Stretch your miles: the complete guide to airline coronavirus promotions

Aug 5, 2020

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As travel starts to slowly ramp back up, airlines are offering lucrative mileage earning and redemptions promotions to entice travelers to book post-coronavirus travel. These promotions offer more ways for travelers to bulk up their mileage balances, accelerate elite status earning, and redeem awards at lower rates.

We’ll give you a look at all the currently available coronavirus promotions offered by airlines in the U.S. and abroad. We’re expecting airlines to offer even more of these promotions in the future, so bookmark this page and check back often for more updates.

One thing you won’t find here is elite status extensions — check out our full coronavirus guides to airline status for more information.

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Air Canada

An Air Canada Boeing 777 (Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)
An Air Canada Boeing 777 (Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)

Aeroplan recently announced a new partnership with Uber Eats, where it will award 2x Aeroplan miles per dollar spent on all Uber Eats purchases made in the U.S. and Canada. To earn miles with this promotion, click through the Uber Eats portal on the Aeroplan website before you order delivery.

There is no expiration date set for this promotion, so we’re hoping that it continues even after the coronavirus outbreak is contained.

Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines is offering a 50% bonus on elite qualifying miles on all flights through the end of the year. Simply book a ticket with Alaska and you’ll see the bonus elite miles in your account after completing the flight.

This promotion runs through Dec. 31, 2020 and includes flights booked before the promotion was announced. Unfortunately, the promotion does not include flights booked on partner airlines.

Related: What is Alaska Airlines elite status worth in 2020?

American Airlines

All miles earned with an American Airlines cobranded credit card count towards Million Miler status until the end of the year. This is a great way to earn lifetime AAdvantage elite status even if you’re not in the sky.

Southwest Airlines

Like American Airlines, Southwest is offering double points on flights flown by Aug. 31, 2020. You can enroll in this promotion on Southwest’s website and the bonus points will be automatically credited to your account after your flight is completed.

You can earn double points on flights booked before registering for the promotion, but you must enroll by the time your flight departs.

Related: The ultimate guide to Southwest Rapid Rewards

Qatar Airways

(Photo by Liam Spencer/The Points Guy)
Qatar Airways first class on the A380 (Photo by Liam Spencer/The Points Guy)

While not necessarily a promotion, Qatar Airways is offering a handful of exciting change options to those set to fly on a Qatar Airways ticket. Between now and Dec. 31, 2020, you have three options when changing a Qatar Airways flight:

  • You can exchange your refund for Qmiles at a rate of 1 mile per $0.01.
  • Change your flight’s destination to anywhere within 5,000 miles of your original destination free of charge
  • Change the dates of your flight free of charge
  • If your flight is involuntarily disrupted, you can cancel your ticket and receive a 10% bonus when the refund is issued as a travel voucher

This policy change gives Qatar travelers the utmost flexibility when it comes to changing or canceling flights — something that’s especially important during these uncertain times. It’s great to see Qatar Airways sweetening the deal with a bonus on travel vouchers, the ability to refund to miles, and free destination changes.

Bottom line

It’s great to see airlines offer these promotions to their loyal customers. These promotions will help travelers get back in the sky, all while helping them earn valuable awards that can help fuel future travel.

We’re expecting airlines to announce more promotions over the summer, and we’ll keep updating this page accordingly. Bookmark this page and check back soon for more promotions.

Feature photo by Scott Varley/Digital First Media/Torrance Daily Breeze via Getty Images

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card

Earn 90,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Offer ends 8/3/2022.

With Status Boost™, earn 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, up to two times per year getting you closer to Medallion Status. Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels, 2X Miles at restaurants and at U.S. supermarkets and earn 1X Mile on all other eligible purchases. Terms Apply.

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More Things to Know
  • Limited Time Offer: Earn 90,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Offer ends 8/3/2022.
  • Earn up to 20,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) with Status Boost® per year. After you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, you can earn 10,000 MQMs up to two times per year, getting you closer to Medallion® Status. MQMs are used to determine Medallion® Status and are different than miles you earn toward flights.
  • Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels.
  • Earn 2X Miles at restaurants worldwide including takeout and delivery in the U.S., and at U.S. supermarkets.
  • Earn 1X Miles on all other eligible purchases.
  • Receive a Domestic Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate each year upon renewal of your Card. Payment of the government imposed taxes and fees of no more than $80 for roundtrip domestic flights (for itineraries with up to four flight segments) is required. Baggage charges and other restrictions apply. See terms and conditions for details.
  • Enjoy your first checked bag free on Delta flights.
  • Fee Credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck® after you apply through any Authorized Enrollment Provider. If approved for Global Entry, at no additional charge, you will receive access to TSA PreCheck.
  • Enjoy an exclusive rate of $39 per person per visit to enter the Delta Sky Club® for you and up to two guests when traveling on a Delta flight.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • $250 Annual Fee.
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