Buy Hilton Honors Points For 0.5 Cents Each

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Hilton Honors has just launched their first promotion on purchased points for 2020.

Buy Hilton Points With 100% Bonus

Through Wednesday, February 19, 2020, Hilton Honors is offering a 100% bonus when members purchase points.

With this promotion you receive a 100% bonus as long as you purchase at least 10,000 points in one transaction, pre-bonus. A 100% bonus is as good as it gets on the purchase of Hilton points, and we see this promotion from Hilton pretty often.

The cost to purchase points with Hilton is ordinarily one cent per point (including tax), meaning that with a 100% bonus you’d pay just 0.5 cents per point.

If you maxed out this promotion you could purchase a total of 160,000 Honors points for $800.

Nowadays Hilton lets you combine points across accounts at no cost, so in reality you could buy substantially more points by simply buying them across accounts and then consolidating them. This could also be useful if you find yourself in a situation where a friend or family member is targeted for a bigger bonus than you are.

Hilton Honors points expire after 12 months of inactivity, though any sort of activity resets the expiration of your points.

Should You Buy Hilton Points For 0.5 Cents Each?

A few years ago Hilton radically changed their Honors program. They eliminated their traditional award chart, and rather moved to more variable pricing.

The good news is that there’s still value to be had in the program, and they’ve mostly capped how many points hotels cost. The highest cost for a standard room is 95,000 points per night (note that you’ll see higher pricing at some hotels, but that’s only when standard rooms aren’t available). The two exceptions are the Waldorf Astoria properties in the Maldives and Los Cabos, which cost 120,000 points per night.

Both before and after the changes I value Hilton Honors points at ~0.5 cents each, so this price is right around what I value them. However, there are instances where you can get a lot more value out of Hilton points than that.

For example, a bit over a year ago I stayed at the Conrad Bora Bora and had a spectacular stay. I can’t recommend the hotel enough, and plan on returning.

Points pricing varies throughout the year, though generally the property costs 80,000-85,000 points per night, and if you’re an Honors elite member you get the fifth night free on award redemptions.

So if you’re staying for five nights and get a fifth night free at 85,000 points per night, you’re paying an average of 68,000 Honors points per night. At the cost of 0.5 cents per point, that’s like paying $340 per night here, which is spectacular.

Let’s compare that to a normal paid rate in non-peak season.

If you stayed five nights and booked the absolute cheapest pre-paid rate, you’d pay just over $4,000.

Alternatively you could redeem 320,000 Honors points. If you’re acquiring those points for ~0.5 cents each, that’s the equivalent of paying $1,600. Not only is that 60% off, but it gives you a much more flexible cancelation policy.

There are also plenty of circumstances under which you can value at more mid-range hotels. For example, I’ve also redeemed 30,000 Honors points for a night at the Hilton Tallinn, when the paid rate would have been over 500EUR. Talk about a heck of a deal.

On top of that Hilton has adjusted their Points & Money awards, where you can now redeem part points and part cash towards any redemption. There are many instances where you can get way over 0.5 cents of value per point through that system.

Which Credit Card Should You Buy Hilton Points With?

Hilton points purchases are processed by points.com, meaning they don’t count as a hotel purchase for the purposes of credit card spend.

Therefore I’d recommend using a card on which you’re trying to reach minimum spend, or otherwise a credit card that maximizes your return on everyday spend, like the Chase Freedom Unlimited® (review) or Citi® Double Cash Card (review).

See this post for more on which credit cards are best for buying points.

Earn Hilton Points With Great Amex Card Offers

If you’re looking for another way to earn Hilton Honors points without outright buying them, at the moment there are great welcome bonuses on Hilton’s four co-branded Amex cards:

Earn Hilton Points

See this post for everything you need to know about Hilton Honors credit cards.

Buy Hilton Points Summary

0.5 cents per point is the lowest cost you’ll see per purchased Hilton point, so offers don’t get better than this.

There are many circumstances under which it could make sense to acquire Hilton points at this price. Heck, I have a lot of Hilton points, and I’m even tempted to buy points at this price, as Hilton has really grown on me, especially thanks to the Aspire Card.

See this post for more inspiration on how to redeem Hilton Honors points for luxury hotel stays.

Do you plan on buying Hilton Honors points with a 100% bonus?

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Comments
  1. Pablo – those are premium room awards. You have to check for standard inventory, and availability is limited and fluctuates. However if you can find standard inventory, Hilton points are great. However buying them only makes sense for expensive hotels. Much better to earn them via paid stays and credit card spending

    What Lucky and other bloggers should do is post detailed guides on how to find standard room inventory for Hilton. I find that kind of content lacking across the points and miles blog.

  2. As always Hilton points are only worth more than 0.5 cents consistently at a small handful of high demand properties.

    The rest of the time they are worth 0.4-0.55 cents typically. Feel free that look it you.

    The risk of losing 20% just on the redeem (never mind that booking for money yields 15%+ cash and points value back for OMAAT readers) means points are almost never worth buying.

    Keep in mind even when points are worth 0.55 cents you were betting off never having bought them and paying cash later and getting your Chase/Citi/Hilton points back to lower the cost below 0.5 cents, prepaid far in advance.

    Going to Maldives or Bora Bora and see standard awards for dates you want? Buy points. Otherwise do not buy points.

  3. Same promotion they had in November. While I agree buying points is usually a waste I did buy 100,000 (for $500 total) since I needed to add some more to my account as an option for a trip to Europe in August. Also at .5 cent each I can get value simply from all the travel I do around the US. Not hard at even a mid grade Hilton Garden or Hampton Inn to get over .5 cent value when you consider taxes on the room rate.

  4. Hey Lucky – any tips and tricks for finding 5 nights in a row of standard award availability at the Conrad Bora Bora? I’ve looked several times over the past few months from the current date until the end of the calendar, and I can never seem to find anything. It would be a great way to use my stay of Hilton points, were it available!!

  5. @Ted there’s a tick for flexible dates and you get a page with about 30 contiguous dates that you can move along… You can explore the full year in 2 minutes.
    I just came from Bob, I did that search and only found 3 slots in the next 7 days…
    BTW, spend 500 EUR in TLN for a city hotel is just absurd. With that money you can purchase the Nevsky Cathedral.

  6. @AC I don’t typically count room tax in deciding point value as you are earning points (or at the least, much more points, not just mychoice or promo points) for booking money rates over point rates, the value of those earned points negates tax cost and more, imo.

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