Buy Hilton points for half a cent each through 2/26/18

Hilton Honors is once again offering a “100% bonus” when you purchase Hilton Honors points. That works out to a price of .5 cents each. In yesterday’s post (See: Does it ever make sense to spend on a Hilton card?), I noted that it doesn’t make much sense to use Hilton credit cards on unbonused spend since you could use a cash back card and then use the cash back to buy Hilton points in a sale like this, yielding you a better return (except when you’re spending towards the Ascend free night, etc — see the post for more detail). It’s great to see an opportunity to buy points cheaply again.

The Deal

Key Terms

  • An individual can buy a maximum of 160,000 Hilton points per year (but remember you can pool points with up to 10 members)
  • Valid for purchases made between January 15, 2019 and February 26, 2019 at 11:59pm ET.
  • All purchases are non-refundable.
  • Points will be posted to the recipients Hilton Honors account within 24 hours of the completed transaction.

Quick Thoughts

It doesn’t make sense to purchase Hilton points speculatively as they’re generally worth about half a cent each towards room rates and taxes/fees (just 0.45 cents in fact according to our Reasonable Redemption Values). However, if you have a valuable redemption in mind, it might make sense.

Yesterday, I illustrated how using a cash back card that earns 2.5% cash back yields the equivalent of 5 Hilton points per dollar assuming you buy points in a sale like this. The current sale now means that by the end of this sale, Hilton points will have been on sale for half a cent each for 12 weeks out of the previous 16. There’s certainly no rush to scoop them up at this price, but if you have the right redemption in mind it could be a good fit. Keep in mind that unlike Marriott, Hilton does not add resort / destination fees to award stays, so this could save you some money beyond just the cost of the room.

Overall, this is a pass for most people…but I’ll likely buy a few points this time around.

H/T: Danny the Deal Guru

About Nick Reyes

Nick Reyes is a (fairly) regular guy with an animalistic passion for maximizing the value of miles and money to travel the world in comfort and style. There is little in life that he loves more than finding a fantastic deal and helping you shop smarter & harder to achieve your travel dreams.

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That cashback to Hilton points was a great article. It’s something that I’m slowly coming around to now. I just downgraded my Citi Premier to the Double Cash since cashback is something I probably should be focusing on more given how good the hotel stay bonuses are these days. I did cash out a bunch of Hilton points for Whole Foods gift cards at 0.5 cents with the intention of just paying for rooms to collect the stay bonuses and points per dollar spent.

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Barry

I’m just wondering if the 5th night free benefit is calculated in the reasonable redemption values for Hilton points. This is a perk that one can only get on award stays and not on paid stays.

Tim tsai
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Tim tsai

Question: if you use a Hilton card to buy the points, will it get 7x or 14x per dollar spent???

AlexL
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AlexL

No, it is processed by points.com, not hilton.

Christopher Phelan
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Christopher Phelan

If I were to buy Hilton points with an Aspire card would I also get the 14× per dollar for Hiton spend?

Sorry thats already been asked, but we would get the 3× per dollar.

Mike
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Mike

Can you buy 160,000 then get 160,000 in bonus points? Or buy 80k get 80k bonus. Looking to top up my account for a ten day Maldives stay.