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Perhaps you’re looking to cash in your Hilton Honors points for an unforgettable stay at the Conrad Maldives, Conrad Bali or Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort. Or, maybe you’re looking to book a weekend getaway to attend homecoming at your alma mater. Whatever your dream is, Hilton’s latest buy points promotion can potentially help you get there.
This most recent promo runs through Dec. 18, 2018, and it awards you to either a 80% or 100% bonus. You’ll have to check here to see what deal your targeted for. Hilton Honors members are permitted to buy up to 80,000 points each calendar year. With the 80% bonus, you can buy a maximum of 80,000 points and receive a 64,000 point bonus for a total of 144,000 points — that’ll cost you $800.
Normally when Hilton sells points they go for one cent each, but this bonus allows you to snag points for half that at 0.5 apiece (if you have the 100% bonus). TPG values Hilton points at 0.6 cents each, so this sale means you can acquire points for less than what they’re worth. If you have the 80% bonus, you’ll be getting points at 0.56 cents each.
While we don’t often advise buying points to fully fund a stay, these moments are useful when you’re one or two nights short of making a dream vacation complete. In other words, if you already have 300,000 Honors points, but need 450,000 points for a specific booking, buying up allows you to instantly book your trip rather than having to earn them via future stays or credit card sign-ups. It’s also useful for near-term bookings at lower category properties — places where it’s relatively affordable to stay via points, but the cash rates are inflated.
Hilton also gives its elites (and it’s quite easy to get elite status with the hotel chain) the fifth night free when redeeming for award stays, increasing the value of your points by 20% when staying in increments of five nights. Also, Hilton’s Points and Money Rewards can sometimes allow you to get as much as 1 cent per point toward subsidizing the cash price of a luxury hotel.
If you’re jonesing for even more Hilton points, consider applying for one of the chain’s Amex co-branded credit cards, all of which currently boast elevated welcome bonuses.
- The Hilton Honors Ascend Card from American Express is offering 125,000 Hilton Honors bonus points after you spend $2,000 in purchases on the card within your first three months of cardmembership.
- If you’re looking for a business credit card instead of a personal one, the Hilton Honors American Express Business Card also has a new welcome bonus — you’ll earn 125,000 points after spending $3,000 in the first three months.
- Finally, there’s the premium Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card, which for the first time ever has increased its welcome bonus to a whopping 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.
When buying Hilton points, the transaction is processed by Points.com, so a travel rewards card won’t earn bonus points on the purchase. You’ll want to use a card like the Chase Freedom Unlimited or The Blue Business℠ Plus Credit Card from American Express instead, which are great cards for non-category bonus spend.
Featured image of Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa by the author.
This is The Points Guy’s permanent page about Hilton’s “buy points” promotions, so you can bookmark it and check back regularly for the latest offer. Keep in mind you may see some reader comments referring to older deals below.
This card is currently offering a welcome bonus of 150,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 in the first three months.
- Earn 150,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points with the Hilton Honors Aspire Card from American Express after you use your new Card to make $4,000 in eligible purchases within the first 3 months of Card Membership. Plus, enjoy a free Weekend Night Reward within your first year and every year after renewal.
- Earn 14X Hilton Bonus Points when you make eligible purchases on your Card at participating hotels or resorts within the Hilton Portfolio.
- Earn 7X Hilton Honors Points for each dollar of eligible purchases on your card at U.S. Supermarkets, U.S. Gas Stations, Eligible Airfare, Eligible Car Rentals, and U.S. Restaurants.
- Earn 3X Hilton Honors Bonus Points for all other eligible purchases on your Card.
- Enjoy up to $250 in Hilton Resort Credits on your Card each anniversary year, when you stay at participating resorts within the Hilton portfolio.
- Enjoy complimentary Diamond status with your Hilton Honors Aspire Card.
- $450 annual fee.
- Terms Apply.
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