Hilton Honors 100% bonus on points purchases: above average price

How to buy Hilton Honors points for cheaper Hilton hotel nights

GUIDE: Buying Points
DIFFICULTY: Intermediate
TIME TO READ: 2 minutes
POSTED: April 26, 2018
UPDATED: April 27, 2018
LOYALTY PROGRAMS: Hilton Honors

Hilton Honors is offering a 100% bonus on purchased points until 7 June, which can be leveraged into cheaper Hilton Hotel stays.

This can represent good value for topping up points balances for specific redemptions (a 100% bonus is the best offer you’ll usually see). Note, however, that these offers aren’t usually great for buying points speculatively — you’ll need to have a specific hotel stay in mind to compare buying points vs paying cash.

Current offer

The current bonus offer is tiered:

  • 1,000 – 4,000 points = 0% bonus
  • 5,000 – 80,000 points = 100% bonus

The maximum amount you can buy on this offer is 160,000 points for $800 USD.

You should run the maths in advance and see if room redemption costs and availability will work for you to buy Honors points instead of paying cash.

Once you’ve clicked through, you’ll need to sign into your account and the bonus will be visible.

Offer History

The usual price set by Hilton is 1 US cent per point, including taxes. Previously they have been sold for:

DateCost per point
(USD cents)
Notes
April to June 2018 (current promotion)0.5100% bonus
February-March 20180.5680% discount
September-October 20170.6650% discount
March-May 20170.5100% bonus
January 20170.5580% bonus
September 20160.5100% bonus
August 20160.6650% bonus
July 20160.55
April 20160.5
February 20150.56
September 20150.57
May 20150.5
Average0.55

Using purchased Hilton Honors points

With Honors switching up its redemption model in 2017, it remains to be seen where the best value redemptions will now lie.

We expect redemption pricing to either stay relatively the same or drop, meaning that the best value may still be found at the extremes – low category hotels that are otherwise a little pricey, or high category hotels that are super expensive if paid for in cash (think: The Maldives).

Before the changes, 5,000 and 10,000-point hotels like the DoubleTree by Hilton Cairns and DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs offered good value.

The Doubletree by Hilton Cairns

The Doubletree by Hilton Cairns. Image courtesy of Hilton.

At a global level, as to be expected, you’ll find cheaper pricing in less popular or cheaper destinations at off-peak times.

Remember, if you’re a Silver member or above, you’ll get your fifth award night free on stays of five nights or more.

Bear in mind that points bookings come with booking flexibility and free refunds, so make sure you factor that in your price comparison.

Notable restrictions

You can purchase a maximum 80,000 Honors points per account before bonuses per calendar year

If you’re a new member, there is a waiting period for buying points of either:

  • 30 days after enrolment if your account reflects activity (a hotel stay or earning of points through a Honors partner); or
  • 90 days with no account activity

You are able to pool points with ten other people of your choosing for free—and they don’t need to live at the same address. You can transfer 500,000 points in a calendar year and receive four times that. This is a great way for couples and families to stock up on points.

Summmary – this Hilton Honors promotion

This deal works best if you have some specific travel plans in mind, and can check the paid rate of a Hilton at your intended destination vs what it would cost to buy and redeem points.

While the offer is particularly good, it’s probably still not quite worth buying points speculatively for without a specific use in mind.

I’d love to hear how the Point Hacks community use these point promotions – please leave a comment if you find a great deal to redeem your Honors points on.

Hilton Honors 100% bonus on points purchases: above average price was last modified: April 27th, 2018 by Keith
Hilton Honors 100% bonus on points purchases: above average price was last modified: April 27th, 2018 by Keith