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150 miles on United Airlines gets you Justin Bieber's latest hit

August 12, 2012|By Hugo Martin
  • Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times
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If you have amassed reward miles but don’t want to hassle with flying, United Airlines now lets you spend your rewards on music or movies.

The Chicago-based airline recently created a digital media store -- the first in the industry, according to the airline -- that lets members use reward miles to buy or rent songs and movies. TV shows will come to the store soon.

For example, United’s MileagePlus members can buy Justin Bieber’s latest hit, "Boyfriend," for only 150 miles. Or buy the whole album, titled “Believe,” for 1,375 miles.

Members can rent the comedy “The Hangover” for 460 miles or buy it for 1,390 miles. Older flicks cost less. Mel Brook’s 1974 classic “Blazing Saddles” rents for 345 miles and sells for 1,150 miles.

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