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Miles and Points On Sale — July 16 2021

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 — July 16 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
  • IHG Rewards
  • American Airlines AAdvantage
  • Emirates Airline Skywards
  • United Airlines MileagePlus
  • 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

IHG Rewards: Up to 75 Percent Bonus Points

Hotel Indigo Atlanta Midtown
Photograph ©2017 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.

American Airlines AAdvantage: Up to 60 Percent Bonus Miles

American Airlines
Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

You can purchase or gift up to a maximum of 150,000 miles in order to receive up to a 60 percent bonus of AAdvantage miles — that is a total of 240,000 AAdvantage miles for a cost of $4,837.50 or 2.016 cents per mile, which is not all that good of a deal — through the end of the day on Saturday, July 31, 2021 as follows:

  • Buy or gift 5,000 to 24,000 AAdvantage miles = 10 percent bonus
  • Buy or gift 25,000 to 49,000 AAdvantage miles = 20 percent bonus
  • Buy or gift 50,000 to 99,000 AAdvantage miles = 30 percent bonus
  • Buy or gift 100,000 to 124,000 AAdvantage miles = 40 percent bonus
  • Buy or gift 125,000 to 149,000 AAdvantage miles = 50 percent bonus
  • Buy or gift 150,000 to 150,000 AAdvantage miles = 60 percent bonus

Emirates Airline Skywards: Up to 45 Percent Bonus

Emirates Airline Airbus A380
Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

You can receive a bonus of up to 45 percent on the purchase of a minimum of 5,000 Emirates Skywards miles through tomorrow, Saturday, July 17, 2021 at 3:59 in the afternoon Eastern Daylight Time.

United Airlines MileagePlus: Up to 85 Percent Bonus Miles

United Airlines
Photograph ©2016 by Brian Cohen.

Until the end of the day on Friday, July 23, 2021, you can purchase or gift up to a maximum of 94,000 miles and receive a bonus of up to 85 percent more MileagePlus miles — although this is a mystery bonus with which you may get a different offer — as follows:

  • Buy 3,000 to 14,000 MileagePlus miles = 30 percent bonus MileagePlus miles
  • Buy 15,000 to 34,000 MileagePlus miles = 50 percent bonus MileagePlus miles
  • Buy 35,000 to 94,000 MileagePlus miles = 85 percent 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 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

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…

…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, ©2017, ©2018, and ©2020 by Brian Cohen.


 

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