9 great miles and points buying opportunities available in July 2024

Since the pandemic, travel has returned 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 or at a discount, which could make for a good deal 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.

Airline Miles bonus sales


Purchase Etihad Guest points with a 30% Bonus (Through July 14, 2024)

Etihad Guest is offering an opportunity to buy miles with up to 30% Bonus through July 14, 2024. The promotion being offered is a tiered one, and here are the tiers being offered:

  • Buy 25,000-49,000 miles, and get a 20% bonus.
  • Buy 50,000-100,000 miles, and get a 30% bonus.

If you go through with the top end of the promotion, you can buy 130,000 miles at 2,000 USD, which is 1.54 US Cents / INR 1.28 per Etihad Guest Mile purchased. Full details in this post.

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Purchase Etihad Guest points with a 30% bonus (Through July 14, 2024)


Purchase Southwest Rapid Rewards points with a 50% Discount (Through July 21, 2024)

Southwest is offering a discount of up to 50% when you purchase Rapid Rewards points through July 21, 2024. You receive a 50% discount if you purchase at least 3,000 points in one transaction. The airline lets you buy at most 60,000 Rapid Rewards points per day, and there is no annual limit on the number of points you can buy.

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If you were to buy 60,000 points with a 50% discount, you’d be looking at paying USD 900 for 60,000 points, which works out at 1.5 USD cents per Rapid Rewards point (INR 1.25).

Purchase Southwest Rapid Rewards points with a 50% Discount (Through July 21, 2024)


Purchase United Mileage Plus Miles with up to a 90% Bonus (Through July 31, 2024)

Through July 31, 2024, United MileagePlus is offering a tiered bonus on purchased miles. The promotion offered provides up to a 90% bonus at the top end. My tiered discount is as follows:

  • Buy 5,000 – 19,000 miles, get a 30% bonus
  • Buy 20,000 – 39,0000 miles, get a 60% bonus
  • Buy 40,000 – 105,000 miles, get a 90% bonus

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With the 90% bonus, one can buy, at the top end, 199,500 miles for USD 3,950.63, a rate of 1.98 cents per MileagePlus mile (or INR 1.65). Note that United MileagePlus limits members to purchasing 200,000 MileagePlus miles per account per calendar year, including any bonuses offered. All the details are in this post.

Purchase United Mileage Plus Miles with up to a 90% Bonus (Through July 31, 2024)


Purchase Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Red Points with up to a 60% Bonus (Through August 4, 2024)

Virgin Atlantic Flying Club is offering a bonus of up to 60% when you purchase Virgin Red points through August 4, 2024. The current bonusing is as follows:

  • Buy 5,000 to 24,000 Flying Club Points, and receive a 20% bonus
  • Buy 25,000 to 69,000 Flying Club miles and receive a 30% bonus
  • Buy 70,000 to 124,000 Flying Club miles and receive a 50% bonus
  • Buy 125,000 to 200,000 Flying Club miles and receive a 60% bonus

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The cost to purchase Virgin Atlantic points is GBP 15 per 1,000 points, pre-tax, before any discounts or bonuses (There is a different price for US-registered accounts). The one thing to know is that all purchases of Virgin Atlantic points transactions are subject to a GBP 15 or USD 22 transaction fee. Assuming you are buying at the top end for a 60% bonus, you can purchase 320,000 Flying Club points for GBP 3,015, a rate of GBP 0.0094 per Flying Club point (USD 0.0121/ INR 1.01)—full details in this post.

Purchase Virgin Atlantic points with up to a 60% Bonus (Through August 4, 2024)


Purchase Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Miles with up to a 60% Bonus (Through August 15, 2024)

Alaska Airlines is offering tiered bonuses to every account through August 15, 2024. With this promotion, you can receive up to a 60% Bonus when you buy miles, one of the best offers they usually offer.

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Different accounts have different promotions. However, accounts I know of or manage have seen an up to 60% bonus offer. Here is the offer I received:

  • Buy 3,000-19,000 miles, and get a 40% bonus.
  • Buy 20,000-39,000 miles, and get a 50% bonus.
  • Buy 40,000-100,000 miles, and get a 60% bonus.

If I go through with the top end of my promotion, I could buy 160,000 miles at 2956.25 USD, which is 1.85 US Cents / INR 1.54 per Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan mile. The full details of this promotion are here.

Purchase Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Miles with up to a 60% Bonus (Through August 15, 2024)


Hotel Points bonus sales

Purchase IHG One Rewards with up to 100% Bonus (Through July 14, 2024)

IHG One is offering an up to 100% bonus on  IHG One Rewards points purchased through Sunday, July 14, 2024. In this round of points sale, you get your bonus if you buy at least 5,000 points. Points can be purchased in multiples of 1,000 IHG Rewards points, and you can buy a maximum of 250,000 points in this promotion with an enhanced limit (with another 250,000 points coming in as a bonus). The promotional bonuses range from 60-100% in this round of the promotion. a pool with a deck and chairs in front of a sunset

If you buy the maximum allowable 1,50,000 IHG One Rewards points and targetted for a 100% bonus, you will earn 300,000 points for 1,500 US Dollars. However, if you bought the maximum allowable 1,50,000 IHG One Rewards points and targetted for a 60% bonus, you will earn 240,000 points for 1,500 US Dollars. That drops the price of each IHG point to 0.625 US cents or INR 0.52. More details are in this post.

Purchase IHG One Rewards with up to 100% Bonus (Through July 14, 2024)


Buy Hilton Honors Miles with a 100% Bonus (Through July 23, 2024)

Hilton Honors is offering a 100% bonus on Hilton Honors Points purchased through July 23, 2024. In this round of points sale, you get your bonus if 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.

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Buy Hilton Honors Points with a 100% Bonus (Through July 23, 2024)


Purchase Marriott points with a Mystery bonus (Through July 24, 2024)

Marriott Bonvoy is now offering a Mystery Bonus on the purchase of Marriott Bonvoy Points until July 24, 2024. I’ve seen 35% to 50% bonuses on various accounts. To trigger the promotion, you must buy at least 10,000 Marriott Bonvoy points in a transaction. You can also get a slightly lower bonus for buying between 2,000 and 9,000 MB points.

Marriott Bonvoy had doubled its cap on the points one could buy in 2023. The limit was 50,000 points, but now it has become 100,000 points. In this case, one can buy a total of 150,000 points for USD 1,250 (INR 1,04,000), making the per point cost of purchase at US Cent 0.83 (INR 0.69)—full details in this post.

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Buy Marriott Points with a Mystery Bonus (Through July 24, 2024)


Purchase Wyndham Rewards Points With a 35% Bonus (Through August 9, 2024)

The promotion on the purchase of Wyndham Reward Points offers a straight-up bonus of 35% points as long as at least 3,000 points are purchased. Purchasing points under this promotion reduces the per-point cost to 0.96 Cents (US) / INR 0.80. The maximum number of points that can be purchased with this promotion is 1,00,000 per calendar year (ex-bonus).

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Hotel redemptions start at 7,500 points per night, the next tier is 15,000 points, and the highest is 30,000 points. Brands under the Wyndham collection include Wyndham, La Quinta, Travelodge, Registry Collection, Wyndham Grand, Dolce, Wingate, Wyndham Garden, Ramada, Days Inn, Super 8, and Howard Johnson.

Purchase Wyndham Rewards Points With a 35% Bonus (Through August 9, 2024)


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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  1. Heard there is an Air Canada – Aeroplan 125% bonus coming up in July. Please Do mention that as well Ajay! Might help few of the many who read this article’

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