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Until 3 June 2016, Hilton HHonors is offering a 100% bonus on points purchases, which lets you buy HHonors points for 0.5 US dollar cents (0.35 pence) each.
The maximum HHonors points you can buy in this offer is 80,000 (so 160,000 with the bonus).
We value Hilton HHonors points at somewhere between 0.3 and 0.4 pence each, so this is potentially a bargain. In particular, there are two ways you can really benefit from the added value here:
Value Point 1: Redemptions at low Category Hilton properties
There are 53 Hilton (Category 1) properties where you can stay for just 5,000 points per night. As such, in buying points at this 100% bonus rate, you are paying US$25 (£17.50!) per night for your stay at these hotels.
There is a Category 1 Hilton hotel in the UK – the Hampton by Hilton Newport/East. Ok, it’s not Monte Carlo, but given that the standard rate there is £89, you would be getting a bargain by purchasing the points to stay in this hotel.
Moving up a notch, there are also 140 Hilton (Category 2) properties available at just 10,000 points per night. Again, taking advantage of this 100% bonus on points purchases, you are paying a very reasonable US$50 (£35) a night for these hotels.
Category 2 hotels in the UK are as follows:
- Hampton by Hilton Corby/Kettering
- Hampton by Hilton Liverpool John Lennon Airport
- Hampton by Hilton Newcastle
- Hilton Newport
- DoubleTree by Hilton Sheffield Park
- Hampton by Hilton Sheffield
Buying Hilton HHonors points with an 100% bonus, and then using them at Category 1 and Category 2 Hilton hotels, will almost certainly provide you with a great value stay. Indeed, it is very likely to be cheaper than simply buying your room with cash directly: and you don’t have to just take my word for that – compare the prices, it’s a simple comparison! Look at the cost if you buy directly, versus the points cost (with each 1,000 points costing you £3.50).
It’s worth remembering, too, that you get a free breakfast for all at Hampton by Hilton hotels, with 2 adults and 2 kids often able to stay in the room via a sofa bed. A stay for 4 people, including breakfast, for £17.50? Now there’s value.
At 10k points a night, I think Hamptons invariably represent fantastic value, and while I am not ordinarily a big fan of buying points (something deep within me, I think, views it as cheating :)), £17.50 or even £35 a night for many Hamptons is an absolute steal.
Value Point 2: Combine this Hilton HHonors points bonus with a status fast-track
As noted above, this bonus deal effectively allows you to buy Hilton nights for as low as £17.50 a night. Also currently available to you is a Hilton Status challenge, which allows you to fast-track to Hilton Gold status by making 4 stays (cannot be consecutive nights) within 90 days.
So, if you signed up to this status challenge, you could get Gold Hilton Status and 4 nights at a Hilton hotel for as little as £70! The process is as follows:
- Sign up to the Gold fast-track status challenge
- Buy 10,000 points for $100 (£70), with the 10k bonus
- Stay 4 separate times at a Category 1 hotel, costing 5k Hilton HHonors points each time
- Hey presto! You’re Gold!
Bear in mind you don’t have to go with Category 1 hotels, of course, you still generally get fantastic value at the 10k a night Category 2 hotels (where you are effectively paying £35 a night), so if they work better for you, I would go for that option – you are still getting 4 nights at a Hilton and Gold status for an amazing £140!
And, by the way, Hilton Gold status is well worth having.