Master List of Current and Past Best Buying Points Promotions & What Are Those Points Worth?

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Master List of Current and Past Best Buying Points Promotions & What Are Those Points Worth?

UPDATES:
  • Hyatt is selling points at 25% off.

Buying points can be beneficial in some circumstances, especially when the price of the ticket is more expensive than buying miles to redeem for the exact same ticket. Business and first class tickets are usually very expensive. Although buying miles will cost you money also, you can potentially save thousands of dollars which is a lot cheaper than buying those business and first class tickets outright. Same thing with hotel points. The rate at a luxury hotel can be very expensive, but you could save money by buying hotel points and redeem for the stay instead. During special events or concerts, buying and using hotel points can yield great savings as well. Another circumstance when buying points makes sense is if you want to top up your rewards account for a good redemption.

In this post, we've put together all major points programs out there that sell points and miles. We include the current buying points offer and the past cheapest buying points offer so that you can compare. We also include our valuation of how much those points are worth. This may vary based on your own valuation of the program.



Current & Past Cheapest Buying Points Offers

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Loyalty
Programs

Current
Buying Points Offer

Past Best Buying
Points Bonus Offer

Points Worth
(Cents)

Airlines

Aegean Miles+Bonus None 100% 1.4
Aerlingus Avios None 50% (~$1.84/point) 1.5
Air Canada Aeroplan None - 1.5
Alaska Mileage Plan None 60% 1.8
American None

Expired:
  • Buy 150k miles to get max 100k bonus + 3% discount. $4,650.66 ($1.86/point). Offer ends May 31, 2020.
100% 1.4
Air France KLM Flying Blue None 75%1.2
Avianca LifeMiles None 150% 1.7
British Airways Avios None 50%1.5
Cathay Pacific Asia Miles None-1.3
Delta SkyMiles None -1.2
HawaiianMiles NonePast Best Offer:
100% ($1.5/point)
1.0
JetBlue TrueBlue None 

Expired:
Up to 60% ($1.72/point)
Offer ends June 10, 2020
Past Best Offer:
75% Bonus
1.3
Singapore KrisFlyer Top up during redemption.
US$40 for every 1,000 miles
None1.3
Southwest Rapids Rewards 45% 45% 1.5
Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles NoneUp to 50%1.4
United MileagePlus None

Expired:
Up to 100% (1.75 cents/point)
Offer ends May 14, 2020.
100% 1.3
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club None40% 1.6

Hotels

Choice None 50% 0.6
Hilton Honors 100% 100% 0.4
IHG Rewards Club Current Best Offer:
None


Expired:
100% bonus ($0.5/point)
June 15, 2020
Past Best Offer:
100% ($0.5/point)
0.5
Marriott Rewards Current Best Offer:
None

Expired:
60% bonus ($0.78/point)
June 30, 2020
60%
($0.78/point)
0.5
Radisson Rewards Current Best Offer:
None 

Expired:
100% bonus ($0.35/point)
June 30, 2020
Past Best Offer:
100% Bonus
($0.35/point)
0.4
World of Hyatt Current Best Offer:
25% Off
Offer ends December 31, 2020
Past Best Offer:
40%
1.7
Wyndham Rewards None40% 1.1

Train

Amtrak Guest Rewards Current Best Offer:
None

Expired:
50% bonus
June 17, 2020
Past Best Offer:
50%
2.5

Should You Buy Points Speculatively? 

Points are not a good long term investment. You should not buy points speculatively. Airlines and hotels can devalue their award chart any time they want to, with or without notice. The main principle when it comes to buying points is, buy only when you need them or have immediate use of those points in mind in a short term period. The two main driving factors for me personally to buy points are only to top up my account to redeem for an award travel and when it is more expensive to pay for the flight ticket or hotel stay than using points.

When Does It Make Sense to Buy Points?

  • Points are not for investment. Don’t buy them just to save them.
  • Have a use of those points in mind in a short term period.
  • Top up your account to redeem for an award travel.
  • Watch for points bonus sales that you sure will benefit from the purchase. Make sure to subscribe to our blog below so we can let you know when the sales returns. 
  • Do the math to see if it makes sense to purchase points to redeem for an award travel or to just pay with cash. See below. 

Do You Earn Points When You Use Points?

No, you do not earn airline miles when you use miles to redeem for a flight. Similarly, you do not earn hotel points when you use points to redeem for a free night stay. Therefore, do factor that when you are trying to make a decision whether to buy and use points or pay with cash outright. Remember, cash is king!

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