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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.

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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.

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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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