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How to swap points between programmes with www.points.com

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If you have ever bought Avios, IHG Rewards Club points or various other miles, you may have noticed that your credit card statement showed ‘points.com’ as the merchant.

points.com is a 2-legged business, half of which is handling ‘buy points’ requests for various frequent traveller schemes. The other half is operating a free online exchange for miles and points.

You can register for points.com, for free, via this link.

Points.com logo wide

Now, don’t get too excited about this. Avios is not part of the scheme, for a start.  It is only really worth registering if you have some unwanted IHG Rewards Club, Melia Rewards, Air Canada Aeroplan, Delta SkyMiles, Amtrak, Icelandair, Frontier or JetBlue points.  There are some other partners but I doubt you will be a member of them.

The exchange rates they use are also very poor. However …. if you have a small number of miles in an airline or hotel programme that you are never going to use, and which may be expiring, points.com is better than nothing.

I have used it in the past to clear out a small number of American Airlines miles (no longer an exchange partner), some Virgin America miles (no longer exists!) and some US Airways miles (no longer exists!). In all cases I turned them into a modest number of IHG Rewards Club hotel points.

Let’s look at a typical trade. Imagine that for some reason you have 15,000 Air Canada Aeroplan miles languishing. This is what points.com will offer you in exchange:

  • 10,837 IHG Rewards Club points
  • 12,041 Melia Rewards points
  • 7,225 Icelandair Saga points
  • 5,041 JetBlue TrueBlue points

There are also a lot of US shopping programme options, and some other US airline choices, but they are of little interest to UK residents.

Now, you don’t need to be a genius to realise that none of those transfer deals are great value.  On average, you are losing 66% of the value of your 15,000 Aeroplan miles.

However, if you have no use for 15,000 Aeroplan miles and you do collect IHG Rewards Club hotel points, then it is a trade worth doing.  When I picked up a chunk of Virgin America miles in 2014 I was happy to convert them into IHG points.

If you have a few spare miles or points sitting around in any of the schemes I listed above, you might want to sign up with points.com and see if they are worth anything.

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Comments

  1. Joe Green says:

    Is there an article somewhere about point expiration rules.
    Specifically concerned about mariott, Hilton and ihg?

    • Click on hotel promos, scroll down and find the relevant hotel chain, and there will be a link to an article about points expiration.

    • Yes, one for each scheme, links on our Hotel Promos page.

      We are also updating them next week, starting on Saturday.

  2. I think you also have the option of swapping Melia points for Iberia Avios on the Melia website, unless something has changed…

    • Shoestring says:

      yep https://www.melia.com/en/meliarewards/elprograma/home.htm#elPrograma

      but need to be logged in to do it/ see rate – looks like direct to BAEC is an option

      • David says:

        Is there a minimum amount for transfer? I let 2,000 Melia points expire last year because I couldn’t find anything at all to do with them. And I spent a good amount of time trying to find something!

      • The Original Nick says:

        I have my Melia account set to auto transfer to IB account as ib find out in November last year. Think I’d set it some years ago for some Melia free points offer that Rob highlighted on here.

    • Stu_N says:

      Cat – you can go straight to BA now at the same 10:3. Part-paying for a hotel with MeliáRewards is a better option though.

  3. What’s the IHG to Hilton rate?

    Do Radisson also participate, what’s their rate to Hilton?

  4. RussellH says:

    I signed up to points.com quite a few years ago when IHG offered me a small number of bonus points for doing so.

    On a limited scale you can use points.com to monitor your points too. It is much simpler in operation than AwardWallet, without the bells + whistles, but also do not seem to spend hours trawling through the whole BAEC website (and some others) looking for irrelevant information (which maybe they sell on??) You do not need a browser extension either.

    I fully agree with Rob that the exchange rates they offer are very poor, but when you are stuck with some 990 odd Amtrak points (really poor earning rate there), a few IHG points are more use than nothing at all.

  5. Mark F says:

    OT: my partner has just received TWO new Priority Pass cards (one last week, one today). Curious thing is neither of us have had an Amex Plat for almost two years.

    Has this happened to anyone else?

    • ankomonkey says:

      Yes. Happened to me about 6 weeks ago. Priority Pass cards have an expiry date on them. I assumed – but have not bothered properly trying to check – that some passes from a long-ago cancelled Plat had reached their expiry date and new ones have been sent. I do not have an active Plat card right now, so I don’t hold out any hope for these new PPass cards to work anywhere for anything.

  6. Two issues with points.com (SO FAR):

    1) My Amtrak programme details (100% sure they are correct) refuse to register. Returns the following message: “There is a problem connecting with your loyalty program. Please contact your program for more details.” They don’t know anything, I wrote to points.com support, now awaiting a reply – did anyone experience this error as well?

    2) Aeroflot Bonus has a two-factor authentication but there is no field on the points.com website where I can enter the code which arrives at my mobile – any ideas?

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