Hilton Honors is offering an up to 80% bonus on purchased points until 29 December 2017 – this can be leveraged into cheaper Hilton hotel stays.
The bonus is available to all members, and if you purchase at least 20,000 points or more, you will get the maximum 80% bonus which brings down the cost to 0.55c US per point.
This can represent good value for topping up points balances for specific redemptions. Note 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.
The current bonus offer is tiered:
- 10,000 – 19,000 points = 60% bonus
- 20,000 – 80,000 points = 80% bonus
The maximum amount you can buy on this offer is 144,000 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.
The usual price set by Hilton is 1c USD per point, including taxes. Previously they have been sold for:
- December 2017: 0.55c per point (current promotion)
- September to October 2017: 0.5c per point
- July 2017: up to 80% bonus, 0.55c per point
- January 2017: up to 80% bonus, 0.55c per point
- September 2016: up to 50% discount, 0.5c per point
- August 2016: up to 50% discount
- July 2016: 0.55c per point
- April to June 2016: 0.5c per point
- February 2015: 0.56c per point
- September 2015: 0.57c per point
- May 2015: 0.5c per point
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).
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.
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
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.