Hilton Honors is offering an up to 100% bonus on purchased points until 18 December, which can be leveraged into cheaper Hilton Hotels stays.
This can represent good value for topping up points balances for specific redemptions—a 100% bonus is the best offer you will usually see. Note, however, that these offers are not usually great for buying points speculatively—you will need to have a specific hotel stay in mind to compare buying points vs paying cash.
This is the fourth promotion in a row that has offered points at this price.
Note that this offer is targeted, with some members (like myself) only receiving an 80% bonus.
This promotion is special in the fact that you can buy double the annual cap, i.e. 160,000 points without the bonus (the yearly cap is 80,000).
The minimum points required to trigger the bonus depends on your individual account (some may show from 1,000, 3,000 and 10,000 points) up to a maximum of 160,000 points excluding the bonus. The bonus brings down the cost to 0.5 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|
|November-December 2018||0.5||100% bonus (highest)|
|September 2018||0.5||100% bonus (highest)|
|July-August 2018||0.5||50% discount (highest)|
|May-June 2018||0.5||100% bonus (highest)|
|February-March 2018||0.56||80% bonus|
|September-October 2017||0.66||50% bonus|
|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, the best redemptions now lie at:
- mid-tier properties like the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at Universal Orlando, Agra and Queenstown
- luxury properties like Conrad Maldives, Tokyo and Hong Kong; Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts; and Hilton Hotels & Resorts
- properties located in touristy cities at touristy times, like the Hilton Barcelona and Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik
Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa
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 may be particularly good, it is probably still not quite worth buying points speculatively without a specific use in mind.
Note that if you have access to American Express Membership Rewards points, there is a hack to get an 11-50% bonus on transfers to Honors year-round.