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Complain About An Airline, Get A Free Subscription To Time, Fortune, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Sports Illustrated, And More!

Update 2: My free magazines have already started coming!ย  Even if you haven’t signed up yet it seems that the promotion is still alive, so complain and get yourself some free magazines!

Update: My 8,000 miles just posted. I ordered The Economist, Time, Fortune, and Money for 8,000 miles on the nose.
Thanks Spirit!
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Originally posted on 07/08:

Spirit is offering 8,000 miles for complaining about an airline. Any short complaint will do.

At first I ignored this. After all getting free Spirit miles is sort of like winning a contest for a trip on Greyhound to Pittsburgh where the grand prize winner gets 1 free trip and the 2nd prize winner get 2 free trips ๐Ÿ˜‰
And frankly I think going Greyhound may just be preferable to Spirit…

However DDF member springles correctly points out that the best use of these miles isn’t to save up for what’s sure to be a torturous flight, but for using for free magazines!

-Click here to view the free magazines you can get with your Spirit miles.
-Here is an alternate link with some other redemption options.
Sample redemptions:
Conde Nast Traveler: 12 issues, 900 Miles
Entrepreneur: 12 issues, 900 Miles
ESPN The Magazine: 26 issues, 800 Miles
Fortune: 20 issues, 1,700 Miles
Money: 12 issues, 1,200 Miles (I’m partial to the June cover issue they show…I’m in it ๐Ÿ™‚ )
People: 26 issues, 3,300 Miles
Sports Illustrated: 56 issues, 2,100 Miles
Sports Illustrated KIDS: 12 issues, 1,500 Miles
TIME: 52 issues, 1,800 Miles
TIME + Fortune: 52 issues+20 issues, 2,000 Miles
The Economist: 51 issues, 4,800 Miles
The Wall Street Journal: 228 issues, 4,100 Miles

Bear in mind that Spirit’s industry-worst miles expire in just 90 days and it will take 10 days to get your 8,000 free miles, so be ready to attack the magazine offers as soon as your miles post.

HT: wayfe and springles, via DDF

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93 Responses to “Complain About An Airline, Get A Free Subscription To Time, Fortune, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Sports Illustrated, And More!”

  1. chana Says:
    1

    how do you “save up” miles? can you do multiple complaints? or are there other offers?

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  2. N Says:
    2

    I complained about the time I flew spirit, and my seat was missing a cushion.

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  3. Dan Says:
    3

    @chana:
    You don’t. Earn and burn ’em when it comes to Spirit.
    Limit 1 bonus per person.

    @N:
    ๐Ÿ˜€

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  4. tim Says:
    4

    could I complain about a magazine & get a free airline ticket ? lol

    ReplyReply
  5. Spirit(ual) Says:
    5

    Ha!
    They let you complain about spirit! That should be easy

    ReplyReply
  6. Happy Thanksgiving Says:
    6

    Can you complain about spirit?

    ReplyReply
  7. Rapid Travel Chai Says:
    7

    Mags for Miles are some of my favorite redemptions, and now I can renew everything, thanks!

    ReplyReply
  8. Anonymous Says:
    8

    @Happy Thanksgiving:
    Yes, you could complain about Spirit. But they only give you 140 characters, so good luck keeping it short.

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  9. rots5 Says:
    9

    thanks great find guys

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  10. adam Says:
    10

    8000 miles in my spirit account where can I transfer it? can I transfer to different airline?

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  11. Ari Says:
    11

    The cc churning and 5x bonus game is in money magazine now?
    That’ll spell the end of these pretty soon in my opinion.

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  12. Dan Says:
    12

    @Rapid Travel Chai:
    Enjoy!

    @adam:
    Lol, if it could be transferred this post would have a different title!

    @Ari:
    Was a couple months ago. Been on much bigger places than that, national news shows, CNN homepage, etc.

