Don’t Miss These Reduced Miles and Points Awards

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Every now and then, airlines and hotels put some of their inventory on sale either during low seasons of travel or to stimulate travel to new spots on their destination maps. These are not always broadly advertised, so it can pay off to know which companies offer these discounted awards and when they are available. United offers discounts occasionally, but here’s a roundup of some of our favorites that regularly offer these bonus redemptions.

American Airlines Reduced Mileage Awards

These awards are a great perk for many of American’s co-branded credit card holders because they can shave as much as 7,500 miles off an award ticket. Unfortunately, they are not as straightforward to book as it may seem. It involves reviewing this chart to determine which award code your credit card qualifies you for. Then, call American’s special phone number to reference it for the discount as they cannot be booked online.

Another important point is that the destinations that qualify for these awards vary each month. The chart identifies when and where the discounts may apply. A check on the chart does not mean that it is available for award redemption every day, but travelers can check availability for low-level saver availability on the American website in advance if they wish. If space is available at the saver level, then the discount can be applied.

Don’t forget that American imposes a $75 fee to non-elite fliers that book award travel within 21 days of departure.

Flying Blue Promo Awards

The loyalty program of Air France and KLM regularly puts many of its flights, in economy, premium economy, and business class on sale between select destinations. These include flights between North America and Europe or within Europe. One-way domestic flights in France can be as low as 3,600 miles. Don’t forget credit card partners like American Express Membership Rewards allow you to transfer points to Flying Blue. This can represent tremendous value if you are traveling between certain destinations.

Current great bargains include 50% off business class awards between Vancouver and Europe or 50% off premium economy class awards between Europe and Dubai. These can be booked either online or via phone (it’s best to check for availability online before calling). Pay attention to the dates as there is usually a deadline for booking these awards and a specific set of dates for travel.

IHG Points Breaks

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) puts some of its hotels around the world on sale for between 5,000-15,000 points, which can be a drop in the bucket in the points and miles world. Hotels put a limited set of inventory on sale for a few months, which can go quickly. When the seasonal list is announced (there is one every quarter), it is best to jump on it.

Hotels for this quarter include the InterContinental properties in Mendoza and San Salvador, Crowne Plaza Istanbul-Harbiye, and the Holiday Inn Hamburg City Nord in Germany among dozens of others. If you are short on points, IHG allows you to buy points, often with a promotional bonus, to top off your account. You can also transfer points to IHG from various Chase Ultimate Rewards.

SkyMiles Deals

Delta is not known for having a particularly rewarding loyalty program when it comes to the value that can be garnered from competing programs. But it has started offering monthly flash sales with discount award tickets for a short window of time. These require booking awards quickly, and Delta provides little advance notice of these sales. Travel must be completed between a set of dates, and they are usually for economy class awards (although business class discounts can be had from time to time).

One-way tickets can be booked for as few as 5,000 miles. Delta lists numerous city pairs on its SkyMiles Deals page, but there are often many more city pairs where discounts are available. These sales usually take place toward the beginning of each month.

Marriott PointSavers

Marriott Rewards offers PointSavers awards at many of its hotels. Unfortunately, there is no way to view a full list of availability in advance, but it is easy to search a preferred hotel on Marriott.com or the Marriott app to check and see if a discounted rate is available. These discounted points rates chop off one-third of the Marriott Rewards requirement for a hotel. They are valid at any category of hotel as long as there is discounted room inventory.

Ramsey Qubein

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About the Author

Ramsey Qubein
Ramsey Qubein is a freelance travel journalist and correspondent for Northstar Travel Media covering the hotel and airline industry from every corner of the globe. He has traveled to 144 countries (many more than two dozen times) and lived in both Madrid and Paris. His work has appeared in numerous consumer and industry publications including Travel+Leisure, Premier Traveler, Islands, Business Traveller, Singapore Airlines' Silver Kris, and US Airways magazines. He is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) and completed a Master’s Degree thesis researching various aspects of marketing/branding in the travel industry. Ramsey is highly recognized as an expert in travel loyalty programs, business travel and the luxury travel segment. He flies nearly 350,000 miles per year and estimates he has circumnavigated the globe more than 80 times. He is a regular guest on nationally syndicated radio programs and contributor to USA Today, Fox News, BBC, Frommers, and AirfareWatchdog. Ramsey enjoys participating on travel panels or roundtables and is frequently quoted on travel-related subjects. Interested editors are welcome to contact him for any freelance writing needs related to business travel, aviation, or the hotel industry.

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