The world was hit hard by Covid-19, but things picked up, and travel is back really strong. As this happens, hotel and flight rates are sky-high, especially in the luxury segment. However, almost all major travel outlets, fortunately, often sell miles and points with bonuses, which could make for a good discount on the rates these airlines and hotels offer.
It would be a great time to update all the hotel miles and points that are up for sale right now so that you can stock up on the right ones for your travels and start planning your travel for the times ahead in 2024
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Airline Miles bonus sales
Through December 24, 2023, Southwest is offering a flat discount of 50% when you purchase Rapid Rewards points, as long as you purchase at least 3,000 points in one transaction. The airline lets you buy up to 60,000 Rapid Rewards points per day with no annual limits. With the discount, you are looking at paying US Cents 1.5 per point purchased.
Through December 31, 2023, 11:59 PM GMT, Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Club programme is offering an up to 70% bonus on purchased miles. With the 70% Bonus, one can buy up to 200,000 Flying Club points with a tiered bonus, up to 70% Bonus. Assuming you are buying at the top end for a 70% bonus, you can purchase 340,000 Flying Club points for GBP 3,015, which is a rate of GBP 0.0094 per Flying Club point (USD 0.0118/ INR 0.98).
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club ordinarily lets members purchase up to 100,000 points per account per calendar year before bonuses. However, during this promotion, the usual cap doubled to 200,000 points. The best part about buying Virgin Points is that they don’t expire. Full Details in this Post.
The up to 70% bonus is tiered as follows:
- On buying 5,000-24,000 points, you get a 20% bonus
- On buying 25,000-69,000 points, you get a 40% bonus
- On buying 70,000-124,000 points, you get a 60% bonus
- On buying 125,000-200,000 points, you get a 70% bonus
American Airlines does not go to market a lot to sell their miles, so put this in the rare category. AAdvantage currently is offering a discount of up to 35% for purchasing miles. The discount is tiered, and you can buy miles at the price of 2.44 US Cents per mile at the top end of the purchase band.
Spirit Airlines is offering their Free Spirit loyalty programme an 80% bonus when you buy Free Spirit points. If you take advantage of this 80% bonus, you can buy up to 108,000 Free Spirit points for just US Cents 1.4 each, through January 15, 2024.
Hotel Points bonus sales
Hilton Honors is offering a 100% bonus on Hilton Honors Points purchased through December 30, 2023. In this round of points sale, you get your bonus straight up as long as you buy a minimum of 5,000 points. The price of each Hilton point drops to 0.5 US cents or INR 0.41 during the sale. Full details in this post.
Which credit card should you use to buy miles and points?
Typically, these point purchases are processed through Points.com and not directly by the hotel or airline. However, you will almost always pay in USD/EUR/GBP, not INR. So, the best cards to earn a bonus are Citi Prestige, American Express Platinum Charge Card and Axis Bank Reserve Credit Card, as these cards offer an international spending bonus. Beyond these, you might look at any card that provides a reduced foreign exchange spend conversion or one where you want to meet minimum spend requirements.
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