It’s been some time since there have been generous offers just to sign up for a frequent flyer program, essentially to start a permission marketing relationship. Maybe 16 years ago United Airlines was giving out 1000 miles to new members referred by an existing member, and rewarding the member that referred them to. But usually new member bonuses have required some kind of activity – proof of a customer’s value to the airline – before being triggered.
Star Alliance member Aegean Airlines is offering 5000 mile and 1000 elite qualifying miles just for joining right now. And now Qatar Airways will give you free miles when you join by December 31, 2020 with promo code OALQ320T12:
- 2500 miles just for joining
- 5000 miles and 50 elite qualifying points (one-third of the way to elite status) after your first Qatar Airways flight by March 31, 2021
If you’re a student you should definitely sign up with this offer, and then take advantage of their generous student program. But even if you’re not, consider joining Qatar Airways Privilege Club.
- Qatar Airways is a Citi ThankYou miles transfer partner. Signing up for a Qatar Airways Privilege Club thus makes sense for many frequent flyers in the U.S.
- The program just reversed its 2018 devaluation. Airlines have rolled back negative changes before but it was a different era when we used to see that.