Should You Buy These Hilton Points at a 50% Discount?

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Hilton HHonors is offering a 50-percent discount on purchasing points to all loyalty members through Dec. 5.

Travelers can access the promotion by following this link.

The discount applies to all purchases that are at least 10,000 points per transaction. Hilton typically sells points for 1 cent apiece, but with this promo travelers can buy points for 0.5 cents apiece. The hotel chain even increased its annual limit of purchased points from 80,000 to 160,000, so if you maxed out a similar promotion earlier this year, it’s possible to buy more points. Exhausting the yearly limit with this promo by purchasing 160,000 points will cost $800 instead of $1,600.

Points will appear in your HHonors account within 24 hours. Something to keep in mind is the purchase doesn’t code as travel, so if you use either Chase Sapphire Reserve or Chase Sapphire Preferred credit cards, the transaction will earn just 1 point per dollar. Purchased points do not count toward elite tier qualification.

Hilton breaks up its award nights into 10 categories, ranging from 5,000 HHonors points per night at a Category 1 hotel to 95,000 HHonors points per night at a Category 10 hotel. And let’s not forget Hilton’s 5th Night Free promotion available to Silver, Gold and Diamond Elite HHonors members—booking a five-night stay costs the same number of points as a four-night stay. It’s a great perk letting those with status stretch their points even further.

 

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In general, buying points speculatively is not a good idea. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should. Loyalty currency can get devalued at any moment, and you could end up with a ton of points that aren’t worth much. However, with a specific redemption mind, members can achieve great value by maximizing Hilton points acquired from this promotion.

Since the bonus value isn’t tiered and stays at 50 percent no matter how many points are purchased, I do not recommend buying more points that are necessary for an award stay. Also, because Hilton offers similar sales from time to time, there’s no need to feel as if you’re missing out by skipping this promo.

If you’re looking to earn some extra Hilton HHonors points without spending a ton of cash, I recommend applying for the Hilton HHonors Card from American Express. The credit card offers 50,000 bonus points after spending $750 in purchases within the first three months of being a card member. The card earns 7x points per dollar spent at Hilton properties and doesn’t charge an annual fee.

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