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Hilton’s last points sale ended on 11 May but just a couple of weeks later the hotelier is back with a new points sale that’s pretty much exactly the same as the last one…but that’s a good thing. Once again, members can buy up to 320,000 points at 0.5 cents each and used tactically, those points could open up a world of great value redemptions.
Headline Terms & Conditions
- The 100% Points bonus campaign is available for purchases of 10,000 or more Points made by 8 July 2021, at 11:59pm ET.
- Through 8 July 2021 members may purchase a maximum of 160,000 points per calendar year.
- All purchases are non-refundable.
- Points will be posted to the recipient’s Hilton Honors account within 48 hours of the completed transaction.
- Price includes all applicable fees.
- GST/HST will be charged to Canadian residents. QST will be charged to Quebec residents.
- Points purchased are final and not refundable and are applicable towards all Honors Terms and Conditions.
- Purchased points do not count towards Honors status upgrades.
The math for this promotion couldn’t be more straightforward – as long as you buy at least 10,000 Hilton Honors points you’ll get a 100% bonus and pay just 0.005 cents each for them.
One of the major bonuses of Hilton’s points sales is that Honors members aren’t forced into buying more points than they need just to get the best cost/point.
There are a few positives to this offer so this is probably a sale worth considering if you’re a Hilton fan:
- This is the best deal we generally see Hilton offer
- Points are on sale for 0.5 cents each and that’s pretty close to my valuation of 0.4 cents each.
- You only have to buy 10,000 points to lock in the best price/point so there’s no need to splash out on more points than you actually need in order to get a good deal.
- You can accumulate up to 320,000 points in this sale and that’s enough for a multi-night stay at most of Hilton’s best properties worldwide.
The key to making the most of this sale lies in doing your homework and having a plan for any points that you buy. It’s incredibly easy to click a few links and pay for a stack of points but it takes a little bit of work to make sure you’re not throwing your money away.
The best way forward is to check the cash rates at whatever property (or properties) you’d like to visit and then compare those rates to the cost of an award night booked using points purchased at 0.5 cents each.
The Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills can be used as a good example of how this sale can save a Hilton Honors member a lot of cash:
On a randomly selected night in January next year, the best-priced room at the Waldorf Beverly Hills cost $798 (including taxes) while an award booking for the same night costs 95,000 points:
The 95,000 points needed to book a room in the current sale would cost just $480 (and you’d have 1,000 points left over).
That’s an incredible saving of almost $320…and on just one night!
Yes, I could come up with numerous examples of circumstances where someone would be foolish to buy points instead of paying with cash (because the cash rates are low) but hopefully that goes without saying – what I’m attempting to show here is that it’s possible to get fantastic value out of this sale if you just put in a little bit of effort.
Hilton Elites Can Do Even Better
I don’t often use properties like the Conrad Maldives in my examples because, ordinarily, these sales don’t offer the opportunity to buy enough points to make a trip to the Maldives economical, but this time things are a little different.
This sale allows individual Hilton Honors members to accumulate up to 320,000 points each so when you combine that with the fact that Hilton Honors points can be pooled and the fact that Hilton Honors elites (Silver, Gold, and Diamond members) get a 5th night free when booking awards, there’s a great deal to be had.
Right now there’s a lot of availability at the famous Conrad Maldives Rangali Island during one of the best times of the year to visit the region – January.
Each night costs 95,000 points but, as long as you have some degree of Hilton Honors status (the Hilton Honors Surpass Card from American Express (review) costs $95/year and offers Gold Status as a benefit), you can book 5 nights for the price of 4.
4 nights at 95,000 points each comes to a total of 380,0000 points which, at 0.5 cents per point would cost $1,900.
You would need to have two Hilton Honors accounts buying points and then pooling them to be able to pull together 380,000 points from this sale (or you may already have 60,000+ points in an account already in which case one account would suffice and no pooling would be needed) but $1,900 for 5 nights in a Beach Villa…
that would otherwise cost $5,590 for the same stay…
…is a phenomenal deal.
Sure, you’d still have to account for the costs of getting to the Maldives and then to the Conrad (as well as the cost of food and drinks at the property) but that doesn’t make this a bad deal. This is still incredible value at a 5* luxury property in one of the most in-demand (and expensive!) regions on earth.
If you’ve been considering a trip to the Maldives, buying points in this sale could be a huge money saver for you.
Just because we’re still waiting for the travel world to open up fully doesn’t mean that we can’t plan and book for happier times ahead, so this is definitely a sale worth considering.
Right now there are a lot of big-name properties showing better-than-usual award night availability well into 2022, so it’s worth checking to see if any properties you’d love to visit can be booked cheaply with points bought in this sale – let me know if you score any great deals.