Spirit Airlines recently rolled out an interesting promotion. They're giving away 8,000 free rewards miles for writing a 140-characters-or-fewer complaint about any airline.
Seriously - that's all you have to do, provided you've already signed up for a Spirit Rewards account (which is free, so you might as well). Go to hatethousandmiles.com, select the airline you'll be hating on, and type your tweet-sized complaint.
Spirit's campaign is actually pretty admirable. They're fully aware of their reputation for lackluster service, and they rationalize it by saying: "Hey, we know we kind of suck, but at least we're cheap!"
Here's their promo video for the giveaway.
So, what will 8,000 miles from Spirit get you? Not a whole lot. An economy-class domestic flight on Spirit costs anywhere from 30,000 to 75,000 miles, and given Spirit's lackluster amenities and notorious nickel-and-diming, the offer of 8,000 freebies is even less enticing.
Still, you're not of luck. You can spend your free miles on magazine and newspaper subscriptions. The Mags for Miles program lets you redeem miles for a number of subscriptions. Here's the full list.
Not a bad list, eh? Subscriptions cost between 600 and 4,800 Spirit miles, so depending on your tastes, you're getting handful of free subscriptions for your short complaint. It's definitely a better way to go than actually using the miles toward a cramped Spirit flight.
Keep in mind that your free miles expire 90 days after you submit your complaint, and they take as long as 10 days to be credited to your Spirit rewards account. Be ready to pounce on the free magazine offer and redeem right away once you're credited.