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If you're looking to boost your Hilton Honors account now to book a trip for once the travel world returns to normal, you're in luck. There are two tempting Hilton Honors promotions available now that you might want to consider.
First, American Express Membership Rewards is offering a 50% bonus on point transfers to Hilton Honors now through April 14, 2020. If that's not enough to top off your account balance, you can purchase Hilton Honors points through May 27, 2020 with a 100% bonus.
American Express Transfer Bonus Key Terms
- The promotion is valid on transfers through April 14, 2020.
- Receive a 50% bonus when you transfer Membership Rewards points to Hilton Honors.
- The transfer ratio with the bonus is 1,000:3,000.
Purchase Points Key Terms
- The promotion is valid for purchases through May 27, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.
- Receive a 100% bonus when you purchase at least 10,000 Hilton Honors points.
- After factoring in the bonus, you can buy Hilton points at just 0.5 cents apiece.
- You can purchase a maximum of 160,000 points per year before bonuses. That means you can buy a total of 320,000 points from this promotion.
- Allow up to 24 hours for the points to post to your account.
Using Hilton Points
Due to Hilton's dynamic award pricing, it takes a bit of digging to find great deals with Hilton Honors. But there are some gems out there. On the budget side, we've found category 1 properties that yield over 1.2 cents per point in value.
Bear in mind that if you have elite status, you can use the 5th-night free benefit to extract even more value from your points. Getting Hilton Honors status is relatively easy as there are plenty of travel rewards cards offering Hilton elite status as a benefit. Cardholders of the Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card receive complimentary Diamond status, and both The Platinum Card® from American Express and Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card receive complimentary Gold status (Terms Apply).
Combining the 5th-night free on awards with some proper planning can prove very lucrative for your next Hilton stay—especially at a high-end property. For example, we were able to price out a 5-night stay at the Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa for as little as 80,000 per night for a stay in March 2021:
If there's an award that costs more points than you can compile from Membership Rewards transfers and buy-point promotions, remember that you can pool your Hilton Honors points with friends and family. Just remember to have the highest-tier elite book the award stay.
In the case of the Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa, Diamond elite members can hopefully snag a complimentary upgrade to one of the amazing overwater bungalows:
Speaking of elite status, Hilton just announced that it's extending elite status for a year. Even those that were supposed to lose elite status on March 31, 2020 have gotten a one-year reprieve. Meanwhile, those that earned elite status for 2020 will keep that status until March 31, 2022.
While most travelers are grounded indefinitely, now is the time to start planning trips for when things return to normal. And there are plenty of great redemptions options currently available with Hilton—whether it's for late 2020 or into 2021.
Whether you choose to transfer Membership Rewards points, purchase points, or a combination of both will depend on how much value you can leverage from your Hilton points and if you have better uses of Membership Rewards points. While these promotions are available, now is a great time to start dreaming about a future trip.
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