Hilton has brought back its offer of a 100% bonus when you buy points.
The maximum purchase is doubled to 160,000 points. This would double up to 320,000 points with the 100% bonus.
As usual with Hilton, some people will see a lower bonus of 80% or 90%. This seems to be a long running piece of market testing to see how it impacts take-up rates.
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 (£1,305) which is 0.41p per point. The drop in the exchange rate this year has eroded some of the value of these bonuses, with our target valuation for a Hilton Honors points at 0.33p, but as long as you spend them outside the UK it will net off.
In any event, if you’re smart about it, you should be able to get good value.
This is the deal I used to book 5 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. It’s worth noting that this hotel did not go up in points price in the latest round of Hilton Honors changes so you can still do the same deal, albeit you are probably too late for this year.
The page to buy points is here if you are interested. The offer runs to 31st December.
How to earn Hilton Honors points and status from UK credit cards (February 2023)
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 Premium and MeliaRewards Gold status. We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.
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.)