “Offer is limited to one (1) trial subscription per United MileagePlus account number,” I wasn’t sure if it was replayable if I hit it on the same UA account last year.

FM
FM

The T&Cs do say that but the majority of the time it all works out fine. And when the miles don’t post automatically, an email to customer service usually does the trick. I think each time the mileage bonus is elevated from the standard (usually every 4-6 weeks), it counts as a new offer for the purposes of the trial limit. I can’t say with certainty that that’s the logic but that’s the trend I’ve been noticing over the past year.

That said, my manual credit requests have been denied a couple of times with the agent citing that one per account language, but it still works enough of the time that it’s still worth it even if every once in a while I have to absorb a dollar or two.

kay
kay

you mean to say that you get 1000 miles every time the trial renews to get 1 dollar a month for 2 months on the same mileage portal? what about on wsj website are you eligible to get the 1 dollar trail offer using the same email and login? or do you create new logins on wsj ? thanks frequent miler for your valuable info

sadie
sadie

how many miles were you able to manufacture in the last year doing this /

Ian
Ian

can you explain how you do it ? would love to know? can you get the same 1 dollar promotion every year or so to receive the 1000 miles on ua with the same mileage account and same email used to sign up with wsj? or can you use the same mileage account with a different email for wsj or you switch mileage accounts each time you resign up and you keep the same email on wsj. or you switch mileage accounts and switch emails used to sign up how much points aa, united and southwest have you made from this in the past year? would love to know thank you for taking the time to respond

Akuma
Akuma

Yes, as FM notes this can usually be done multiple times on the same mileage account and same email address (once per each new offer). Last year I did this 3 separate times with AA for WSJ (and also Barron’s). Fingers crossed there are no clawbacks!

Ho
Ho

Will this virtual card cause the same problem as doc mentioned below?

“Technically this will work, but the problem is they could consider the payment declined and money owing to them. This could cause you to go to collections, in reality I’ve never seen this happen but better to just cancel.”

Akuma
Akuma

I would advise against it. You’re much better off (and safer) using a regular CC and cancelling the subscription after the 45 day period. If you’re in CA, cancelling’s a breeze. If not, consider this the cost for collecting 1k miles. Much better than risking a hit to your credit for…1k miles.

H
H

Cancelation has to be done over the phone and they are really pushy and annoying

Kevin
Kevin

The second time I did this type of deal, I literally just told the customer service rep that I was doing it for the miles and he cancelled it without argument after that.

Justin

edit: nevermind

sophie
sophie

Barrons: $1 for two months, 1000 united miles, 1300 AA, 950 sw and alaska miles
WSJ: The same as Barrons and also 800 delta skymiles (worse, but better with 1000 miles partner bonus if you are targeted.

Justin

Barclay Arrival Rewards boost too (1300 points)

josh
josh

how do these types of purchases show up on your mileage account ? do they show up looking like this/ “ASM ON-LINE PURCHASE MILES” i wanted to know if i got my miles and i see that it came in like this

DollarDucky

That should be correct. How long until they showed up for you?

John
John

Mine showed up as “MileagePlus Shopping” 2 days after the purchase.

Matthew
Matthew

Another way to not have to worry about the subsequent charge would be to use a Visa/MC gift card that you subsequently drain so that you cannot be charged again, correct?

Eli
Eli

Did it last time and had no issue with over phone cancellation.

Mike Advantage
Mike Advantage

I used my United Chase credit card last time for this deal (a few months ago). Is it a good idea to use a different credit card this time?

JA
JA

I can see a “Cancel Online” button if I go through this link: https://customercenter.wsj.com/contact
Doesn’t that work? Anyone tried it before?

Knight
Knight

“Cancel Online” is available to California folks, or those that change their billing address to California.

JA
JA

Thanks. that explains it.

SideshowBob233
SideshowBob233

“those that change their billing address to California”
So is that a trick that works for non-CA folk too?

Gwen
Gwen

I was able to stack this with the Amex offer $75 off $185 WSJ. I was already a subscriber so this saved me some money.

John K
John K

Interesting note on cancellation. The sign-up page clearly states “You can cancel anytime”. However under T&C’s, “4. Term; Cancellation and Renewal”
“4.2 NO CANCELLATION POLICY FOR SUBSCRIPTION BUNDLES WHICH INCLUDE A TABLET OR OTHER MOBILE DEVICE (“DEVICE BUNDLE”). THE INITIAL TERM OF SUBSCRIPTIONS TO A DEVICE BUNDLE ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AND NONCANCELLABLE. YOU HAVE AN UNQUALIFIED OBLIGATION TO PAY EACH PAYMENT DUE FOR YOUR SUBSCRIPTION.”

In all caps no less (vs the rest of the T&C’s). WTH!?! Even the “bundles” on the sign-up page clearly state can cancel anytime. And what does UNQUALIFIED even mean in this context. Why do companies not offer clear, concise, non-contradictory terms?

John K
John K

And then on the Purchase page, below the purchase button it says “…charges $1 + tax monthly…” Doesn’t anyone proof read anything anymore? I believe this is supposed to be for the 2 month term, not a dollar per month. Who knows? I don’t want to do deal with a company that has these discrepancies for a measly 1000 points.

miafll
miafll

Agree.
I back out from the purchase page because
1) it seemingly still stored an email address used to subscribe UNDER NORMAL TERM, at least more than a decade ago – because I got error message telling me the password did not match with the email address, in the Create Account process.
2) The discrepancies found in areas that are critical.

That also reminds me why I did not continue my normal subscription decade ago because at the beginning, no less than 2 supervisors promised me the subscription would not be auto-renewal, that I would always receive an email notification about upcoming renewal – it was even written in the terms.
Guess what? I got a charge on my CC on the renewal out of the blue.
Took me 3 phone calls to get that reversed.
The company is sleazy.

No wonder there are suggestions to use virtual card number or VGC/MGC with just enough balance if people still want to do the deal.

John
John

Mine posted 2 days after the purchase.

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