2 great miles and points buying opportunities available in January 2023

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.

Airline Miles bonus sales

Buy Alaska Airlines Miles with up to a 60% Bonus (till February 20, 2023)

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 1.5 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. Here are the details.

Buy Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Miles with up to a 60% Bonus.

Hotel Points bonus sales

Purchase Hilton Honors points with a 100% bonus (till March 7, 2023)

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 March 7, 2023. In the end, each point comes at a price of USD 0.005 or INR 0.4 equivalent. Full Details Here.

Hilton Honors members are usually permitted to buy up to 80,000 points each calendar year. This means you can buy 80K points and receive 160K points in total.

Buy Hilton Honors points (with a 100% Bonus)

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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  1. I’m unable to purchase Virgin Atlantic points. It says I need to do one earning or sending transaction before I can purchase miles. Any advise on how to get past this requirement? Kindly suggest a method to do this transactin.

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