Earn up to 5,000 free points for signing up for these loyalty programs
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Whether you’re just getting into award travel or already have dozens of different accounts, odds are there are at least a handful of programs you’ve yet to join. If you play your cards right, you can score additional bonuses simply by signing up (and sometimes completing your first qualifying activity). These are separate from any welcome bonuses you might earn with a cobranded airline or hotel credit card.
These bonuses often apply to more obscure, under-the-radar programs. But you never know when one of these travel providers can help you, especially since many of them partner with at least one transferable point program. That said, we’ve seen offers from some more popular programs as well, such as free flights for new Alaska Mileage Plan members and free nights for new Marriott Bonvoy members. Southwest is currently offering new Rapid Rewards members up to 5,000 bonus points — potentially enough for a free flight.
Here’s a look at all current offers, but be sure to check back here often for updated information.
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Current loyalty program sign-up bonuses
|Etihad Guest||500 miles for signing up and flying once. Join here.||No listed date|
|Hilton Honors||2,000 bonus points on your first stay, plus an extra 3,000 bonus points after two stays. Join here.||Dec. 31, 2021|
|IHG Rewards Club||500 bonus points for signing up. Join here.||No listed date|
|Marriott Bonvoy||2,500 bonus points after completing your first stay. Join here.||No listed date|
|Qatar Airways Privilege Club||2,500 Qmiles for signing up, plus 50 bonus Qpoints and 5,000 bonus Qmiles after taking your first flight by June 30, 2021. Join here using promo code OAT3SMQ121.||April 31, 2021|
|Qatar Airways Student Club||Receive a promo code for 10% off your first trip, 15% off your second and 20% off your third. Join here.||Ongoing|
|Southwest Rapid Rewards||Up to 5,000 bonus points — earn 3,000 points after you book and fly two one-way flights (or one round-trip) by May 31, plus an additional 2,000 points when you fly two more one-ways (or a second round-trip) by May 31. Join here.||May 31, 2021|
|TAP Portugal Miles & Go||200 bonus points for signing up. Join here.||Ongoing|
Depending on the bonus, you may be able to stack it with promotions available to existing members. For more deals, see:
- Current hotel promotions with Hilton, Marriott, IHG and more
- All of the buy points and miles promotions worth considering
- Current transfer bonuses
Additional reporting by Carissa Rawson.
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