Hilton Honors running 100% bonus on points purchases (targeted): best price

How to buy Hilton Honors points for cheaper Hilton hotel nights

GUIDE: Buying Points
DIFFICULTY: Intermediate
TIME TO READ: 2 minutes
POSTED: November 7, 2018
UPDATED: November 7, 2018

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.

Current offer

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.

Offer history

The usual price set by Hilton is 1 US cent per point, including taxes. Previously they have been sold for:

DateCost per point
(USD cents)
November-December 20180.5100% bonus (highest)
September 20180.5100% bonus (highest)
July-August 20180.550% discount (highest)
May-June 20180.5100% bonus (highest)
February-March 20180.5680% bonus
September-October 20170.6650% bonus
March-May 20170.5100% bonus (highest)
January 20170.5580% bonus
September 20160.5100% bonus
August 20160.6650% bonus
July 20160.55
April 20160.5
February 20150.56
September 20150.57
May 20150.5

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.

Notable restrictions

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.

Summing up

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.

Hilton Honors running 100% bonus on points purchases (targeted): best price was last modified: November 7th, 2018 by Matt Moffitt
Hilton Honors running 100% bonus on points purchases (targeted): best price was last modified: November 7th, 2018 by Matt Moffitt