Hilton Honors is offering up to 100% bonus on purchased points until 3 May 2017, which can be leveraged into cheaper Hilton Hotel stays.
The bonus is available to all members, and if you purchase at least 5,000 points or more, you get the maximum 100% bonus, which brings down the cost to 0.5c USD per point.
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.
The current bonus offer starts from a minimum of 5,000 points up to a maximum of 80,000 points. The maximum amount you can buy on this offer is 160,000 points including the bonus 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.
Buying Hilton Honors points to redeem for cheap hotel stays.
The usual price set by Hilton is 1c USD per point, including taxes. Previously they have been sold for:
- March-May 2017: up to 100% bonus, 0.5c per point (current offer)
- January 2017: up to 80% bonus, 0.55c per point
- September 2016: up to 100% bonus, 0.5c per point
- August 2016: up to 50% discount
- July 2016: 0.55c per point
- April 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).
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, and even though the category pricing structure is being replaced, these links are still active and can direct your focus to these types of properities:
The Doubletree by Hilton Cairns
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 of 80,000 Honors points before bonuses each 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
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 without a specific use in mind.
I am personally not a massive Hilton loyalist. Don’t ask me why, but there are only so many programs you can engage in, and Honors isn’t one of them for me.
That being said, I’d love to hear how you guys are using this promotion – please leave a comment if you find a great deal to redeem your points on.