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It looks as if Hilton hasn’t sold out of the points packages it put into a flash sale a little over a week ago so you still have the rest of today to pick up some Hilton Honors points at 0.5 cents each if the math makes the deal worthwhile for you.
Here’s what you need to know:
Hilton is only selling one type of points package in this sale (it’s a ‘take it or leave it’ scenario):
- Buy 40,000 & get 40,000 bonus points for $400
Hilton Honors members can buy a maximum of two packages and, regardless of how many packages you buy, the cost per point remains a constant 0.5 cents.
Importantly, the points purchased in this sale will not count against the usual annual limit and this can help out in two ways:
- If you’ve already maxed out your annual points purchase allowance you can still buy up to 160,000 points in this sale.
- If you buy points in this sale (and you haven’t bought points at in another sale the calendar year) you will still be able to buy up to 80,000 further Hilton Honors points (+ the associated bonus points) in a future sale later this year.
The more important terms and conditions are as follows:
- 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 promotion on 7,000 packages of 40,000 points is available for purchases made by 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.
- Price includes all applicable fees.
- GST/HST will be charged to Canadian residents.
How Good Or Bad Is This Deal?
As I said when this offer first appeared, 0.5 cents/point 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 recently that would improve things for you.
The reality here is that this sale is only as good or as bad as you make it.
There will be times when buying points in this sale will be a very bad idea while at other times this sale will be able to save Hilton guests a serious amount of money – it all depends on how the points purchaser plans to use the points.
Someone who doesn’t do their math (before buying points and making a booking) could quite easily pay more for points purchased in this sale than the cash rate on offer for the exact same reservation, while someone who checks rates closely (and who works out the math before booking) could really put these points to good use.
If we take the Hilton Garden Inn San Francisco as an example…
On a random night next April the cheapest room rate is $324 + taxes and fees while the same room can be booked for 50,000 Hilton Honors points.
…while 50,000 points purchased in this sale will cost just $250.
In this example, a guest purchasing points in this sale would save almost $115 in just one night.
Bear in mind that the hotel I discussed above is just one example…you’ll have to do the math individually for each and every property you’re considering to find out if it’s worth buying points in this sale.
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 a similar calculation to the ones I’ve shown above for any property that interests you.
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.