What are points and miles worth? TPG’s June 2022 monthly valuations
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One of the questions I’m asked most often is, “How much is a point or mile worth?”
The true answer varies from point to point and person to person and depends on your travel goals and how well you can maximize a particular loyalty currency. Still, some rewards are clearly worth more than others — my goal is to give you a sense of how they stack up.
Historically, TPG has valued points and miles based on a combination of the price at which we would purchase the miles, award costs in the program (factoring in availability and fees) and our own expertise in the inner workings of the programs. However, we are in the process of evolving our valuations to become as data-driven as possible.
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That data-driven process began in November with our four major transferable currencies — American Express Membership Rewards points, Chase Ultimate Rewards points, Citi ThankYou Rewards points and Capital One miles. Now, we are using a mathematical model that takes into account a number of factors specific to transferable points, including:
- Unique transfer partners (not shared by other card issuers).
- The most valuable individual partners in the program.
- The base redemption value when you redeem points or miles directly for travel.
Based on this rollout, we are now rounding the valuations for our credit card currencies to the nearest five-hundredths of a point in order to better capture the real-world value they offer cardholders. We fully expect these numbers to fluctuate over time as we refine our equations and roll out additional data-backed hotel and airline valuations in the coming months.
Likewise, we moved three airline currencies — American AAdvantage, Delta SkyMiles and United MileagePlus miles — to a data-backed model last December. However, we have put these valuations on pause while we work out an issue with our data provider. We’re excited to have data-backed valuations updated this summer.
Note: These valuations are not provided by card issuers.
Points and miles valuations
|Program||June 2021 (Cents)||May 2022 (Cents)||June 2022 (Cents)||Note|
|Accor Le Club||2.0||2.0||2.0|
|Aeroplan Loyalty Program||1.5||1.5||1.5||
Offering an elite status extension with cobranded credit card spending.
|Alaska Mileage Plan||1.8||1.8||1.8|
|American Express Membership Rewards||2.0||2.0||2.0||
Running a 25% transfer bonus to Air France-KLM Flying Blue.
|Amtrak Guest Rewards||2.5||2.5||2.5|
|ANA Mileage Club||1.4||1.4||1.4|
Cathay Pacific will integrate elite status and mileage programs, discontinue Marco Polo Club.
|Bank of America Premium Rewards||1.0||1.0||1.0|
|Barclaycard Arrival Miles||1.0||1.0||1.0|
|Best Western Rewards||0.6||0.6||0.6|
|Brex Exclusive Rewards||1.7||1.7||1.7|
|Capital One Rewards||1.7||1.85||1.85|
|Chase Ultimate Rewards||2.0||2.0||2.0||
Announced plans to launch Chase Travel.
|Citi ThankYou Points||1.7||1.8||1.8|
|Diners Club Rewards||2.1||2.1||2.1|
Launched new Promo Rewards to/from the U.S.
|IHG Rewards Club||0.5||0.5||0.5|
|JetBlue TrueBlue Rewards Program||1.3||1.3||1.3|
|Korean Air SkyPass||1.7||1.7||1.7|
|Southwest Rapid Rewards||1.5||1.5||1.5|
|Spirit Airlines Free Spirit||1.1||1.1||1.1|
|Turkish Airlines Miles and Smiles||1.3||1.3||1.3|
|U.S. Bank FlexPerks||1.5||1.5||1.5|
|Virgin Atlantic Flying Club||1.5||1.5||1.5|
|World of Hyatt Loyalty Program||1.7||1.7||1.7|
* Calculated using TPG’s revamped data-backed valuations methodology, launched in December 2021.
Points and miles news
The biggest — and most disappointing — news of the month comes from Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer.
The loyalty program will raise the cost of virtually all award tickets — both operated by Singapore Airlines and by its Star Alliance partners — by 10% or more starting July 5. Awards operated by non-alliance partners like Alaska Airlines will see price adjustments in the near future. Additionally, the airline will cap stopovers at 30 days on award tickets starting in August.
On the flip side, IHG gave us more details about its new IHG One Rewards loyalty program. While redemptions stay the same, elite status is being shuffled with new benefits and elite status tiers. Some of these new elite status features — including complimentary breakfast for Diamond Elite members — are now live.
We also saw more minor news from various loyalty programs. Some of the more interesting news includes United MileagePlus adding mileage earning on JSX semiprivate flights and Choice Hotels launching its own dining program. Cathay Pacific also discussed its intention to merge elite status and mileage into one unified program, but details are still scarce.
Finally, here are a few transfer bonuses you can take advantage of this month:
American Express Membership Rewards
- Air France-KLM Flying Blue: 25% transfer bonus ending June 15.
Chase Ultimate Rewards
- British Airways Executive Club: 30% transfer bonus ending July 31.
- Marriott Bonvoy: 50% transfer bonus ending Aug. 19.
- Virgin Atlantic Flying Club: 30% transfer bonus ending June 15.
- Qatar Airways Privilege Club: Up to 40% transfer bonus ending June 30.
Data-backed valuations update
As noted in the introduction, we moved to data-backed valuations for three major airline programs — American AAdvantage, Delta SkyMiles and United MileagePlus — last year. However, we’ve run into an issue with our data provider that’s caused us to put data-backed valuations on hold. What you see now are valuations calculated for March, but we will continue to publish up-to-date valuations for these three airlines soon.
