Airline Buy Miles/Points Promos Ending Soon: United, Southwest, JetBlue, British Airways, American, Avianca & Virgin Atlantic

Good evening everyone.  Since Black Friday and Cyber Monday are right around the corner, several airlines are running buy miles/points promos now – 2 even end tonight!  I have all the latest offers on my Buy Miles & Points Page.  Always check the math to make sure that buying miles & points makes sense for you.  Do not buy miles & points speculatively unless you have a use in mind.  With that said, here are the 7 promos that are ending in November. First up, United Airlines is running a mystery offer with up to 70% bonus miles, depending on the number of United Airlines miles you purchase.  This offer ends tonight – November 20.

Here are the complete terms & conditions of the United Airlines promo:

  • Promotional offer valid until 11:59 p.m. CT on November 20, 2018.
  • Miles are available in increments of 1,000 up to a maximum of 88,000 miles.
  • Bonuses will be calculated on a per transaction basis only. The bonus amount applicable to a transaction is shown in the chart. Transactions may not be aggregated to calculate the bonus.
  • Bonus Miles will generally be credited to the recipient’s MileagePlus account when the transaction is complete; provided that certain transactions may take up to 48 hours.
  • Bonus miles count towards the 150,000 mile annual limit per account.
  • Purchase up to 150,000 miles per account per calendar year.
  • Credit card will be billed immediately upon purchase.
  • Mileage rates and other fees and offer terms are subject to change.
  • Pricing is only available for purchases made through buymiles. mileageplus. com
  • Miles are nonrefundable.
  • Purchased miles do not count toward MileagePlus Premier® status.
  • All MileagePlus Program Rules and terms and conditions apply.
  • GST/HST is charged to Canadian residents.
  • Powered by Points to purchase United MileagePlus miles. Transaction will appear as ‘Points United Miles’.

Up next, Southwest Airlines is offering a 30% discount, when you purchase at least 5,000 Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards points.  This offer ends tonight – November 20.

Here are the complete terms & conditions of the Southwest Airlines promo:

Offer is valid between October 23, 2018 12:00:01 a.m. CST and November 20, 2018, 11:59:59 p.m. CST. Rapid Rewards® Members will save 30% on points when they buy, gift or transfer a minimum of 5,000 Rapid Rewards points. A valid credit card is required to buy, gift or transfer points. A minimum 5,000 points purchase threshold must be met on a per transaction basis in order to qualify for the discount. Points can be purchased in blocks of 1,000 and a daily maximum of 60,000 points can be purchased by a Member with no annual maximum. Transactions are non-refundable and non-reversible. Offer is only valid for Member receiving this email. Purchased points do not count towards A-List, A-List Preferred, or Companion Pass qualification. Prices are in U.S. dollars and include all applicable taxes. Please allow 72 hours for points to post to the applicable Rapid Rewards account. Prices for the purchase of points are only valid while a Member is currently logged into Southwest. com® and such prices are subject to change. All Rapid Rewards rules and regulations apply and can be found at Southwest. com/rrterms. Southwest® reserves the right to amend, suspend, or change the Rapid Rewards program and/or Rapid Rewards program rules at any time without notice. Rapid Rewards Members do not acquire property rights in accrued points. The number of Rapid Rewards points needed for a particular Southwest flight is set by Southwest and will vary depending on destination, time, day of travel, demand, fare type, point redemption rate, and other factors, and are subject to change at any time until the booking is confirmed. 


Up next, JetBlue is offering up to a 50% bonus, depending on the number of JetBlue TrueBlue points you purchase.  This offer expires on November 22.

Here are the complete terms & conditions of the JetBlue promo:

Bonus point offer valid for point purchases November 12-22, 2018. Bonus points are incremental based upon the amount of points purchased. To receive the bonus, minimum purchase of 3,000 TrueBlue points is required. Bonus points earned do not count towards maximum calendar limits stated below.

Points can be purchased for approximately $37.73 per 1,000 points. Prices are in U.S. dollars and include a 7.5% tax recovery fee on the value of the points purchased. GST/HST will be charged to Canadian residents. POINT PURCHASES ARE NONREFUNDABLE. Valid only for new TrueBlue point purchases by TrueBlue members with their account in good standing; points can be purchased for a member’s own account or as a gift to another member’s account; not valid for point transfers. Minimum point purchase per transaction is 1,000 points; maximum point purchase per transaction is 30,000 points. Members may not purchase more than a total of 120,000 TrueBlue points in a calendar year (regardless of whether the points were purchased for a member’s own TrueBlue account or as a gift). Members may not receive, as a gift, more than a total of 120,000 TrueBlue points in a calendar year from point purchases. Points may be gifted only to TrueBlue Members. Please allow 72 hours for purchased points to post to the applicable TrueBlue account. Cannot be combined with other offers. Additional restrictions apply. See TrueBlue Terms and Conditions for details.


