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 June 18, 2023, 11:59 PM Central Time, United MileagePlus is offering a bonus/discount on purchased miles. The promotion offers up to a 95% bonus. At the top end of the promotion, you can buy 174,525 miles at the price of 1.93 US Cents per purchased mile (INR 1.59 per mile). Full details in this post.
Through Tuesday, July 31, 2023, Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Club loyalty programme is offering a bonus on purchased points. The program is offering all VS members up to a 60% bonus. Assuming you are buying at the top end for a 60% bonus, you can purchase 320,000 Flying Club points for GBP 3,015, which is a rate of GBP 0.0094 per Flying Club point (USD 0.012/ 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 has been doubled to 200,000 points. The best part about buying Virgin Points is that they don’t expire. Full details in this post.
Hotel Points bonus sales
Hilton Honors is offering a 100% bonus on Hilton Honors Points purchased through July 18, 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.
Through August 11, 2023, World of Hyatt is offering a 25% Bonus on points purchased when you buy at least 7,000 points in one transaction. The promotion allows you to purchase a maximum of 110,000 points, double the cap of the usual 55,000 points. At the top end, it costs 1.92 USD cents per World of Hyatt point after the 25% bonus gets factored in. All the details are 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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