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Hilton has launched a new points sale only this time around the hotelier is doing things a little differently and, when you take a look at the rules, you’ll see why it may be a good idea to act sooner rather than later if this deal suits you.
Hilton Honors Point Sale
Most Hilton points sales follow a very similar pattern and, generally speaking, they follow very similar rules to a lot of the other points and miles sale we see.
This time things are different. This time Hilton is only offering Hilton Honors members the chance to buy a points package rather than the usual range of points that these sales normally offer.
The points package on offer is as follows…
- Buy 40,000 & get 40,000 bonus points for $400
….and Hilton Honors members can buy a maximum of two such packages.
Essentially Hilton is selling its currency at just 0.5 cents per point.
Headline Terms & Conditions
- Points purchased do not count towards elite tier qualification.
- Points.com and Hilton Honors reserve the right to terminate bonus promotions at any time.
- All purchases must be made through the Purchase page on HiltonHonors.com.
- Timing and order of purchases will be determined by Hilton Honors in its sole discretion.
- The 100% Points bonus promotion on 7,000 packages of 40,000 points is available for purchases made between June 26, 2019, at 12:01am ET and July 4, 2019, at 11:59pm ET or when all 7,000 packages sell out – whichever is first.
- Members may purchase a maximum of 2 (two) 40,000 Points packages during this promotion outside the 80,000 maximum points purchase limit per calendar year.
- All purchases are non-refundable.
- Offer is subject to change.
- Offer cannot be combined with any other offer.
- Points will be posted to the recipients Hilton Honors account within 24 hours of the completed transaction.
- Price includes all applicable fees.
- GST/HST will be charged to Canadian residents.
Should You Buy Hilton Points At 0.5 Cents Each?
0.5 cents is the cheapest rate at which we usually see Hilton points being sold so if this offer doesn’t work for you (which it may not) there isn’t another offer that we’ve seen that’s going to improve things for you (at least not in recent times).
I value Hilton points at around 0.4 cents each so you may be expecting me to say that this is a deal everyone should be staying away from…but that’s not what I’m going to say.
If you’re planning on buying points just to stockpile them then that’s a fundamentally bad idea but there’s definitely value to be had here if you know what you’re doing.
Take the Conrad New York Downtown as an example.
On a random night in October the cheapest room at this property currently costs $603 + taxes or 80,000 Hilton Honors points:
$603 + taxes comes to $697.92 for the night:
In the current sale the 80,000 points needed to book this award would set you back $400 which would save you almost $300 on the best available cash rate.
The properties don’t all have to be high-end to make the math work and the savings don’t have to be huge…take the Beverly Hilton for example.
A randomly selected night here currently costs $287 + taxes or 60,000 Hilton Honors points:
$287 + taxes comes to $333.74 for the night…
…while the 60,000 points needed to book the same room on the same night would cost just $300 saving you $33.
Please remember that the hotels I’ve discussed above are just examples so there may be cheaper properties available on the same nights that suit you just as well which would make using points for these nights a bad idea….but that doesn’t make the deals I’ve highlighted bad.
Also, bear in mind that Hilton says that it’s only selling 7,000 of these packages so there’s a possibility that the packages will run out before this promotion closes on 4 July – if this deal looks like it works for you don’t procrastinate for too long.
The most important things to do here are the following:
- Work out what you’d like to do with your points, where you’d like to visit and when
- Perform similar calculations to the ones I’ve shown above.
If the math works then buying points in this promotion is probably a good idea (go for it), if not then you should move on.
If you only need a few more thousand points (to add to your existing Hilton Honors points balance) for an award you’ve been looking to book then paying a little more for the points than you would otherwise be happy to pay would also be ok….just don’t go crazy.