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May 2024 Buy Points Promotions and Bonuses

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There is no shortage of ways to earn points and miles. From credit card welcome offers to bonus categories, shopping portals, and dining programs, the list goes on and on.

Given the numerous options, travelers are often conflicted about purchasing points for their trips. After all, why purchase points when you can save up the points you earn from your everyday purchases?

This is a fair point and a solution that works for many. However, there are some instances where purchasing points and miles can make sense. We will explore each of those options later in the post, but first, let’s dive into all of the current promotions that allow you to receive a discount or bonus on your points and miles purchases.

Latest Buy Points Promotions

Air France/KLM – Flying Blue

  • Promotion: 
    • Purchase 2,000+ miles and get a 70% bonus (1.79 cents per mile)
  • Deadline: June 10, 2024
  • Programs That Transfer to Flying Blue: Amex Membership Rewards, Bilt Rewards, Capital One Miles, Chase Ultimate Rewards, Citi ThankYou Rewards, Marriott Bonvoy, and Wells Fargo Rewards
  • Link to Purchase

You’ll need to buy just 2,000 miles to see the 70% bonus kick in. With so many transfer partners to Flying Blue, we recommend purchasing miles as a last resort.

American Airlines AAdvantage [Targeted]

  • Promotion: 
    • Purchase 5,000 to 24,000 miles and get a 10% discount
    • Purchase 25,000 to 79,000 miles and get a 15% discount
    • Purchase 80,000 to 104,000 miles and get a 20% discount
    • Purchase 105,000 to 149,000 miles and get a 25% discount
    • Purchase 150,000 miles and get a 30% discount (2.45 cents per mile)
  • Deadline: N/A
  • Programs That Transfer to American: Bilt Rewards
  • Link to Purchase

Keep in mind that this is a targeted offer, so the exact discount you see on your account may differ. We value American Airlines miles at 1.4 cents per mile, so we wouldn’t recommend purchasing miles at these prices unless you are topping off your account for a specific redemption.

Avianca LifeMiles

  • Promotion: 
    • Purchase 1,000 to 15,000 miles and get a 140% bonus (1.38 cents per mile)
    • Purchase 16,000 to 35,000 miles and get a 150% bonus (1.32 cents per mile)
    • Purchase 36,000+ miles and get a 160% bonus (1.27 cents per mile)
  • Deadline: May 31, 2024
  • Programs That Transfer to Avianca: Amex Membership Rewards, Brex Rewards, Bilt Rewards, Capital One Miles, Citi ThankYou Rewards, and Marriott Bonvoy
  • Link to Purchase

Since this is a targeted offer, the exact amount of bonus points you are targeted for may differ. We value Avianca LifeMiles at 1.4 cents apiece. Therefore, this promotion offers a solid opportunity for those looking to stock up on LifeMiles for a specific redemption.

Hilton Honors

  • Promotion: 
    • Purchase 5,000+ points: 100% bonus points
  • Deadline: May 14, 2024
  • Programs That Transfer to Hilton: Amex Membership Rewards
  • Link to Purchase

For reference, we value Hilton Honors points at 0.5 cents each, so this is a great opportunity to stock up on points for upcoming travel.

IHG One Rewards [Targeted]

  • Promotion: 
    • Purchase 5,000+ points: 85% bonus points (0.56 cents per point)
  • Deadline: June 8, 2024
  • Programs That Transfer to IHG: Bilt Rewards and Chase Ultimate Rewards
  • Link to Purchase

We value IHG One Rewards points at 0.5 cents per point, though you can certainly get more value than this if you redeem them strategically. If you have a plan for redeeming the points you’d purchase with this promotion, it could be well worth it.

JetBlue TrueBlue

  • Promotion: 
    • Buy 3,000+ miles and get a 75% bonus (1.44 cents per point)
  • Deadline: June 28, 2024
  • Programs That Transfer to JetBlue: Amex Membership Rewards, Citi ThankYou Rewards, and Chase Ultimate Rewards
  • Link to Purchase

Depending on the bonus, it rarely makes sense to purchase JetBlue points. That’s because JetBlue TrueBlue is a fixed-value rewards program, meaning the number of points you’ll need for a redemption is directly tied to the cash cost of the ticket.

Marriott Bonvoy

  • Promotion: 
    • Buy 2,000+ points, get a 40% bonus
    • Buy 10,000+ points, get a 50% bonus (0.83 cents per point)
  • Deadline: July 24, 2024
  • Programs That Transfer to Marriott: Amex Membership Rewards, Bilt Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards
  • Link to Purchase

Travelers will be presented with a targeted mystery bonus with the latest promotion. They must log in with their Marriott Bonvoy number to get a 25 to 50% bonus, but buying points will rarely make sense since value them to be worth roughly 0.7 cents apiece.

