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Last Edited by rakisto February 19, 2013 at 08:19 AM
In the Rapid Rewards shopping portal, you can subscribe to New York Times digital subscription for 4 weeks for just 99 cents and net 1300 points for doing so.

https://rapidrewardsshopping.sout...?mids=3260

The good thing here is that SWA deposits the 1300 points at the 2 week mark at which point you can call 877-698-5635 to cancel the subscription so you don't pay the $15 after expiration.

This works out to 13.13 points per cent!

BONUS to make it even SLICKER:
Using the same rapid rewards shopping sign-in, you can sign up for two subscriptions to the NYT with a different name and credit card (your significant other?) and it will still deposit to the same RR account!

Cheers and happy flying!


Edit:
The disclaimer of "Not eligible on subscriptions cancelled prior to 120 days.", just means that accounts cancelled in the past 120 days are not eligible for this offer again.

Worked successfully for United points per Flyertalk with the same disclaimer:
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/mi...cents.html

Seems to be with most airlines too:

Rapid rewards shopping mall purchases do count toward your Companion Pass earning so this should count as well. See attachment.
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Last Edited by djm409 March 29, 2013 at 03:18 PM
Call this number to get your southwest miles. The csr told me that she would manually add the points to my account if they didn't appear within one week. it did go over by a few days, but i just noticed that the points DID just post.

214-932-0333


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From an ethical point of view, bear in mind that you're basically tricking the New York Times into buying you ~$15 of Southwest points. I suspect it would work, but I don't think it would be right.
Really you're just paying $1 for NYT to have your info... No where do they state that you need to commit to an active subscription with them after the 4 weeks are up.

2. CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY FOR DIGITAL PRODUCTS

2.1. Cancellation and Refunds of Digital Subscriptions

You can cancel your digital product at any time by calling Customer Care at (800) 591-9233. For international customers, please e-mail us at help@nytimes.com. Group Subscription billing cycles and terms of cancellations may differ and are governed by the terms set forth in the Group Subscription Purchase Order.

Monthly and 4-Week Subscription Billing


When you cancel, you cancel only future charges associated with your subscription. You may notify us of your intent to cancel at any time, but the cancellation will become effective at the end of your current billing period.

Cancellations are effective the following billing cycle. You will not receive a refund for the current billing cycle. You will continue to have the same access and benefits of your product for the remainder of the current billing period.

We reserve the right to issue refunds or credits at our sole discretion. If we issue a refund or credit, we are under no obligation to issue the same or similar refund in the future.

Annual Subscription Billing

If you cancel within the first 11 months, your access and other benefits will end immediately and you will receive a refund prorated to the day.

If you cancel in the final 30 days, the cancellation will not take effect until the end of your current billing period. Your access and privileges will continue to the end of the current billing period, and you will not receive a refund.

We reserve the right to issue refunds or credits at our sole discretion. If we issue a refund or credit, we are under no obligation to issue the same or similar refund in the future.

Changes to Content or Access

We reserve the right to make changes to our digital products at any time. If we temporarily reduce or eliminate the charge for content or access that you are currently paying for under different terms, you will not receive a refund.

Cancellations by Us

We reserve the right to suspend or terminate your subscription or product for any reason, with or without notice and without further obligation. You will not be entitled to a refund in these circumstances. If any or all of our digital products are temporarily unavailable, you will not receive a refund. We reserve the right to issue refunds or credits at our sole discretion. If we issue a refund or credit, we are under no obligation to issue the same or similar refund in the future.

2.2. Cancellation and Refunds of One-Time Purchases

One-time purchases cannot be canceled or refunded. For more information on the cancellation terms for gift subscriptions, see the Gift Subscriptions FAQ.

We reserve the right to issue refunds or credits at our sole discretion. If we issue a refund or credit, we are under no obligation to issue the same or similar refund in the future.

Changes to Content or Access

We reserve the right to make changes to our digital products at any time. If we temporarily reduce or eliminate the charge for content or access that you are currently paying for under different terms, you will not receive a refund.

If any or all of our digital products are temporarily unavailable, you will not receive a refund. We reserve the right to issue refunds or credits at our sole discretion. If we issue a refund or credit, we are under no obligation to issue the same or similar refund in the future.

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I highly recommend using a credit card that can generate virtual CC #'s . Use them to generate card numbers with very low credit limits - say $5 or less - that way you won't even need to bother cancelling.

