December Buy Miles/Points Promos: Avianca (125%), AA (120K), BA (50%), Hilton (100%), UA (85%), AS (50%), Choice (20%) & IHG (80%)

Good afternoon everyone.  I was working on my Buy Miles & Points Page and found a few new offers.  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 8 promos that are ending in December. First up, Avianca Airlines is running a 125% bonus, depending on the number of Avianca LifeMiles you purchase.  Offer ends on December 12.

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

  • This promotion applies for miles purchases made between November 27th and December 12th, 2018 (between 00.00-23.59 GMT -6, El Salvador).
  • For LifeMiles members that have Colombia, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Brazil, Argentina, Chile or Venezuela as their country of residence in their Member’s profile the bonus percentage applies as follows: for purchases from 1,000 – 10,000 LifeMiles receive 2×1, for purchases from 11,000 –40,000 LifeMiles receive 2×1 + 15% additional miles, for purchases from 41,000 – 200,000 receive 2×1 + 25% additional miles.
  • For LifeMiles members that have any other country as their country of residence in their Member’s profile the bonus percentage applies as follows: The bonus percentage apply as follows: for purchases from 1,000 – 50,000 LifeMiles receive 2×1, for purchases from 51,000 – 100,000 LifeMiles receive 2×1 + 15% additional miles, for purchases from 101,000 – 200,000 receive 2×1 + 25% additional miles.
  • The bonuses are calculated based on the miles purchased per individual transaction without taking into account the 2×1 bonus.
  • 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 480,000 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 480,000 miles limit, unless the amount of miles to receive without applying the promotional bonus is less or equal to 480,000 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, LifeMiles.com and Avianca Information Centers. For residents of Venezuela, it is only available through LifeMiles.com. Only form of payment through Avianca’s Call Center and LifeMiles.com: credit card or international debit card. Cash payments are only allowed at Avianca’s Information Centers. 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.
  • ***For residents in Colombia: the values are settled based on Colombia´s exchange rate on the date of the transaction. For residents in Peru each package of 1,000 miles has a cost of USD 38.94 or S/.131.50 including taxes. Prices in Nuevos Soles reflect the reference exchange rate to November 15th, 2018: S/. 3.377 Per 1 USD dollar. Final prices in Nuevos Soles will be determined bases on the exchange rate of the date of the transaction. For residents in Costa Rica the values are settled based on the exchange rate as provided by IATA. For the rest of the countries the values are settled based on the exchange rate of the date of the transaction.
  • ****The price can be lower depending of the correspondence country entered on the Member´s profile in their LifeMiles account.

Up next, American Airlines is offering up to 120,000 bonus miles, depending on the number of American Airlines miles you purchase.  This offer expires on December 15.

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

To be eligible for the bonus miles AAdvantage members must purchase 12,000 AAdvantage miles or more in a single transaction from the Buy or Gift Miles program beginning 12:00:00am CT on December 4, 2018 to 11:59:59pm CT on January 6, 2019. Bonus amounts will change daily December 4 – 15, 2018. A $35 per transaction processing charge will apply. The bonus miles earned are based on the purchase amount and the corresponding bonus award as shown in the chart. Bonus miles earned do not count toward the annual purchase limits. The applicable bonus miles are awarded to the recipient for Gift Miles transactions.

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, British Airways is offering a 50% bonus.  This offer expires on December 16.

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

  • This offer is only open to Members of the British Airways Executive Club resident in the United Kingdom and the United States (Eligible Participants).
  • The offer is available from 00:01 (GMT) Monday 10 December to 23:59 (GMT) Sunday 16 December 2018 only (the ‘Offer Period’).
  • During the Offer Period, Eligible Participants will receive 50% extra Avios (bonus Avios) when they purchase or gift Avios at ba.com.
  • Avios can only be purchased at ba.com using the Purchase Avios Application Form found on offer page.
  • 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.
  • The Bonus Avios will not count towards your promotional limit of 200,000 Avios.
  • This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other Purchase Avios offer.
  • Purchased Avios can be refunded within 14 days of purchase providing the Avios have not been used. Contact the British Airways Executive Club via ba.com or by telephone to cancel.
  • Payments will be reimbursed no later than 14 days after the date of which the Executive Club was informed about the decision to cancel.
  • The Executive Club Terms and Conditions and Conditions of Use apply to this offer and can be found at ba.com.
  • British Airways reserves the right to cancel or amend the terms of this offer.

