Aeroplan is offering 100 miles if you sign up to receive text messages from them before September 15, 2014:
Aeroplan Text Messages are attuned to your needs. Keep your finger on the pulse of promotions and quickly earn more miles.
Here is what you can expect from the Aeroplan Text Message Service
– No more than 2 or 3 text messages per month.
– Up-to-the-minute opportunities to earn more miles.
– Program news and information.
As part of this limited-time offer, subscribe before September 15 to get
a BONUS OF 100 MILES* and a CHANCE TO WIN 50,000 MILES.
In order to qualify, members must subscribe and confirm that they want to receive text messages by responding to the text with short code 27767. The one time 100 mile bonus should post 3-4 weeks after the qualifying activity has been completed, and you must stay subscribed at least until the bonus miles post.
100 miles obviously isn’t all that much, though the nice thing about these opportunities to generate a few miles is that they’re a good way to extend the expiration date of miles. Aeroplan miles expire after one year of inactivity, so this is a great way to keep an account active. Until last year Aeroplan miles actually expired after seven years regardless of activity, so it’s nice that they finally changed that rule.
Aeroplan isn’t my favorite frequent program anymore (though it used to be), but nowadays is one of the best ways to book Lufthansa first class given that Avianca LifeMiles is blocking Lufthansa first class award space and United MileagePlus devalued their award chart. If you’re a frequent Starwood guest, Aeroplan usually has a promotion in the fall whereby they offer bonus Aeroplan miles for Starwood stays, so that’s an easy way to pick up an extra 9,000 Aeroplan miles per year (at least the past two years).
(Tip of the hat to Gary)