6 frequent flier promotions you shouldn’t miss this fall

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Miles and points collectors know a good deal when they see one, but sometimes promotions fly under the radar. Here are six promotions to consider this month that will fatten up your points piggy bank.

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1. Earn up to 125,000 miles with American or British Airways (valid until Jan. 31, 2016). To celebrate the five-year anniversary of the partnership between oneworld members American Airlines, British Airways, Finnair and Iberia, the airlines are offering big bonuses for most tickets between North America and Europe. The bonus miles start at an additional 2,000 for the cheapest roundtrip fares, but skyrocket to 25,000 miles roundtrip for more expensive business and first class tickets. A total of five roundtrips would give high rollers enough miles to redeem for a free business or first class ticket to Europe or beyond. Be sure to register before jetting off.

2. Copa Airlines offering free status matches with upgrades, and up to 150,000 bonus miles.Panama’s Copa Airlines just launched its own frequent flier program after previously using United’s MileagePlus program. To lure new customers, Copa is offering status matches to many elite fliers. This automatically gives qualifying customers elite status with Copa, which offers elites complimentary upgrades on its flights. Higher membership tiers come with Star Alliance Gold status and regional upgrade certificates. Separately, a new promotion awards 1,000 bonus miles for flying to one of Copa’s newest destinations (like New Orleans or San Francisco). Fly to 10 cities, and you can rack up 150,000 bonus miles. Register for the program and promotion on Copa’s website and fly between now and March 31, 2016.

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3. 2x miles with American and Japan Airlines (valid until Dec. 15). Fliers winging their way to Asia with either American or Japan Airlines can earn double miles on first and business class fares. Some economy class fares are also included in the offer, but typically exclude the cheapest tickets. Registration for this offer is key.

4. Double Premier Qualifying Miles for some United fliers (ends Dec. 15).  This deal isn’t for everyone, but it is worth checking to see if you qualify in case you missed the email. United is targeting some fliers with an offer to earn double Premier Qualifying Miles (the miles that help you reach elite status) for flights between now and Dec. 15. Check your eligibility here by entering code TB5M74.

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5. Sign up for a NextIssue app trial for $15 and pocket 2,000 American miles. This iPad app gives you access to dozens of popular magazines like Men’s Health, People, and Time. Sign up for the trial month for $15 and receive 2,000 American Advantage miles after it’s over. You can cancel the NestIssue app trial after one month if you want, and keep your 2,000 miles. Considering Aadvantage miles are commonly valued at about 1.7 to 1.8 cents each, and this offer gives you 2,000 points at well less than a penny each, it’s a very good deal.

6. Buy Alaska Airlines miles and receive up to 40 percent bonus (ends Oct. 6). Buying miles is rarely a good proposition, but Alaska’s deal offering up to a 40 percent bonus on purchased miles can  be worthwhile for some customers. If you buy the maximum number of miles, it would cost $1,182.50 for 56,000 miles. That is more than enough for a one-way business class ticket between North America and Asia on partner Cathay Pacific, which would be way more expensive if you paid in cash.

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