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Due to the Hilton Honors “mega stack”, I’ve been spending more time than usual on the Hilton Honors website. The other day I decided to click on a menu item entitled “restore points”. You can reach this menu on your main My Account Overview page once you are logged in.
And to my complete surprise I saw this…
I can “reinstate” 9,455 points for the bargain price of 0.25 cents (0.18p) per Honors point. Since these are long-forgotten points, it feels like I am simply buying points… at a price that is a 75% discount on the usual selling price of 1 cent per point and a 50% discount on the best promotional offer I’ve ever seen from Honors – which works out to 0.5 cents per point.
Restoring Expired Points
In an ideal world, none of my readers will allow their points to expire. Tools such as Award Wallet make it really quite simple to keep track of your various points balances and, by paying a small annual fee, “Plus” membership will keep track of your expiration dates. But miles and points do expire sometimes…
I really have no idea that I allowed Hilton Honors points to expire. It would have been 10-15 years ago, well before the term “travel hacker” was even invented (much less me becoming one, rather than just a regular business traveller). Apparently my Hilton Honors account was opened in April 2001, so I must have had a few business stays and forgot all about the points I had earned.
But fast forward to 2018 and I AM a travel hacker, and I am perfectly happy to pay 0.25 cents to add nearly 10,000 Hilton Honors points to my balance, even though I am notionally restoring points that I should never have let expire.
So, it’s worth spending 30 seconds on your Hilton Honors account to see whether you have some long-forgotten expired points that can be reinstated. Are you willing to admit to having let some Hilton Honors points expire?