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

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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.


How to earn Hilton Honors points from UK credit cards (August 2021)

There are various ways of earning Hilton Honors points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.

Do you know that holders of The Platinum Card from American Express receive FREE Hilton Honors Gold status for as long as they hold the card?  It also comes with Marriott Bonvoy Gold, Radisson Rewards Gold and MeliaRewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Did you know that the Virgin Atlantic credit cards are a great way of earning Hilton Honors points? Two Virgin Points can be converted into three Hilton Honors points. The Virgin Atlantic cards are the only Visa or Mastercard products in the UK which can indirectly earn Hilton Honors points. You can apply here.

You can also earn Hilton Honors points indirectly via American Express Gold, the American Express Rewards Credit Card and – for small business owners – American Express Business Gold and Business Platinum.

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which can be used to earn Hilton Honors points

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

Comments (48)

  • Boris says:

    Is there any card best used for buying Hilton Points?

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

    Thanks

    • Rob says:

      Of those, Post Office, because you won’t pay the 3% FX fee.

      Even better would be Supercard, to avoid the FX fee, and then recharging it onto a miles-earning MasterCard or Visa.

    • Genghis says:

      Or the Lloyds Amex at 2.5 avios/£ in first 6 months.

  • Boi says:

    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?

  • MarkCam says:

    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?

  • Henry says:

    >> 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%. 🙁

  • 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?

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Doesn’t always work

      If its cheaper via cash go for it but sometimes points can unlock great value depending on the price on a certain night

    • Rob says:

      No, not necessarily.

  • Alex W says:

    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…

    • mark2 says:

      Mine is usually the other way round: the total increases but the entries do not show for a long time.

  • Kevin says:

    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.

  • John says:

    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”

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