    Your average Joe is too scared of it…

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  13. ybeeds Says:
    13

    This sounds way too Jewish. Just complain, and you get points… ๐Ÿ˜›

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  14. leinad Says:
    14

    Do they offer other redemption options, such as merchandise or gift cards?

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  15. Kevin Says:
    15

    โ€ขTiming: The Promotion will end on or before June 25, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. ET, unless extended by Spirit.

    Did they extend it?

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  16. Dan Says:
    16

    @leinad:
    Nope.

    @Kevin:
    Yes, http://www.usatoday.com/story/todayinthesky/2014/07/08/spirits-billion-mile-giveaway-encourages-fliers-to-hate-it/12362335/

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  17. Men of Steel Says:
    17

    Dan, since 98-01 in Pit high you have taken a serious dislike for that local. Maybe it was the restaurants or maybe the Steelers. I guess super bowl ’09 was painful for you.

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  18. avi Says:
    18

    @dan 1 huge mistake they made in the article

    “Howโ€™d he get the 25,000 miles necessary? by buying a $500 Visa gift card at Staples, youโ€™d lock in 2,500 miles, quintuple what youโ€™d earn with a typical 1% cash-back card. Then you could use the gift card for any purchases for which you couldn’t otherwise earn 5% rewards.”

    Staples DOESN’T SELL $500 GC !!!

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  19. Dan Says:
    19

    @Men of Steel:
    All fun and games.

    @avi:
    Lol, you expect a reporter to get little things like facts right ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  20. avi Says:
    20

    @dan lol but that’s kind of what they get paid to do even though they never seem to do it

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  21. DXD Says:
    21

    Despite of issues with Spirit – they can be an occasional option. Some cheap Spirit routes have really lousy BA availability, and sometimes it’s worth it just to suck it up and go with Spirit. This is especially true if you are flying with just a backpack

    Last time I flew it, I booked a SWA flight with points a few hours later (with points), which I canceled after I got there in time.

    My point – it’s not THAT bad, but you do get what you pay for.

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  22. Dude Says:
    22

    @Rapid Travel Chai: I saw at Dan’s forum in Monsey. I was sitting in the row in front of you. I can’t believe I missed the opportunity to talk with you and Darius. Why did Darius say no when that kid asked him if his name was Darius?

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  23. Dan's the man Says:
    23

    @avi: They also didn’t say that Dan doesn’t use them for other spending but unloads the GCs using things like BB, Evolve, Serve reloads @ Family Dollar, etc ๐Ÿ™‚

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  24. yyk Says:
    24

    Dan, do the remaining miles expire in 90 days even with redemption activity?!

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  25. esta Says:
    25

    Just tried to submit but it expired June 25th.

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  26. eli Says:
    26

    based on the terms these seem like regular spirit points which will not expire as long as there is activity every 3 months. My spirit miles never expire because I have the credit card and always spend a little bit every month.

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  27. Dan Says:
    27

    @eli:
    A Spirit credit card?
    Nebach, hashem yerachem ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Do you also have the Greyhound credit card?

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  28. Uber Says:
    28

    @Dan: discrimination!! If you owned a basketball team, you would be out.

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  29. Gabi Says:
    29

    @Dan:
    Dan, +2 u gave me a good laugh. (he signed up for the Cc because he got a free T-shirt…

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  30. Anonymous Says:
    30

    dan can you churn us airways card 40k card? how long in between cards? do i have to close first before i open second? i also recently got myself aa gold card and applied a few months later for platinum (citi said i should do that if i wanted the privileges that come with card since they cant do upgrades)and got denied due to the fact that already have an aa gold card??

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  31. Dan Says:
    31

    The only problem is they only allow 140 characters for the rant against an airline. I need at least 1000. O well, my rant will have to be short (ahem United Airlines)

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  32. IKEY Says:
    32

    I don’t know why a Spirit cc is such a nebach. This year I flew 4 RT’s lGA-ORD plus free lap child. Saved my Avios for other destinations. Free is free.

