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Copa, the Panamanian Star Alliance carrier, has long been part of United’s MileagePlus program. That relationship will end June 30, and Copa ConnectMiles will launch on July 1, 2015. Copa has released two award charts in anticipation, which I broke down in Copa ConnectMiles, New Star Alliance Program and Award Chart Announced. What are the Sweet Spots?

To get members for its new program, Copa is offering an incredible sign up bonus: sign up for the ConnectMiles by June 30 and get 4,000 free miles.

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My Experience

I enrolled here.

When I signed into my account, I had 1,000 miles and a chance to earn 1,000 more twice.
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When I finished the information forms, I had 3,000 miles in five minutes. Hopefully another 1,000 points in the next month or two.Screen Shot 2015-06-11 at 3.21.19 PM

Why Do You Want 4,000 Copa Miles?

If these are the only Copa miles you ever earn, they are worthless.

But I imagine that Copa will partner with Chase, Citi, AMEX, or SPG at some point to allow point transfers. Or maybe they’ll sell miles cheaply like LifeMiles and US Airways have. Somehow I’ll get more Copa miles in the future and redeem them on a solid award chart, with no fuel surcharges, to take advantage of great Star Alliance award space worldwide.

I expect I’ll get $60 of value from these 4,000 miles that I got in five minutes of work. Maybe I won’t, and I’ll have lost five minutes. It’s worth the gamble for me.

Enroll here

 

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