Up next, British Airways is offering up to a 45% bonus, depending on the number of British Airways Avios you purchase.  This offer expires on November 25.

Here are the complete terms & conditions of the British Airways promo:

  • This promotion is only open to Eligible Participants. An Eligible Participant is a person aged 18 or over and is a British Airways Executive Club (‘BAEC’) Member. The Promoter reserves the right to verify the eligibility of Eligible Participants. Eligible Participants confirm that they accept the terms and conditions set out below.
  • Between 00:01 hr GMT Monday 12 November and 23:59 hr GMT Sunday 25 November 2018 (the ‘Promotional Period’) Eligible Participants will receive up to 45% Avios bonus upon any Purchase or Gift Avios transaction.
  • Purchase or Gift 1,000 – 15,000 Avios and receive 20% bonus Avios
  • Purchase or Gift 20,000 – 35,000 Avios and receive 30% bonus Avios
  • Purchase or Gift 40,000 – 90,000 Avios and receive 35% bonus Avios
  • Purchase or Gift 100,000 – 200,000 Avios and receive 45% bonus Avios
  • Avios points can only be purchased on Ba. com using the Purchase Avios points Application Form.
  • Eligible Participants may Gift Avios (purchase for someone else) during the promotional period, provided that the recipient holds a British Airways Executive Club account with at least one Avios point in their account and the recipient’s BAEC membership number is entered at the time of purchase. Members can receive up to 200,000 gifted Avios. The recipient will receive up to 45% bonus Avios.
  • Eligible Participants may not purchase or gift more than 200,000 Avios limit. Bonus Avios do not count towards your limit.
  • This promotion cannot be used in conjunction with other promotions.
  • British Airways plc (‘BA’) accepts no responsibility for members who are unable to fulfil the terms of this promotion. BA may withdraw this offer at any time.
  • This promotion has no cash value and no cash or credit alternative is available. Purchased Avios are non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • Avios are issued and redeemed in accordance with the British Airways Executive Club Terms and Conditions.
  • BA reserves the right to cancel or amend the terms of this promotion without notice in the event of major catastrophe, war, strike, civil or military disturbance, earthquake or any actual, anticipated or alleged breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other similar events beyond the reasonable control of BA.
  • By taking part in this promotion, participants agree to the personal data they supply being used by BA or its agents or subcontractors to administer this promotion, who will only use the information provided for the purpose of administering the promotion.
  • Promotional materials form part of these terms and conditions. These terms and conditions shall prevail if there is any conflict between these and the promotional materials.
  • BA is in no way liable for the reproduction of this promotion or indirect access via third party websites of these terms and conditions where such reproduction misstates or omits any of the information or terms and conditions connected with this promotion.
  • This promotion and any non-contractual obligations arising out of or in connection with it shall be governed by English law and is subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.
  • The Promoter is British Airways Plc, Waterside, PO Box 365, Harmondsworth, West Drayton UB7 0GB. Registered No. 1777777

Up next, American Airlines is offering up to 100,000 bonus miles, depending on the number of American Airlines miles you purchase. This offer expires on November 26.

Here are the complete terms & conditions of the American Airlines promo:

To be eligible for a the bonus miles AAdvantage members must purchase at least 10,000 AAdvantage miles or more in a single transaction from the Buy or Gift Miles program from 7:00:00am CT November 6, 2018 to 11:59:59pm CT November 26, 2018, to be eligible to earn bonus miles. The applicable bonus miles are awarded to the recipient for Gift Miles transactions. Bonus miles earned do not count toward the annual purchase limits.

The miles purchased with the Buy Miles program and received with the Gift Miles program do not count towards AAdvantage Gold, AAdvantage Platinum, AAdvantage Platinum Pro, AAdvantage Executive Platinum or AAdvantage Million MilerSM status qualification. Transactions are nonrefundable and nonreversible. The miles successfully purchased or transferred usually post to the designated account right away, but please allow up to 8 hours for processing. Each AAdvantage member is limited to purchasing or receiving in a calendar year, a combined total of no more than 150,000 AAdvantage miles. Miles purchased through the Buy Miles program or received as a gift through the Gift Miles program count against this total. A confirmation email will be sent to the primary buyer/gifter and/or recipient, using the email address(es) associated with the AAdvantage account(s) and any additional email address provided. AAdvantage accounts less than 30 days old are not permitted to Buy or Gift Miles. Prices are in U.S. dollars and do not include applicable taxes or $35 per transaction processing charge. The promotion, pricing and/or fee to Buy, Gift or Share Miles is subject to change without notice. Your credit card company may add a currency conversion fee.


