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Why do the buying points offers vary?

Hoosier1
New Arrival

We have a community who talks about Southwest and one question that came up lately is why do different people get different offers to buy Southwest points. Does anyone know the answer to this?

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Re: Why do the buying points offers vary?

dfwskier
Top Contributor

I don't believe what you say is accurate.

 

Everyone who buys 10,000 points at the same approximate time pays $X/point

 

while

Everyone who buys 40,000 points at the same approximate time pays $Y/point

 

Southwest does offer "sale" prices at varying times. Everyone who buys the same number of points during a sale pays the same price.

 

Also, the more points you buy, the lower the cost/point,  More points = bigger discount.

 

That being said, buying points is normally NOT a good deal.

 

 

Re: Why do the buying points offers vary?

Hoosier1
New Arrival

When we all compare our offers, we have different ones right now.

Re: Why do the buying points offers vary?

dfwskier
Top Contributor

Please give  examples

Re: Why do the buying points offers vary?

Hoosier1
New Arrival

Is this what you are seeing?

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Re: Why do the buying points offers vary?

Hoosier1
New Arrival

But the post in our group says this--

Here are the current sale details:

  • Save up to 45% when you buy Rapid Rewards Points by 5/20/22
    • Buy 3,000-9,000 points get 35% off
    • Buy 10,000-14,000 points get 40% off
    • Buy 15,000 or more and get 45% off (Best Deal!)


Examples of the sale price:

  • Buy 5,000 points for $89.38 (regularly $137.50)
  • Buy 10,000 points for $165 (regularly $275)    
  • Buy 20,000 points for $302.50 (regularly $550)
  • Buy 50,000 points for $756.25 (regularly $1375)

Re: Why do the buying points offers vary?

dfwskier
Top Contributor

1) as I said earlier SW does offer points "sales" occasionally

 

2) The more points you buy, the bigger the discount. It's like going to the grocery to buy soda.

A six pack costs less/can than buying six singles does.

 

3)Using your example, EVERYONE who buys 5000 points pays the same price .and

    EVERYONE that buys 10,000 points pays the same price etc, etc, etc

 

It's not like SW is giving different deals to different people. It's not

Re: Why do the buying points offers vary?

TheMiddleSeat
Top Contributor

DO NOT BUY POINTS!!!

 

It is never cheaper to buy the points for flights than it is to pay cash for the flight, regardless of the "sale" on points purchases.

 

If you really need/want points earn then via other means such as Rapid Rewards Shopping, Dining, Hotels, or rental cars.  All can be utilized for purchases you were planning on making anyway so you aren't just throwing money away.

 

--TheMiddleSeat

Re: Why do the buying points offers vary?

jksobonya
Rising Star

@Hoosier1 wrote:

But the post in our group says this--

Here are the current sale details:

  • Save up to 45% when you buy Rapid Rewards Points by 5/20/22
    • Buy 3,000-9,000 points get 35% off
    • Buy 10,000-14,000 points get 40% off
    • Buy 15,000 or more and get 45% off (Best Deal!)


Examples of the sale price:

  • Buy 5,000 points for $89.38 (regularly $137.50)
  • Buy 10,000 points for $165 (regularly $275)    
  • Buy 20,000 points for $302.50 (regularly $550)
  • Buy 50,000 points for $756.25 (regularly $1375)

This sale literally started yesterday, so your earlier screen shot did not reflect this current sale, but if you look now, it should. I just checked it myself, and the Buy Points page reflects this sale with these discounts. The sale is valid from 4/19 - 5/20/2022.

 

Also, one thing to remember with points - using points to redeem a flight does not count towards your # of flights for the year to retain A-List (and above) status, so something to keep in mind. I've purchased points in the past to top off my points and get a very-close-to-free flight, but considering I want to keep A-List year after year, I'm letting my points build up and I'm trying not to use them. 

 

--Jessica

Re: Why do the buying points offers vary?

Hoosier1
New Arrival

I literally logged into my account and pulled that screenshot from there this morning under "buy points" but I didn't go further in the process. Here's further in JUST NOW. Is this what you all are seeing also? It doesn't line up with what I put that our community stated so that is what I am trying to figure out.

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