Earn 2,000 Miles? Fat Chance — Literally

Here is an idea about which FlyerTalk members are weighing in: if one of your resolutions for the new year is to either shed pounds or become more fit, you are in luck, as you can earn 2,000 United Airlines MileagePlus frequent flier loyalty program miles when you join a gym — and you also are guaranteed the lowest price on purchasing a membership at a participating fitness center.

Earn 2,000 Miles? Fat Chance — Literally

This promotion is designed not to be an exercise in futility, as you can join from a choice of approximately 10,000 fitness centers across the United States, such as Bally Total Fitness, Curves, Anytime Fitness and New York Sports Club. No fewer than 25 health clubs were found within the vicinity of where I am based.

The problem with joining a fitness center is that people tend to either cancel their memberships or slack off and waste their money on something which they are not receiving a return on their investments. Even worse is that the 2,000 United Airlines MileagePlus frequent flier loyalty program miles are not expected to be deposited into your account until up to eight weeks after you purchase a membership at a fitness center, so early cancellation of that membership is not a wise option.

There is no sense in being a dumbbell about this, so please consider the decision to take advantage of this promotion wisely — otherwise, you might be forced down to the mat financially.

Then again — whether or not purchasing a gym membership is right for you — you also have the option to earn:

  • 150 United Airlines MileagePlus frequent flier loyalty program miles for purchasing a Zumba Exhilarate Body Shaping System for $54.95
  • 750 United Airlines MileagePlus frequent flier loyalty program miles for purchasing a bodybuggSP Calorie Management System for $149.00
  • 1,250 United Airlines MileagePlus frequent flier loyalty program miles for purchasing a Total Gym XLS exercise machine for $827.90
  • 750 United Airlines MileagePlus frequent flier loyalty program miles for purchasing a Total Gym 3000 exercise machine for $721.65
  • 500 United Airlines MileagePlus frequent flier loyalty program miles for purchasing a Total Gym 2000 exercise machine for $509.49

Thank goodness I did not resolve to exercise for the new year…

Photograph ©2019 by Brian Cohen.

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