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Miles and Points On Sale — August 5 2022

Nine 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 5 2022

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 articles such as this one — typically whenever a new sale is announced or an old sale expires — so that you can shop for miles and points from different frequent travel loyalty programs conveniently in one spot and compare the sales to what you want or need.

Note that you may get a different offer from some of the frequent travel loyalty programs than what are posted in this article — especially when the offer is touted as a “mystery bonus” or some other vague term.

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

  • Choice Privileges
  • Hilton Honors
  • IHG One Rewards
  • Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Flying Blue
  • Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
  • American Airlines AAdvantage
  • JetBlue Airways TrueBlue
  • Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards
  • United Airlines MileagePlus

Choice Privileges: Up to 25 Percent Discount

Comfort Inn and Suites
Photograph ©2020 by Brian Cohen.

Touted as a “mystery offer” this time around, you only have until Sunday, August 28, 2022 to take advantage of receiving a discount of up to 25 percent on your purchase of Choice Privileges points with a minimum purchase of 8,000 Choice Privileges Rewards points in one transaction — and the maximum amount of points which you can purchase this year is 180,000 points — as follows:

  • Buy 8,000 to 15,000 Choice Privileges Rewards points = 10 percent discount
  • Buy 16,000 to 23,000 Choice Privileges Rewards points = 15 percent discount
  • Buy 24,000 to 23,000 Choice Privileges Rewards points = 25 percent discount

Hilton Honors: 80 Percent Bonus Points — or 100 Percent Bonus Points

Hilton Hotels & Resorts
Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

You can receive a bonus of up to 100 percent on any purchase of a minimum of 5,000 Hilton Honors points — up to a maximum limit of 160,000 Hilton Honors points for $1,600.00, which is $0.005 per point when factoring in the bonus points — but you have until the end of the day on Sunday, September 18, 2022 to take advantage of this offer.

IHG One Rewards: 100 Percent Bonus Points

Candlewood Suites Grand Junction NW
Photograph ©2020 by Brian Cohen.

You have until the end of the day on Monday, August 8, 2022 to take advantage of receiving a bonus of 100 percent on IHG Rewards points with a minimum purchase of 5,000 IHG Rewards base points and up to a maximum limit of 150,000 IHG Rewards base points for $1,500.00 — not including the bonus points.

Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airways Flying Blue: Up to 100 Percent Bonus Miles

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

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, August 18, 2022, you can purchase Flying Blue miles and receive a bonus of up to 100 percent more miles — Flying Blue members who have earned elite status may purchase up to 300,000 miles per transaction before the bonus is added; while other members may purchase a maximum of 100,000 miles — as follows:

  • Buy 4,000 to 10,000 Flying Blue miles = 50 percent bonus Flying Blue miles
  • Buy 12,000 to 21,000 Flying Blue miles = 70 percent bonus Flying Blue miles
  • Buy a minimum of 22,000 Flying Blue miles = 100 percent bonus Flying Blue miles

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan: Up to 60 Percent Bonus Miles

Alaska Airlines Washington National Airport
Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

The regular price for purchasing Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles is $27.50 per 1,000 miles; but until Sunday, August 21, 2022, you can purchase a minimum of 5,000 miles and receive a bonus of up to 60 percent more miles as follows:

  • Buy 5,000 to 19,000 Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles = 40 percent bonus Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles
  • Buy 20,000 to 39,000 Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles = 50 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 35 Percent Discount

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

You can purchase or gift up to a maximum of 150,000 AAdvantage miles in order to receive a discount of up to 35 percent — for a cost of $3,668.44 for 150,000 miles — through the end of the day on Wednesday, August 31, 2022 as follows:

  • Buy or gift 3,000 to 4,000 AAdvantage miles = 10 percent discount
  • Buy or gift 5,000 to 9,000 AAdvantage miles = 15 percent discount
  • Buy or gift 10,000 to 24,000 AAdvantage miles = 20 percent discount
  • Buy or gift 25,000 to 149,000 AAdvantage miles = 25 percent discount
  • Buy or gift 150,000 AAdvantage miles = 35 percent discount

JetBlue Airways TrueBlue: Up to 70 Percent Bonus

JetBlue Airways A318-321 airplane
Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Until the end of the day on Wednesday, August 31, 2022, you can purchase a minimum of 3,000 TrueBlue points and receive a discount of up to 40 percent with JetBlue Airways as follows:

  • Buy 3,000 to 19,500 TrueBlue points = 30 percent bonus
  • Buy 20,000 to 39,000 TrueBlue points = 50 percent bonus
  • Buy 40,000 to 60,000 TrueBlue points = 70 percent bonus

Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards: Up to 45 Percent Discount

Southwest Airlines
Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

Until Saturday, August 20, 2022, purchase a minimum of 3,000 Rapid Rewards points and receive a discount of up to 45 percent bonus Rapid Rewards points as follows:

  • Buy or gift 3,000 to 9,000 Rapid Rewards points = 35 percent discount
  • Buy or gift 10,000 to 14,000 Rapid Rewards points = 40 percent discount
  • Buy or gift a minimum of 15,000 Rapid Rewards points = 45 percent discount

United Airlines MileagePlus: Up to 50 Percent Discount — or 100 Percent Bonus

United Airlines Boeing 777-222(ER) airplane
Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

Until the end of the day on Wednesday, August 17, 2022, you can purchase or gift up to a maximum of 175,000 miles and receive a discount of up to 50 percent as follows:

  • Buy 5,000 to 19,000 MileagePlus miles = 20 percent discount
  • Buy 20,000 to 49,000 MileagePlus miles = 35 percent discount
  • Buy 50,000 to 175,000 MileagePlus miles = 50 percent discount

You might have instead received a bonus offer of 100 MileagePlus 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, ©2015, ©2017, ©2018, ©2019, and ©2020 by Brian Cohen.


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