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Hilton appears to have done something that I don’t recall it ever doing in the past – it has launched two very different points sales. Both sales allow customers to buy points at the lowest rate that Hilton generally sells its currency but while one only permits purchases of 80,000 points, the other Honors members to buy up to 160,000 points. Which sale have you been targeted for?
The Two Promotions
I’m going to focus on Promotion 1 because that’s what my account has been targeted for but it’s worth keeping in mind that even though the second promotion limits purchases to just 80,000 points, the fact that Hilton Honors points can be pooled from across multiple accounts free of charge, means that both promotions can be used to book some pretty fantastic stays at a great rate.
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 7,000 or more Points made between October 13, 2021, at 12:01am ET and December 7, 2021, at 11:59pm ET.
- Members may purchase a maximum of 80,000 points per calendar year. A
- ll purchases are non-refundable.
- Points will be posted to the recipients 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.
As with most Hilton Honors points sales, the math for this promotion couldn’t be more straightforward – as long as you buy at least 7,000 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 your preferred 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 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 don’t have elite status, you should consider getting the Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card (review) which bestows Gold elite status on all its cardholders and costs just $95/year (rates & fees).
Note: All information about the Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card has been collected independently by Traveling For Miles. The Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card is not currently available through Traveling For Miles
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 160,000 points), but that shouldn’t matter.
A lot of people reading this post will already have a healthy number of points in their accounts and even if you’re not one of them, there’s always the option to pool points from multiple accounts (i.e get multiple 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 tropical example, here’s the Conrad Maldives charging 95,000 or $931 per night for a 5-night stay in a Beach Villa:
The cash cost for this stay would be in excess of $4,600.
What would you prefer to pay, $1,900 (in points) or $4,653 for a cash booking 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/hotel 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 offer on the American Express® Gold Card – or, if you’re someone who prefers to earn cash back over miles and points, the Chase Freedom Unlimited® credit card (review) is a solid option to use.
Right now, there are a lot of big-name properties that continue to show better-than-usual award night availability deep into 2022, 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.