Recap: 8 Opportunities To Buy Points

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For most people this isn’t the time to buy points speculatively. However, I’m continuing to cover good loyalty program promotions on purchasing points, because some people do find this valuable when planning travel.

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 programs sell points at a discount, so 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 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 Avianca LifeMiles, Hilton Honors, 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 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 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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Comments
  1. Does the Avianca p
    Mule purchase also stack with the 15% of purchase of miles with an Avianca credit card? Or is that bonus only on non discounted purchases (and thus useless).

  2. Does the Avianca Miles purchase also stack with the 15% of purchase of miles with an Avianca credit card? Or is that bonus only on non discounted purchases (and thus useless).

  3. @Marriott Marty – I have gotten the LifeMiles credit card discount on other LifeMiles bonus purchases, but I haven’t bought on this one. Note that that’s just one data point. If I recall correctly, the discount shows up when you’re about to make the purchase, after you put in the credit card number. If it’s not there, there’s still time to cancel.

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