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  33. Andy Shuman Says:
    33

    Dan, you’re not serious!

    Magazines?

    1. It’s 5K RT between FLL/MIA and most beach destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean, often with good availability.
    2. Same 5K between dozens of short hops in the US, many with excellent availability. Keep your Avios for things that really matter.
    3. Their online award engine is top-notch, light years ahead of BA.com.
    4. Pay $12 for Economy Comfort or $40-50 for the Big Seat. Big Seat is a domestic first without booze! Why would you care if their coach seats do not recline?
    5. Yes, you do need a credit card, so what? It’s BoA. 15K miles after the first purchase and no AF for the first year. Why is it a problem?

    I only see one real problem with Spirit. No interline agreements. If you get stranded with Spirit you REALLY get stranded. Wouldn’t fly for time-sensitive business meetings with them.

    CLICK on ME for some ideas on what to do with the Spirit miles. Or keep getting magazines, I don’t know. ๐Ÿ™

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  34. Dan Says:
    34

    @Andy Shuman:
    Dead serious.

    All that stuff you mention requires:
    A. Burning a hard pull to get a Spirit credit card with just 15K miles.
    B. Paying an annual fee for that card and keeping it active.
    C. Actually using that card.
    D. Paying award expedite fees if you don’t book 6 months in advace.
    E. Working around onerous blackout dates.
    F. Having to fly on the worst airline in North America as the reward for all that.

    I’ll keep using my Avios, thank you very much. And yes, I’ve had agents rebook my AA flights on Delta and United several times. Good luck with Spirit in IrrOps.

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  35. Nechemia Says:
    35

    Yeah I complained to Spirit that my seat cushion was not a flotation device!!!!

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  36. Sam Says:
    36

    Economist + Entertainment Weekly + InStyle

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  37. RelatedToMendy Says:
    37

    Be careful what you write:

    Publicity: Except where prohibited, participation in the Promotion constitutes recipient’s consent to Sponsor’s and its agents’ use of recipient’s name, likeness, photograph, voice, opinions and/or hometown and state for promotional purposes in any media, worldwide, without further payment or consideration.

    ReplyReply
  38. tt Says:
    38

    never got points

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  39. tt Says:
    39

    sorry they did post, i checked yesterday and wasnt there

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  40. Mark Says:
    40

    Thank you

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  41. Mike Says:
    41

    Dan you wasted 4,800 Miles the Economist is easily available for free online from RewardsGold and RewardSurvey.

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  42. Tara Says:
    42

    I put in an american address for my accnt etc but is there anyway theyd deliver magazines to canada?

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  43. Dan Says:
    43

    @Mike:
    Is there a direct (non-survey) link for it?

    @Tara:
    You can try having the magazine change it once the order is processed.

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  44. mh Says:
    44

    do they ever add more magazines? i know its free, but was hoping for something worth while reading

    ReplyReply
  45. Happy Thanksgiving Says:
    45

    SI, ESPN & WSJ 304 papers for me. Thanks!

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  46. L Says:
    46

    Glamour, People, Entertainment Weekly, In Style, and Vogue ๐Ÿ™‚

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  47. Dan's the Man Says:
    47

    Thanks Dan! Just ordered some magazines.

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  48. Josh Says:
    48

    Thanks Springles for the magazine idea. I would have totally overlooked this spirit nonsense otherwise.

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  49. FT Says:
    49

    You can expect to receive your first issue in 6 to 12 weeks.
    ๐Ÿ˜€
    The Economist; Money and TIME / Fortune ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

    ReplyReply
  50. Dan Says:
    50

    @FT:
    Copycat ๐Ÿ˜€

    ReplyReply
  51. abraham Says:
    51

    Any way these magz can ship to Canada?

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  52. Dan Says:
    52

    @abraham:
    Comment 43.

