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Points.com Has Returned to Top Cashback – Stack with Current Hotel Points Purchase Promotions!

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Introduction and Background

A few weeks ago in one of our News & Notes articles, we noted that Points.com was no longer available through the Top Cashback (TCB) shopping portal. This eliminated what we thought was the best portal option for points-and-miles purchases through Points.com.

Points.com handles the points and miles purchases for many airlines and hotels – that is, even if you go to certain airline or hotel chain websites to purchase points or miles, you’ll be redirected to Points.com, which processes the purchases. For any purchases you make of these programs’ points/miles, the charge on your credit card statement will come from Points.com.

Today, we have some good news to report: Points.com has returned to TCB. We’re not exactly sure when it came back, but we noticed its return for the first time this week.

We also continue to believe that TCB is the best portal option for purchases from Points.com.

Current Earning Rates for Points.com Purchases Through TCB

Here are the current earning rates for Points.com purchases through TCB:

Current Hotel Points Purchase Promotions

One reason that we wanted to bring this development to the attention of Middle Age Miles readers now is that there are several potentially-useful hotel points purchase promotions for chains processed through Points.com that end soon. The current promotions (some may be targeted and require log-in to see your personal offer) include:

  • IHG
    • 100% points bonus for purchases of at least 25,000 points, with a maximum of 250,000 points purchased (500,000 points total)
    • Purchase price of at least 26,000 points is 0.5 cents per point (before counting TCB cashback or any credit card rewards)
    • Offer expires Sunday, December 22, 2019
  • Marriott
    • 30% points bonus for purchases of at least 2,000 points, with a maximum of 50,000 points per transaction; 100,000 points in a calendar year (all maximums are before the point bonus is applied)
    • Purchase price is 0.875 cents per point (before counting TCB cashback or any credit card rewards)
    • Offer expires Sunday, December 22, 2019
  • Hilton
    • 100% points bonus for purchases of at least 10,000 points, with a maximum of 160,000 points purchased (320,000 points total)
    • Purchase price is 0.5 cents per point (before counting TCB cashback or any credit card rewards)
    • Offer expires Saturday, December 28, 2019
  • Hyatt
    • 40% points bonus for purchases of at least 5,000 points, with a maximum of 55,000 points purchases per calendar year (before the points bonus is applied)
    • Purchase price is 1.71 cents per point (before counting TCB cashback or any credit card rewards)
    • Offer expires Tuesday, December 31, 2019

At current TCB rates, points purchases from IHG would earn 2% cash back; purchases from Marriott, Hilton and Hyatt would earn 2.5% cash back.

Remember that Points.com does not fall into any credit card bonus categories of which we’re aware (although perhaps the B of A Cash Rewards online purchase category would work?). Thus, you’ll want to pay with a card on which you’re working toward a sign-up or upgrade bonus, or a big-spend threshold bonus. If neither of those apply, use your card with the best earnings for general spend, such as the Amex Blue Business Plus (2x Membership Rewards points), Citi Double Cash (2x ThankYou Points or 2% cash back), or Chase Freedom Unlimited or Ink Business Unlimited (1.5x Ultimate Rewards points).

Wrap-Up

All of the current hotel points purchases promotions that we covered in this article have good prices, at or near our baseline value for the points – especially when you factor TCB cashback earnings into the equation. We don’t ever recommend purchasing points speculatively, but there may be some great opportunities here if you have specific redemptions in mind where you can get more value for your points that you’d be spending to purchase them.

What do you think of Points.com returning to TCB? What are your strategies with respect to the hotel points purchase promotions? Please share your tips with us in the Comments!


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4 thoughts on “Points.com Has Returned to Top Cashback – Stack with Current Hotel Points Purchase Promotions!

  1. George

    I believe the Cash Rewards should work, at least the Visa Signature version, at least for some popular ones. Statement screenshots I found online all show an Illinois location in the St. Charles area; looking that up on the Visa Supplier Locator, a bunch of results with the same address come up; all have the MCC 7399, which is not on the BoA Online category’s “exclusions list.” So… should work, I think.

    (Assuming this document is still current: https://www.managerewardsonline.bankofamerica.com/cms/published/root/duo/sharedContent/pdf/cash/CashEng047774JAN2019-0344_A_v005_ADA.pdf)

  2. Bob

    Craig: I noticed that Virgin America is listed as getting 10% cash back in your article (first insert). Is that a dated illustration (Alaska acquired Virgin America), or is that a way to get cashback while effectively acquiring Alaska miles?

    1. Craig at Middle Age Miles Post author

      Hi Bob – Great eye on spotting Virgin America on that screenshot! And that’s a wonderful, creative question. I clicked through from that button, and it takes you to a Virgin website, from which you could access Virgin Atlantic (but not Alaska). I don’t think there’s a back door to buy Alaska miles and get 10% cash back. I think this is just a historical remnant that no one at TCB or Points.com has bothered to change (after all this time). Note that purchases of Virgin Atlantic miles earn 2.5% on TCB. Love the way you think with this idea! ~Craig

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