Recap: 10 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 many loyalty programs offer promotions when buying points, with several offers expiring in the coming days. In this post I wanted to provide a recap of that, since it can be tough to keep track of the various deals out there. Many of these are among the best-ever deals we’ve seen from programs, which is fitting when you consider the circumstances.

Here are 10 of the best deals on buying points right now, 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.

Of the above offers, I tend to think the Avianca LifeMiles, Hilton Honors, Marriott Bonvoy, and World of Hyatt deals are best.

American AAdvantage and Avianca LifeMiles mileage purchases are processed directly. That means those purchases should qualify as airfare, and 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
Chase Sapphire Reserve®3x Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent
American Express® Gold Card3x Membership Rewards points per dollar spent
American Express® Green Card3x Membership Rewards points per dollar spent
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card2x Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent

Other points purchases should be facilitated by Those purchases don’t qualify as airfare or hotel purchases, which should impact the credit card you use.

For 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) or Citi® Double Cash Card (review).

However, keep in mind those two cards have foreign transaction fees, so you wouldn’t want to use them for any points purchases in foreign currencies. For purchases from foreign programs, use a card with no foreign transaction fees.

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

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  1. Lucky, you cite Alaska Mileage Plan as one of the best, but I don’t see it listed in your list of programs. Am I going blind?

  2. Before buying Avianca points perform this simple test

    See if you can reach a human bringing by phone, webchat or WhatsApp chat

    I just spent more than 8 hours before finally reading someone on WhatsApp

    Then changing date of flight too 2 full hours

    Yes, redemption level is fantastic, especially during Citi 25% bonus, but you had better book yourself a back up award as your SOL if something goes wrong

  3. Doesn’t make sense because credit card points are more flexible and many people have many points remaining due to the virus. Hotel and airline points are constantly devaluing.

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