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  53. Dan's the Man Says:
    53

    @Dan: Dan, don’t worry even though FT copied you, you’re STILL “the Man” !!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  54. Mike Says:
    54

    Dan,

    https://www.rewardsurvey.com there is a new survey each week which gives you $20 in credit The Economist is $130.
    You can also get $15 a week any fake email address will work http://www.rewardsurvey.com/Survey/ReferAfriend
    They offer some new magazines every couple weeks so it is useful to build up some value.

    https://www.rewardsgold.com/
    Has the Economist for 8600 points. You can earn the points in a couple minutes by continuously referring friends with fake email addresses.
    Both websites also have the WSJ

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  55. Dan Says:
    55

    @Mike:
    Meh, unless there’s a direct link I don’t have time for that stuff.

    @Happy Thanksgiving:
    WSJ on the other hand does have a direct link to get it for free.

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  56. Mike Says:
    56

    Dan,

    The Economist through Rewardsgold would take you less then 5 minutes. All you need to do is create an account and then type in fake email addresses in the refer a friend field until you have enough points.

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  57. derek Says:
    57

    Complained about Tower air standing passengers in LA. Anyone here old enough to remember that?

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  58. Dan Says:
    58

    @Mike:
    Have the link for the final redemption page?

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  59. Fran Says:
    59

    Is this still going on? Does this hold true for all airlines? Where does one issue a complaint?

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  60. Warren Says:
    60

    Went to my Spirit account and saw miles posted (never received email). Just got WSJ, ESPN and SI. Thanks Dan!!!!

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  61. meir Says:
    61

    @dan I never flew with spirit can I still complain?

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  62. Jonathan Says:
    62

    Dan, just got my 8,000 miles for my complaint and ended up with 4 new subscriptions for free. Nice offer, thanks for posting it!

    ReplyReply
  63. chaya G Says:
    63

    BH

    What was the subject of your email? i may have it in spam or somewhere…

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  64. ybeeds Says:
    64

    Not finding Entrepreneur…

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  65. Deal Guy Says:
    65

    If I send the espn magazine to someone else, can I still get the Insider code?

    Can I get a few of the same magazine, so that they should run consecutively?

    ReplyReply
  66. Rabbi Shmuley Says:
    66

    Thanks Dan! Just ordered Cigar Aficionado, Western Horseman and Tikkun magazine subscriptions.

    ReplyReply
  67. fradl Says:
    67

    why not put in a complaint about jet blue kicking off the jewish passenger. let them get as much negative publicity as possible and earn miles at the same time

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  68. Really That Bad? Says:
    68

    @Dan:

    I’m with Andy. I and many others I know had the card and flew themselves and their families free several times. Yes Spirit is notoriously bad on many levels. Are they as notoriously bad as Dan and others make them out ot be. IMHO NO. I have had very pleasant flights with them and I have had other slightly unpleasant flights with them. All were well worth their basically free price.

    On the last flight a couple of yeshivas boys were mockingly asking the flight attendant infinite questions as he hawked the Spirit 3 free flights credit cards. Asking him tons of questions about redemption etc. The flight attendant answered all of them patiently and pleasantly despite their obvious snickering.

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  69. bb1836 Says:
    69

    Earn additional spirit miles by completing surveys!
    https://www.milesforthoughts.com/general/mft-lp-400

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  70. zow Says:
    70

    Dan,
    Just ordered SI, SI for Kids, Time and Money (and congrats on being reported therein!).
    Thanks and Good Shabbos, all. Praying especially for peace this Shabbat.

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  71. Evariste Says:
    71

    @Dan:

    Let’s see: there’s me, my wife’s work address, my sister’s school address, her dog’s address (home)… then it’s just a matter of stacking them up once they start coming.

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  72. Evariste Says:
    72

    What’s the expiration date for this offer? I’m able to see the links, including something which leads to “MagsMiles” but there aren’t any magazines listed there….

