While this might not be news to many of you, I try to write about this periodically, since it really is a great deal.
Airlines frequently offer bonus miles for new Netflix memberships, and American is presently offering 3,000 AAdvantage miles for a new membership, while United is offering up to 4,000 Mileage Plus miles (2,000 miles for new members, plus an additional 2,000 miles if you pay with your United Visa credit card). These offers are only valid to new Netflix subscribers, and there’s a limit of one award per household. In my experience they’re usually pretty strict about this requirement, though there are always people that have have had luck earning the bonus multiple times.
Given that a new membership is only $7.99 per month, you can sign up for a subscription and then cancel before you’re billed for the second month. While the miles technically take 8-10 weeks to post, in practice they usually post within a few weeks.
Still, $7.99 for 3,000-4,000 miles is a stellar deal, and if you can watch a few movies while you’re at it, why not?