Southwest Rapid Rewards

  • Promotion: 
    • Buy 3,000+ points, get 50% off (1.5 cents per point)
  • Deadline: May 15, 2024
  • Programs That Transfer to Southwest Rapid Rewards: Chase Ultimate Rewards
  • Link to Purchase

Southwest Rapid Rewards is a revenue-based program, so you likely won’t get outsized value from point redemptions above our value of 1.3 cents apiece. Still, this discount allows you to buy points at a reasonably discounted rate if you need the extra boost.

United MileagePlus

  • Promotion: 
    • Buy 45,000+ miles, get 100% bonus (1.88 cents per point)
  • Deadline: May 28, 2024
  • Programs That Transfer to United MileagePlus: Bilt Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards
  • Link to Purchase

United has a mystery bonus right now, and the best promotion we’ve seen is the ability to purchase miles for up to a 100% bonus. Even so, this price is notably higher than our valuation of United MileagePlus miles at 1.2 cents each.

World of Hyatt

  • Promotion: 
    • Buy 5,000+ points, get a 20% bonus (2.0 cents per point)
  • Deadline: July 1, 2024
  • Programs That Transfer to Hyatt: Chase Ultimate Rewards and Bilt Rewards
  • Link to Purchase

We value World of Hyatt points at 1.5 cents apiece, though it’s often possible to get more value than that. However, this new purchase promotion allows you to buy Hyatt points at a fairly reasonable rate.

When Should You Purchase Points?

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Sometimes it can make sense to purchase airline miles. Image Credit: Miguel Ángel Sanz via Unsplash

As promised, let’s go through some examples of when it might make sense for you to purchase points and miles.

Topping Off Your Account

It can be frustrating to have a redemption you’d like to make, with available award space to boot, but you don’t have quite enough points or miles to make the booking. Of course, you could wait until you do, but if you’re looking to book a business or first class award ticket, award space can vanish quickly.

In cases like these, it can make sense to purchase a small number of points to acquire the number of points or miles needed to book the award.

Price Arbitrage

We frequently discuss the opportunity to take advantage of price arbitrage when talking about purchasing points or miles.

For instance, say you’d like to fly business class from the U.S. to Europe in business class. You pull up Google Flights, pop in your desired destination and travel date, and the results reveal that the best nonstop option is an American Airlines flight that costs a whopping $2,500 — yikes.

While the best award redemptions require locating award space at the saver level, assuming it is available on the date you’d like to travel, you could purchase the points needed for this ticket for far less. For example, you could purchase 53,000 American Airlines miles for less than $1,700 — nearly $1,000 less than the retail price.

Bottom Line:

Simply put, purchasing points and miles can be a great way to get a substantial discount on flights you were planning to purchase anyway.

Preventing Points From Expiring

One of the annoyances of some loyalty programs is that their points or miles expire after a set period, usually 1 to 3 years. Depending on your travel habits, you may be at risk of your points expiring if you go long periods without earning or redeeming points within the program.

Fortunately, most programs count purchasing points as a qualifying earn activity, allowing you to extend the life of your miles simply by purchasing a small number of them.

Final Thoughts

In most cases, your primary points strategy should be earning them through new welcome bonuses, everyday card spending, and other point-earning activities like shopping portals, as these activities shouldn’t require a significant expense beyond what you might have spent anyway.

That said, there is a time and a place for when it can make sense to purchase points and miles. In those cases, promotions that allow you to receive a discount or bonus miles on your purchase can offer you even more value.

Of course, you should always run the numbers when deciding which path makes the most sense for your next redemption, but it is always great to have options.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should you purchase points and miles?

Usually, you’d be better off redeeming points and miles that you already have, rather than purchasing more. That said, if your point balances are dwindling, and you have a redemption in mind where you know you’ll get more value than the cash price you pay for the points, then, yes, it can make a lot of sense to purchase the points. You might always find it worthwhile to purchase points if you just need a small amount to make a certain redemption or if you’re trying to keep miles from expiring.

How much does it cost to purchase points?

That depends on the program, but generally, it will cost anywhere from 1 to 3 cents per point. However, we recommend timing your point purchases alongside promotions that offer a discount or bonus when you buy — both of which bring down the per-point cost you’ll pay.

Are there limits to the number of points you can purchase?

Yes, most programs implement a maximum number of points you are allowed to purchase each calendar year, though the amount varies drastically by the program.

How often are there point purchase promotions?

This varies by program, but usually in any given month, there are multiple current purchase promotions. We update this page each month to help you stay up-to-date on all of the latest point promotions you can take advantage of.

Do purchased points count towards elite status?

Unfortunately, no airline or hotel programs count purchased points or miles towards elite status qualification.

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About Jarrod West

Boasting a portfolio of over 20 cards, Jarrod has been an expert in the points and miles space for over 6 years. He earns and redeems over 1 million points per year and his work has been featured in outlets like The New York Times.

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