Travel Points & Miles Valuations – What Are They Worth? [April 2017]

Travel Points and Miles Valuations

What are points and miles actually worth?

Unfortunately, there are no official answers given to us – meaning that the airlines and hotels do not give out point and mile valuations.

It is therefore up to “us” to make our own conclusions on that value.

Many different factors come into play when determining this metric, and below are some that we’ve taken into account to create our own point and mile valuations:

  • How much (on average) do airlines and hotels often sell their points & miles for?
  • How valuable are these points when taking into available account transfer partners (i.e. flexibility) as well as redemption options?
  • How much would we buy points and miles for?

…and so on.

Upgraded Points’ Points & Miles Valuations (April 2017)

Flexible Point Program Value (cents/point)
AMEX Membership Rewards 1.8
Barclaycard Miles 1
Chase Ultimate Rewards 1.9
Citi ThankYou Points 1.7
Starwood Preferred Guest 2.3
Diners Club Rewards 2.1
Airline Loyalty Program Value (cents/point)
Air Canada Aeroplan 1.4
Air France Flying Blue 1.25
Alaska Mileage Plan 1.8
American AAdvantage 1.4
ANA 1.5
Asiana 1.5
Avianca Lifemiles 1.4
British Airways Executive Club 1.3
Cathay Pacific Asia Miles 1.2
Delta SkyMiles 1.25
Emirates 1.1
Etihad Guest 1.5
Frontier 1
Hawaiian 1.1
JetBlue TrueBlue 1.2
Korean Air SkyPass 1.6
Miles & More 1.3
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer 1.5
Southwest Rapid Rewards 1.3
United MileagePlus 1.4
Virgin America Elevate 2
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club 1.1
Hotel Loyalty Program Value (cents/point)
Choice Privileges 0.6
Club Carlson 0.4
Hilton Honors 0.4
Hyatt Gold Passport 1.7
IHG Rewards Club 0.5
Marriott Rewards 0.8
Starwood Preferred Guest 2.3
Wyndham Rewards 1

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