Last Chance To Buy Two Great Points Currencies At A Discount

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Buying points when they’re on sale can be one of the best ways to get a luxury vacation at a discount. I try to write about these opportunities when they’re available, and should point out that there are two great points sales ending this Saturday, December 31, 2016. So if you’ve been considering buying either of these points currencies, you’ll want to decide ASAP.

Here are the details:

Buy Alaska miles with up to a 40% bonus

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At the moment Alaska is selling miles with up to a 40% bonus, which is an opportunity to buy miles for as little as ~2.11 cents each.

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The bonuses are tiered, based on how many miles you buy per transaction, as follows:

  • Buy 10,000-19,000 miles, get a 20% bonus
  • Buy 20,000-29,000 miles, get a 30% bonus
  • Buy 30,000-60,000 miles, get a 40% bonus

There are many reasons that buying Alaska miles can be worthwhile, including the following:

Buy Starpoints with up to a 50% discount

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Starwood is offering a mystery discount on purchased points, where different accounts will be targeted for different discounts, ranging from 25% to 50%. Starpoints ordinarily cost 3.5 cents each to purchase, so through this promotion you’d pay the following amounts depending on what you’re targeted for:

  • 25% off — 2.625 cents per Starpoint
  • 30% off — 2.45 cents per Starpoint
  • 35% off — 2.275 cents per Starpoint
  • 50% off — 1.75 cents per Starpoint

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The 50% discount is the best deal we’ve ever seen on the purchase of Starpoints, though even the 35% discount is often as good as it gets. Perhaps the most compelling part of this offer is that Starpoints can be transferred to over two dozen airline partners, including the following:

AeroMexico Club PremierANA Mileage ClubEmirates SkywardsQatar Airways Privileges Club
Air Canada AeroplanAmerican Airlines AAdvantageEtihad Airways GuestSaudi Arabian Airlines Alfursan
airberlin Top BonusAsiana Airlines Asiana ClubGol SmilesSingapore Airlines KrisFlyer
Air China CompanionBritish Airways Executive ClubHawaiian Airlines HawaiianMilesThai Airways Royal Orchid Plus
Air France/KLM FlyingBlueCathay Pacific Asia MilesJapan Airlines (JAL) Mileage BankUnited Mileage Plus
Air New Zealand Air PointsChina Eastern Airlines Eastern ClubKorean Air SkypassVirgin America Elevate
Alaska Airlines Mileage PlanChina Southern Airlines' Sky Pearl ClubLAN Airlines LANPASS KmsVirgin Atlantic Flying Club
Alitalia MilleMigliaDelta Air Lines SkyMilesLufthansa Miles & MoreVirgin Australia Velocity

Points transfer at a 1:1 ratio to a vast majority of partners, and when you transfer points to them you receive a 5,000 point bonus for every 20,000 points you transfer.

So if you are in fact targeted for a 50% discount, that means you can pick up 20,000 Starpoints for $350, which would get you 25,000 airline miles. That’s a rate of 1.4 cents per mile. For many mileage currencies, that’s a fantastic deal.

Also keep in mind that through January 6 you can convert Starpoints into Virgin America Elevate points, and then can convert those into Alaska miles at a 1:1.3 ratio. That means you can get a total of up to a 62.5% bonus when converting Starpoints into Alaska miles (indirectly), which is amazing.

Buying Starpoints right now represents the best value for actually accruing Alaska miles.

Lastly, Starpoints can also be converted into Marriott Rewards points at a 1:3 ratio, so this is an opportunity to pick up Marriott points at a discount as well.

Bottom line

Buying Starpoints or Alaska Mileage Plan miles right now represents a great deal, so it’s something I’d seriously consider. If you’re targeted for a 35-50% bonus on purchased Starpoints, it’s an especially compelling deal, since you can convert those into miles at a very nice ratio.

Regardless, this is your last chance to take advantage of either of these offers!

About lucky

Ben Schlappig (aka Lucky) is a travel consultant, blogger, and avid points collector. He travels about 400,000 miles a year, primarily using miles and points to fund his first class experiences. He chronicles his adventures, along with industry news, here at One Mile At A Time.

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Comments

  1. Hi Lucky, just started following your blog. Getting plenty of cool ideas! I live in Australia, can we get buy these points from here? If so how do I go about it? Any tips would be greatly appreciated!!

  2. I got the 50% off and bought 30k spg points. My wife got 35%. Is it worth it then to maximize her points purchase as well?

  3. I’m platinum with SPG but husband and I were only targeted with a 35 percent offer. My 19-year-old son, whose account is less than a month old, was targeted with 50 percent. Purchased the max and transferred to my account. Looking to transfer to VA and onto Alaska.

  4. LifeMiles buy 1, get 2 free deal for their credit card holders for a couple of days earlier this week was a pretty amazing thing. Too bad it was capped at 15K

  5. Not sure if its just me, but SPG website has said for two days now ‘Sorry, purchasing Starpoints is not available at this time’ when I login to see my offer

  6. I also am having trouble with points.com, although in my case it’s blocking me from purchasing miles from Alaska.

    This is a shame bc I found CX J availability in Nov for two from EWR to MEL (availability to AKL is almost non existent). With SPG purchase and transfer included, this would have worked out to $2500/person. A solid purchase for a trip I’ve been planning.

    FWIW the dates w/J availability on CX via JAL’s website were all available on AS. No issues w/agent not seeing what I could see on JAL.

  7. @Chris and Tony: Are your accounts older than 10 days old? Can’t buy miles with < 10 day old accounts, unfortunately.

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