Miles and Points On Sale — May 17 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 — May 17 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
- Marriott Bonvoy
- Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Flying Blue
- Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
- American Airlines AAdvantage
- Emirates Airline Skywards
- Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards
- United Airlines MileagePlus
Choice Privileges Rewards: 25 Percent Discount
You only have until Thursday, May 20, 2021 to take advantage of receiving a discount of 25 percent on your purchase of Choice Privileges Rewards points with a minimum purchase of 4,000 Choice Privileges Rewards points in one transaction — but 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.
Marriott Bonvoy: 30 Percent Discount
You can buy a minimum of 2,000 Marriott Bonvoy points — up to a maximum total of 100,000 points — and get a bonus of 30 percent more points through Sunday, June 20, 2021. That means your final cost is $8.75 per 1,000 points. Marriott Bonvoy points typically cost $12.50 per 1,000 points.
Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airways Flying Blue: 100 Percent Bonus Miles
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 30, 2021, you can purchase Flying Blue miles and receive a bonus of 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.
Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan: Up to 60 Percent Bonus Miles
The regular price for purchasing Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles is $27.50 per 1,000 miles; but until Saturday, May 22, 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: Earn Up to 50 Bonus Miles
You can purchase or gift up to a maximum of 150,000 miles in order to receive up to 50 percent bonus on AAdvantage miles — that is a total of 225,000 AAdvantage miles for a cost of $4,837.50 or 2.15 cents per mile, which is not that great of a deal — through the end of the day on Monday, May 31, 2021 as follows:
- Buy or gift 15,000 to 24,000 AAdvantage miles = 10 percent bonus AAdvantage miles
- Buy or gift 25,000 to 49,000 AAdvantage miles = 20 percent bonus AAdvantage miles
- Buy or gift 50,000 to 99,000 AAdvantage miles = 25 percent bonus AAdvantage miles
- Buy or gift 100,000 to 124,000 AAdvantage miles = 30 percent bonus AAdvantage miles
- Buy or gift 125,000 to 149,000 AAdvantage miles = 40 percent bonus AAdvantage miles
- Buy or gift 150,000 to 150,000 AAdvantage miles = 50 percent bonus AAdvantage miles
Emirates Airline Skywards: Earn Up to 45 Percent Bonus
You can receive a bonus of up to 45 percent on the purchase or gifting of a minimum of 5,000 Emirates Skywards miles through Friday, May 21, 2021 at 3:59 in the afternoon Eastern Daylight Time.
Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards: Up to 75 Percent Bonus Points
Until Friday, May 28, 2021, purchase a minimum of 5,000 Rapid Rewards points — up to a maximum of 60,000 Rapid Rewards points in a transaction per day — and receive a bonus of up to 75 percent as follows:
- Buy 3,000 to 9,000 Rapid Rewards points = 65 percent bonus Rapid Rewards points
- Buy 10,000 to 14,000 Rapid Rewards points = 70 percent bonus Rapid Rewards points
- Buy 15,000 to 60,000 Rapid Rewards points = 75 percent bonus Rapid Rewards points
United Airlines MileagePlus: Up to 75 Percent Bonus Miles
Until the end of the day on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, you can purchase up to a maximum of 100,000 miles and receive a bonus of up to 75 percent more MileagePlus miles 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 100,000 MileagePlus miles = 75 percent bonus MileagePlus miles
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.
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