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Miles and Points On Sale — August 3 2021

Seven frequent travel loyalty programs are offering deals in this edition.

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 3 2021

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.

Offers to purchase miles and points are not usually highlighted in their own articles here at The Gate. Rather, they are compiled in occasional articles such as this one so that you can shop for miles and points from different frequent travel loyalty programs conveniently in one spot.

The frequent travel loyalty programs which are featured in this edition of miles and points on sale are:

  • Choice Privileges Rewards
  • World of Hyatt
  • IHG Rewards
  • Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
  • American Airlines AAdvantage
  • Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards
  • Virgin Atlantic Airways Flying Club

Choice Privileges Rewards: Up to 25 Percent Discount

Comfort Inn and Suites
Photograph ©2020 by Brian Cohen.

You only have until Tuesday, August 31, 2021 to take advantage of receiving a discount of up to 25 percent on your purchase of Choice Privileges Rewards points with a minimum purchase of 4,000 Choice Privileges Rewards points in one transaction — although this is a mystery bonus with which you may get a different offer; and the maximum amount of points which you can purchase this year is 180,000 points, which will cost you $1,336.50 instead of $1,782.00 — as follows:

  • Buy 4,000 to 7,000 Choice Privileges Rewards points = 15 percent bonus Choice Privileges Rewards points
  • Buy 8,000 to 15,000 Choice Privileges Rewards points = 20 percent bonus Choice Privileges Rewards points
  • Buy 16,000 to 180,000 Choice Privileges Rewards points = 25 percent bonus Choice Privileges Rewards points

World of Hyatt: 25 Percent Discount

Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay
Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Until the end of the day on Wednesday, August 25, 2021, you can enjoy a discount of 25 percent on the purchase of a minimum of 5,000 points up to a maximum of 55,000 points — that is, spend $990.00 instead of $1,320.00 to receive a total of 55,000 World of Hyatt points.

IHG Rewards: Up to 75 Percent Bonus Points

Holiday Inn Andorra
Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

You have until the end of the day on Friday, August 13, 2021 to take advantage of receiving a bonus of 75 percent on IHG Rewards points with a minimum purchase of 15,000 IHG Rewards base points and up to a maximum limit of 150,000 IHG Rewards base points for $1,500.00 — not including the 112,500 bonus points.

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan: Up to 60 Percent Bonus Miles

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 Monday, August 23, 2021, you can purchase a minimum of 3,000 miles and receive a bonus of up to 60 percent more miles as follows:

  • Buy 3,000 to 39,000 Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles = 40 percent bonus Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles
  • Buy 40,000 to 100,000 Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles = 60 percent bonus Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles

American Airlines AAdvantage: Up to 75 Percent Bonus Miles

Punta Cana airport American Airlines
Photograph ©2019 by Brian Cohen.

You can purchase or gift up to a maximum of 200,000 miles in order to receive up to a 75 percent bonus of AAdvantage miles — that is a total of 350,000 AAdvantage miles for a cost of $6,450.00 or 1.84 cents per mile, which is not a bad deal — through the end of the day on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 as follows:

  • Buy or gift 10,000 to 24,000 AAdvantage miles = 20 percent bonus
  • Buy or gift 25,000 to 49,000 AAdvantage miles = 30 percent bonus
  • Buy or gift 50,000 to 99,000 AAdvantage miles = 40 percent bonus
  • Buy or gift 100,000 to 149,000 AAdvantage miles = 50 percent bonus
  • Buy or gift 150,000 to 200,000 AAdvantage miles = 75 percent bonus

Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards: Up to 65 Percent Discount

Southwest Airlines
Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

Until Thursday, August 26, 2021, purchase a minimum of 5,000 Rapid Rewards points and receive a bonus of up to 65 percent as follows:

  • Buy 5,000 to 9,000 Rapid Rewards points = 55 percent bonus
  • Buy 10,000 to 14,000 Rapid Rewards points = 60 percent bonus
  • Buy a minimum of 15,000 Rapid Rewards points = 65 percent bonus

Virgin Atlantic Airways Flying Club: Up to 70 Percent Bonus Miles

Virgin Atlantic Airways
Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

You can receive a bonus of up to 70 percent on Flying Club miles through Saturday, August 14, 2021 at midnight Greenwich Mean Time when you purchase a minimum of 5,000 Virgin Atlantic Airways Flying Club miles — although this is a mystery bonus with which you may get a different offer — as follows:

  • Buy 5,000 to 24,000 Flying Club miles = 20 percent bonus Flying Club miles
  • Buy 25,000 to 69,000 Flying Club miles = 30 percent bonus Flying Club miles
  • Buy 70,000 to 99,000 Flying Club miles = 50 percent bonus Flying Club miles
  • Buy 100,000 to 150,000 Flying Club miles = 70 percent bonus Flying Club miles

Final Boarding Call

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.

All photographs ©2012, ©2013, ©2015, ©2018, ©2019, and ©2020 by Brian Cohen.


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