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Last day to get a 100% bonus buying Hilton Honors points

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Hilton Honors is about to end its current promotion offering a 100% bonus when you purchase 10,000+ points.

The Hilton ‘buy points’ page is here.  You have until TONIGHT, Sunday 20th September, to buy.

Regular readers of Head for Points will know that I tend to value Hilton points at 0.33p each.  You are paying 0.39p (0.5 cents) here so the maths in general doesn’t work.

Conrad New York midtown

HOWEVER ….. there ARE real bargains to be had at peak periods.  Conrad Maldives at 95,000 points per night, the new Waldorf Astoria Maldives at 120,000 points, the ‘all suite’ Conrad New York Downtown or Conrad New York Midtown at 95,000 points (above) are places where you will usually save a lot of money by buying points instead of paying cash.

This is especially true if you have Hilton status and can get ‘5 nights for the points of 4’ on a longer stay.  If you don’t have status, this article shows you how to get a Hilton Honors status match.

If you are just buying a handful of points to top off your account, the price per point doesn’t matter anyway.  If you are a few thousand short of a redemption then this is a decent opportunity to buy them.  The annual points buying limit has been raised to 160,000 points per year (+ 160,000 bonus points on top) as part of this offer.

Rooms booked on points are also fully refundable, except on some rare occasions such as New Years Eve in key cities.  This gives you extra certainty if you want to book but are worried about, for example, quarantine restrictions being introduced by the UK Goverment which mean you can no longer travel.

The page to buy points is here if you are interested.  The offer ends TONIGHT, Sunday (actually, early on Monday morning at it is midnight New York time).

Comments (28)

  • TripRep says:

    Probably worth another mention, if you make a Hilton booking in the next 10 days (before end of Sept) for a stay before the end of August 2021, the current Hilton cancellation policy is for full refund as long as it’s > 24 hours prior to your stay.

    Here’s the text of the Hilton policy;
    “Flexibility for the Future: Any individual reservations booked on and between March 12 and September 30, 2020 for any future arrival date can be changed or cancelled at no charge, up to 24 hours before your scheduled arrival day.

    If you cancel a rate which required an advance payment or deposit, we will do everything we can to process your refund as quickly as possible. Due to the influx of cancellations, it may take up to 30 days to complete your request. If you are a Hilton Honors member and cancel an Advance Purchase rate, you may be eligible for a free night certificate for each cancelled night. Free night certificates can be used at our more than 6,200 properties worldwide. Stays must be completed by August 31, 2021. In lieu of a refund, guests at select hotels may choose to receive a hotel voucher redeemable toward a future stay at that hotel. Changes are subject to availability and rate differences”

    So based on that ability to book and cancel with confidence, I’ve just made speculative bookings at the above mentioned Conrad Maldives Rangali for next year. Lowest cost for a 5 night Beach Villa stay is $5135, redemption is 380,000 points.

    For the cheapest over Water Villa, its $6860 for 5 nights, redemption is also only 380,000 points.

    So I guess that’s at least $1.35 per point value or >105p/point for the Beach Villa and $1.81 or > 140p/point.

    Obviously many people probably wouldn’t pay the cash equivalent, so the above comparison is purely for illustration of what points can buy you over cash.

    • TripRep says:

      sorry maths shot to sh.t this am, out by a factor of 100, too much Sat eve indulgence 🙂

      So I guess that’s at least 1.35c per point value or > 1.05p/point for the Beach Villa and 1.81c or > 1.40p/point for the Water Villa.

  • Aeronaut says:

    Pretty unimpressed that Uber managed to make a hash of a very simple offer.

  • TripRep says:

    Also worth a mention that the quoted 120000 / night at the Waldorf Astoria Maldives is practically impossible to get for 5 or more nights beyond mid November, heck there’s hardly any availability for a single night at 120k, most rates seem to start at 500k+, with 783k and 799k/night being pretty common.

    This may of course change, I suspect availability could appear 4-6 weeks out on a rolling basis depending on global demand.

    Interestingly the Maldives have now just mandated every tourist arriving must have a negative PCR test certificate valid from < 72 hours before flight. I think this is a good precautionary move in reducing risk on aircraft and at the resorts.

  • Mike says:

    Oh no, Hilton points deal has expired…

    Oh wait…it will be back in 12/24/36 hours..