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Miles and Points On Sale — May 12 2022

Ten 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 — May 12 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.

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

  • Choice Privileges
  • World of Hyatt
  • IHG One Rewards
  • Air Canada Aeroplan
  • Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Flying Blue
  • Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
  • American Airlines AAdvantage
  • Copa Airlines ConnectMiles
  • Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards
  • United Airlines MileagePlus

Choice Privileges: Up to 25 Percent Discount

Comfort Inn and Suites
Photograph ©2020 by Brian Cohen.

You only have until Wednesday, May 18, 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 4,000 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 4,000 to 7,000 Choice Privileges Rewards points = 10 percent discount
  • Buy 8,000 to 15,000 Choice Privileges Rewards points = 15 percent discount
  • Buy 16,000 to 180,000 Choice Privileges Rewards points = 25 percent discount

World of Hyatt: 30 Percent Discount

Hyatt Place Ocean City
Photograph ©2021 by Brian Cohen.

Until the end of the day on Monday, May 30, 2022, 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.

IHG One Rewards: 80 Percent Bonus Points

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

You have until the end of the day on Friday, June 10, 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 250,000 IHG Rewards base points for $2,500.00 — not including the bonus points.

Air Canada Aeroplan: Up to 85 Percent Bonus Points

Air Canada Airbus A320 airplane
Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

Until the end of the day on Friday, May 20, 2022, you can purchase a minimum of 5,000 Aeroplan points and receive a bonus of up to 85 percent as follows:

  • Buy or gift 5,000 to 19,000 Aeroplan points = 50 percent bonus
  • Buy or gift 20,000 to 45,000 Aeroplan points = 60 percent bonus
  • Buy or gift 50,000 to 60,000 Aeroplan points = 70 percent bonus
  • Buy or gift a minimum of 70,000 Aeroplan points = 85 percent bonus

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 Sunday, May 15, 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 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 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 Monday, May 23, 2022, 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 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 Friday, May 27, 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

Copa Airlines ConnectMiles: Up to 50 Percent Bonus Miles

Copa Airlines airplane.
Photograph ©2019 by Brian Cohen.

Enjoy a bonus of up to 50 percent on Copa Airlines ConnectMiles with a minimum purchase of 3,000 miles through Friday, May 27, 2022 as follows:

  • Buy or gift 3,000 to 4,000 ConnectMiles = 30 percent bonus ConnectMiles
  • Buy or gift 5,000 to 9,000 ConnectMiles = 40 percent bonus ConnectMiles
  • Buy or gift a minimum of 10,000 ConnectMiles = 50 percent bonus ConnectMiles

Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards: Up to 45 Percent Discount

Southwest Airlines
Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

Until Friday, May 20, 2022, purchase a minimum of 5,000 Rapid Rewards points and receive a discount of up to 45 percent bonus Rapid Rewards points as follows:

  • Buy or gift 5,000 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 85 Percent Bonus Miles

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

Until the end of the day on Friday, May 27, 2022, you can purchase or gift up to a maximum of 94,500 miles and receive a bonus of up to 85 percent as follows:

  • Buy 5,000 to 14,000 MileagePlus miles = 25 percent bonus miles
  • Buy 15,000 to 34,000 MileagePlus miles = 50 percent bonus miles
  • Buy 35,000 to 94,500 MileagePlus miles = 85 percent bonus 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, ©2019, ©2020, and ©2021 by Brian Cohen.


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