Hilton Honors is offering an 80% bonus on purchased points until 16 March, 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.
The minimum points required to trigger the bonus depends on your individual account (some are showing from 1,000, 10,000 and 15,000 points) up to a maximum of 80,000 points (the maximum allowed per year excluding bonuses). The bonus brings down the cost to 0.56 US cents per point.
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.
The usual price set by Hilton is 1 US cent per point, including taxes. Previously they have been sold for:
|Date||Cost per point|
|February-March 2018 (current offer)||0.56||80% discount|
|September-October 2017||0.66||50% discount|
|March-May 2017||0.5||100% bonus (highest)|
|January 2017||0.55||80% bonus|
|September 2016||0.5||100% bonus|
|August 2016||0.66||50% bonus|
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
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
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.
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.