I think one of the toughest things for most people is figuring out how to get started collecting miles and points. Shopping portals sponsored by the airlines are a valuable tool and they occasionally have outsized opportunities for everyday folks to collect miles.
Right now, the AAdvantage shopping portal is offering 40 miles per dollar spent on magazine subscriptions. It’s double the normal 20 miles per dollar and good through July 31, 2013.
It’s not like you’re going to earn millions of miles from such an offer. But, it’s more about maximizing some of your regular purchases to earn miles. A $20 yearly magazine subscription earns 800 miles, a $50 subscription yields 2000 miles.
2000 miles is almost 10% of a saver award flight anywhere in the continental US. Again, not a lot, but if you’re already buying a magazine subscription why not earn miles for that dream vacation?