Miles and Points On Sale — August 16 2020
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 — August 16 2020
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.
The frequent travel loyalty programs which are featured in this edition of miles and points on sale are:
- Choice Privilege Awards
- Hilton Honors
- Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
- Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Flying Blue
- American Airlines AAdvantage
- Emirates Airline Skywards
- Qatar Airways Privilege Plus
- Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards
- United Airlines MileagePlus
Choice Privileges Rewards: 25 Percent Discount
You only have until Sunday, August 16, 2020 to take advantage of receiving a discount of 25 percent on your purchase of Choice Privileges Rewards points with a minimum purchase of 3,000 Choice Privileges Rewards points in one transaction.
Hilton Honors: 100 Percent Bonus Points
You can receive a bonus of 100 percent on any purchase of a minimum of 5,000 Hilton Honors points — up to a maximum limit of 80,000 Hilton Honors points for $800.00, which is $0.005 per point when factoring in the bonus points — but you only have until Sunday, September 20, 2020 to take advantage of this offer.
Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan: Up to 60 Percent Bonus Miles
The regular price for purchasing Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles is $27.50 per 1,000 miles; but until Wednesday, August 26, 2020, you can purchase a minimum of 3,000 miles and receive a bonus of up to 50 percent more miles — if you purchase at least 30,000 miles, you will unlock access to an offer through which you can earn a bonus of up to 60 percent on your next miles purchase between Monday, October 5, 2020 and Saturday, October 31, 2020 — as follows:
- Buy 3,000 to 29,000 Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles = 40 percent discount
- Buy 30,000 to 100,000 Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles = 50 percent discount
Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airways Flying Blue: Up to 100 Percent Bonus Miles
Sharing the Flying Blue frequent flier loyalty program are Air France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Transavia, Aircalin, Kenya Airways, and TAROM — plus, you can redeem Flying Blue miles for flights operated by many partner airlines. Until Thursday, December 31, 2020, you can purchase a minimum of 2,000 Flying Blue miles and receive a bonus of up to 100 percent more miles as follows:
- Buy 2,000 to 10,000 Flying Blue miles = 50 percent bonus Flying Blue miles
- Buy 12,000 to 28,000 Flying Blue miles = 75 percent bonus Flying Blue miles
- Buy 30,000 Flying Blue miles = 100 percent bonus Flying Blue miles
American Airlines AAdvantage: Up to 100 Percent Bonus Miles
You can purchase or gift up to a maximum of 150,000 miles in order to receive up to 100 percent bonus miles — that is a total of 300,000 AAdvantage miles for a cost of $5,513.68 or slightly greater than 1.8 cents per mile — through Monday, August 31, 2020 as follows:
- Buy 15,000 to 75,000 AAdvantage miles = 50 percent bonus AAdvantage miles
- Buy 76,000 to 124,000 AAdvantage miles = 75 percent bonus AAdvantage miles
- Buy 150,000 AAdvantage miles = 100 percent bonus AAdvantage miles
Emirates Airline Skywards: Up to 35 Percent Discount
You can save 35 percent on the purchase or gifting of a minimum of 5,000 Emirates Skywards miles through Tuesday, August 18, 2020 — or you can save up to 25 percent on the purchase or gifting of a minimum of 5,000 Emirates Skywards miles between Wednesday, August 19, 2020 and Sunday, August 30, 2020 as follows:
- Buy or gift 5,000 to 24,000 Skywards miles = 15 percent discount
- Buy or gift 25,000 to 49,000 Skywards miles = 20 percent discount
- Buy or gift a minimum of 50,000 Skywards miles = 25 percent discount
Qatar Airways Privilege Club: Up to 60 Percent Bonus
You can buy, gift, or transfer Qatar Airways Privilege Club miles and earn a bonus of up to 60 percent in the process when your transaction is completed by Tuesday, September 1, 2020 as follows:
- Buy 1,000 to 10,999 Privilege Club miles = 30 percent bonus Privilege Club miles
- Buy 11,000 to 30,999 Privilege Club miles = 45 percent bonus Privilege Club miles
- Buy a minimum of 31,000 Privilege Club miles = 60 percent bonus Privilege Club miles
Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards: Save 40 Percent
Until Wednesday, August 26, 2020, you can save 40 percent when you purchase a minimum of 3,000 Rapid Rewards points.
United Airlines MileagePlus: Up to 100 Percent Bonus Miles
Until the end of the day Thursday, August 27, 2020, you can purchase up to a maximum of 94,000 miles and receive a bonus of MileagePlus miles — but this is one of those “mystery offers” through which you “unlock” in order to earn a bonus of up to 100 percent when you purchase miles; and with my offer, I can only earn up to 85 percent bonus MileagePlus miles as follows:
- Buy 5,000 to 14,000 MileagePlus miles = 30 percent bonus MileagePlus miles
- Buy 15,000 to 29,000 MileagePlus miles = 50 percent bonus MileagePlus miles
- Buy 30,000 to 94,000 MileagePlus miles = 85 percent bonus MileagePlus miles
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…
…and until the next edition of this article is written, please keep checking back to this article, as more offers of purchasing miles or points on sale may be added.
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