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Miles and Points On Sale — September 20 2021

Eleven 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 — September 20 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
  • Hilton Honors
  • World of Hyatt
  • IHG Rewards
  • Marriott Bonvoy
  • Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Flying Blue
  • American Airlines AAdvantage
  • Caribbean Airlines Caribbean Miles
  • Emirates Airline Skywards
  • Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards
  • United Airlines MileagePlus

Choice Privileges Rewards: Up to 30 Percent Bonus Points

Comfort Inn and Suites
Photograph ©2020 by Brian Cohen.

You only have until Monday, September 27, 2021 to take advantage of receiving a bonus of up to 30 percent on your purchase of Choice Privileges Rewards points with a minimum purchase of 6,000 Choice Privileges Rewards points in one transaction — and the maximum amount of points which you can purchase this year is 250,000 points, which will cost you $2,475.00 for a total of 325,000 points — as follows:

  • Buy 6,000 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 = 30 percent bonus Choice Privileges Rewards points

Hilton Honors: 100 Percent Bonus Points

Hilton Helsinki Kalastajatorppa
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 the end of the day on Thursday, September 30, 2021 to take advantage of this offer.

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.

Marriott Bonvoy: Mystery Bonus

Marriott Cairo
Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

You can buy or gift a minimum of 2,000 Marriott Bonvoy points — up to a maximum total of 100,000 points — and get a mystery bonus of more points through Saturday, September 25, 2021. My mystery bonus was 50 percent more Marriott Bonvoy points.

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 Thursday, September 30, 2021, 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 2,000 to 8,000 Flying Blue miles = 50 percent bonus Flying Blue miles
  • Buy 10,000 to 18,000 Flying Blue miles = 70 percent bonus Flying Blue miles
  • Buy a minimum of 20,000 Flying Blue miles = 100 percent bonus Flying Blue miles

American Airlines AAdvantage: Up to 75 Percent Bonus Miles

Punta Cana airport American Airlines
Photograph ©2019 by Brian Cohen.

You can purchase or gift up to a maximum of 150,000 miles in order to receive up to a 75 percent bonus of AAdvantage miles — that is a total of 262,500 AAdvantage miles for a cost of $4,837.50 or slightly greater than 1.84 cents per mile, which is not a bad deal — through the end of the day on Thursday, September 30, 2021 as follows:

  • Buy or gift 2,000 to 9,000 AAdvantage miles = 5 percent bonus
  • Buy or gift 10,000 to 24,000 AAdvantage miles = 10 percent bonus
  • Buy or gift 25,000 to 59,000 AAdvantage miles = 30 percent bonus
  • Buy or gift 60,000 to 89,000 AAdvantage miles = 50 percent bonus
  • Buy or gift 90,000 to 124,000 AAdvantage miles = 60 percent bonus
  • Buy or gift 125,000 to 150,000 AAdvantage miles = 75 percent bonus

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.

Emirates Airline Skywards: Up to 35 Percent Discount

Emirates Airline Airbus A380
Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

You can receive a discount of up to 35 percent on the purchase of a minimum of 5,000 Emirates Skywards miles through today, Monday, September 20, 2021 at 3:59 in the afternoon Eastern Daylight Time.

Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards: Up to 40 Percent Discount

Southwest Airlines
Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

Until tomorrow, Tuesday, September 21, 2021, purchase a minimum of 5,000 Rapid Rewards points and receive a discount of up to 40 percent as follows:

  • Buy 3,000 to 9,000 Rapid Rewards points = 30 percent discount
  • Buy 10,000 to 14,000 Rapid Rewards points = 35 percent discount
  • Buy a minimum of 15,000 Rapid Rewards points = 40 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 Tuesday, September 28, 2021, you can purchase or gift up to a maximum of 94,000 miles and receive a bonus of up to 85 percent — although this is a reportedly a mystery bonus with which you may get a different offer — as follows:

  • Buy 3,000 to 9,000 MileagePlus miles = 30 percent bonus MileagePlus miles
  • Buy 10,000 to 24,000 MileagePlus miles = 60 percent bonus MileagePlus miles
  • Buy 25,000 to 94,000 MileagePlus miles = 85 percent bonus MileagePlus 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, ©2013, ©2015, ©2018, ©2019, and ©2020 by Brian Cohen except as noted.


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