Up next, Hilton is offering a 100% bonus, when you purchase at least 10,000 Hilton Honors points.  This offer expires on December 18.

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

Points purchased do not count towards elite tier qualification. Points. com and Hilton Honors reserve the right to terminate bonus promotions at any time. All purchases must be made through the Purchase page on HiltonHonors. com. The 100% Bonus with a minimum 10,000 Points purchase campaign is available for purchases made between November 6, 2018, at 12:01am ET and December 18, 2018, at 11:59pm ET. Through December 18, 2018 members may purchase a maximum of 160,000 points per calendar year. All purchases are non-refundable. Offer is subject to change. Offer cannot be combined with any other offer. Points will be posted to the recipients Hilton Honors account within 24 hours of the completed transaction. All Hilton Honors program Terms and Conditions apply. Hilton HonorsTM membership earning and redemption of Points are subject to Honors Terms and Conditions, available at HiltonHonors. com/terms.

Price includes all applicable fees. GST/HST will be charged to Canadian residents. Email address is required and will only be used for transaction and marketing communications related to this purchase. Purchased points do not count towards Honors status upgrades.


Up next, United Airlines is offering up to an 85% bonus, based on the number of United Airlines miles you purchase.  This offer expires on December 19.

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

  • Promotional offer valid until 11:59 p.m. CT on December 19, 2018.
  • Miles are available in increments of 1,000 up to a maximum of 81,000 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, Alaska Airlines is offering a 50% bonus, based on the number of Alaska Airlines miles you purchase.  This offer expires on December 21.

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

  • Transactions must be completed between 6:00 AM PST November 6, 2018 and 11:59 PM PST December 21, 2018 to be eligible for bonus miles.
  • Only Mileage Plan™ members who receive this offer directly from Alaska Airlines via email are qualified to participate.
  • This is an exclusive, non-transferable offer for the intended recipient only and may not be forwarded.
  • Miles are purchased from Points.com Inc. for a cost of $27.50 per 1,000 miles, plus a 7.5% Federal Excise Tax*, and GST/HST for Canadian residents.
  • Miles are non-refundable and do not count toward MVP and MVP/Gold status.
  • Offer is subject to change and all terms and conditions of the Mileage Plan Program apply.
  • *Points.com Inc. is collecting Federal Excise Tax on behalf of Alaska Airlines Inc.
  • Alaska Airlines Inc. has the obligation to collect Federal Excise Tax and remit the tax to the appropriate government agency.

Up next, Choice Hotels is offering a 20% bonus, when you purchase at least 5,000 Choice Hotels points.  This offer expires on December 28.

Here are the complete terms & conditions of the Choice Hotels promo:

20% discount offer applies to purchases of 5,000 points or more. Transactions must be completed between 9 AM ET December 5th, 2018 and 11:59 PM December 28th, 2018 to be eligible for a discount on points. Points will be posted to your Choice Privileges account within 24 hours after your transaction is complete. Purchased points do not count toward Elite Status or Lifetime Elite Gold Status. Transactions are final and non-refundable. Offer may not be valid for all members. All other terms and conditions of the Choice Privileges Rewards Program apply.

Price includes all applicable fees. Members may buy or receive up to a total of 50,000 points in a calendar year. Purchased points are not refundable and are applicable towards all Choice Privileges awards. Points purchased using this option will post within 24 hours. Purchased points do not count towards status upgrades. All standard Choice Privileges program rules and conditions apply.


Last but not least, IHG is offering an 80% bonus, when you purchase at least 5,000 IHG points.  This offer expires on December 28.

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

Offer available for purchases made between 12:00 AM ET December 10, 2018, and 11:59 PM ET December 28, 2018. This is an exclusive, non-transferable offer for the intended recipient only and may not be forwarded. Bonus points will be awarded upon completion of the transaction. Bonus points will be awarded to the recipient of the points purchase. Offer is subject to change. Offer cannot be combined with any other offer. Only purchases made online are eligible for the bonus.

Price includes all applicable fees. Purchased points are not refundable and are applicable toward all IHG® Rewards Club awards. Members may purchase a maximum of 100,000 points per calendar year and receive as a gift a maximum of 100,000 points per calendar year. Please allow 72 hours for points to post and appear in the recipient’s account. All other IHG® Rewards Club Terms and Conditions apply.


If you want to see all current buy miles & points offers, 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!

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