8,000 Free Miles? No Thanks

Image courtesy of Spirit Airlines. Click on the image to access the Unleash Your Hate promotion if you are interested in obtaining 8,000 FREE SPIRIT miles.

Spirit Airlines is having a promotion which has garnered plenty of publicity — yes, I have become complicit in this juggernaut — where you could “unleash your hate” and get 8,000 FREE SPIRIT miles good towards a flight by simply writing a quick and short essay of 140 characters or fewer as to why you “hate” Spirit Airlines.

No thank you.

Don’t get me wrong — it is a potentially brilliant promotion where up to one billion miles are being given away; and besides, you can “hate” on any airline of your choosing if you absolutely “love” Spirit Airlines. Hey — who does not want free miles?

Me. Here are the reasons why…

…first — unless you plan to fly as a passenger on Spirit Airlines in the future, which I do not — the miles are virtually useless as “the free miles seem to expire in 3 months w/o earning miles”, according to FlyerTalk member kklems. You need a minimum of 10,000 miles for a one-way flight purchased with a credit card or debit card — with the exception of a Spirit World MasterCard credit card: if you possess one, the minimum amount of miles required for a one-way flight is only 2,500 miles.

Second: you can redeem those free miles for newspaper and magazine subscriptions, as will FlyerTalk member sonofzeus. I cannot remember the last time I subscribed to a magazine or newspaper. Perhaps it was Consumer Reports — but I canceled that subscription years ago for reasons I will not delve into here. Besides, my office here is currently a huge mess which needs my attention. I do not need even more paper in there; but I will eventually fulfill my new year’s resolution from 2008 and clean it out — someday…

…and before those dollar signs appear in your eyes from the prospect of all of the money you will potentially save on said magazine and newspaper subscriptions for which you would have otherwise had to pay, you may actually have problems receiving those miles in the first place, as related by the experience of FlyerTalk member RustyC: “Well, I hate to point this out, but one thing Spirit has been bad about has been properly crediting miles from sources other than flights to accounts. I’m still waiting on a small number of car rental miles, and with paper vouchers they have a way of claiming you can only have one credited even if they are from different offers. Though that was maybe 3 years ago.”

If you think I am some sort of a snob for not flying as a passenger on Spirit Airlines — which is one of the most profitable airlines in the United States — think again: I just booked my first reservation for a flight on Ryanair this coming October; and I am getting ready to book another flight. The customer service of Ryanair is supposed to improve, according to this article I posted which includes links to other articles pertaining to Ryanair about which I wrote. I intend to report on those flights in at least one article here at The Gate; so please stay tuned…

…and I also rode as a passenger on Megabus for the first time earlier this year and reported on that experience. No caviar and champagne here.

Meanwhile, I never thought I would say “no, thanks” to 8,000 free miles. Although I wrote in this article that you can never have too many frequent flier loyalty program accounts, I have decided to make an exception here; and besides, it is just not worth the trouble to me. If you plan to participate, do it as soon as possible, as this promotion is expected to end on Thursday July 31, 2014 — or probably sooner if the supply of one billion miles is exhausted…

…or by Wednesday, June 25, 2014. No one can beat Spirit Airlines when it comes to time travel…

…but in my opinion, if Spirit Airlines really wanted to change its image, a better promotion would be to give away one-way flights free of charge for a limited time. After all, many of the people who would take advantage of that promotion would have to return sometime…

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