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There are some loyalty programs that are most known for the promotions they offer on purchased miles. Among those are Alaska Mileage Plan, American AAdvantage, Avianca LifeMiles, and United MileagePlus.
However, historically Air France & KLM’s FlyingBlue program isn’t known as a program that’s especially aggressive about selling miles, though at the moment they’re offering their biggest bonus on purchased miles yet. FlyingBlue is offering a 100% bonus when you purchase more than 4,000 award miles by September 25, 2017. Non-elite members can purchase up to 75,000 miles per year, while elite members can purchase up to 100,000 miles per year.
If you’re an elite member and max out this promotion you can purchase a total of 200,000 FlyingBlue miles at a cost of 2,750EUR (~$3,300), which is ~1.65 cents (USD) per mile. If you’re a non-elite member you can buy miles at the same rate, but just not as many.
FlyingBlue mileage purchases are processed by points.com, so won’t count as airfare for the purposes of credit card spend. If you buy miles you’ll want to first use a card where you’re meeting minimum spend, and then use a card which maximizes your return on everyday, non-bonused spend, like the Chase Freedom Unlimited®, Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express, Barclays Arrival Plus™ World Elite Mastercard®, Citi® Double Cash Card, etc.
The terms of this promotion are as follows:
* During the promotional period each member can receive a maximum bonus of 100,000 Award Miles. Bonus Miles will be awarded on transactions made between 1 September and 25 September 2017, 23:59 CET +1, and will be credited to the recipient’s account when the transaction is complete. Award Miles are sold in units of 2,000 Miles. Elite members can buy an unlimited number of Award Miles.
Award Miles are sold to you by Points Inc. Award Miles will be deposited into your account within 72 hours of purchase. You have the right to withdraw your purchase within 14 days as provided in the Buy and Gift Award Miles Program Terms and Conditions. To exercise the withdrawal right or to obtain assistance with the Buy and Gift Award Miles Program, please contact the Customer Service Centre.
While FlyingBlue isn’t my favorite points currency (though redeeming for Promo Awards can be an excellent deal), there are certainly circumstances under which it could make sense to buy miles at this price. However, I’m not a buyer because FlyingBlue is transfer partners with all four major transferable points currencies — Amex Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, Citi ThankYou, and Starwood Preferred Guest — so there are plenty of popular cards that can earn you FlyingBlue miles, including the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card, Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express, The Blue Business℠ Plus Credit Card from American Express, etc.
Does anyone plan on buying FlyingBlue miles with a 100% bonus?
(Tip of the hat to Frequent Flyer Bonuses)