Need to top off your frequent flyer and hotel loyalty accounts? Sure, there’s the traditional ways like putting your butt in a seat or staying in a hotel. However, it may be worthwhile to take advantage of these airline miles sales and hotel loyalty bonuses to reach that next award — without traveling. These buy miles and points offers expire soon.
Airline Buy Miles Offers Expiring Soon
These airline reward programs have current offers that expire soon. Let’s go through what they are and any limitations and restrictions.
American Airlines Buy Miles Offer
American Airlines is offering up to 85,000 bonus miles and 10% off, depending on the number of American Airlines AAdvantage Miles you purchase. This offer expires on August 31. This is a good deal for those of us that maximize American miles for high-value award tickets. I get great value from American miles for my trips to South America, if you can find award space that is.
Alaska Mileage Plan Buy Miles Offer
Alaska Airlines is offering a 50% bonus when you buy miles. That’s as good a deal as Alaska offers. This offer expires on August 30. Alaska has a wide selection of redemption partners. Booking awards with your Alaska miles gets even better because Alaska allows a stopover on a one-way award ticket giving you the added bonus of seeing two destinations on one award.
My best redemption using Alaska Airlines miles was on Emirates for an incredible First Class experience (that has been devalued, but still it’s an incredible use of miles to fly Emirates first).
I also use Alaska Airlines miles for Cathay Pacific business class flights. For me, as an Alaska Airlines flyer and living on the West Coast, I can never have enough Alaska Airlines miles.
Hotel Buy Points Offers Expiring Soon
World of Hyatt Buy Points Offer
World of Hyatt has a point sale for 40% bonus points through August 27. When you buy 5,000 or more points you receive 40% bonus points. Please note that with this promotion the bonus points do not count against the allowable maximum annual points purchase of 55,000 points. That’s a good thing!
I can never have enough Hyatt points, so I’m often a buyer when these promotions come along. I use them frequently and for some amazing hotel stays. And don’t forget to check out the Hyatt Prive benefits program. Those benefits are usable at Hyatt hotels all around the world.
Credit Cards To Use For Airline Miles Sales
When buying points and miles through points.com, purchases are not categorized on your credit card as an airline or hotel purchase. In the points.com case, it makes sense to use a card that you’re looking to reach minimum spend to unlock a bonus.
If you’re not working on minimum spend, use a card that maximizes your return on everyday, non-bonused spend, such as The Blue Business Plus Credit Card from American Express or my favorite, the Chase Freedom Unlimited credit card.
When purchasing miles and points that do count as airfare purchases (processed directly with the airline), the best cards to use are:
- The Platinum Card from American Express which earns 5x Membership Rewards points per dollar of spend
- The Chase Sapphire Reserve card which earns 3x Ultimate Rewards points per dollar of spend.
I’m stating the obvious when I say premium cabin fares are expensive. When you can find award availability that works for you, and you need to top up your account, using bonus sales like this one can make sense.
When looking at buy miles offers (and points), it’s good to view each offer on its own merit and how immediate a redemption is. Perhaps a 40% bonus offer has more value than a 100% or even 200% bonus offer.
Personally, if I don’t have a redemption opportunity within the next six months, I don’t buy them. That’s my guideline. Yours may be different. Whatever personal rules you have in place, you should always do the math.
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