Buy Hilton Points With Up To A 100% Bonus

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Hilton Honors has just launched their latest promotion on purchased points. Through May 28, 2019, Hilton Honors members can receive up to a 100% bonus when they purchase Honors points. In order to be eligible, members need to purchase at least 5,000 points in one transaction.

This is in line with — if not better than — the other promotion we saw from Honors in 2019. Earlier in the year they also offered a 100% bonus on purchased points, though that only kicked in when you bought a minimum of 10,000 points, while this applies as long as you buy a minimum of 5,000 points.

Note that all the accounts I manage show a 100% bonus, though it’s possible that different members are targeted for different bonuses, so you’ll want to log into your account to see which offer you’re eligible for.

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. That’s the lowest price we ever see on purchased Hilton points.

If you maxed out this promotion you could purchase a total of 160,000 Honors points for $800 (this is also their annual limit on purchased points).

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 couple of 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 one exception is the Waldorf Astoria Maldives, which costs up to 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, I recently 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 at ~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, last summer I 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.

Hilton points purchases are processed by points.com, meaning they don’t count as a hotel purchase for the purposes of credit card spend. There 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® or Citi® Double Cash Card.

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

Rack up 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:

You can learn everything you need to know about these cards in this post.

Bottom line 

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

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

The following links will direct you to the rates and fees for mentioned American Express Cards. These include: Hilton Honors American Express Ascend Card (Rates & Fees), Hilton Honors American Express Card (Rates & Fees), and The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card (Rates & Fees).

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Comments

  1. United is also doing 100% bonus for purchasing 50+K miles. It seems targeted because they also raised the cap on how many miles I can purchase per year:

    “Purchase miles now and receive up to 100% bonus miles for your next trip.
    Get closer to your perfect getaway with even more miles.
    For four days only, receive up to 100% bonus miles when you buy miles. Plus, we’ve lifted your miles purchase limit — so you can now buy up to 175,000 miles per year. “

  2. I’m pretty tempted to buy some for Bora Bora. I have 160k points banked so I may buy enough for one or two more nights and use my weekend night reward from my Aspire card for a 4-5 night stay.

  3. Can you buy Hilton points with the Hilton Ascend and have it count towards the sign up bonus?

  4. Buying two times the value of a pig in poke is often not a god deal.

    Before you ever, ever, ever spend cash to buy 2 x Hilton points, which are at best worth .6 cents, first make sure what those double points are worth for Hilton hotels and the rooms you are familiar with. So, find the that Hilton hotel and the room and check the cash price. Then check how many points will be necessary for a redemption of that same room. Often you’ll find that the cash price you would pay for that room is less cash than the amount of cash it cost you to buy the double points you must redeem to get that room.

    I don’t quibble with the examples use by the author. I simply assert that Hilton points and its redemption values are weak, so be careful where you spend your hard earned cash. Once you do, it’s too late to go back, since your purchase is non-refundable. So, check it out first before you think this is such a great deal for your needs.

  5. @Marty sez: “I simply assert that Hilton points and its redemption values are weak, so be careful where you spend your hard earned cash.”

    I am 100% certain that you are completely clueless about the ‘value’ of points currencies. Do you know, for example, that a redemption that’s worth 0.6 cent/HILTON point would be worth 1.8 cents/HYATT point or 3.6 cents/STARWOOD point? I did not think so. You should thus avoid ‘asserting’ antiquated and thoroughly debunked claims because they make you sound, well, clueless and foolish.

  6. Because yet again, anyone who says anything with which DCS disagrees gets the pleasure of being insulted by him.

    This makes me wonder, also yet again, how the moderation policy discussed earlier this month really does apply.

  7. DCS it is you who is foolish. I won’t even throw clever in there. You like everyone else in the blogger sphere cherry pick redemptions. Bottom line is that while yes there are some hotels which offer value, the OVERWHELMING majority do not if you are buying points. Full stop. He’s actually correct. Leave your drivel at home and no one cares about your retarded escapade. The only one who looks foolish on here talking about Hilton is you because you act like a bora bora redemption equates to others. It doesn’t. I have looked at Hilton’s which required 1.5 million, yes million, points to stay ONE night. That’s not value.

    Your name calling is tiring and petulant.

  8. And I agree with Mike. Can we either get you to please call out DCS and his tiring name calling or ban him. I know you en$$ou the posts but it really is tiring Ben. People are allowed to disagree.

  9. @Shawn — Please put up some numbers that would address my point about the generally-misunderstood ‘value’ of points currencies. In the meantime, do yourself some good: stop hyperventilating, and learn the difference between a STANDARD award and a PREMIUM award, then we can can talk about Hilton awards that costs “millions” when the program happens to offer some of the cheapest awards in the business. Shall I go on?

    As of now for me across “the pond”, it’s ‘Brexit’. Back to NYC from LHR via EWR, GPUed to Polaris Biz on a B767-400 R2.

    G’day.

  10. @DCS -and you’re point? Good for you to get upgraded. I actually paid for business to NRT. I’m currently sitting in the Park Hyatt Kyoto which I paid, oh nothing, just 25k points. Oh well off to the Conrad Osaka tomorrow.

    There’s a reason no one on here likes you and it’s not just because you have no idea what you’re talking about. Others travel too dipwad. More often than you. Get a life and some friends because you obviously have neither.

  11. @Shawn — You are clearly unhinged so I will try to get through to you just this once:

    The notion that no one likes me here is not only inaccurate, it is childish. I am not here to win Mr. congeniality or a popularity contest, so I could not care less about who likes or does not like me. I am here to inject a dose of reality when there is none or signal when there is nothing but noise.

    It is good to hear that you PAID for your biz class ticket to NRT. Well, I just upgraded mine to biz, and in this medium that makes me the wiser.

    Soapbox is yours. Knock yourself out.

    Goodbye.

  12. Not sure why any mention of Hilton points on this blog elicits comments that resemble a twitter fight between Maxine Waters and Steve Bannon. 😉

    As usual, everybody is right with their specific examples, but the value proposition of buying HH points is quite poor. Case in point, we’ve stayed twice now at the Hilton Garden Inn in Mestre. It’s a cheap 10 minute bus ride from Venice, which makes it far less expensive than staying in Venice itself. AAA room rate in August is @$133 a night. Or 40K HH points. So using the above example of 160K points for $800, which gets you 4 nights plus the 5th night free. That’s $160 a night. Thus a total of $135 more than the paid rate, plus when you pay for the room with a Ascend card, you also get just short of 8K points from the spend.

    So is it a good idea to buy HH points, even with the bonus? Yes for some limited number of properties, (and especially if you are 5K points short of what you need for a 5 night stay), but usually NO.

  13. One should not buy HH points for redeeming stays at Hampton Inn.

    I’ve purchased HH points ‘speculatively’ only once in my life, when the offer was twice the number of points offered here, i.e., one got 320,000 for $1,600. How did I used the points? I booked a 5-night award stay at the new WA Maldives for a redemption value of 4.3cents/HH point.

    G’day.

  14. @DCS: “The notion that no one likes me here is not only inaccurate, it is childish.”

    So says the person who started this whole thing by insulting someone with whom he disagreed.

  15. Interesting. The email I received pretty clearly says that I can buy 160K points and thy‘ll double it through the 100% bonus but in fact it‘s only 80K + 80K…

  16. I like Hilton and use them when I can. When they have this special of 100%, or double the points from time to time I buy $100 worth each time. This way it is painless to accumulate the points at a fair price.

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