If you are worried that the points won't post think of it this way: 1300 RR points are worth approx $20 and I'm guessing there's at least a 50/50 chance the points will post, personally I'm more than willing to risk 99 cents on a 50/50 gamble that has a 20 to 1 payoff.
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Quote from chuck4rooke View Post :
Trying to sign up for the UA miles using an amex gift card with $1.29 balance.

"Your order could not be processed. We'd like to help: please call (800) 591-9233 or e-mail us."
i tried with a visa with $17.xx remaining and it didn't work, either.
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i tried with a visa with $17.xx remaining and it didn't work, either.
I was able to sign up with an amex prepaid GC with $3 balance on it. Worked without any issues.
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Slight warning -> I had a really hard time cancelling my free trial. Called, got CSR, got confirmation number that subscription was cancelled, they still charged my card.

Repeat three times, each time also having to call the card company to dispute the charge - which was ultimately reversed.

I suppose the upside is that I had access to the NYTimes for over 6 months for $0.99, but it was still annoying that their routines for cancelling were so buggy.

If you do this -> keep detailed notes when you call to cancel -> Name of CSR, time, confirmation codes, etc -> and be prepared that it might not work the first time.
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Quote from joeboy View Post :
Slight warning -> I had a really hard time cancelling my free trial. Called, got CSR, got confirmation number that subscription was cancelled, they still charged my card.

Repeat three times, each time also having to call the card company to dispute the charge - which was ultimately reversed.

I suppose the upside is that I had access to the NYTimes for over 6 months for $0.99, but it was still annoying that their routines for cancelling were so buggy.

If you do this -> keep detailed notes when you call to cancel -> Name of CSR, time, confirmation codes, etc -> and be prepared that it might not work the first time.
And that's when you dispute with CC!.
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Used Paypal. Will cancel the preapproved payment thing in a few weeks once points post.
I wouldn't recommend that, they can still keep the subscription going and then bill you a year later by mail and when you don't pay it will go to collections. Happened to me with Sirius radio.
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I was able to sign up with an amex prepaid GC with $3 balance on it. Worked without any issues.
hmmm. interesting that it's working for some yet not for others.
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hmmm. interesting that it's working for some yet not for others.
yup its weird
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Giving it a shot.
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i tried with a visa with $17.xx remaining and it didn't work, either.
I changed the subscription to All Digital Access and it went through. Also kept "Receive occasional updates and special offers for The New York Times' products and services." checked.

Those were the only two changes I made so hopefully it works for you.
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Trying to sign up for the UA miles using an amex gift card with $1.29 balance.

"Your order could not be processed. We'd like to help: please call (800) 591-9233 or e-mail us."
The reason it's not working for you is because they charge you 99 cents and a 1 dollar pending charge on top of it. So you need 1.99 total but you'll see the $1 authorization charge drop off a day or two later.
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FWIW, 1300 SW points are worth $21.66 toward SW flights since they typically redeem at 60 points per dollar.


Or maybe even more than that. I just priced a flight at $239.80 or 13,080 pts + $5. In that case, it only takes 55 points per dollar, so each point is worth 1.8 cents.
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The reason it's not working for you is because they charge you 99 cents and a 1 dollar pending charge on top of it. So you need 1.99 total but you'll see the $1 authorization charge drop off a day or two later.
nope, see comment above yours.
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American is my airline of choice, wondering if 1500 miles is worth paying $56.46.

120 days / 7 days in a week = 17.14 weeks(round up to 18 weeks). Cheapest subscription option is "After the introductory period, your rate will be $3.75 per week, billed every four weeks." after the first four weeks for .99 cents comes out to $56.46 after 18 weeks.

My math could be wrong so I wonder if this is worth $56.46. Personally I'm not missing out by not having a NYTimes subscription.
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I changed the subscription to All Digital Access and it went through. Also kept "Receive occasional updates and special offers for The New York Times' products and services." checked.

Those were the only two changes I made so hopefully it works for you.
i did all digital, as well, but did not do the update portion. i set a reminder on calendar and which cards i used to make sure to cancel in time.

i bet the other user's AMEX didn't go through because of the additional $1 they put on there. i think he/she said there was only $1.xx remaining on his card. in that case, it wouldn't go through.
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