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There are some nice year end point sales going on across the board. Both Alaska and Hilton are running best ever sales with 50% and 100% respectively. In fact, Hilton also increased their cap from 80k to 160k meaning you can purchase a grand total of 320k Hilton Honors. Used in the right way…that’s a helluva deal. The third, IHG, is offering a good sale at 80%, but not quite their best ever of 100%.
As we always note…award currency can fluctuate and devalue at the drop of a hat. These are solid opportunities to buy if you have a need, but I wouldn’t speculatively purchase.
Alaska Airlines is my favorite airline reward program. In fact, for the last two years I’ve been MVPG75, their highest status. The biggest reason is the value of their points when used to fly in super fancy partner airlines. From Cathay to Qantas, American, and BA, I’ve used Alaska miles to fly in some of the best cabins the air offers. You can read more about booking Alaska miles like a pro here.
One of the most aspirational places to go in the world is Bora Bora. The Conrad Bora Bora just so happens to be 80k a night. With this deal, you could buy 4 nights at the Conrad for $1600. Even better, if you have Gold or Diamond status, you’d get a 5th night free when you book with all points. $320 a night for the Conrad Bora Bora that typically goes for nearly $1k is an insane deal. Read more here.
If you’re an IHG Premier cardholder and enjoy a 4th night free, this is a great way to fill your account up prior to that 4 night stay. If you’re like me and have the IHG Rewards Select and a 10% off Ambassador renewal, you can end up stretching those 180k points even further. Here’s an example.
The Intercontinental Sydney, pictured below, is 60k a night. With the IHG Rewards Premier you could book this for 4 nights and just pay 180k, or $1k. Great deal for a prime hotel in Sydney at $250 a night. If you’re like me and get the additional 20% back, you could end up paying just 144k points for all 4 nights. That is fantastic.
This offer has been floating around all year and I’ve actually been able to utilize it with some award clients who needed some shoring up to hit an award booking.
Air France continues to offer great deals, especially when you can book far enough in advance and know which aircraft offer the following product: their incredible 1-2-1 reverse herringbone business class. Hint…772, 773, A330 ( some of them ) and avoid the A380 if possible.