Great Deal: Potentially Redeem Hilton Points For 0.5 Cents Each Towards Amazon Purchases

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Last year Hilton made it easier to redeem Hilton Honors points, and as part of that, they introduced the functionality to redeem points for Amazon purchases. This works much in the same way as how Amex Membership Rewards points can be used to pay for Amazon purchases.

The catch is that this almost never represents a good deal. For example, when the functionality was introduced with Hilton, Honors points could be redeemed for 0.2 cents each towards Amazon purchases.

That’s an awful value, since I think Honors points are worth 0.4-0.5 cents each.

That’s why it’s remarkable that at the moment it appears you can redeem Honors points for 0.5 cents each towards Amazon purchases. That’s on the high-end of what I value Honors points, so to be able to “cash out” points at that rate is a phenomenal deal.

You can redeem them at that rate towards virtually any Amazon purchase, including Amazon gift cards, or gift cards with retailers including StarbucksLyftUberSouthwest AirlinesAirbnbHotels.comWhole Foods, etc.

Now, I’m not sure if this redemption rate is permanent. It sounds too good to be true to me, so if you’re looking to burn Honors points, I’d recommend doing so ASAP, as I imagine this is limited time.

For example, here’s the Honors account I have linked to my Amazon account:

When I add a $50 Amazon gift card to my account, I have the option of redeeming 10,000 Honors points for it:

Do note that unfortunately some people are reporting issues linking their Amazon and Hilton accounts right now. I’m not sure if this is an issue everyone is having, or just some people. For those who have already linked accounts, though, you should be able to redeem at this rate.

Do you plan on redeeming Honors points for Amazon purchases at this rate? Please report back with your experience!

(Tip of the hat to Doctor Of Credit)

Comments

  1. Errr…that’s a Big No and a frigg’n waste…C’mon Lucky you should know better ..!

    Why not redeem HH pts at the New Waldorf Bangkok , or indeed upgrade to a beautiful suite at Waldorf Chicago ?
    or Even better aspirational Conrad properites around the traps
    ** Sheesh**
    Oi Vei

  2. Using your link, accounts linked up instantly. No problems. Thanks! Now let’s get to lesson #2: redemption strategies to get even more than half-cent value.

  3. “Shop With Points enrollment for Hilton Honors is currently unavailable.”

    Nice. Way to kill it buddy.

  4. Lucky, shutdown your blog.

    The answer is a cashback card.
    Sounds like even you are hinting at it with this post.

    Your post is the equivalent of your parents telling you to become a barista at Starbucks for life because it comes with health insurance and that is good enough.

  5. Thanks for this! While many of you may think it’s crazy, I just cashed out my 180,000 HH balance for $900 in hotels.com and Uber gift cards. While I treat myself to luxury once in a while and have
    a few million points across programs that could afford that, I prefer backpacking around the world. Rather than enjoy a few nights in a suite with those HH points, I can now pay for more than 80 nights in guesthouses as I explore SE Asia with the gift card. Those memories stick with me far longer than a suite upgrade and a cocktail hour. To each his own. No need to post nasty comments just because this deal isn’t for you. Thanks for the post!

  6. @Lucky, looks like the AA status buyup program went up for 2019, can’t remember if you posted about this. It’s elite.aa.com. I have offers there for purchase starting November 1, 2018, but haven’t received any communication yet.

  7. It’s ‘Amazon Time’ at HHonors! This promo just landed in my inbox:

    “You can earn 13X HiltonHonors BonusPoints on up to $500 in eligible purchases at Amazon.com with your Hilton Ascend Card.”

    3 BONUS POINTS ON ALL ELIGIBLE PURCHASES LIKE YOU ALREADY DAY
    +
    10X ADDITIONAL BONUS POINTS AT AMAZON.COM WITH THIS OFFER
    =
    13X BONUS POINTS

    The offer appears to be targeted so check your inbox or junk mailbox!

  8. redeemed 500K Hilton for $2500 Amazon gift cards and added to my gift card balance

    great deal, thanks Lucky!

  9. Yep, got the same email earlier today. Use Ascend card to purchase up to $500 on Amazon between now and end of January for 13X points. Easy. Been holding Ascend for less than six months and Hilton throwing me great point offers left and right. Up to 420,000 points, including the free weekend night for spending $15K in the calendar year. I have three cards, CSR, Ascend, & Aspire.

  10. According to my chat session with “Frank S.” at Amazon:

    “Shop with Points registration is temporarily unavailable for Hilton Honors rewards system maintenance. If you’d like to register for Shop with Points, please try again within 24 hours”

    I noticed that the Hilton Honors landing page has a “planned maintenance” banner that reads, “We recently made some system updates and are now back online. We are working to process all recent stays and point transactions that took place during the system updates. If you had a stay in the last few days which is not currently reflected in your account, please check back on Friday, November 2. Thanks for your patience!”

    We’ll see…

  11. Thank you. Sitting on 100k points w no real use for (3 young kids = no vacations) but $500 at Amazon buys a boat load of diapers.

    #fml

  12. Amazon landing page now says 500 points per dollar, so 0.2 cents per point…

    Too bad, guess they made a mistake in coding the initial exchange rate!

  13. As of 1p CT – Just linked my account successfully and quickly thru in an amazon gift card, but it’s only allowing .02 cpp redemption value. Dang.

  14. Perhaps I am in the minority but I don’t know why many people into this Hobby would liquidate Hilton Honors points at a half cent per point. I have upcoming five-night stays on Honors points at the Conrad Maldives and the Conrad Bora Bora, in each case at well over a penny a point. I also just used a combination of Honors points and AMEX certificates for four nights at the Hilton Paris Opera and I have three nights at the Conrad Ft. Lauderdale upcoming on certificates. I also received the offer mentioned by DCS on my Ascend card and just received another offer of spend $200 during November on supermarkets and receive 10,000 Honors points on my Aspire card. So personally, I am not planning to get out of the Hilton points game anytime soon.

  15. Drats! Just linked my Hilton points but I missed the fantastic window of opportunity. Hope lightening strikes again.

  16. @DSK — Sheeeeeh (hush)! Please do not let too many people in on the secret of just how truly rewarding the much-maligned Hilton Honors program is! It is and has always been truly the program to patronize if one’s goal is to the save on personal travel and do it in relative style and comfort, rather than to aim for self-anointed “travel gurus'” made-up “standards of excellence” that have been thoroughly discredited by the demise of their cherished programs. They tried very hard to elevate MR to fill the avoid, but have largely given up after the program’s IT failed spectacularly in merging RC, SPG and MR. Now, the only thing they can point to about MR is that it guarantees 4pm checkout. Big F$%#ing Deal!

  17. I can’t stay at Hiltons because their beds are so firm so was loving the ability to cash some out at 0.5 cents/point, but no thanks on 0.2/point. Maybe the Grammy’s one day for 1 million points, but don’t think that is worth $4,000 either….

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