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Hilton has launched another points sale and, as usual, there’s a 100% bonus on offer. With Hilton once again selling its points at just 0.5 cents each (the lowest rate at which they’re generally sold), Hilton Honors elites once again have the chance to stock up on points and book 5 nights at some of the chains most luxurious properties for an outlay of just $1,900.
Headline Terms & Conditions
Here are the important parts from the Terms and Conditions which you’ll find in full at the bottom of the “purchase points” page after you log in:
- Points purchased do not count towards elite tier qualification.
- All purchases must be made through the Purchase page on HiltonHonors.com.
- The 100% Points bonus campaign is available for purchases of 10,000 or more Points made between October 1, 2020, at 12:01am ET and December 31, 2020, at 11:59pm ET.
- Through December 31, 2020 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.
As with most Hilton Honors points sales, 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.
At 0.5 cents/point, everyone participating in this sale should be able to extract good value, but Hilton Honors elite members have the best chance of scoring a great deal.
As with all miles and points sales, my golden rule applies and no one should be buying points without a plan and everyone should be doing some simple maths to work out if this sale is for them. Make sure you check a property’s cash rates and compare those rates to the cost of buying points and using those points to book the same stay – that’s a key factor in avoiding making a poor points purchasing decision.
Put simply, there’s nothing complicated here. If buying miles in this sale and using them to book a stay works out to be significantly cheaper than paying in cash, taking full advantage of this sale is probably a good idea. If it’s not significantly cheaper, it’s probably a sign you should stay away.
One key way in which Hilton Honors elites (of all levels from Silver through Diamond) have an advantage over non-elites is that elite status opens up the ability for guests to book 5-night award stays for the cost of a 4-night stay (if you’re US-based and don’t have elite status you should consider getting the Hilton Honors Surpass credit card (review) which bestows Gold elite status on all its cardholders and costs just $95/year).
Standard rooms at most of Hilton’s top properties worldwide cost no more than 95,000 points per night, so a 5-night stay at one of these properties would cost an Honors member a total of 380,000 points (4 x 95,000). A quick look a the terms and conditions of this sale will quickly tell you that you can’t actually buy 380,000 points in this sale (the promotion caps at 320,000 points)…but that shouldn’t matter – a lot of people reading this post will already have at least 60,000 points in their accounts and if you’re not one of them, there’s always the option to pool points from multiple accounts (i.e get two people to buy a combined total of 380,000 points and then pool the points into one account to make the booking).
380,000 points purchased in this sale at 0.5 cents each would cost a total of $1,900, while 5-night stays at Hilton’s top properties can easily top $3,500. Here’s the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills where rooms can be booked for 95,000 or $767 + taxes per night:
And, for a more spectacular example, here’s the Conrad Maldives charging 95,000 or $1,209 per night for a 5-night stay in a Water Villa:
What would you prefer to pay, $1,900 (in points) or $6,000 for a cash book for exactly the same room on exactly the same dates? 🙂
Yes, the deals aren’t always going to be as good as the ones I’ve just highlighted (some deals will be terrible and that’s why you have to do the math), and I’m happy to admit that you still have to account for the costs of getting to these great properties as well as the cost of food and drinks at any of the properties that are isolated. But these things don’t mean that you can’t book amazing trips and get amazing deals with miles purchased in this sale.
You don’t have to go to the Maldives and you don’t have to book a resort – you can find a more local luxury property at which to score a great deal – they’re not very hard to find.
Use The Right Credit Card
Hilton Honors Points sales are processed by Points.com so that eliminates the scope to earn a travel/flight/airline bonus by using a credit card that offers bonus points for shopping in one of those categories (e.g. the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card). This makes a points sale like this one a good opportunity to use a credit card on which you’re working towards a welcome bonus – like the current excellent offer on the Hilton Honors Surpass Card from American Express.
If you’re someone who prefers to earn cash back over miles and points, the refreshed Chase Freedom Unlimited card is a solid option to use.
Just because a lot of us are still confined to our own parts of the world right now doesn’t mean that we can’t plan and book for happier times ahead, so this is definitely a sale worth considering….and you have up to the end of the year to consider it.
Right now, there are a lot of big-name properties showing better-than-usual award night availability deep into 2021, so it’s worth checking to see if any of the properties you’d love to visit can be booked cheaply with points bought in this sale. This is especially true if you have elite status and can make the most of the five nights for the cost of four benefit.