Up next, Avianca Airlines is offering a 140% bonus on all LifeMiles purchases.  This offer expires on November 26.

Here are the complete terms & conditions of the Avianca Airlines promo:

  • This promotion applies for miles purchases made between November 20th and November 26th, 2018 (between 00.00-23.59 GMT -6, El Salvador). The bonus for this promotion is 2×1+40%.
  • The bonuses are calculated based on the miles purchased per individual transaction without taking into account the 2×1 bonus.
  • This promotion is exclusive for LifeMiles member that have received this email directly from LifeMiles.
  • The miles must be purchased in multiples of 1,000.
  • The minimum miles to purchase per transaction is 1,000 LifeMiles.
  • The maximum miles to purchase per transaction during this promotion is 200,000 LifeMiles. Additionally, the maximum miles that a member can receive during the promotion, including applicable bonuses is 490,000 miles, minus the miles that the member has previously purchased in 2018 and their respective bonuses. The purchase transaction cannot be made if the amount of miles to purchase and the corresponding bonus, including all miles purchased in 2018, including the bonuses, exceed the 490,000 miles limit, unless the amount of miles to receive without applying the promotional bonus is less or equal to 490,000 miles, in which case, the transaction will be processed but no bonus will be granted, giving such warning to the member.
  • The maximum amount of miles to receive by a member through the purchase of miles per calendar year outside of this promotion is 200,000 LifeMiles. If the member surpasses the limit, through purchases made during this promotion and other purchases in 2018, taking into account the bonuses received for those purchases, he or she will not be able to purchase any more miles outside of promotional periods until the next calendar year. Each package of 1,000 LifeMiles is USD $33.00 without applicable taxes and USD $40.26* including applicable taxes according to correspondence country registered in the LifeMiles database**
  • The purchase of miles is not reversible or refundable, except in countries where this right is granted by applicable law, such as the right to retraction in Colombia, in the cases where it applies. The purchase of miles is an immediate execution contract. Once the payment is made, the miles will be accrued immediately on the members account. As of that moment, the miles can be used according to the terms and conditions of the LifeMiles Program. Miles are not endorsable.
  • Miles purchase is available through Avianca’s Call Centers and LifeMiles. com. The receipt of the transaction will reflect the total number of miles accrued to the member´s account, including the bonus miles and the total charge for the transaction.
  • The miles purchased and earned with this promotion do not apply to achieve or maintain the Elite status.
  • Does not apply to the Flexible Redemption (LifeMiles + Money) during the payment process of air ticket redemption. Miles purchased, once accrued, can be redeemed in accordance with the conditions specified in the LifeMiles Program Terms and Conditions and the portfolio of products and services available for redemption.
  • LifeMiles Terms and Conditions apply.
  • LifeMiles is a trademark of LifeMiles LTD.

Last but not least, Virgin Atlantic is offering up to a 40% bonus, depending on the number of Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles you purchase.  This offer expires on November 30.

Here are the complete terms & conditions of the Virgin Atlantic promo:

Buy Miles purchases must be made between 8 – 30 November, 2018. Up to 40% bonus is only available on miles purchases up to 100,000. Bonus miles will be credited upon completion of purchase. Offer subject to change. All other Flying Club terms and conditions apply.


Tomorrow, I will post a list of hotel buy miles / points promos, but if you want to see the list now, check out this page for all of the current offers.  If you have any questions about any of these promos, please leave a comment below.  Have a great day everyone!

3 thoughts on “Airline Buy Miles/Points Promos Ending Soon: United, Southwest, JetBlue, British Airways, American, Avianca & Virgin Atlantic

  1. Ryan

    Hey Grant- I am trying to determine if there are any mile purchase sweet spots for a one way trip back from Europe on Jan 4-6 in either coach or business. Any suggestions on how to go about finding one?

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    1. Grant Post author

      I start by looking at what paid flights are available on the routes and days you want to fly. Then search for award space on those airlines and routes. If you find award space, figure out which miles you can use to book the award flight.

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