Got this email from cryptic:

Buddy Keys Now Available

Have a friend interested in Star Trek Online? Maybe he or she saw you vanquishing a Borg cube and was interested in more? Now, with the Star Trek Online Buddy Key, you can invite them along on your adventures, unrestricted, for five whole days.

Here's how it works:

1. Visit the Star Trek Online Buddy Key claim center to claim your key.
2. Click "Claim My Buddy Key."
3. You'll be redirected to your account page. In the upper-right corner, you'll see a section labeled "Unused Keys." Your Buddy Key will appear there!
4. Send your friend the Buddy Key, as well as a link to the Star Trek Online key registration page. (To claim the Key, your friend will need to create a Cryptic account if he or she hasn't yet.)
5. Your friend is ready to enjoy Star Trek Online. He or she can download the client at our download page.

After five days, your buddy will need to purchase a retail copy of Star Trek Online (and apply a retail key to his or her account) to continue playing.

Thanks again for your continued support, and we can't wait to see you and your buddy in game!

- The Star Trek Online Team