I'm going to have to hold my hands up and admit that I had no idea that United Airlines had a program that allows MileagePlus members to subscribe to a monthly purchase of miles. Now, however, I'm all caught up, as United has been emailing the various accounts that I control to see if anyone behind them is uninformed enough to think that what's on offer is anything but terrible value for money.
British Airways is running another Avios sale and as we have seen in the past, it's offering a bonus of up to 50% on Avios purchases as long as they're completed by the end of the day on 19 December 2022.
It's the middle of the month and that means that Singapore Airlines has published its latest set of KrisFlyer Spontaneous Escapes deals and while this set is marginally better than the rubbish that was offered last month, we're still not seeing the kind of deals that we saw pre pandemic and in the first set of spontaneous escapes following the lifting of pandemic restrictions.
The AAdvantage program's current incarnation is still very new (it only came into being earlier this year) but American Airlines is already pushing through new changes which, on the whole, are probably going to be unpopular.
Miles & Smiles is the loyalty program of Turkish Airlines and as another year draws to a close, it has brought back a very popular promotion that, if I'm remembering correctly, it ran around the same time in 2021.
Qatar Airways has launched a new promotion in which it's offering members of its Privilege Club (free to join) up to 20% off fares between Europe and cities in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
Etihad is back with a new mileage sale and although it's not the best sale that we've seen this year, the deal being offered is still pretty good. Through 21 December, members of the Etihad Guest program can buy miles with a bonus of up to 45% thrown in so, with Etihad offering a flyer-friendly award chart for redemptions on American Airlines, this could be a good chance to buy miles cheaply with a view to booking American Airlines premium cabin saver awards (if you can find them).
Virgin Atlantic's has brought back the same points sale that we saw it running in December last year and in February this year and for once, a lack of innovation is a good thing as this is one of the best deals that we've ever seen the airline offer.
British Airways appears to be pushing through some big changes to its loyalty program today and because we haven't yet had a public announcement from the airline, it's not yet clear what all the changes will look like.
United Airlines is back with what appears to be another targeted mileage sale in which it's offering select MileagePlus members a 100% bonus when they purchase a minimum of 50,000 miles. This sale sees United selling its miles from approximately 1.88 cents each so if you have a need to top up an account, that may not be a bad price point at which to do that.