There are several promotions currently available to earn up to 1,000 free miles or points with different loyalty programs. While I’m not normally eager to chase down small numbers of miles (a bit like picking up pennies), their value is more attractive in the larger context of keeping account balances active so that miles don’t expire.
I can tell you personally that I have let some miles expire already this year. That wouldn’t have happened if I were more serious about taking advantage of these free miles on a regular basis. Even better, use these deals to sign up your friends and family to keep their miles from expiring, since they probably travel less than you.
From Doctor of Credit (and offsider on /r/churning) you can get 1,000 free points from IHG Rewards on your birthday. there’s no expiration date associated with this deal, although you may not be able to take advantage of it right now. I can so I will be sure to make sure my birthday is in my account profile. 😉 IHG points are some of the least valuable, but they have so many hotels that I always like to keep some on hand.
From Frequent Flyer Bonuses (a website everyone should follow), you can also get 1,000 free Aeroplan miles if you’re a new enrollee in the Fairmont President’s Club. Aeroplan is significantly more attractive than IHG, and I’ve used it several times to book business or first class awards on Star Alliance partners — usually because I had Membership Rewards points in abundance and didn’t want to use my Ultimate Rewards points. Fairmont is a small-enough chain that there’s a good chance you haven’t enrolled and are still eligible for this offer. Sign up by November 15.
Finally, MileValue shared tips on emails from Virgin America earlier this month to promote the associated Virgin Hotels chain as well as a new Virgin “Sport” …whatever that is. Sign up to get emails from both companies and you can earn 500 Virgin America Elevate points for each offer. Those 1,000 points are worth at least $20 in free travel, but I will personally wait until they can be converted to Alaska Airlines miles. Sign up by September 30.