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Hilton’s latest points sale ends tomorrow so time is running out if you want to make the most of the 100% bonus that’s on offer and the increased purchase limit which temporarily allows Hilton Honors members to buy up to 320,000 points.
- Buy 1,000 – 9,000 points and get a 0% bonus
- Buy 10,000 – 160,000 points and get a 100% bonus
It’s hard to imagine a sale simpler than this one!
Headline Terms & Conditions
- The 100% Points bonus campaign is available for purchases of 10,000 or more Points made by July 15, 2020, at 11:59pm ET.
- Through July 15, 2020, members may purchase a maximum of 160,000 points per calendar year.
- Bonus points do not count towards the annual limit.
- All purchases are non-refundable.
- Points will be posted to the recipient’s Hilton Honors account within 24 hours of the completed transaction.
- Price includes all applicable fees.
- GST/HST will be charged to Canadian residents.
- Points purchases are final and not refundable and are applicable towards all Honors Terms and Conditions.
One of the best aspects of Hilton points sales is that the price per point doesn’t generally change within the bonus bands so, as in this instance, there is just one bonus band, the cost per point remains the same whether you buy the minimum number of points that earns a bonus (10,000) or the maximum number (160,000).
If you buy between 10,000 and 160,000 Hilton Honors points you’ll pay just 0.5 cents per point.
There are a number of positives to this offer so this is probably a sale worth considering if you’re a Hilton loyalist:
- 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.
- The maximum number of points on offer in this promotion is 320,000 so, for a change, even someone starting with a zero balance in their Honors account can buy enough points for a worthwhile stay at one of the top Hilton properties around the world.
Having said that, readers should also keep in mind a few other things before they decide to buy points in this sale:
- The world is going through some pretty turbulent times right now and there are numerous countries around the globe that are either making it very hard for visitors to enter or they’re prohibiting the entry of visitors completely. If you’re considering buying points to make a near-term booking you should check that you’ll actually be able to visit the location you have in mind.
- Hilton Honors points are not particularly difficult to earn so you should be asking yourself if you really need to buy points in this sale or if you can earn them organically in time to book whatever award it is you’re hoping to book.
- Just because this is the best deal we see Hilton offering doesn’t mean that any points you buy in this sale will save you money on a future booking – you’re going to need to put some work in to make sure you get value.
The key to making the most of this sale lies in doing your homework and having a plan for any points that you buy. As always, my one essential rule to follow when buying miles or points comes into play here. 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 math won’t lie – if it’s cheaper to book with points then buy the points you need otherwise, stay away.
Here’s an example of how buying points in this sale could save you some money on your next stay:
A randomly selected night in April at the Waldorf Astoria Chicago costs, at the very least $540 + taxes. The same night can be booked for 95,000 points.
Once taxes are added in, the cash rate for this night rises to $634.07:
You can’t get exactly 95,000 points in this sale – you have to buy 48,000 points and with the 100% bonus you net 96,000 points…
…so to buy enough points in this sale to book the Waldorf Astoria Chicago (on the date in question) would cost just $480.
Buying points in this sale and using them to book this particular night at the Waldorf Astoria Chicago would save a guest almost $155 on a single night stay.
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 a good opportunity to use a credit card on which you’re working towards a welcome bonus – like the current good 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 Citi Double Cash credit card (2% cash back) is a strong option to use.
As far as Hilton points sales go this is as good as it gets but you still need to work out how you’re going to use any points you buy before you dive in. This sale can certainly save you a lot of money if you use the points you buy wisely, but it can be just as easy to throw money away if you’re not prepared to put in a little work.