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With over 4,800 Hilton hotels worldwide, you’re likely to find one that fits your needs when planning your next vacation. And your next vacation might be closer than you think, now that Hilton is offering a bonus 80% on purchased points, now through February 17th. This is a high bonus, but it’s not the best bonus Hilton has ever offered. The deal and information can be accessed here. Let’s examine the math and see if this makes sense.
Normally, Hilton points cost $10 to purchase 1,000 points (tax included), for a purchase price of 1 cent per point. That might seem cheap, but remember, Hilton points are only worth about half a penny each, so at the normal rate, your paying double the value. At the normal rate, it doesn’t make sense to buy Hilton points.
What about with the 80% bonus? You’ll need to purchase at least 5,000 points, so for $50, you’re getting 9,000 points. That brings the purchase price to 0.555 cents per point, which is actually pretty close to the value. This is much better than the normal rate.
While I’m generally against buying points speculatively, I think I am going to take advantage of this promotion. I’m a few thousand points short of a few nights at the Hilton Tokyo (my next big international trip!) so I think I might buy some points to top up my account and book that room.
Will you buy Hilton points with an 80% bonus? Or will you wait for the 100% bonus to come back?
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You did not answer the question in the title.
The answer is in the comment “while I’m generally against buying points speculatively” above. If you have a need (like I do), then it’s a good opportunity. If you don’t have a need for them immediately, I’d say don’t buy.
After purchasing these SPECIAL DEAL points how long do I have to use them? Can they be carried over to another year? When do they expire?
Are these HH points or Club points?
These are HH points, and as such, will expire after 12 months of account inactivity. Keeping them active for even longer is as simple as using your Hilton-branded credit card every few months to buy something small, like a coffee, or shopping through the Hilton shopping portal.
If I purchase HH points the payment will be in British pounds,what will 20000 points cost?
@Sam —> “Will you buy Hilton points with an 80% bonus? Or will you wait for the 100% bonus to come back?”
The key here is IF — as in, IF the 100% bonus comes back . . . will it? Are we 100% sure the 100% bonus will return? How do we know?
I have already booked three separate stays at Hilton properties later in the year on points, so I’m feeling a bit “light” in the points department. While I haven’t decided for sure, one way or the other, my current thinking is to buy some now (w/an 80% bonus) so I don’t miss out completely, in case the 100% bonus does *not* come back; but then buy more at 100% if/when it returns. 0.555¢ is pretty darned good, and I can certainly live with it. Yes, a 100% bonus is better, but if I can average it to a 90% bonus, so much the better.