When I was new to miles and points, one of the biggest deals was signing up for and switching long distance carriers. Then there were big mileage offers for cell phone service. Those dried up a bit with number portability, when a company acquired a customer the customer wasn’t really locked in past the end of their contract the way they had been so it wasn’t worth spending as much to acquire a customer.
A dozen years ago I earned 10,000 miles for signing up for Sprint service, Sprint had a cell tower on top of the building next to my office and I got a great signal even in the parking garage.
I haven’t been a Sprint customer, though, since they merged with Nextel and were promoting using your phone as a walkie talkie (which I guess is still a thing).
- 20,000 AAdvantage miles for new Sprint customers, deposited in 8-10 weeks
- Both new and existing customers earn 5004 miles a year for staying Sprint customers, deposited as 417 miles per month.
You can earn rewards with AT&T service, too, of course — a mere 1% rebate via Plenti. But this is more valuable. It’s good for new and for existing customers.
And by taking advantage of this offer, you give up:
- The next best signup offer. For instance, ebates currently offers a $187.50 rebate for new customers.
- Service discounts. Many companies and associations have discounts you can take advantage of shaving several percent off your monthly bill.
So this is best for folks who would otherwise be paying regular price. And of course Sprint has to work for you to take advantage of it, and I don’t think I’d choose a mobile carrier on the basis of miles rather than price or service. But it’s good to see more options for more rewards, especially since there had been a relative drought in this space for quite some time.
Terms and conditions:
Sprint Offer for AAdvantage® members: Offer ends 12/31/16.
Active AAdvantage® members can earn up to 25,000 AAdvantage® miles.
20,000 New Sprint Customer Offer: Receive one 20,000 miles award for a new Sprint customer account with 1 new–line activation. Line must remain active for 30 days to earn miles award.
Up to 5,000 Loyalty Miles: New and existing accounts participating in the AAdvantage® Program are eligible to earn monthly loyalty miles up to 5,000 per acct./yr. Account must have 1 active line and remain in good standing to earn miles. Miles Details: All miles are awarded at account level only. Miles cannot be divided between accounts or lines of service. Account holder name and AAdvantage® member number must match to earn miles award. Allow 8–10 weeks for miles to be deposited to your AAdvantage® account. See sprint.com/AAdvantage for details.
Exclusions: Offer excludes SDP and CL accounts, activations from other national retailers, upgrades, replacements and new line activations from Sprint entities or providers associated with Sprint (i.e. Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, Sprint Prepaid and Assurance). May not be combinable with other offers. Offer, terms, restrictions, and options subject to change and may be modified, discontinued, or terminated at any time without notice.