Hilton Honors is offering a 100% bonus on purchased points until 20 September 2020, which can be leveraged into cheaper Hilton Hotels stays. Plus, the annual points buying cap has been lifted to 160,000 points.
This means you could pocket up to 320,000 Hilton Honors points at a rate of 0.5 cents USD each (about 0.7 cents AUD).
This can represent good value for topping up points balances for specific redemptions — a 100% bonus is the best offer you will usually see. In fact, all of Hilton Honors’ promotions have been offered at this rate recently.
However, we don’t recommend you buy points speculatively — you should ideally have a specific hotel stay in mind to compare buying Hilton Honors points versus paying cash.
You can also get your hands on Hilton Honors points by transferring them over from American Express Membership Rewards at a 2:1 ratio.
What is the current Hilton Honors offer?
The minimum points required to trigger the bonus is 10,000 points, and you can purchase up to 160,000 points in a calendar year, excluding bonus points.
That means the maximum amount of points you can purchase in this promotion is 160,000 regular points + 160,000 bonus points = 320,000 total points for US$1,600.
The bonus brings the cost of each point down from the regular price of 1.0 cents USD per point to 0.5 cents.
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 in to 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 as low as 0.5 US cents per point:
|Date||Cost per point|
|March-May 2020||0.5||100% bonus (highest)|
|January-February 2020||0.5||100% bonus (highest)|
|December 2019||0.5||100% bonus (highest)|
|November 2019||0.5||100% bonus (highest)|
|September-October 2019||0.5||100% bonus (highest)|
|June-July 2019||0.5||100% bonus (highest)|
|April-May 2019||0.5||100% bonus (highest)|
|January-February 2019||0.5||100% bonus (highest)|
|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|
How do I use Hilton Honors points?
Hilton Honors hasn’t published an award chart since 2017. Instead, it follows a dynamic pricing model. That means that the cost in terms of points fluctuates based on the date. In June 2019, it made some properties even more expensive.
The best redemptions tend to 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
Remember, if you’re a Silver member or above, you’ll get your fifth award night free on stays of five nights or more., which is an excellent perk.
Bear in mind that points bookings come with booking flexibility and free refunds. Make sure you factor that in your price comparison, as it’s especially important during the COVID-19 travel period.
Are there any notable restrictions?
You can purchase a maximum of 160,000 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 an Honors partner); or
- 90 days with no account activity
You are able to pool points with ten other people of your choosing for free. 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. Check the paid rate of a Hilton property at your intended destination versus 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.
After some more information? Read our guide on how to make the most buying frequent flyer points for travel.