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What would you do? ($20 for 500 MP poiints)

What would you do? ($20 for 500 MP poiints)

Old Aug 19, 13, 11:51 am
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What would you do? ($20 for 500 MP poiints)

I have an existing reservation through MP for a 9 day car rental in October (LAX-> PHX) for approx $233 -- Alamo is a MP partner and I will be recieving either 450 or 500 MP's for the rental

I can book the same car through Alamo on Costcotravel for approx $212.

Is this is a groundball situation where I should absolutely take the MP points?
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Old Aug 19, 13, 11:56 am
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I can buy points cheaper.

I'd consider, if it were possible, making numerous bookings - if the price stays the same and you didn't have to return the car each time. (I don't rent from Alamo anymore, so can't advise their policy).
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Old Aug 19, 13, 11:56 am
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At 2.1 cpm it's tilted toward Costco.

Clarification: You can buy at 2.1 cpm, so the value of the miles is just over $10.00.

Last edited by Kacee; Aug 19, 13 at 1:04 pm Reason: to clarify cpm reference
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Old Aug 19, 13, 12:01 pm
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at 4 cpm it is a expensive way to purchase miles, all else being equal, then go for the lower $$$
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Old Aug 19, 13, 12:52 pm
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Ah. I had difficulty doing the math myself.

Thanks all.
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Old Aug 19, 13, 1:35 pm
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Note some 1,000 RDM offers (and more) on the united.com site.

https://www.alamo.com/en_US/car-rent...Number=7015734
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