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, and this could make for a good discount on the rates being offered by these airlines and hotels.
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
Alaska Airlines is offering a tiered sale, with up to a 60% bonus on miles bought. You can purchase miles with up to a 60% Bonus on purchased miles (depending upon the offer you receive), which will bring your net cost of miles bought to 1.85 US Cents / INR 1.52 per mile bought. With an assortment of partners such as Singapore Airlines, all oneworld airlines and some others, and the ability to book stopovers, this is a great programme to consider buying miles on.
KLM/Air France Flying Blue is offering a tiered sale, with up to a 100% bonus on miles bought. You can purchase miles with up to a 100% Bonus on purchased miles, which will bring your net cost of miles bought to 1.53 US Cents/ INR 1.26 per mile bought at the top end. With the assortment of partners in the SkyTeam alliance, this is a good programme to consider buying miles in. Here are the details.
United MileagePlus is offering a tiered sale, with up to a 100% bonus on miles bought. You can purchase miles with up to a 100% Bonus on purchased miles, which will bring your net cost of miles bought to 1.88 US Cents/ INR 1.54 per mile bought at the top end. With the assortment of partners in Star Alliance and no fuel surcharges passed through to customers, this is a good programme to consider buying miles in.
JetBlue’s True Blue is offering a tiered sale with up to a 70% bonus on points bought. You can purchase miles with up to a 70% Bonus on purchased miles, which will bring your net cost of miles bought to 1.74 US Cents/ INR 1.43 per mile bought at the top end. It might make sense to buy miles if you are looking to top up your JetBlue True Blue account for your next flight.
Emirates Skywards is offering a sale on purchased miles, with a tiered bonus being offered through 11:59 PM GST on April 22, 2023. The offer kicks in at the minimum purchase of 5,000 miles, and at the top end, it kicks in the 35% bonus when you buy at least 26,000 miles in one transaction. You can purchase up to 200,000 miles. At the top end, the miles with the promotional miles added will cost you 2.22 USD Cents/INR 1.82 per mile.
Hotel Points bonus sales
Hilton Honors are offering a promotion where they are offering a flat 100% bonus as long as you buy a minimum of 5000 points. The promotion is available through May 9, 2023. In the end, each point comes at a price of USD 0.005 or INR 0.41 equivalent. Full Details Here.
Hilton Honors members are usually permitted to buy up to 80,000 points each calendar year. For now, though, they can buy 240,000 points and get a bonus of 240,000 points alongside. Full post here.
World of Hyatt is offering a promotion where they are offering a 25% discount as long as you buy a minimum of 5,000 points. A maximum of 55,000 points can be purchased annually. In the end, each point comes at a price of US Cents 1.8 or INR 1.48 equivalent. Full Details Here.
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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