Buying points: 25% Avios bonus, 20% Virgin bonus, 40% Hyatt bonus, 35% American Airlines discount

There are a number of bonus offers available at the moment for buying points.  In general, this is never a great idea unless you only need a small number to top off your account or you need the miles at short notice.  Over the longer term, you will definitely be able to pick up miles more cheaply by other methods in most cases.

There are times when it makes sense though.  Take the Hyatt offer below.  Hyatt Gold Passport offers ‘last room availability’ – if there is a standard room available for cash, you can have it for points.  On peak dates, when room rates are looking very scary, buying the necessary number of points could save you money over paying cash.

Buy Avios

The Avios deal

Until May 21st, avios.com is offering a bonus for buying points:

  • Get a 15% bonus when you buy 5,000 – 26,000 Avios
  • Get a 25% bonus when you 27,000 – 35,000 Avios

These are not great deals, especially when you remember that there were 50% bonuses running in the lead up to the devaluation.  However, if you need to buy some points then it is obviously worth having.  The link is here.

At the time of writing, the deal is only available via avios.com and NOT ba.com, although this may change.  You would need to use ‘Combine My Avios’ to move the points across from avios.com to ba.com if necessary.

The Virgin deal

I mentioned this yesterday so I won’t dwell on it again.  Until June 3rd, you will receive a 20% bonus when you buy Virgin Flying Club milesThe link is here although you don’t see the offer until you click through to the next page.

The Hyatt deal

Hyatt Gold Passport is offering a bonus of 40% when you buy 10,000 or more points by May 31st.  The link is here.  The maximum you can buy per calendar year, excluding the bonus, is 55,000 points.

The American deal

Finally, American Airlines is running another 35% discount until May 11th.  I discussed the pros and cons of buying and using AA miles in this article from the last time I wrote about such an offer.  The link to buy is here.

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Comments

  1. pauldb says:

    Your headline has AA as a bonus rather than a discount, which understates it somewhat (the last paragraph is accurate though. A 35% is discount is equivalent to a (record?) 54% bonus: 100k for the old 65k price.

  2. In reference to e-Rewards when referred by Virgin Atlantic is it best to redeem these for Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles or one of the Hotel rewards schemes listed (Hilton HHonors, IHG, Club Carlson, Le Club Accor Hotels or Choice Privileges)?

    • Given you will never earn huge amounts this way, I tend to ignore the relative valuations and simply put them in the account which is ‘nearest to an award but not quite there’.

  3. Looking to do a redemption on AA in October using the bonus miles from MBNA CARD sign up bonus ( thanks raffles). Does AA still allow a free stopover on international gateway hubs in U.S. ( NY, LA, etc)
    Looking for 2 x economy redemptions with least taxes/ fuel surcharges. LHR-NYC-HOU. Could possibly use Avios / virgin miles on single legs/ internal flights. Thanks in advance for any suggestions

    • My recollection from reading some of the US blogs (eg. onemileatatime) was that AA stopped allowing these international gateway stopovers last year :(