8 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 even more programs than usual selling points at a discount, as a lot of programs have “last call” promotions for 2019. It’s perhaps especially worth being aware of these, since many programs have an annual cap on how many points you can purchase, and this can be a last chance to max out your limit for the year.

Here are eight of the best deals 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 Alaska Mileage Plan, Etihad Guest, Hilton Honors, Iberia Plus, and World of Hyatt offers are the best.

American AAdvantage mileage purchases are all 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 purchases should be 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 minimum spending, or otherwise a credit card that maximizes your return on everyday spend, 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.

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

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  1. Is that photo PH Kyoto? It looks like it, but I used an award night and wasn’t able to score a suite on my last stay, so i’m not sure.

  2. You wonder why this is posted when none of these offers are good deals if you use OMAAT last published valuation of points.

    The only reason to buy would be to top off an award that you are redeeming today or possibly to stock up on Hilton as you can use the points to lock in a room at a property that has high non-refundable rates. Kind of like using points on WN

  3. Boraxo, I just bought Etihad miles and used them for a one way business class ticket from Auckland NZ to Boston in business class for 62,500 miles on American Airlines. The cost for the miles = $875. The least expensive coach ticket would have been $1800 round trip. I think that’s worth posting/knowing about. I wouldn’t have known about it without this post. Ben: Thank you.

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