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.
Breaking It Down:
Airline Miles Sales Expiring Soon
These airline reward programs have current offers. Let’s go through what they are and any limitations and restrictions.
American Airlines Buy Miles Offer
American Airlines is offering up to 100,000 bonus miles, depending on the number of American Airlines AAdvantage Miles you purchase. This offer expires on April 30. The offer equates to as much as a 67% bonus on purchased miles. I get great value from American miles for my trips to South America.
Virgin Atlantic Buy Miles Offer
Virgin Atlantic is offering up to a 40% bonus, depending on the number of Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Miles you purchase. This offer expires on April 30. I love putting Virgin Atlantic miles to great use for partners which I recently did to book award tickets.
Hotel Points Sales Expiring Soon
Choice Hotels Buy Miles Offer
Choice Hotels is offering up to a 50% bonus, depending on the number of Choice Hotels Privileges Points you purchase. This offer has been extended and expires on April 29.
Radisson Rewards Buy Miles Offer
Radisson Rewards is offering a 50% bonus on all purchased points. This offer expires on April 30.
IHG Hotels Buy Miles Offer
IHG Hotels is offering up to an 80% bonus depending on the number of IHG Rewards Club Points purchased. This offer expires on May 1. IHG has an interesting luxury benefits program you should check out.
Airline And Hotel Offers That Expire In May
Here are the buy miles offers that expire in May:
- United Airlines – Buy United Airlines Miles with up to a 70% Bonus! (Offer expires May 9, 2019)
- Marriott Hotels – Buy Marriott Bonvoy Points with a 25% Discount! (Offer expires May 15, 2019)
- Southwest Airlines – Buy Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Points with up to a 50% Bonus! (Offer expires May 16, 2019)
- Alaska Airlines – Buy Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Miles with up to a 50% Bonus! (Offer expires May 19, 2019)
- Hilton Hotels – Buy Hilton Honors Points with a 100% Bonus! (Offer expires May 28, 2019)
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 buying miles 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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