Cheap Hilton Points Are Back – 100% Bonus Offer Returns.

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Hilton Honors is once again offering a 100% bonus when you purchase Honors Points.

The specific terms of these offers can vary by customer, so it’s possible you’ll have received a slightly different offer.

The amount you need to buy to trigger the bonus can also vary depending on the customer. Historically, we have seen both 3k minimums and 10k minimums. It appears the 3k minimum tends to apply with a 80% bonus and the 10k with the 100% bonus, but there may be other variations.

The bonus points are available for purchases made between now and 26th February 2019.

Is this a good deal?

Hilton Honors offers a variation on this deal quite frequently, so unless you need the Points soon, I wouldn’t be in too much of a rush to stock up. Particularly if you don’t have the 100% bonus.

The 100% bonus means that you would effectively be buying Hilton Points at a rate of around 0.39p (0.5 cents) per Point, which is a smidge under what I value them at.  You’ll struggle to lose money buying at that price and with a specific redemption in mind could get good value here.

Examples include:

  • Category 1 and Category 2 stays for ~£19.50 and ~£39 per night
  • A few very expensive high Category hotels, like the Conrad Maldives
  • ‘5th night free’ redemptions for Silver, Gold and Diamond member

It’s also worth bearing in mind that Points bookings are flexible and that there aren’t any additional taxes to pay, so you need to compare like with like when calculating whether buying and redeeming Points is better value than paying cash (also factor in the Points you would earn from a cash stay though).

Comments

  1. Sharat says

    Hi James,
    Just when I needed the points for a 5 night redemption at Conrad Maldives – I was almost going to book a Marriott travel package as its a bit cheaper, thanks for the info. I never seem to get any email from HH.
    I am getting 100% bonus if I buy at least 10K.

    • Joe Deeney says

      For Maldives and other expensive redemptions where you want to make use of the 5th night free, it’s well worth remembering that Hilton allows you to transfer Points for free to/from anyone these days, so if you hit your own annual purchase limit, just use family member accounts and transfer over.

  2. John says

    It is really a bad idea to buy points as a business and questionable as a consumer. As a business, one does not get the VAT back as the points are sold by a US firm. Therefore it is always better to pay for the rooms in cash as points will not save money.

    For consumers who cannot claim vat back it is also questionable since the introduction of dynamic points prices and the abolition of categories. I can only think that it might work if used in tangent with the fifth night free.

    • Joe Deeney says

      I don’t think it’s as black and white as that (at all). Fair point on the VAT re business, but it could still easily make sense depending on the specific redemption – eg. for a big conference when cash rates are likely to get silly even for not very good hotels (which are therefore usually low award category); with the caveat that you know about the event far enough in advance to book when there’s award space.

      Hilton Cat 1s are few and far between these days, but are an absolute steal on Points. Cat 2s usually make sense on Points too, though not always.

      Using Points at top tier properties (particularly if 5th night free) could save you many £100s, if not £1000s.

      As James says though, you do need to look at all the factors (earning Points on cash stays etc) and the beauty of these Hilton offers is that they are so frequent there’s rarely any need to speculatively stock up.

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