Hilton Honors selling points with 100% bonus

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

Hilton has launched a new points purchase promotion, with the usual 100% bonus on offer till 13 March 2024. This reduces the cost per point to 0.5 US cents each, and the maximum purchase cap has been doubled to 160,000 points pre-bonus.

Depending on where and when you’re staying, buying points can be an opportunity to save on hotel stays when cash rates are high. 

Buy Hilton Points with a 100% bonus

Buy Hilton Points with 100% bonus

From now till 13 March 2024, 12.59 p.m SGT, Hilton Honors members who buy a minimum of 6,000 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. This is the lowest price we ever see offered.

A maximum of 160,000 points (pre-bonus) can be purchased per calendar year, and points can be pooled with up to 10 other members for the purposes of redemption. 

Hilton points expire after 24 months of inactivity. Any earning or redemption activity will reset the clock.

What can you do with Hilton points?

Waldorf Astoria Bangkok

Hilton no longer has a published award chart, but as a rule of thumb, free nights range from 5,000 to 120,000 points (a handful of properties cost 150,000 points per night).

You can use the Hilton Points Explorer tool for an estimate of the range at which properties price. 

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

Conrad Centennial Singapore example: Standard rooms price at 70,000 pts/night (above). If you see anything higher than this (below), it means there are no Standard rooms available

Hilton members with Silver status or higher 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). Don’t forget that points redemptions also include all taxes and fees, so there’s further savings to be had compared to cash rates.

While everyone dreams of luxury stays at the Conrads and Waldorf Astorias, points purchases can sometimes serve more prosaic purposes. In March 2022, I went to  watch the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament in Indian Wells, California back in March 2022. 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.

The general idea is to check cash rates and see whether you’d be better off buying points at 0.5 US cents each (with the 5th night free where applicable).

What card should you use to purchase Hilton points?

Hilton points purchases are processed by Points.com and will code as MCC 7399 (Business Services Not Elsewhere Classified), as opposed to hotel spend. 

You can use the following cards to maximise the miles earned.

CardEarn RateRemarks
Citi Rewards Card
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
Maybank Horizon Visa Signature
Apply
Up to 3.2 mpd^Min. S$800 per c. month, no cap
SCB Visa Infinite
Apply
3 mpdMin spend S$2K per s. month
HSBC TravelOne Card
Apply
2.4 mpdNo cap
UOB PRVI Miles
Apply
2.4 mpdNo cap 
UOB VI Metal Card
Apply
2.4 mpd No cap
S. Month= Statement Month | C. Month= Calendar Month
^If your card was approved before 1 November 2023, earn 3.2 mpd till 31 January 2024. If your card was approved from 1 November 2023, earn 3.2 mpd for the approval month + 3 full calendar months. 2.8 mpd subsequently. Read more here.

I personally don’t recommend the DBS Woman’s World Card for Points.com purchases, as MCC 7399 is a problematic MCC for DBS, and many people have reported issues with getting the bonus points properly 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.

Make it a point to check for award space before buying points, and never buy them speculatively. Hilton runs these sales very often, so you don’t need to worry about missing out.

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.

Alian

Gold and 100%

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 1 year 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

Steve

Thanks Aaron, quick question, was it worth using HSBC Revolution to purchase the points? would I be still entitled 4pmd with this purchase?

Max

+1

Rog L

Was thinking of using citi rewards (visa & master) to buy to max out the 4mpd on each card.

any idea if i have to buy $1600 usd one time or split into 2 transactions on each visa/master? Thanks

yct

You can buy in multiple transactions

Ken A

Hi, Surprised to see Citi Rewards on the list as I always thought travel related transactions do not qualify?

Esther

Hi Aaron, I clicked on the link but it said ” Sorry, purchasing Points is not available at this time”. I am Hilton Gold member

Ram

since its MCC 7399, this means i will be charged 1% when using Amaze + Citi Rewards, right? If so, would that still be cheaper compared to simply using Citi Rewards and paying the FCY charge?

Panini

Hello, the extra 1% charge for MCC 7399 is only when the transaction is charged in SGD. For FX charges, the extra 1% does not apply.

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