Hilton Honors is offering up to 100% bonus on purchased points until 3rd May 2017 – this 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 US 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 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
As with all hotel points purchase opportunities, you’ll need to have a specific hotel and dates in mind to compare the paid rate in cash, with how many points you’d need to buy.
Hilton Hotels are priced in a wide range of categories, ranging from 5,000 points up to 95,000 points per night. The points price also varies slightly based on the month of the year you are booking in.
You’ll want to keep an eye out for hotels which are priced high in cash, but low in their category banding.
The cheapest in Australia are the Doubletree by Hilton Cairns and Doubletree by Hilton Alice Springs – both available from 30,000 Honors points per night, or $150 USD per night in the current promotion.
The Doubletree by Hilton Cairns. Image courtesy of Hilton.
At a global level, you’ll find some hotels which are in much cheaper categories if you look in less popular or cheaper destinations. You’ll be able to see which category any hotel is in on their page on the hotel’s page on the Hilton website.
Bear in mind that points bookings come with booking flexibility, free refunds, and no taxes or resort fees, so make sure you factor that in your price comparison.
Also, if you’re an elite Honors member staying at a hotel for 5 nights, you’ll only need to redeem Honors points for 4 of those nights – so you’ll need to factor that saving in too.
- You can purchase a maximum 80,000 Honors points per account before bonuses per calendar year
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 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.