7 Great Opportunities To Buy Points

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We frequently see loyalty programs sell points at a discount, and for many this is an opportunity to buy points at a cost that makes sense, especially for aspirational redemptions.

At the moment we’re seeing several loyalty programs offering great deals on purchased points, most of which I’ve written about in the past several weeks. In this post, I wanted to provide a consolidated rundown of the best deals currently available for buying points.

In order of promotion expiration dates:

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.

With the exception of buying American AAdvantage miles and British Airways Avios, all the other points purchases are facilitated by points.com. Those purchases don’t qualify as airfare or hotel purchases, which should impact the credit card you use.

For points.com purchases I’d recommend using a card on which you’re trying to reach a minimum spend, or otherwise a credit card that maximizes your return on everyday spend, like the Chase Freedom Unlimited® or Citi® Double Cash Card.

In the case of American AAdvantage and British Airways Executive Club, points purchases are processed directly, so would qualify as airfare. Therefore I’d recommend using one of the following cards:

CardPoints earned on airfare spend
The Platinum Card® from American Express5x Membership Rewards points per dollar spent
Citi Prestige Card5x ThankYou points per dollar spent
American Express® Gold Card3x Membership Rewards points per dollar spent
Chase Sapphire Reserve®3x Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card2x Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent

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

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  1. If you used the Amex Platinum to purchase American Airlines miles, and selected American as your airline of choice, would that be considered a reimbursable charge if you kept the payment under $100 per transaction?

  2. Maybe we people buy points because we might travel the world a bit more and eg buy 2 intraJapan awards to get a Bogota – Galápagos free on United, or a QR USA to Cmb on J award for 55K on American miles or a Europe to GUM on TR J United award for 65 K or a 8K Etihad award on RAM from MAD to AGA or…
    Obviously to go to Disneyland or grandma’s on Thanksgiving it’s not that useful…

  3. Ink Preferred. And also give you 3x on travel spend…wondering if it would apply to here as well…

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