Should I Purchase My Airfare Through Ultimate Rewards Or Directly From The Airline?

I will be traveling to Russia (Moscow & St. Petersburg) from May 5 to May 15, 2013.
I want to fly Aeroflot.
I was pleasantly surprised recently to find out that I can purchase a ticket directly from Aeroflot’s website for the same price as the online discount agents, such as Expedia, Orbitz and Travelocity. I always like to buy direct, and eliminate the middle man as much as possible. The only thing is that I have a Chase Sapphire Preferred credit card, which I can use to purchase my ticket through the Ultimate Rewards Mall and get 2 pts/$1 on flights bought on Travelocity.
What should I do?
Also, my credit card gives me 2X points for every dollar spent on flights; does this mean that I will get 2X points from my credit card plus another 2X points for purchasing my airline ticket through the UR Mall on Travelocity, for a total of 4X Ultimate Rewards points?
So, is my following calculation correct?
Option 1: purchase directly on Aeroflot’s website= 2X points per dollar spent (cost of ticket is $734) using my CSP card= 1,468 Ultimate Rewards points, plus another 734 Delta Sky Miles (I’m a member).
Option 2: purchase through Ultimate Rewards Mall on Travelocity= 4X points per dollar spent using CSP card= 2,936 Ultimate Rewards points, plus another 734 Delta Sky Miles (or less– I’m not sure if I’ll get credited at a 1:1 ratio if I purchase through a discount site).

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One Response to “Should I Purchase My Airfare Through Ultimate Rewards Or Directly From The Airline?”

  1. Ben Jones says:

    You answered your own question.
    Buy your ticket the way that is most advantageous to you. You don’t have to be “nice” to the airline, they have already factored in the cost of the airline ticket re-sellers into their price.
    Any one who buys directly from the airline would just represent “a little extra”, but not much in the greater scheme of things. They fly millions of people every year, most of who buy their tickets from re-sellers and discount sites.

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