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Miles and Points On Sale — May 6 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 6 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:

  • Hilton Honors
  • Wyndham Rewards
  • Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
  • American Airlines AAdvantage
  • Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards
  • United Airlines MileagePlus

Hilton Honors: 100 Percent Bonus Points

Hilton logo
Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

You can receive a bonus of 100 percent on any purchase of a minimum of 10,000 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 Tuesday, May 11, 2021 to take advantage of this offer.

Wyndham Rewards: 25 Percent Discount

Wyndham
Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

You can buy a minimum of 3,000 Wyndham Rewards points — up to a maximum total of 45,000 points in one calendar year — and get a discount of 25 percent on your purchase through tomorrow, Friday, May 7, 2021.

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan: Up to 60 Percent Bonus Miles

Alaska Airlines
Photograph ©2013 by Brian Cohen.

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

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 50 percent discount 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

Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards: Up to 75 Percent Bonus Points

Southwest Airlines
Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

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: 40 Percent Discount

United Airlines
Photograph ©2016 by Brian Cohen.

Until the end of the day on Monday, May 10, 2021, you can purchase or gift up to a maximum of 175,000 miles and enjoy a discount of 40 percent on MileagePlus miles as part of the celebration of 40 years of the MileagePlus frequent flier loyalty program — that 175,000 miles will cost you $3,675.00 instead of $6,125.00 — and the best part is that you only need to purchase or gift a minimum of 1,000 MileagePlus 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, ©2015, ©2017, ©2018, and ©2020 by Brian Cohen.


 

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