The world was hit hard by Covid-19, but luckily, things have started picking up, and travel is back 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.
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Airline Miles bonus sales
Through August 25, 2023, 11:59 PM Central Time, United MileagePlus is offering a bonus/discount on purchased miles. The promotion offers up to a 100% bonus or a 50% discount, which basically works out to the same thing. With the 100% bonus, one can buy 175,000 miles at the price of 1.88 US Cents per purchased mile (INR 1.56 per mile). Even with the 50% discount offer, at the top end, the pricing would come out to be the same. Full details in this post.
Hotel Points bonus sales
Marriott Bonvoy is offering an up to 40% bonus on Marriott Bonvoy Points purchased through September 9, 2023. In this round of points sales, you get a tiered bonus that starts at 30% and goes up to 40%. Marriott Bonvoy has doubled its cap on the number of points one can buy in 2023. The limit was 50,000 points, but now it has become 100,000 points. In this case, hence, one can buy at the per point cost of purchase at US Cent 0.89 (INR 0.74). Full details in this post.
IHG One is offering an 80% bonus on IHG One Rewards points purchased through Friday, September 1, 2023. In this round of points sale, you get your bonus straight up as long as you buy a minimum of 5,000 points. Points can be purchased in multiples of 1,000 IHG Rewards points, so you can purchase a maximum of 150,000 points can be purchased (with another 120,000 points coming in as a bonus). That drops the price of each IHG point to 0.55 US cents or INR 0.46. Full details in this post.
Hilton Honors is offering a 100% bonus on Hilton Honors Points purchased through September 19, 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 to 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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