11 Promotions For Buying Airline & Hotel Points

11 Promotions For Buying Airline & Hotel Points

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Strategically buying airline & hotel points can be a great value, especially for aspirational redemptions. This can save you a huge amount off the retail cost of a first & business class flight, or a five star hotel stay.

We frequently see loyalty programs offer promotions on purchased points, so in this post I wanted to recap the best offers that are currently available. I buy points all the time, so I think it’s always worth being aware of what’s available.

Current promotions on purchased points

Here are 11 deals on buying points right now from major airline & hotel programs, ranked by promotion expiration date:

In each of the above cases, I linked to a post that talks about when it does and doesn’t make sense to buy points from those programs, so check that out. Don’t necessarily assume that a 100% bonus in one program is a better deal than a 50% bonus in another program, since different programs have different value propositions to begin with.

Of the above offers, I tend to think the best offers are those from Alaska Mileage Plan, Hilton Honors, and World of Hyatt.

Redeem Hilton Honors points at the Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos

Which credit card should you buy points with?

The best credit card for buying points depends on the program you’re making a purchase from.

Some loyalty programs process points purchases directly (including American AAdvantage). In those cases, points purchases qualify as airfare spending, in which case you’d want to use one of the following cards:

5x Membership Rewards points per dollar spent directly with airlines or through Amex Travel, on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year and then 1x
The Platinum Card® from American ExpressThe Platinum Card® from American Express
3x Membership Rewards points per dollar spent directly with airlines
American Express® Gold CardAmerican Express® Gold Card
3x Membership Rewards points per dollar spent directly with airlines
American Express® Green CardAmerican Express® Green Card
3x Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent on airfare
Chase Sapphire Reserve®Chase Sapphire Reserve®
3x ThankYou points per dollar spent on airfare
Citi Premier® CardCiti Premier® Card
2x Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent on airfare
Chase Sapphire Preferred® CardChase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Points purchases from other programs are facilitated by points.com. For points.com purchases I’d recommend using a card on which you’re trying to reach minimum spending, or otherwise a credit card that maximizes your return on everyday spending, like the Chase Freedom Unlimited® (review), Citi® Double Cash Card (review), or Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card (review).

If you are purchasing from a foreign program, I’d recommend using the Capital One Venture X, since the other two cards have foreign transaction fees.

Redeem American AAdvantage miles for Qatar Airways business class

Bottom line

Buying airline & hotel points can represent a great deal, especially when there’s a lucrative promotion. We’re seeing several programs offering year-end promotions, so if you’d benefit from one of these, it’s at least worth being aware of what’s available. I buy points several times per year, though usually only if I have a short-term use in mind for a travel experience, and know the math checks out.

Are you taking advantage of any of the opportunities to buy points at the moment?

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  1. dev Guest

    Its is so tough booking a trip from Singapore to ATL on business. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Only flying blue but too overpriced.

  2. jedwho Guest

    How are you arriving at 1.36 cents? The $$ cost is close to $3,103 for 200,000 miles. That's close to 1.55 cents.

  3. iamhere Guest

    There's just one reason why you will want to purchase points. You have an upcoming redemption. As it's becoming more evident than ever before, airlines and hotels are devaluing their points and loyalty programs. Dynamic pricing, and other ways to make such less valuable. Also ways to make it more expensive such as through hotel categories. Credit card points are always more flexible. The problem which is nothing new is that this blog like many...

    There's just one reason why you will want to purchase points. You have an upcoming redemption. As it's becoming more evident than ever before, airlines and hotels are devaluing their points and loyalty programs. Dynamic pricing, and other ways to make such less valuable. Also ways to make it more expensive such as through hotel categories. Credit card points are always more flexible. The problem which is nothing new is that this blog like many other is biased. Paid promotions which counter credible advice along with posts that don't affect one's points and miles strategy.

    1. Iamgone Guest

      So you’d rather Lucky censor this information and withhold it from readers?

      You’re entitled to your views. The snark and derision in your post is completely unnecessary and off-putting. I personally have found great value in purchasing points over the past year. I’m confident that Hyatt points will continue to be a good value even after the upcoming devaluation. And, given that there’s free cancellations on most airfare now, I’ve found great value in being...

      So you’d rather Lucky censor this information and withhold it from readers?

      You’re entitled to your views. The snark and derision in your post is completely unnecessary and off-putting. I personally have found great value in purchasing points over the past year. I’m confident that Hyatt points will continue to be a good value even after the upcoming devaluation. And, given that there’s free cancellations on most airfare now, I’ve found great value in being able to make multiple speculative bookings with points and then cancel the ones I don’t need - as opposed to having to deal with expiring travel funds. I acknowledge that not everyone will share my views on this. But casting aspersions on this is just wrong.

  4. Tahsin Guest

    Don't forget the LifeMiles promo which can let you generate points for a good value by transferring!

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Iamgone Guest

So you’d rather Lucky censor this information and withhold it from readers? You’re entitled to your views. The snark and derision in your post is completely unnecessary and off-putting. I personally have found great value in purchasing points over the past year. I’m confident that Hyatt points will continue to be a good value even after the upcoming devaluation. And, given that there’s free cancellations on most airfare now, I’ve found great value in being able to make multiple speculative bookings with points and then cancel the ones I don’t need - as opposed to having to deal with expiring travel funds. I acknowledge that not everyone will share my views on this. But casting aspersions on this is just wrong.

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dev Guest

Its is so tough booking a trip from Singapore to ATL on business. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Only flying blue but too overpriced.

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jedwho Guest

How are you arriving at 1.36 cents? The $$ cost is close to $3,103 for 200,000 miles. That's close to 1.55 cents.

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