Hilton’s Biggest Ever Bonus On Purchased Points

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Hilton Honors has just launched their latest bonus on purchased points, which is in line with their best offer ever.

Buy Hilton Points With 100% Bonus

Through Tuesday, November 26, 2019, Hilton Honors is offering a 100% bonus when members purchase Honors 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. What makes this promotion special is that usually you can purchase up to 80,000 points pre-bonus, while during this promotion you can purchase up to 160,000 points pre-bonus, so they’ve doubled the ordinary limit. They had a similar policy during the last promotion, but not prior to that.

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 320,000 Honors points for $1,600.

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 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, last year 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, last year 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.

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. On top of that, this time around you can buy twice as many points as usual with a 100% bonus, so you could buy up to 320,000 points in a single account.

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. Isn’t this bonus exactly the same as the last “biggest ever bonus”? Feels like this post gets recycled about once every month or so…

  2. I was never able to find a good redemption of Hilton points. Maybe I look at the wrong dates or locations but never had luck.

  3. I don’t know how you got Bora Bora for 85000 points. No matter when I look I see mainly 219000 per night. Is there a way to see availability at the lower point levels?

  4. Tallinn is amazing. However that cash price delusional. Staying a week getting the 7th night free is $3400-3600 USD.

    Points though $900 is great if you want a hotel. Mind you spending $1000 in Tallinn is like spending $3-4k in Copenhagen. You can rent penthouses for that.

  5. This ‘biggest ever offer’ matches the one that got me 320K points a year ago, which allowed me to book a 5-night award stay for around New Year 2020 at the brand new and highly aspirational WA Maldives — an amazing $20K+ cash value!

    With several relatively pricey paid stays coming up during the current 3x promo period, I’ll be earning loads of points @54x with the Aspire, so I will skip the offer this time…

  6. Hilton points are very useful in two specific scenarios:

    1) Redeeming at various Conrad’s and Waldorf Astorias for 85,000 to 95,000 per night. I have an upcoming redemption at those levels that I got around 0.09 cents per point on. Availability is limited, so it is best to book either a year or so out or very close in.

    2) Redeeming points you earned via double or triple points promotions and such for hotels at 0.04 cents per point or so (or even less), but you don’t care because you earned the points to cheaply. For example if you have business travel in a city when the local Hilton is $400 a night, earning normal points, double points, credit card points, etc add up very quickly. When you stack elite bonus (everyone should be a Hilton gold at a minimum), credit cards and promotions, Hilton earn remains the best

    After redeeming for some Waldorf stays and gifting Hilton points to family, I’m ready to start building up Hilton points again in 2020 (I didn’t have a paid stay all year, I’ve focused more on Bonvoy in 2019)

  7. Fernsie does make a decent point though – Lucky, and basically every other travel blogger, doesn’t focus nearly enough on real world availability when it comes to discussing points and miles. It can be difficult redeeming Hilton points at standard prices, just like it is hard to find saver availability at almost all airlines in 2019. More detailed postings on strategies to find standard and saver inventory, and more detailed discussion on when it makes sense to redeem points outside of those buckets, is sorely needed.

  8. Most of the time in the US I stay at Hampton Inn where the 30K/night points ($150) is higher than the AAA/senior rate I’d get. The points I earn from Amex card spend cost me less than .5 cents, typically $3/thousand.

  9. @Corey Sacken: “Tallinn is amazing. However that cash price delusional. Staying a week getting the 7th night free is $3400-3600 USD.“

    That cash price is also largely an outlier, as Ben was staying in Tallinn during the 2018 UEFA Super Cup. The typical rate at the Hilton Tallinn Park is far lower than this – usually EUR 150 or less – which results in a typical redemption closer to the 0.4-to-0.5 cent range that is the norm for Honors, rather than the exception.

  10. Ah I see that’s where points can be of value if you can lock it in. I loved Tallin. We stayed in a penthouse suite for under $1k for a week. It had a really really nice sauna, massive kitchen with granite counters in a perfect location. Airbnb is really tough to beat in eastern Europe. If you spend a bit more than the average rate you get enormous value.

  11. I just checked at a Hampton Inn we stay at in PA and costs about $100/night or 30000 points.
    this special deal gets me 20000 points for $100, So I will pass.

  12. We have accumulated enough points without making the purchase of points. In January we are going to Hilton Rose Hall in Montego Bay Jamaica from the 14th to the 24th. With a 10 night stay we get 2 nights free and the total for all 10 nights is 570,000 points. This is an all inclusive resort, with Diamond status we get a wonderful upgrade, the staff is amazing, and this is our third year to return for our anniversary. I haven’t figured out the point value to purchase, but there are wonderful places to travel with Hilton that require fewer points.

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