Bits: targetted 80% bonus buying Hilton points, Starwood improves its Spring promo

News in brief:

Hilton HHonors launches targetted 80% ‘buy points’ bonus

Hilton HHonors emailed many members yesterday with an offer of an 80% bonus if you buy 5,000+ points.

You can check if you are targetted by logging in to the ‘buy points’ page here.

Regular readers of Head for Points will know that I tend to value Hilton points at 0.3p each.  You are paying 0.39p ($800 for 144,000) here so the maths does not look good.

Five star Hilton, Conrad and Waldorf-Astoria hotels typically run to 80,000 points per night.  In this sale you would be paying $444 for 80,000 points which is often more than you would be paying for a five star in a major city.  This is not a bargain.

However, Hilton HHonors IS a decent deal at cheaper point levels.   The Hampton by Hilton in Sheffield, for example (photo below) is 10,000 points per night.  At 0.39p per point you would be paying roughly £39 per night if you bought the points.  That is a 61% discount on the typical nightly rate of £100.  Hampton properties include free breakfast as well.

On the other hand, the Hilton Sheffield is 30,000 points per night.  You would be paying around £117 for those points which, whilst a bit less than the typical £125 cash cost, is not a fantastic deal – especially as you would earn points and miles back on the cash rate.

(Remember that if you have Hilton elite status, and you get Silver status just for taking out their free credit card, you get 5 redemption nights for the price of 4.  This brings down the numbers above.)

If you just buying a handful of points to top off your account, the price per point doesn’t matter anyway.  If you a few thousand short of a redemption then this is a decent opportunity to buy them.

The offer runs until 9th February.  You can check if you are targetted here.

Hampton Hotel Sheffield

Starwood Preferred Guest improves its Take Two promotion

Back in December I wrote about Take Two, the Spring promotion from Westin, Sheraton, Le Meridien, W, St Regis, aloft, Luxury Collection etc.

You can register for Take Two here.  The original offer was double points on stays of two nights or more plus an extra 250 points for staying in certain major cities.

Starwood seems to have decided that this was not good enough.  The following was posted on Flyertalk yesterday by a Starwood representative:

We’ve added an extra 10,000 Starpoints bonus to SPG Take Two, created to reward road warriors like you above and beyond the Double Starpoints + 250/night bonus you are already earning.

With this additional bonus, members who reach a total of 15 nights will earn an extra 2,500 Starpoints. In addition, members who reach 25 nights will get an additional 7,500 Starpoints for a total of 10,000 Starpoints. This is in addition to any Double Starpoint or 250 Starpoint bonuses you earn during this time.

If you’ve already registered for SPG Take Two, you’re all set and no further action is required. Just book your stays and start earning! If you haven’t registered, visit SPG.com/TakeTwo. The registration experience will be updated to reflect these changes shortly.

I value Starpoints at 1.5p each so the additional 10,000 points for hitting 25 nights is worth around £150.  This is modest in itself but, when added to the existing double points promotion and 250 ‘major city’ points, it begins to look more compelling.

That said, for most Head for Points readers, the IHG Accelerate offer will be more compelling.

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see  our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

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Comments

  1. My wife got the email but I didn’t, however I do have the 80% bonus on my account. I’ve had the 100% bonus and 50% off offer, so I won’t be buying during this offer. 😉

  2. Myself and my husband didn’t get the email and have nothing on our accounts. Hoping for a 100% offer later on.

  3. Didn’t get the email, but I have been offered the 80%.

    Tempting, if it was 100% I would of done it instantly.

    Its still cheaper than a sale night in the Maldives, also useful if part of a pay 4 get 5 nights VIP benefit.

  4. Just had a quick look cheapest I can find at present for spring or autumn/winter is $1000/night! So $500 for 90,000 ptrs is worth it, esp when you don’t pay reset taxes using points

    • Reset taxes should be RESORT Taxes

      • Do you think they will let you out without taking some cash from your wallet?

        “Resort fee” is an extra-curricular charge for hotels in the US that is charged IN ADDITION to all state taxes listed in the booking.

        It does not even go to compensate staff, not directly.

  5. Hmmm, wonder if it would count towards a £750 target on a Hilton Platinum Visa card??? :-)

  6. I would normally have been tempted but the hideous £/$ exchange rate is enough to put me off.

  7. I was waiting for this as I wanted to buy some points. I would have preferred to have the 100% offer but I will survive with this one especially after I matched to Diamond.

  8. As this purchase will be in dollars, am I better off using my Lloyds Amex for no fx fee? A bit of a daft question I know!

  9. Quick question – was thinking of booking Hilton Amsterdam for an upcoming trip through Amex travel due to the £50 saving, makes it slightly cheaper than Hilton. Any drawbacks through this, will I still get points? Also have Diamond through matching Accor.

    Anyone other recommended hotels in Amsterdam? Thanks

    • No points, technically no Diamond benefits either – so bang goes your free breakfast and/or lounge access.

      Don’t know much about the Hilton. The Doubletree by the station has a good reputation. The new Waldorf-Astoria is meant to be very plush. I personally go with the InterCon Amstel these days because it is a great place on a hot Summer day with the outdoor terrace on the river. The Hyatt (Andaz) is well regarded.

      • The doubletree is amazing – much better than the hilton. I stay there all the time. Best buffet breakfast in a hilton/doubletree Ive seen..

        Also – the chances of you not getting free breakfast/lounge access if you dont book direct are slim to none….

  10. O/T

    Was looking at best avios-earning car hire on Iberia Plus for my summer road trip just now, noticed 250 avios / day for renting with Budget and crediting to Iberia plus.

    For many that would beat the 3 Avios / £ offered using the AvisBA option especially for longer hires and IIRC Avis and Budget tend to share sites on airports. Obviously YMMV, price was a little more for the same car, so the Avios may not be ‘free’

  11. HHONORS app!!!

    I’ve just booked in to the Double tree in Ealing, I was about to give them my HHONORS details and the iPhone app went mental and kept closing. I can’t use my app on my iPhone 4 or 5; it says it needs to update then does nothing much, I close the dialog box and the app closes.

    Is anyone else having problems?