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Through May 3, 2017, you can purchase Hilton Honors points with a 100% bonus. This high of an offer usually comes around once or twice a year so this is a great time to buy if you have a specific destination in mine. Although, you’ll definitely have to do the math to see if purchasing points actually works out in your favor.
Hilton allows you to purchase up to 80,000 points per account per calendar year. So with this promotion, you can ultimately get up to 160,000 points – you are purchasing points at .5 cents per point. The only requirement is that you must purchase at least 5,000 points to receive the 100% bonus.
As previously mentioned, this offer is good for some, but I definitely do not suggest purchasing points speculatively. I suggest checking out to see if the cost of purchasing points for a redemption is cheaper then paying cash at the hotel. Remember, Hilton also just revamped their entire approach to redeeming points so the number of points you’ll use is loosely tied to the price of the room if you were to pay for it. The higher the price, the more points it will require, although it will not go above the maximum number of points required for that category (or at least the category it used to be).
For example, if you are looking to go to the Maldives in May (I just picked a random date), it will cost you approximately $600/night for a pre-paid room, or you can redeem 95,000 points. The cost to purchase those points will “only” cost you $480. So definitely a nice savings, and remember, if you have Hilton status (those with Silver, Gold, or Diamond status) get the 5th night free on an award redemptions. You can learn more about earning status from this prior blog post – all four Hilton credit cards also give you status as long as you are a cardmember!
I will personally be sitting this one out. I do not have a specific need for Hilton points and I am really not looking to collect more. But for those that have a specific need, enjoy this promotion!