On Monday I wrote that, for the first time ever (I think) in the history of Head for Points, none of the hotel companies were offering a bonus when you bought points. With cash rates so high this Summer, it was getting too easy to save money by buying points and using them for a redemption.
I should have known better though. Hilton has brought back its offer of an 80% to 100% bonus when you buy points. I have a 100% bonus but this is not universal.
The maximum purchase is doubled, at least for me, to 160,000 points. This would double up to 320,000 points with a 100% bonus.
Doubling the cap is more useful than you might imagine, since 320,000 points is what you need to book a 5-night stay at an 80,000 points per night luxury hotel, given the ‘5 for 4’ deal given to all elite Hilton Honors members.
The cost of 320,000 points would be $1,600 (£1,320) which is 0.41p per point, assuming you get the 100% bonus. Our target valuation for a Hilton Honors points is 0.33p but it isn’t hard to beat 0.41p, especially as Hilton retains caps on how many points a particular hotel can charge.
This is the deal I used to book five nights at the Waldorf Astoria Palm Jumeirah Dubai over Christmas 2020, saving over 60% on the cash price. I wrote about how I did that in this article.
Even at cheap end of the market, you have hotels like the Hampton in Krakow. This is 10,000 Hilton Honors points per night (so £41 via this sale) or £95 per night for cash for an August weekend.
The page to buy points is here if you are interested. The offer runs to 18th September.
How to earn Hilton Honors points and status from UK credit cards (October 2022)
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.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
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 with:
- American Express Gold (20,000 bonus Amex points)
- American Express Rewards Credit Card (10,000 bonus Amex points)
and for small business owners:
- American Express Business Gold (20,000 bonus Amex points)
- American Express Business Platinum (40,000 bonus Amex points)
The conversion rate from American Express to Hilton points is 1:2.
(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.)