    ReplyReply
  73. Richard Sagman Says:
    73

    Amazing!! I just got a FREE year of Time, People, Entertainment weekly and Entrepreneur.
    Thanks so much!

    ReplyReply
  74. APoshiterYid Says:
    74

    Can we order 2 of the same sub to have it stack for 2 years?

    ReplyReply
  75. Joe4007 Says:
    75

    There’s an Economist 51 issues subscription available for 2,600 miles in addition to the usual 4,800 miles one. Probably a mistake, but it went through for me.

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  76. Dan Says:
    76

    @APoshiterYid:
    Should work.

    @Joe4007:
    That’s the online only subscription.

    ReplyReply
  77. Binyomin Says:
    77

    Started cming to me too!

    ReplyReply
  78. ShlockDoc Says:
    78

    Bummer. Looks like SI Kids is no longer available.

    ReplyReply
  79. no more ESPN? Says:
    79

    Looks like there’s no more ESPN?

    ReplyReply
  80. Bernie Says:
    80

    Oy gevalt, I’m so ferklempt that I could plotz!

    ReplyReply
  81. Liz Says:
    81

    Are magazines the only thing other than travel you can redeem for?

    ReplyReply
  82. jeff Says:
    82

    how long till they send u tht email taht you have gotten the 8K miles?

    ReplyReply
  83. michael Says:
    83

    I am very unhappy about all of the airlines who stopped flying to Israel, But hats off to the Italian discount flyer who managed to stay on schedule and fly to towards the south.

    ReplyReply
  84. ben Says:
    84

    Can I also use the points toward hotel purchases?

    ReplyReply
  85. Mark Says:
    85

    My magazines came on Shabbos. My mailman must think I’m crazy with all the magazines I’ve gotten from this promo and Rewards Gold lol.

    ReplyReply
  86. stella arsenakos Says:
    86

    The airline I would like to complain about is Olympic Airlines. When my daughter was 18 months old we were in Greece and she got blisters in her mouth. She could not eat during our vacation and was constantly bleeding and in pain. I was told to get to the Athens airport early to get a good seat for her. Well we boarded and they put us on the last seat in the back that does not go back. I spoke to the head steward and told me to go outside and speak to a supervisor. I said no becuase I would loose my flight. She said she would come back and change our seat. the doors closed and never saw her again. It was the most uncomfortable flight especially having a young child in your lap and a seat that did not go back. Needless to say got to New York with a child in pain and a shirt stained with blood. Never never would I fly them I hope they go out of business and I think they did. On top of that the staff on the plane were nasty and rude.

    Stella Arsenakos

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  87. Pw Says:
    87

    Created acct posted complaint forgot pw
    Tried to log in w forgot pw told they email a link never got link not in spam either Antony forgot pw n managed to recover?

    ReplyReply
  88. Anon Says:
    88

    Any way of canceling the economist that I ordered online only by mistake?

    ReplyReply
  89. Evariste Says:
    89

    @Anon:

    “Online” as in digital-only?

    ReplyReply
  90. IKEY Says:
    90

    Dan, thank you for this post. I used 7,500 of these miles to book a ticket from PHL to LAX for succos (one way). Keep up the good work

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  91. Kevin Says:
    91

    @Stella: you forgot to tell Dan which magazines you want Dan to send you. By the way,People is now a full year instead of 6 months.

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  92. Lisa Says:
    92

    Didn’t work for me. Followed the link and submitted a small complaint after having created my Spirit Airlines account but no miles, and it’s been 12 days. SIGH. Figures it doesn’t work for me- and I luv magazines!

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  93. Miguel Says:
    93

    Can someone specify exactly how long it takes for the Economist, Time and Wall Street Journal to arrive after submitting the order?

    I’m in Canada, so I’m going to use a US address to sign up initially. But I need to know approximately when the first issue arrives so I can quickly get online and change the address to Canada. This especially holds true for the WSJ!

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