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Earn up to 25,000 bonus points for signing up for these loyalty programs

The Points Guy logo The Points Guy 7/19/2021 Benji Stawski
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Editor’s note: This is a recurring post, regularly updated with new bonuses.

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 popular programs such as free flights for new Alaska Mileage Plan members and free nights for new Marriott Bonvoy members.

In fact, Southwest is currently offering Rapid Rewards members 25,000 bonus points — enough for a free round-trip flight — for enrolling their company in the Southwest Business program.

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

Program Promotion End date
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
Emirates Business Rewards 10,000 Business Rewards points when you enroll with register with the code EKBRUNSMEDAY21. Note that you must upload a copy of your trade license (if applicable) to enroll and the points might not post instantly. Join here. July 27, 2021
Qatar Airways Privilege Club Earn up to 7,500 bonus Qmiles and fast-track elite status. You’ll earn 2,500 free Qmiles for signing up by Sept. 30 using the promo code OALSMH121, plus an additional 5,000 Qmiles and 50 Qpoints when taking a paid Qatar Airways flight by Dec. 31, 2021. Join here. Sept. 30, 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 Earn 25,000 bonus points for referring your company to Southwest Business. Your company must either enroll in SWABIZ or set up a managed contract. Refer your company here. Sept. 30, 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:

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Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.


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