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At the behest of one of our readers (see comments), who we 100% agree with, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, DON’T DO THIS! Now, continue reading.
You can now use your Hilton Honors points to shop at Amazon.com. There are no limits on the transaction size, but the value is poor at best, with one notable exception. See below.
How It Works
Setting up your Amazon account to pay with Hilton Honors points is simple:
- Link your Hilton Account to Amazon
- Shop normally, at the checkout select the pay with Hilton Points option
- The exchange rate is 500 Hilton Honors points = $1 at the Amazon.com checkout
There are some restrictions on what you can use your Hilton Honors points to pay for. You cannot use the one-click option for purchases, as well as the following items:
- Amazon Kindle downloads
- Digital music
- Amazon video titles
- Amazon Appstore apps
- Amazon Fresh items
- Subscribe and Save items
- Prime memberships – except Prime gift memberships
- Pre-order items
- Textbook rentals
- Amazon Allowance
- Reload your gift card balance
Is It Worth It?
This is a bad deal unless you have no other use for these points. Yes, we all love Amazon, but at 500 points to $1 in value, when Hilton typically sells points at a penny a piece, you're exchanging up to $5 of value for $1. However, if you have points expiring, this would be considered an eligible activity to extend the life of your points. Use 500 points, get $1 towards Amazon and extend the life of your points.
We see very little value in this partnership unless you are deciding to end your relationship with Hilton and were looking to mop up some of the points in your account. The only redeeming grace would have been if using your points kept the rest of your Hilton points alive, but this transaction does not qualify. Overall you are better off using cash at Amazon and exchanging your points for something else.
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