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Travel Points & Miles Valuations – What Are They Worth? [June 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 (June 2017)

Flexible Point ProgramValue (cents/point)
AMEX Membership Rewards1.8
Barclaycard Miles1
Chase Ultimate Rewards1.9
Citi ThankYou Points1.7
Starwood Preferred Guest2.3
Diners Club Rewards2.1
Airline Loyalty ProgramValue (cents/point)
Air Canada Aeroplan1.4
Air France Flying Blue1.25
Alaska Mileage Plan1.8
American AAdvantage1.4
Avianca Lifemiles1.4
British Airways Executive Club1.3
Cathay Pacific Asia Miles1.2
Delta SkyMiles1.25
Etihad Guest1.5
JetBlue TrueBlue1.2
Korean Air SkyPass1.6
Miles & More1.3
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer1.5
Southwest Rapid Rewards1.3
United MileagePlus1.4
Virgin America Elevate2
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club1.1
Hotel Loyalty ProgramValue (cents/point)
Choice Privileges0.6
Club Carlson0.4
Hilton Honors0.4
Hyatt Gold Passport1.7
IHG Rewards Club0.5
Marriott Rewards0.8
Starwood Preferred Guest2.3
Wyndham Rewards1

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