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Is there a mathematical equation for determining if buying miles is a good idea? What are other considerations you should take into account when evaluating a mileage purchase?
[USER=870]@Aleta[/USER], welcome! Take a look at the top of this page under the Start Here tab. There’s a small menu there. Select Value of Miles & Points. That will tell you what value Lucky places on each program’s points. From there you look at the price that the airline is offering and can tell whether or not it’s much of a deal.
Keep in mind that most airlines do NOT sell their own points (there are a couple of exceptions like AA) so if you’re using their co-branded card it will not count as airline spend and you’d only get 1 point per dollar.
In addition, when airlines have deals on their points, Lucky usually writes a post about whether or not he thinks it’s a good deal, so you can look through the blog for recent opportunities if you’re curious about a specific program.
If you’ve got more questions or need more details, don’t hesitate to ask.