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Raise a Glass to Earn Frequent-Flyer Miles

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Got a hankering for wine, and a yen for frequent-flyer miles?

If so, the latest offer from the Vinesse wine club may be worth a look.

Sign up for Vinesse’s monthly wine shipment—six bottles; red, white, or mixed—and you’ll receive the following:

  • 2,500 United MileagePlus miles after the first order
  • 4,000 miles after the second order
  • Seven miles per $1 spent on subsequent orders
  • A $50 one-time United lounge pass after the third order

So, over the course of 12 months, you’d earn at least 12,800 miles (the bonuses for the first two months, plus seven miles per $1 spent on $90 assortments for the remaining 10 months), together with the $50 lounge pass.

Deal or No Deal

The $15-$20 price range of the Vinesse selections is slightly higher than what I consider the sweet spot for everyday-drinking wines. But if the wines are a bit better than what I normally get from my local purveyor for $10-$15 per bottle, I wouldn’t be averse to a quality upgrade. It’s still affordable. And the convenience of to-my-door shipping is worth something. In the end, it comes down to a question of the wine itself: Is it good enough to warrant the price premium?

Apparently anticipating just such a concern, the company promises “You can cancel with no hassles at any time.”

That’s no guarantee that you’ll like the wines, of course. But at least there’s no long-term commitment if you don’t.

Reader Reality Check

Can anyone speak to the quality of the Vinesse wine selections?

This article originally appeared on FrequentFlier.com.

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