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Miles and Points On Sale — December 8 2021

Eight 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 — December 8 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 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.

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

  • World of Hyatt
  • Marriott Bonvoy
  • Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Flying Blue
  • Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
  • American Airlines AAdvantage
  • Qatar Airways Privilege Club
  • United Airlines MileagePlus
  • Virgin Atlantic Airways Flying Club

World of Hyatt: 30 Percent Discount

Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay
Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Until the end of the day on Thursday, December 30, 2021, you can enjoy a discount of 30 percent on the purchase of a minimum of 5,000 World of Hyatt points up to a maximum of 55,000 points — that is, spend $924.00 instead of $1,320.00 to receive a total of 55,000 World of Hyatt points.

Marriott Bonvoy: 45 Percent Bonus Points

Marriott Cairo
Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

You can buy or gift a minimum of 2,000 Marriott Bonvoy points — up to a maximum total of 100,000 points — and get bonus of 45 percent more points through today, Wednesday, December 8, 2021. Marriott Bonvoy credit card holders will have an extra week to purchase points through Wednesday, December 15, 2021. Points may be purchased in increments of 1,000 up to 50,000 or in increments of 5,000 up to 100,000. Bonus points are not included in the annual maximum purchase amount. Purchased points do not count towards Marriott Bonvoy elite status. Points purchased will be processed into your Marriott Bonvoy membership account within 72 hours after the transaction is complete. Members globally who purchase points with a China UnionPay credit card — starting with digits 62 — can get a discount of ten percent on purchases of a minimum of 2,000 Marriott Bonvoy 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, December 23, 2021, 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 22,000 Flying Blue miles = 70 percent bonus Flying Blue miles
  • Buy a minimum of 24,000 Flying Blue miles = 100 percent bonus Flying Blue miles

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan: Up to 50 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 Thursday, December 23, 2021, you can purchase a minimum of 3,000 miles and receive a bonus of up to 50 percent more miles as follows:

  • Buy 3,000 to 9,000 Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles = 30 percent bonus Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles
  • Buy 10,000 to 29,000 Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles = 40 percent bonus Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles
  • Buy 30,000 to 100,000 Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles = 50 percent bonus Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles

American Airlines AAdvantage: Up to 50 Percent Bonus Miles

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 up to 50 percent bonus miles — that is a total of 225,000 AAdvantage miles for a cost of $4,837.50 when including the bonus miles — through the end of the day on Friday, December 31, 2021 as follows:

  • Buy or gift 5,000 to 9,000 AAdvantage miles = 5 bonus miles
  • Buy or gift 10,000 to 24,000 AAdvantage miles = 10 bonus miles
  • Buy or gift 25,000 to 49,000 AAdvantage miles = 15 bonus miles
  • Buy or gift 50,000 to 64,000 AAdvantage miles = 20 bonus miles
  • Buy or gift 65,000 to 79,000 AAdvantage miles = 25 bonus miles
  • Buy or gift 80,000 to 89,000 AAdvantage miles = 30 bonus miles
  • Buy or gift 90,000 to 99,000 AAdvantage miles = 40 bonus miles
  • Buy or gift 100,000 to 150,000 AAdvantage miles = 50 bonus miles

Qatar Airways Privilege Club: Up to 40 Percent Bonus Qmiles

Qatar Airways
Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

You can buy or gift up to 250,000 Qatar Airways Privilege Club miles and get up to a bonus of up to 40 percent Qmiles when your transaction is completed by tomorrow, Thursday, December 9, 2021 at 11:59 in the evening Arabian Standard Time or 3:59 in the afternoon Eastern Daylight Time. The bonus is reduced to 30 percent when you purchase or gift Qmiles between Friday, December 10, 2021 and Friday, December 24, 2021.

United Airlines MileagePlus: Up to 70 Percent Bonus Miles

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

Until the end of the day on Friday, December 23, 2021, you can purchase or gift up to a maximum of 102,000 miles and receive a bonus of up to 70 percent — although this is a reportedly a mystery bonus with which you may get a different offer — as follows:

  • Buy 3,000 to 14,000 MileagePlus miles = 25 bonus MileagePlus miles
  • Buy 15,000 to 34,000 MileagePlus miles = 50 bonus MileagePlus miles
  • Buy 35,000 to 102,000 MileagePlus miles = 70 bonus MileagePlus miles

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 60 percent on Flying Club miles — or a bonus of up to 70 percent if you have earned Gold elite status — through Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at midnight Greenwich Mean Time when you purchase a minimum of 5,000 Virgin Atlantic Airways Flying Club miles as follows:

  • Buy 5,000 to 24,000 Flying Club miles = 15 percent bonus Flying Club miles
  • Buy 25,000 to 69,000 Flying Club miles = 20 percent bonus Flying Club miles
  • Buy 70,000 to 119,000 Flying Club miles = 40 percent bonus Flying Club miles
  • Buy 120,000 to 200,000 Flying Club miles = 6h0 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, ©2015, ©2017, ©2018, and ©2019 by Brian Cohen.


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