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I posted yesterday about the current Hilton Honors 100% bonus when purchasing Points. As regular readers might know, I’m usually a little sceptical when it comes to buying Points or Miles (apart from SPG Starpoints of course!), but sometimes it’s worth a quick reminder about how you can make big savings using these deals. With the bonus Hilton Honors Points deal, it’s possible to stay at Hilton hotels for just ~£14.40, which really is remarkable.
Getting the Points
The 100% bonus runs until June 7 2018, and you can buy up to a maximum of 80,000 Points per year (not including the bonus 80,000!).
The 100% bonus means that you would effectively be buying Hilton Points at a rate of ~0.36p (0.5 cents) per Point, which is a little under my general valuation for them of 0.4p.
Redeeming the Points
Category 1 Hilton hotels require just 5,000 Points per night. At 0.36p per Point, you can buy 5,000 for about £18.00, which is a pretty great deal in itself – assuming you can find a Category 1 you actually want to stay at. A Category 2 (like the excellent Hampton Liverpool Airport) would cost £36 – frequently saving you more than half the lowest cash rate:
Remember that Points bookings are (almost) always refundable too.
To sweeten things even further, Silver, Gold and Diamond Honors members get the ‘5th night free‘ on award stays, meaning that you only pay the Points required for 4 nights when staying 5 nights. 5 nights at a Category 1 therefore requires 20,000 Points, which would cost ~£72. £72 divided by 5 nights = ~£14.40 per night!
I reason I’m writing this post today is because I actually intend to take advantage of the 100% bonus myself this time – and redeem for a Category 1! I’ll be in Turkey in a few weeks and won’t arrive until quite late, so a 5,000 Points Category 1 airport hotel sounds perfect. The cash rates aren’t high really (£40-£50), but why pay that when I can get the Points for £18 instead?
What are your favourite Category 1-2 Hilton Hotels?