Hilton’s Biggest Ever Bonus On Purchased Points

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Hilton Honors has just rolled out their latest promotion on purchased points, and arguably it’s their biggest offer yet.

Buy Hilton Points With 100% Bonus

Through October 22, 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.

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 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, 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 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 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® or Citi® Double Cash Card.

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.

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

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Comments
  1. Does the purchase of these points show up as Hilton purchases? Would make for a nice extra additional bonus :D.

  2. Hilton points have been pretty useful to an expat like me in the Middle East. I would def. consider to purchase if Hilton ever offers a promo at 0.4 cents.

  3. Bora Bora Boring.

    I wish I could think of one of those for the Maldives.
    All you have to do is look at the sign at customs to know what you’re dealing with:

    1) No drugs
    2) No alcohol (yeah I know you can get it on the islands, the Maldives only saving grace)
    3) No pornography
    4) No dogs
    I could go on but if one can’t get high, drunk, watch porn and play with dogs, no wonder there’s no FUN

  4. As Diamond or Gold, What are the highest value for Hilton points used you have experienced so far? (outside US)
    In mu experience Kuala Lumpur offers decent Hilton properties for not so much points

  5. I would be more interested in examples of hotels in city centres, like in Europe, rather than exotic resort locations like Bora Bora et al, which would interest about 0.00001% of your readership.

  6. glenn t: “I would be more interested in examples of hotels in city centres, like in Europe, rather than exotic resort locations like Bora Bora et al, which would interest about 0.00001% of your readership.”

    You’re likely to be disappointed, then – for European cities, there really aren’t a lot of outsized points opportunities (save for outlier examples like the Tallinn example cited in the post, which came at a high-demand time for a hotel that usually isn’t much more than EUR 125 per night).

    The best usage for points are at the extreme ends of the award chart – both the top end and the bottom end. Between that are several thousand properties where it’s difficult to get more than 0.4 cents per point of redemption value.

  7. I see only an offer for max 80000 points plus 100% bonus. That‘s 160000 total. Am I missing something?
    How long does it take to get the points after purchase?
    How long does a point transfer take?
    Thanks!

  8. I messed up thinking that the points would post quickly after buying them. When I transfer amex points to hh, its instant. The website says you’ll get the points in “less than 24 hours” now I have pretty much wasted the purchase because they still have posted and its been two days and I missed the redemption rate…I emailed points.com and they haven’t responded yet. So, keep in mind it may take a while to post when you buy them and learn from my mistake!

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