Hilton Honors is known for its frequent discounting of points. So frequent that “regular price” rarely seems to apply. The last promotion ended on March 11, 2022 and the next promotion starts today, March 17, 2022. A whole 6 days have passed…
The latest iteration of Hilton’s “points sale” will run until May 6, 2022.
What’s The Deal?
Hilton’s regular price is 1 US cent per point (which you should NEVER consider).
With a 100% bonus, that price would halve to 0.5 cents per point.
You can buy 80,000 points per year, with a 100% bonus bringing your total to 160,000 points. HOWEVER, many people are seeing that their annual limit is now 160,000 points – 320,000 when doubled due to this promotion.
Should I Buy?
You might want to re-read my recent post explaining when to pay a cash rate and when to redeem points.
The tricky part about analyzing whether to buy Hilton points… is that it is so easy to earn them from paid hotel stays, especially when a double or triple point promotion is running. If you combine such a promo with the Aspire co-branded credit card, you could earn up to 54 points per $ of pre-tax spend. And it’s really quite difficult to find situations where you are better off buying points, instead of paying the cash rate and earning those 54 points per $ of pre-tax spend.
However, at the moment Hilton Honors is only offering a 2,500 points per stay promotion – and you can earn those bonus points on award stays. So, between now and the end of April is the BEST time to redeem your points. Whether that’s a 5,000 point per night cheap room or a 5 or 10 night stay in paradise (with the fifth night free for Honors members with elite status) depends on your travel plans…
You should also keep in mind that Hilton Honors has recently increased the upper limit of points pricing at several high-end hotels – click here for details.
But If You Do Buy, Don’t Forget Cashback
Regular readers will know that I regularly promote TopCashback because, among other reasons, you can earn some cashback on your points/miles purchases when they are processed by Points.com.
Not A Member of TopCashback Yet?
If you are not yet a member of TopCashback, you can earn an additional $15. Simply sign up using this referral link – http://www.topcashback.com/join-us/inside-flyer/ref/craigsowerby – and earn $10 of cashback.
It’s really quite simple to earn $10 of cashback. Buying $400 worth of Hilton points would get you there. Alternatively, the number of hotel chains available via TopCashback is impressive – Hilton, IHG, Marriott, Accor, Choice, Best Western, etc. – as well as the major Online Travel Agencies. So a single hotel stay will probably get you there…
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