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This Hilton Points Purchase promotion has ended, however, you can still purchase Hilton points.
Hilton Honors is running a promotion through September 16, 2016, with the opportunity to purchase points as low as 0.5 cents per point. It's a targeted promotion so you'll need to log into your Honors account to view the discount, in our case, 40% off.
Receive up to 50% discount on Hilton Honors Points
The discounts we have seen so far are, 30%, 40%, and 50%. As this is not a tiered promotion, you'll receive your eligible discount for any number of points purchased. Hilton typically sells points for 1.0 cent a piece, below is what you'll pay for points at each level of discount.
- 30% off – 0.7 cents per point
- 40% off – 0.6 cents per point
- 50% off – 0.5 cents per point
How many Hilton Honors Points Can You Purchase?
Hilton allows you to purchase a maximum of 80,000 points in a calendar year so assuming this is your first purchase, and you intend to max the promotion out; it will cost you $400 with the 50% discount.
When to buy discount Hilton Honors Points
There are two scenarios where there is value in buying discounted Hilton points:
- If your Hilton account requires topping off for a specific award. An example of this would be if you have Hilton elite status (receiving a 5th night free), and only have the points for a three-night award stay. By purchasing points during this promo, you get the fourth night at a discounted rate, plus the added value of receiving another night for free, further stretching the value of your points.
- If there is a redemption that provides a better cent-per-point value than the cost of points. For example, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Sukhumvit Bangkok requires just 20,000 points. The hotel typically costs ฿4414 (US$127) per night.
Purchasing 80,000 points is enough for 4 nights (5th-night free if you're a Hilton elite). That same stay would cost $508 for non-status holders (4 nights) and $635 for Hilton elite members (5 nights). Savings of $108 and $235 respectively.
Note: While you can convert points to Hilton from multiple rewards partners, we don't recommend transferring to Hilton from programs such as Amex Membership Rewards as these flexible rewards points can achieve a better return redeeming them elsewhere.
This sale is one of the rare instances where points are discounted without tiers, meaning you don't need to buy a certain number of points to receive the maximum discount and can purchase exactly the points required for a redemption.
Having said that, don't buy without a plan to use the points for a specific redemption. Devaluations across numerous rewards programs in the past 24 months, Hilton included, has shown that stockpiling loyalty points or miles is the financial equivalent of investing in a deflating currency.
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