Hilton Honors selling points with 100% bonus

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Buy Hilton points with a 100% bonus (0.5 US cents each) and save on hotel stays.

Hilton Honors has launched its latest points purchase promotion, with a 100% bonus and a doubling of the purchase cap from 80,000 to 160,000 points (pre-bonus). 

This could be a good opportunity to save on some of your upcoming hotel stays, especially if revenue rates have skyrocketed.

Buy Hilton Points with a 100% bonus

Buy Hilton Points with 100% bonus

From now till 23 November 2022, 11.59 a.m SGT, Hilton Honors members who buy a minimum of 5,000 points will receive a 100% bonus.

Hilton points usually cost 1 US cent apiece, so a 100% bonus means buying points at 0.5 US cents each, the lowest price we ever see available.

A maximum of 160,000 points (pre-bonus) can be purchased per calendar year, but since you can combine points across different accounts, this shouldn’t be an issue. 

Hilton recently revised its points expiry policy such that points expire after 24 months of inactivity (versus 15 months previously). Earning or redeeming even a single point resets the clock, and in any case Hilton has paused the expiration of all points until 31 December 2022. 

What can you do with Hilton points?

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Hilton no longer has a published award chart, but as a rule of thumb, free nights range from 10,000 to 120,000 points (some Waldorf Astoria properties cost 150,000 points per night). 

If you see award costs higher than this, it’s because there’s no standard rooms available. In that event, points can instead be redeemed for premium rooms, which generally represents poorer value. 

Hilton members with Silver or higher status enjoy the 5th night free on all redemptions, creating some fantastic opportunities to save on hotels during peak periods (Hilton Silver status is offered to all AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend cardholders). 

While everyone dreams of luxury stays at the Conrads and Waldorf Astorias, my most recent use case was actually a lot more prosaic. I went to watch the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament in Indian Wells, California earlier this year. As this was a spur of the moment thing, all the hotels had already been booked up, and the few remaining were charging ridiculous rates for stays.

Even a humble 3-Star Homewood Suites La Quinta was asking for US$624 per night, before taxes. But award nights were going for 50,000 points per night, and with the 5th night free, I paid an average of 40,000 points per night for a 5 night stay- at 0.5 US cents per point, that’s US$200 nett!

Yes, a Homewood Suites is hardly the stuff of dreams, but I’ll take those savings. 

To illustrate some other situations where buying Hilton points might be useful, consider London. A flexible rate at the Conrad London St. James costs US$473 per night, or 80,000 points. Buying points at 0.5 US cents each yields a nett price of US$400, or a 15% saving. If you stay five nights, your per night rate will be just US$320. 

Alternatively, consider New York City, where hotel prices spike around Christmas. Even a modest Hilton Garden Inn is going for US$560! Buying 70,000 points (US$350) would be a much better option.

If you fancy something nicer, the Conrad New York Midtown is going for 95,000 points a night (US$475), versus US$671 with cash.

Otherwise, the classic use case for buying Hilton points is to snag a stay at a luxurious resort at a place like the Conrad or Waldorf Astoria Maldives. By buying points at 0.5 US cents each and getting the 5th night free, you can save significantly off revenue rates while still enjoying flexible cancellation.

What card should you use to purchase Hilton points?

Hilton points purchases are processed by Points.com and charged in USD. You should use the following cards to maximize your returns from buying Hilton Honors points:

CardEarn RateRemarks
Citi Rewards
Apply
4 mpdCap of S$1K per s. month 
UOB Visa Signature
Apply
4 mpdMin S$1K Max S$2K FCY spend per s. month
SCB Visa Infinite
Apply
3 mpdMin S$2K spend per s. month
UOB PRVI Miles
Apply
2.4 mpdNo cap 
S. Month= Statement Month | C. Month= Calendar Month

Remember, you can always pair the Citi Rewards Card with the Amaze Card to earn 4 mpd on Points.com purchases, with no foreign currency transaction fees. 

I don’t recommend using the DBS Woman’s World Card for Points.com purchases, as many people have reported issues with getting the bonus points credited. 

Conclusion

Buy Hilton Points with 100% bonus

Hilton is selling points once again with a 100% bonus, which could be a useful way of saving on hotels especially around peak periods. It’s always wise to check for award space before you buy points though, and once again, don’t buy them speculatively!

Aaron Wong
Aaron Wong
Aaron founded The Milelion to help people travel better for less and impress chiobu. He was 50% successful.

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Jon G.

Thanks for the lead Aaron. I’m planning to add some points for my trip to Paris in May for the French Open.

Henry

Is the 100% bonus targeted. I clicked the link above and logged in to my hilton honor account and it shows 80% bonus only.

SG BA

Same, shows 80% bonus only. Fyi, Gold member.

Ortloc

I’m Diamond and being offered 80% bonus.

Iwan

I am Diamond and got 100%

Mark Lim

Gold and 80% too.

Gud6

I am offered 100% and can purchase 160k points

Cheng

Thanks Aaron for sharing this.
Can I clarify is it not all the time using points ate cheaper? I am looking at hilton surfer paradise, the 2 bedroom cos 130,000 pts which make up to USD650 if we buy the bonus points. But if I pay only in cash is only Aud409. Not sure if I make a mistake in calculating. Thanks

Law

i try to book Conrad BKK but realised is not much cheaper just that if you stay 4 nights, it has a 5th night free…and their booking engine is strange cos it doesnt show the total points needed before you buy the points

chk

Few days ago I was checking out Hilton Orchard & the cash rate in app is slightly cheaper than using points assuming one values points at 0.5 cents (some May value it differently). So yeah, points not always worth it.

Nic

Hey Aaron, seems I’m being capped at 80K points pre bonus (i.e. 80K + 80K bonus). Not sure if everyone else is getting 160K pre-bonus but i’m still at the outdated cap it seems haha

Sg Ba

Another dp: Gold member, 100% bonus, capped at 80k pre-bonus.

Phil

Gold, 100%, 160k +160k
Bought some at the same rate last year too.

Newbie

I’ve nv bought H.H points before. Current campaign, I am offered to buy 80K+80K(bonus 100%) at $800 I am on H.H Gold Status

Last edited 3 months ago by Newbie
David

Can we pair OCBC Mastercard with amaze?

Phelan

Just received the email from Hilton. Silver member. 100% bonus for max 160k points

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