See If You're Targeted for Bonus Hilton Points Through This Hidden Offer
Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here.
Every few months, Hilton runs a buy miles promotion, offering up to 100% bonus points when buying Hilton points. While the standard rate for buying Hilton points is 1.0 cents per point -- significantly more than TPG's valuation of 0.6 cents per point -- offers like these allow members to stock up on Hilton points for just 0.5 cents per point.
Especially paired with Hilton's fifth night award free for elites, this can make an awesome redemption happen for cheaper than the cash price for the same stay.
Unfortunately, the most-recent buy points offer ended on Dec. 18, 2018. But, there's a way some members can avoid paying full price for Hilton points throughout 2019. Loyalty Lobby discovered a hidden buy points link for "an exclusive offer" of 60% bonus points.
The terms note that this offer is "only for members who receive this email and is not transferable." You'll have to log into your Hilton account to make the purchase, so it's possible that you won't be able to take advantage of this offer. However, in practice, it seems to be open to most members.
At a 60% bonus, you're able to purchase points for 0.625 cents each, which is about on par with TPG's valuation of 0.6 cents per Hilton point. Even better, this 60% bonus is available when you buy just 1,000 Hilton points -- meaning you can top off your Hilton account with just 1,600 points for $10.
That said, Hilton has a low cap on the number of points you can purchase each year. Each member can buy just 80,000 points each calendar year -- before bonuses. And with 80% to 100% bonuses coming around every few months, you'll want to wait for a better offer to stock up on a large number of Hilton points if you have a high-value redemption in mind.
Other good options for stocking up on Hilton miles for an upcoming redemption include the chain's Amex co-branded credit cards, all of which currently boast elevated welcome bonuses.
- Hilton Honors Ascend Card from American Express: 125,000 Hilton Honors bonus points after you spend $2,000 in purchases on the card within your first three months after signing up.
- Hilton Honors American Express Business Card: 125,000 Hilton Honors points after you spend $3,000 in purchases on the Card in the first 3 months.
- Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card: best-ever 150,000 points after spending $4,000 in the first three months. Those 150,000 points are worth $900 based on TPG’s latest valuations.