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Miles and Points On Sale — October 5 2021

Nine 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 — October 5 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
  • World of Hyatt
  • IHG Rewards
  • Air Canada Aeroplan
  • Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
  • American Airlines AAdvantage
  • Caribbean Airlines Caribbean Miles
  • Copa Airlines ConnectMiles
  • United Airlines MileagePlus

Choice Privileges Rewards: Up to 35 Percent Bonus Points

Comfort Inn and Suites
Photograph ©2020 by Brian Cohen.

You only have until Friday, October 8, 2021 to take advantage of receiving a bonus of up to 35 percent on your purchase of Choice Privileges Rewards 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, which will cost you $1,962.00 for a total of 243,000 points — as follows:

  • Buy 4,000 to 11,000 Choice Privileges Rewards points = 20 percent bonus Choice Privileges Rewards points
  • Buy 12,000 to 19,000 Choice Privileges Rewards points = 25 percent bonus Choice Privileges Rewards points
  • Buy 20,000 to 250,000 Choice Privileges Rewards points = 35 percent bonus Choice Privileges Rewards points

World of Hyatt: 30 Percent Bonus Points

Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay
Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Until the end of the day on Sunday, October 31, 2021, you can enjoy a bonus of 30 percent more World of Hyatt points on the purchase of a minimum of 3,000 points up to a maximum of 55,000 points — that is, spend $1,320.00 to receive a total of 71,500 World of Hyatt points.

IHG Rewards: Mystery Bonus of Up to 100 Percent Points

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

You have until the end of the day on Friday, October 8, 2021 to take advantage of receiving a “mystery” bonus of up to 100 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 bonus points.

Air Canada Aeroplan: Up to 80 Percent Bonus Points

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

Until the end of the day on Monday, October 11, 2021, you can purchase a minimum of 5,000 Aeroplan points and receive a bonus of up to 80 percent as follows:

  • Buy or gift 5,000 to 19,000 Aeroplan points = 50 percent bonus
  • Buy or gift 20,000 to 55,000 Aeroplan points = 60 percent bonus
  • Buy or gift 60,000 to 105,000 Aeroplan points = 70 percent bonus
  • Buy or gift a minimum of 110,000 Aeroplan points = 80 percent bonus

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, October 30, 2021, you can purchase a minimum of 5,000 miles and receive a bonus of up to 60 percent more miles — which is advertised as a “mystery bonus”, so you might qualify for this offer with different terms — as follows:

  • Buy 5,000 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 up to a 35 percent discount — that is a total of 150,000 AAdvantage miles for a cost of $3,144.38 instead of $4,837.50 — through the end of the day on Sunday, October 31, 2021 as follows:

  • Buy or gift 15,000 to 49,000 AAdvantage miles = 15 percent discount
  • Buy or gift 50,000 to 99,000 AAdvantage miles = 25 percent discount
  • Buy or gift 100,000 to 150,000 AAdvantage miles = 35 percent discount

Caribbean Airlines Caribbean Miles: 40 Percent Bonus Miles

Source: Caribbean Airlines.

You can buy or gift Caribbean Airlines Caribbean Miles and get a bonus of 40 percent more miles when your transaction is completed by Friday, October 15, 2021 at 11:59 in the evening Eastern Daylight Time — and although the maximum limit is 60,000 miles per transaction which you can purchase to get a total of 84,000 miles, the unusually interesting part of this promotion is that no minimum amount of miles is required for purchase to get the bonus.

Copa Airlines ConnectMiles: 50 Percent Bonus Miles

Copa Airlines airplane.
Photograph ©2019 by Brian Cohen.

Enjoy a bonus of 50 percent more Copa Airlines ConnectMiles with a minimum purchase of 3,000 miles through Monday, October 11, 2021 — but the bonus is reduced to a maximum of 40 percent between Tuesday, October 12, 2021 and Monday, November 8, 2021.

United Airlines MileagePlus: Up to 50 Percent Discount

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

Until the end of the day on Monday, October 25, 2021, you can purchase or gift up to a maximum of 175,000 miles and receive a discount of up to 50 percent — although this is a reportedly a mystery bonus with which you may get a different offer — as follows:

  • Buy 5,000 to 24,000 MileagePlus miles = 25 percent discount
  • Buy 25,000 to 59,000 MileagePlus miles = 35 percent discount
  • Buy 60,000 to 175,000 MileagePlus miles = 50 percent discount

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, and ©2020 by Brian Cohen except as noted.


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