When is a bonus ever a bad thing?! I'm legitimately trying to think. Nope, nothing. Whether you're a daily flyer or just fly every blue moon, bonus miles matter. Miles are not mythical creatures, they are guaranteed savings and opportunities. The more you have the better of both. Save a few bucks of your next flight, score a free flight or a seat upfront by taking advantage of these open offers...


Not to be outdone by big brother British Airways, Virgin Atlantic have offered a great opportunity to turn a flight you already may be taking into bonus miles and elite status points. By REGISTERING for the promotion, you will receive 100% extra bonus miles on all flights to and from the UK from now until January 31st, 2016. You'll need to register by October 31st for this opportunity to turn the standard 6,916 miles earned for a round trip in economy into 13,832. You'll also earn an extra tier point for each cabin class bringing you closer to Silver and Gold. Sadly the offer seems confined to those with US addresses on their frequent flyer profile. I'll be happy to lend you mind if this is lucrative for you!


Earn bonus miles or buy miles with a bonus. If you're crossing the pond between now and January 31st you'll earn at least 2,000 bonus miles on every round tripand 25,000 on every business class round trip after registering for the UK offer HERE or the US offer HERE. If miles will be stocking fillers this year you can currently save 10% off buying miles and receive up to 35,000 bonus miles. I rarely ever buy miles but if I do it's in a sale like this one. If you're close to having enough miles for the flight of your next free flight using miles it's always good to buy the rest for less. If you love things like first and business class this is also a great way to "hedge" your costs. You can purchase 53,000 miles, which is more than enough for one way in business class between the US and Europe or Asia for $1062 (£680). This essentially allows you to book round trip business for $2,140. It's not cheap but it's a lot cheaper than buying tickets outright usually are. Here's a LINK to the sale.


British Airways has a couple ways to win right now. They are offering a transatlantic flight bonus for US and European Executive club members (excluding UK) where you receive a minimum 7,500 bonus Avios on flights booked after registering for the promotion. Business class round trips receive 25,000 mile bonuses up to 5x so if you have lots of travel between now and the end of January you're in major luck. If you're in the UK and are getting shafted by being excluded from this offer, I highly suggest checking out the UK offer which is identical from American Airlines if miles are more important than tier points to you!


You can save up to 80% off buying miles with a United sale valid thru October 23rd. As with any type of miles buying miles is rarely fruitful unless you immediately need them or have a want in mind for them. If you're about to book a free ticket and need just a few more miles always book in a sale like this one. If you want to hedge your costs like the example above this is equally valid. Here's a LINK to the sale. 

Bonus miles of this stature are rare and it's exciting that you can stack multiple trips on. If you need to buy miles these are also solid opportunities to leverage good timing into more miles. We all like a bonus don't we? With hope someone will take the information in this post and turn it into a free trip they deserve. Elevate your travel at minimal expense!

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