Get Up to 7,500 Miles or a Free Night Through New Member Bonuses

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New member bonuses are a great way to get a free night or bonus miles when signing up for airline and hotel programs. Here's a round-up of some of the hotel and airline membership programs currently giving bonuses for new members.

Hilton Honors New Member Bonus

New Hilton members can earn 5,000 bonus points after you join the program and completing your first two stays within 6 months of enrollment.

Key Terms

  • This offer is only open to new members of the Hilton Honors program.
  • You must enroll by December 31, 2020.
  • Receive 2,000 bonus points after completing your first stay.
  • Receive a further 3,000 bonus points after completing your second stay.
  • To be eligible for the offer the stays must be completed within 6 months of your enrollment date.
  • A “stay” is defined as a consecutive number of nights at the same property regardless of check-in/check-out activity.

One thing to note with the Hilton promotion is that you need to complete your stays within 6 months of enrolling. Make sure to plan your stays and enrollment in advance to ensure you hit the offer's six-month window.

Another way of boosting your Hilton Honors account balance is by getting a new Hilton Honors credit card.

Marriott Bonvoy New Member Bonus

The Marriott new member bonus is far more generous than Hilton. You can earn a free night worth up to 25,000 points after completing two qualifying stays. You also have a full year to redeem your free night. If you're not a member of Marriott Bonvoy, now's a great time to join!

Key Terms

  • You need to join Marriott Bonvoy as a new member.
  • Complete two stays before December 29, 2020.
  • Earn a free night certificate for any property up to 25,000 points. That's enough for a category 4 property at standard pricing.
  • A “stay” is defined as consecutive nights spent at the same hotel, regardless of check-in/check-out activity. Must book a points-earning rate to qualify.
  • Marriott will automatically deposit the free night certificate into your account upon completing the second stay.
  • You must redeem the award within one year from the date of issue.

IHG Rewards New Member Bonus

IHG is the latest hotel program to offer new members a chance to earn a free night. By signing up and staying twice, you'll earn a free night costing 40,000 points or less.

Key Terms

  • You need to enroll in IHG Rewards as a new member by September 30, 2020.
  • Complete two qualified stays at IHG brand hotels in the U.S. between July 30, 2020 and January 31, 2021
  • To be a qualifying stay, total spend must exceed $30 per night
  • Earn a free night certificate for any property up to 40,000 points
  • The free night is valid until April 30, 2021
  • The free night will be deposited into the member’s account 2-4 weeks after completing two qualifying stays
  • IHG® Army Hotels, Mr. & Mrs. Smith properties, and Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas are excluded from this Offer

Qatar Airways New Member Bonus

The Qatar Airways Privilege Club also has a bonus for new members. If you sign up by September 30, you can earn up to 7,500 Qmiles and 50 Qpoints. That's 2,500 Qmiles just for signing up. Then, travel by December 10th, 2020 to receive another 5,000 Qmiles plus 50 Qpoints.

Key Terms

  • Sign up as a new member by September 30, 2020.
  • You must use the promo code JOIN2020 at the time of sign-up to get this offer.
  • You will earn 5,000 Qmiles and 50 Qpoints within 15 days of your first flight with Qatar Airways.
  • Make sure to use your Privilege Club number when you're booking.
  • Offer only valid on flights operated and marketed by Qatar Airways.
  • Travel with Award tickets is not eligible for bonus Qmiles and Qpoints.
  • You can't sign up again if you already have an existing account.

The 50 Qpoints will get you a third of the way to Qatar's Silver elite tier — which comes with the following benefits (in addition to Burgundy tier benefits):

  • Priority check-in and boarding
  • Preferred seats
  • Excess baggage allowance
  • Lounge access
  • Oneworld Ruby elite status

Final Thoughts

If you're not already a member of these programs, now is a great time to join and get the bonus miles/points or even a free night. It's always good to check for sign-up bonuses like these when signing up for a new mileage/point account. Some of the rewards can be great, such as the Qatar bonus for joining without having to do anything else.

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  • downmarket = good for consumers. Every little bit helps!

  • Question: Who in the right mind is traveling these days and staying in hotels

  • This is good for those with no existing accounts and have plans for travel in the next few months. I just wish that the pandemic is not still ever present with us.

  • It would be great to see Hilton step up to Marriott’s level on this. 5,000 Hilton points are a drop in the bucket towards a free night, even at their cheapest properties.

  • Ryan Hanna says:

    Will have to take Hilton up on that offer, maybe take a weekend getaway!

  • Im a manner of all these programs except Qatar. I guess it’s a good time to join. Normally I would expect any bonus on joining a frequent traveler program so I can’t complain, even if I never use it.

    • Exactly! The Qatar miles won’t expire until the end of 2023 so it’s worth grabbing the free miles now.

  • This is not a great time to fly but it is a great time to obtain the Qatar bonus for joining without having to do anything else.

  • The airline bonuses are not particularly attractive. Hopefully, more enticing offers will appear soon.

  • I am not sure that the offer from Qatar will win it any businesses and customers.

  • I will be register a new member of Marriott Bonvoy Plan, just need have two stay at Marriott hotel, they have some of chip hotels but i can use free stay at a 25000 points hotels which is Cat4 level. It’s much more valuable than Hilton Honors plan .

  • The link says 8,000 bonus points, but the math adds up to 5,000 bonus points for the Hilton promotion. I followed the link and it confirms 5,000. Is there a hidden promotion to get the extra 3,000 (to add up to 8,000) points or is it a typo?

  • I am currently a member of Hilton, IHG and Marriott reward programmes.
    For the programme of Qatar I don’t find it much interesting (at least from my point of view) and so the bonus miles would be useless for me.
    Why they don’t do these kind of promos also for customers who have not stayed in the hotels of the chain or traveled with the airlines in the previous year? I understand that for the airlines would be more difficult because a person can use an airline and earn the miles in a partner programme.

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