Ends Tomorrow June 17, Buy Hilton Points for 0.5 Cents. Good Deal?

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This 50k Hilton offer has expired. Check out the best current travel credit card sign up offers here.

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Until June 17, 2015, you can buy Hilton HHonors points and get a 100% bonus on the points purchased.

Screen Shot 2015-05-27 at 6.30.26 PMHilton points normally cost 1 cent each. With the 100% bonus, the price drops to 0.5 cents per point.

If you buy 80,000 Hilton points before June 17, you’ll receive 160,000 points for $800. With the bonus, you can buy any amount of points from 2,000 to 160,000 in 2,000 point increments during the promotion.

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Here is the Hilton award chart.

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When to Buy (Math)

Is buying Hilton points for 0.5 cents each a good deal?

I would not buy Hilton points speculatively for 0.5 cents each because I value them at 0.4 cents each. But if you have an immediate high value redemption in mind, buying points can be a good deal.

For instance, at these prices, Category 1 properties would be $25 per night. Category 2 properties would be $50. Top tier Category 10 properties would be $350 to $475 per night. For all these categories, you can get a big discount off the retail nightly rate if you travel at a peak time.

Check out: Free Spreadsheet to Download of Category 1, 2, 9, and 10 Hilton Properties Plus the Only Two Good Hilton Strategies

Consult the Hilton award chart to see how many points you’d need to book the hotel you want for a night. Search the dates you’d like to stay to see the paid price. If buying the points makes sense, there is award space on your dates, and you are ready to redeem now, buy the points.

Also keep in mind, that you don’t need to buy points when you can just open Hilton branded credit cards for free stays.

Right now, the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card comes with Two Free Weekend Nights (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday) worldwide at top tier Hiltons after spending $2,500 in four months. The card also comes with free Hilton Gold Status (upgraded internet, breakfast) as long as you hold the card. All that more than offsets the $95 annual fee.

Buy Hilton Points with These Credit Cards

Hilton points purchases are processed by points.com, so the purchases will not code as a bonus “travel” or “hotel” purchase on any credit card. You will not earn category bonuses from the purchase of Hilton points.

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That means you should make the purchase with whatever card you need to meet a minimum spending requirement on.

For me, that’s the Citi Prestige® Card, which I got for its 40,000 bonus points after $4,000 in spending in the first three months, its $250 Air Travel Credit that refunded my first $250 of airfare and award taxes this year, and its unrivaled airport lounge access.

Bottom Line

You can buy 2,000 to 160,000 Hilton points for 0.5 cents each. That’s too high to buy speculatively, but there are a lot of immediate awards you can book where that price offers great value.

Application Link: Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card with Two Free Nights worldwide at top tier Hiltons after spending $2,500 in four months


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8 COMMENTS

  1. Big typo near the end “You can buy 2,000 to 160,000 Hyatt points for 0.5 cents each” Hyatt at this price is pretty damn good.

  2. Under BOTTOM LINE, the first paragraph says ‘Hyatt Points’. You may want to change that. Your blog helps me out a lot in planning for my travels. Thanks for all you do!

  3. I value my purchase a bit differently. I use 8K miles to reduce my $200+/nt room to $40. When I purchased in bulk last year the 8K points cost me $40 so every time I stay at that hotel I save $120. I’m at that hotel every week and it is the best buy in the Silicon Valley. Yes, I’m speculating that the room will be available going forward but I have found that combing cash+miles at most properties when available will save you the cost of the speculative purchase.

  4. The travel insurance requirement for a land trip I am negotiating is $250,000. They will not allow a tourist to join that trip without proof of that amount of insurance. This is for things like repatriation etc. Can you tell us which of the credit cards offer that amount of insurance? I will use that card to buy the land tour.

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