Miles and Points On Sale — April 2019

Sometimes you need an infusion of miles or points to your membership account for whatever reason — perhaps to have enough to redeem for a limited time award as one example — and the best time to purchase miles or points is when they are on sale.

Miles and Points On Sale — April 2019

A sale may be a discount on the price required to purchase miles or points — or perhaps the frequent travel loyalty program from whom you are buying the miles or points will match your purchase up to 100 percent, which is another way of reducing the cost of miles or points.

For this edition of miles and points on sale, the Choice Privileges, Marriott Bonvoy and Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan frequent travel loyalty programs are featured.

Choice Privileges

Comfort Suites Texarkana Choice Hotels

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

The regular price for purchasing Choice Privileges points is $11.00 per 1,000 points; but until Monday, April 22, 2019, you can purchase up to a maximum of 50,000 points and receive a bonus of up to 50 percent as follows:

  • Buy 5,000 to 9,000 points = 20 percent bonus = $9.17 per 1,000 points
  • Buy 10,000 to 19,000 points = 30 percent bonus = $8.46 per 1,000 points
  • Buy 20,000 to 29,000 points = 40 percent bonus = $7.86 per 1,000 points
  • Buy 30,000 to 50,000 points = 50 percent bonus = $7.33 per 1,000 points

Marriott Bonvoy

Marriott Warsaw

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

Prior to the integration of the Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards frequent guest loyalty programs into what is now known as Marriott Bonvoy, Starwood Preferred Guest sold points and Marriott Rewards did not…

…so for the first time since that aforementioned integration, Marriott Bonvoy points are now on sale at a discount of 25 percent off of the regular price — but you must purchase between a minimum of 5,000 points and a maximum of 50,000 points in order to qualify for the discount. A purchase of 50,000 points will cost you a total of $468.75 after the discount of 25 percent is applied and calculates to 0.9375 cents per point.

Purchase fewer than 5,000 points and you do not qualify for the discount of 25 percent. Instead, you will pay the regular price of $12.50 per 1,000 Marriott Bonvoy points — or 1.25 cents per point — which includes tax.

This offer expires on Wednesday, May 15, 2019.

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan

Alaska Airlines

Photograph ©2013 by Brian Cohen.

The regular price for purchasing Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles is $27.50 per 1,000 miles; but until Sunday, May 19, 2019, you can purchase up to a maximum of 60,000 points and receive a bonus of up to 50 percent as follows, before taxes:

  • Buy 10,000 to 19,000 Mileage Plan miles = 20 percent bonus = $24.60 per 1,000 miles
  • Buy 20,000 to 39,000 Mileage Plan miles = 35 percent bonus = $21.90 per 1,000 miles
  • Buy 40,000 to 60,000 Mileage Plan miles = 50 percent bonus = $19.71 per 1,000 miles

Summary

Remember that each frequent travel loyalty program has partners through which you can redeem miles or points; so you are not confined just to the product offered by an airline or lodging company.

Also be sure to read the terms and conditions of each other. Typically, all sales are final: once you have purchased your miles or points through these sales, you cannot return your points; and your money cannot be refunded.

I am not an advocate of purchasing miles or points; but I have done so on rare occasions — and if you need to do so from the aforementioned frequent travel loyalty programs, now is the right time.

If this article is missing any offers of purchasing miles or points on sale, please let me know in the Comments section below. Thank you in advance.

All photographs ©2012, ©2013 and ©2017 by Brian Cohen.


 

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