30% – 50% discount when you buy Hilton HHonors points

Hilton HHonors is currently offering a 30% to 50% discount when you buy points – see this page and click through.  A 50% discount – and it is fairly likely you will get the 50% option – is equivalent to getting a 100% bonus!

This may or may not be a bargain as it depends how you redeem them.  If you get the maximum discount (and you won’t know what you are targetted with until you log in via the link above), you can buy 80,000 Hilton points for $400.  That is 0.5 cents each.

Regular readers of Head for Points will know that I tend to value Hilton points at 0.33p each, which is a little less than what you are paying here with a 50% bonus.

Hilton Syon Park 3

Five star Hilton, Conrad and Waldorf-Astoria hotels typically run to 80,000 points per night.  In this sale, if you got the full 50% discount, you would be paying $400 for 80,000 points which is roughly what 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 0.5c per point – assuming you got the 50% discount – you would be paying roughly £38 per night if you bought the points.  That is a 65% discount on the typical nightly rate of £100.  Hampton properties include free breakfast as well.

Hampton Hotel Sheffield

On the other hand, the Hilton Sheffield is 30,000 points per night.  Even with 50% off your points, you would be paying around £115.  Whilst a bit less than the typical £125 cash cost, it is not a great deal – especially as you would earn points and miles back on the cash rate.  One upside of a reward night, of course, is that it is cancellable without penalty.

At the most extreme, you could buy the Hilton Salalah resort in Oman, reviewed here, for £19 a night assuming a 50% discount.  That would be the rough cost of buying 5,000 points in this promotion.

(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.  That takes the Hilton Salalah resort down to £15 per night!)

What I can say is that, if you got the full 50% discount, you shouldn’t lose money buying Hilton HHonors points at 0.5 cents.

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 top them up.

The link to buy is here.

The offer closes on 16th September.

(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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  1. I had a look at this when I got the email from Hilton yesterday, I am a Diamond member but only was offered 30% discount.

  2. Mr(s) Entitled says:

    Diamond and 50% off.

  3. Ever so slightly O/T :) I was wondering what other folks have received when they have an issue with Diamond benefits not being recognised. We stayed at a Hampton in Cape Cod for 2 nights which was 100,000 points ,and the manager upgraded someone checking in at the same time as us (even though they had booked via a 3rd party) and did not have any upgrades for us.

    Now she is asking me how many points I fell is fair compensation. I’m not sure how cheeky I should be… Advice appreciated

    • We got 20,000 for building work which started at 8am and disrupted our lie in!

    • I don’t see upgrades as being a benefit for Hampton http://m.hilton.com/hhonors/en/explore/benefits/index.html#banner

    • I’d go for 50,000.
      The manager will not want any info of them upgrading 3rd party stays.

    • Was that a Hampton Inn and Suites?
      We are staying in one in central Vancouver next year and was wondering about an upgrade to a suite as Diamond although, as Genghis points out, it is not an official benefit.
      I am very interested in the concept of points as compensation for no upgrade.

    • 50,000 would be a good amount :)

      • Haha indeed! I’d be delighted with that. I’d say 10 or 20k would still be very fair given upgrades aren’t an expected benefit at Hamptons though.

        • Thanks Genghis nice vid! Yes it was a Hampton Inn & Suites, although I wasn’t that bothered about an upgrade initially – overhearing the manager upgrading someone who booked through Travelocity and being told there was no upgrades available for me… made me chance an email.

    • It’s hard enough getting an upgrade as a diamond, what possible reason would a hotel have for upgrading a 3rd party booking. It is so frustrating.

      • It depends on what the upgrade would have been – if you missed out on a suite then I would be pushier than if I just missed out on a slightly bigger room.

        20,000 points would be a good result in the circumstances in my view, perhaps more if the other guest got a big upgrade.

  4. The cash and points rates can give even better value, with the Hampton in Sheffield as an example, tonight is £77 per room or 10,000 points or £21 and 4,000 points, that gives 1.4p return per point using the cash and points rate. Just a shame the Hampton breakfasts in the UK are so poor…

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Do Cash+Points earn points/night credits on the stay like Cash+Avios Flights earn Avios/TP?

      • No, they are treated as redemptions

        • TGLoyalty says:

          Thanks, shame that would have been nice

        • Although remember that redemptions still earn you stay/night credits with Hilton – you also get your 1000 Diamond MyWay bonus. You just won’t earn points on the cash component although you’ll still earn on incidentals.

  5. Similar thing happened to me, recently, I was behind a customer checking in, not a Hilton member who got upgraded I checked in, diamond, not upgraded.
    Got in the lift saw the room went back down and got upgraded however not sure the room was any different imo!!!! :(

  6. If you buy Hilton points, does anyone know what name the purchase goes through with? I have a 5% cash back at ‘Hilton’ on my Halifax Clarity.

  7. Here’s a question, where can you check when your status with Hilton Honors expires?! I can’t seem to find it anywhere on my account…

    • The year is calendar so status will end either end of March or April, can’t remember which.

    • It’s not displayed on your account anymore annoyingly. You can ask them via the online chat facility.

      • My status match ends March 2018 per email but no where is this mentioned on my online account

        • It never has been – they only ever show you for the current year. I’ve got it in writing and expect it to just reset next March but will be chasing them if not!

  8. purchased already this year with 100% bonus so can’t buy anymore

  9. Is there any card best used for buying Hilton Points?

    Available: Amex Plat, Virgin Black, HH visa, Post Office Visa etc.


  10. Still debating whether to purchase…..

    O/T but Hilton related: My diamond membership expires March 2017. When do I need to do the required stays to retain it-December 2016 or March 2017?

  11. O/T I have a Club Carlson booking next year at the excellent Park Plaza Westminster Bridge which I might not use (depends whether I get a place in the London Marathon!). If I had not booked, the points would have expired before the stay. If I cancel do the points get a new lease of life? That is will they have a 12 month validity from the point I cancel before they expire?

  12. >> A 50% discount – and it is fairly likely you will get the 50% option…

    Any clue as to what the 50% criteria are? Herself (Gold) and I (Silver) have both been offered only 30%. :-(

  13. Chris jones says:

    I’ve been offered 50%.

    I’m planning to stay at opera Paris. looks more expensive via point then Cash? am I missing something here?

  14. OT. Has anyone had a similar issue resolved.

    My HHONORS account shows 8000 odd points from a recent stay, but my balance didn’t actually increase! I have award wallet graphs as proof…

  15. OT. I got the IHG platinum cc from Barclay for almost 2 years. I am planning to apply for HH card to benefit the free night award. Do you think they will grant me the HH card considering Barclay is no longer the main supplier of IHG cc now and assuming my credit rating is ok.

  16. slightly off topic…looks like the double points promotion is back on…sept 1 until dec 31.

    “members must first register at HHonors.com/DoubleUp”

  17. Anyone having expiring very cheap hhonor points for sale/transfer – about 40 000 points would be ideal? Eventually quite desparately looking for cheap club carlson points?