Travel credit card offers
During the pandemic, we’ve seen several credit card issuers struggle with assessing creditworthiness in a world with so many new variables. We’ve also seen various bonuses and new perks launch for existing cardholders aimed at keeping them engaged. As we move into a travel recovery, we’ve seen some incredible new welcome bonuses on many popular cards.
Some good options include:
Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card
Toward the end of 2021, Capital One launched its first-ever premium rewards card, and it is one of the most exciting travel credit cards on the market, thanks to great earning rates and included perks.
The card is currently offering a welcome bonus of 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening, worth $1,388 according to our valuations, thanks to Capital One’s excellent airline and hotel transfer partners.
For more details, check out our full review of the Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card.
Official application: Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card
Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card
The standard Capital One Venture Rewards card is currently offering one of its all-time best welcome bonuses. You can earn 75,000 bonus miles once you spend $4,000 on purchases within the first three months from account opening. Like the Venture X, the Venture card earns 2 miles per dollar on everything.
For more details, check out our full review of the Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card.
Official application: Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card
The Platinum Card® from American Express
With the current welcome offer on the Amex Platinum, you’ll earn 100,000 points after you spend $6,000 on purchases in the first six months of card membership.
Of course, the card is jam-packed with benefits like airport lounge access, hotel elite status and more. These benefits can make your travel experience smoother and more luxurious than ever before — especially with the most recent additions. The card has a $695 annual fee (see rates and fees). Enrollment is required for select benefits.
For more details, check out our full review of the Amex Platinum Card.
Official application: The Platinum Card from American Express
American Express® Gold Card
One of the most popular cards with TPG staffers during the pandemic, the Amex Gold offers 60,000 Membership Rewards points after spending $4,000 on eligible purchases on your new card within the first six months of card membership. This welcome offer is worth $1,200 based on our valuations, but be sure to check the CardMatch tool to see if you’re targeted for an even higher offer (offer is subject to change at any time).
The card is great for many everyday purchases. You’ll earn 4 points per dollar at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 in purchases per calendar year, then 1 point per dollar) and 4 points per dollar on dining at restaurants. The card has a $250 annual fee (see rates and fees).
For more details, check out our full review of the Amex Gold Card.
Official application: American Express Gold Card
The Business Platinum Card® from American Express
The Business Platinum Card offers 120,000 Membership Rewards points after you spend $15,000 on eligible purchases with your card in the first three months of card membership. Per our valuations, this welcome offer is worth at least $2,400, but you can get even more value when redeeming for high-end airfare.
The card also provides a slew of additional perks similar to (but slightly different from) the personal version — you can compare the two cards in this guide to see which one would be a better fit for your wallet.
For more details, check out our full review of the Amex Business Platinum Card.
Official application: The Business Platinum Card from American Express
Citi Premier® Card
The Citi Premier Card is an excellent choice for frequent travelers, road trippers and foodies alike. The card earns 3 Citi ThankYou points per dollar spent at restaurants, supermarkets and gas stations, and on air travel and hotels. You can transfer these points to top-notch transfer partners like Avianca LifeMiles, Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles and others.
The card is currently offering a welcome bonus of 80,000 ThankYou points after you spend $4,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening.
For more details, check out our full review of the Citi Premier Card.
Official application: Citi Premier Card
Airline credit cards
Airline credit cards let you earn airline miles and give you perks with their respective airlines, like free checked bags. If you’re a Delta loyalist, you might want to consider one of its cobranded cards to earn bonus SkyMiles and take advantage of added perks.
- Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card: Earn 70,000 bonus miles after you spend $2,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Offer ends 8/3/2022.
- Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card: Earn 90,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Offer ends 8/3/2022.
- Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card: Earn 100,000 bonus miles after you spend $5,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Offer ends 8/3/2022.
- Delta SkyMiles® Gold Business American Express Card: Earn 75,000 Bonus Miles after spending $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first three months of Card Membership. Offer Ends 8/3/2022.
- Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Business American Express Card: Earn 100,000 Bonus Miles after spending $4,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first three months of Card Membership. Offer Ends 8/3/2022.
- Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card: Earn 110,000 Bonus Miles after spending $6,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first three months of Card Membership. Offer Ends 8/3/2022.
Hotel credit cards
Several hotel credit card welcome bonuses provide a simple way to boost your points balances. You can use these points to save money on hotel stays around the world, no matter where your travels take you.
The portfolio of IHG Rewards credit cards underwent major upgrades earlier this year, and there are currently some solid offers available:
- IHG Rewards Premier Credit Card: Earn 140,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening.
- IHG Rewards Traveler Credit Card: Earn 120,000 bonus points after spending $2,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening.
- IHG Rewards Premier Business Credit Card: Earn 140,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening.
Additionally, we’re seeing increased welcome bonuses on two Marriott cobranded credit cards:
- Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card: Five free nights (each night valued at up to 50,000 points) after you spend $5,000 on purchases in your first three months from your account opening.
- Marriott Bonvoy Bold Credit Card: 60,000 bonus points after you spend $2,000 on purchases in your first three months from your account opening.
All of these new offers put you in a great position to earn a ton of bonus points or miles as you get ready to travel again, and there may be more to come. If you haven’t already, be sure to sign up for our daily newsletter to stay in the loop on the biggest travel news of the day.
Additional reporting by Andrew Kunesh and Benji Stawski.
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