(EXPIRED) Buy Hilton Points For as low as 0.5 Cents Each Through 7/19/22

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Hilton has returned with a new sale that’s giving some members up to a 100% bonus when buying Hilton Honors points between May 30, 2022 and July 19th, 2022 (it seems that it is somewhat targeted and the bonus may be 80% for some members). That means you can buy Hilton Honors points for 0.5cpp with this sale. Hilton limits members to 80K points purchased per year before the bonus, but they frequently expand on that (and in this current sale it looks like I can buy up to 160K before the bonus).

Past Hilton Points Sales

    • 100% bonus (Buy points for 0.5c each). March 17, 2022 to May 6, 2022
    • 100% bonus (Buy points for 0.5c each). Valid through March 11, 2022.
    • 100% bonus (Buy points for 0.5 cents each). Valid through February 9, 2022
    • 100% bonus (Buy points for 0.5 cents each). Valid through December 31, 2021.
    • 100% bonus (Buy points for 0.5 cents each). Valid through July 29, 2021.
    • 100% bonus (Buy points for 0.5 cents each). Valid through July 8, 2021.
    • 100% bonus (Buy points for 0.5 cents each). Valid through May 11, 2021.
    • 100% bonus (Buy points for 0.5 cents each). Valid through March 5, 2021.
    • 100% bonus (Buy points for 0.5 cents each). Valid through July 15, 2020.
    • 100% bonus (Buy points for 0.5 cents each). Valid through February 19, 2020.
The beach at the Conrad Bora Bora Nui. Standard room prices usually top $800, but standard room awards usually cost less than 90,000 points.  That means that rooms can be had for less than $450 per night with this promotion.

The Deal

Key Terms

  • Points purchased do not count towards elite tier qualification.
  • Points.com and Hilton Honors reserve the right to terminate bonus promotions at any time.
  • All purchases must be made through the Purchase page on HiltonHonors.com. Timing and order of purchases will be determined by Hilton Honors in its sole discretion.
  • The 100% Points bonus promotion is valid for purchases of 15K points or more up to a total of 80,000 points purchased (160K with bonus) and is available for purchases made between May 30th, 2022, at 12:01am ET and July 19th, 2022, at 11:59pm ET.
  • All purchases are non-refundable.
  • Offer is subject to change.
  • Offer cannot be combined with any other offer.
  • Points will be posted to the recipients Hilton Honors account within 48 hours of the completed transaction.
  • Purchased points do not count towards Honors status upgrades.

Best uses

  • 5th night free. Use points to book 5 nights for the price of 4. This benefit is valid on longer stays, so if staying 10 nights you’ll get both the 5th and 10th nights free. Hilton status is required to take advantage of this benefit, but you can get that with the fee-free Hilton credit card.
  • Save money on low category hotels. Hilton hotel awards start at 5,000 points per night, but those can be very difficult to find. 10,000 and 15,000 point properties are more common.  These would cost $50 or $75 when booked with purchased points or less if using the 5th night free benefit.
  • Stay at top tier properties for less. Most of Hilton’s top tier properties top-out at 95,000 points per night for a standard room. With this promotion, 95,000 points would cost you $475. That’s not bad for top tier hotels which often cost $800 or more.
  • Pool points with up to 10 other members. Hilton allows members to create a pool with up to 10 people to share points back and forth. This makes the effective purchase limit much higher when combining forces with other members.

Things to know

  • When you book nights with points, you will not earn points for the stay unless Hilton is running a promotion that awards bonus points per night/stay which includes award nights.
  • Most hotel taxes are not charged on award stays, so this can make the value of buying points even better. Arguably, this factor and the one above roughly cancel each other out.
  • Resort and destination fees are waived on award stays. This alone can make it worthwhile to use points instead of cash for your bookings.
  • See our Hilton Honors Complete Guide for more information about the program.
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chris

I am getting low on points and thinking I might actually buy some, which I have never had to….but it is making more makes sense to me. Our last use of a big chunk of points was in FL near Disney. Can you say $45 (+tax) daily resort fee, and of course the tax on the room and other fees. All adds up real quick, and Hilton covers those all with point based stays.

AGS

Are these purchased directly from HIlton? I.e, would buying them with my aspire card earn 14x on the spend?

Chris

I believe(70% confidence) they are charged by points.com and don’t come with the multiplier on Hilton cards working.

AGS

Thanks – I figured it’d be too good to be true but the browser I was testing still said hilton.com on the purchase page so wanted to be sure.

Dave Hanson

In any browser, I get:
“We’re sorry. Something went wrong.We’re sorry, something went wrong with your transaction.
Please click here to try again.”

Sam

Your article makes two contradictory statements.

“Hilton limits members to 80K points purchased per year before the bonus, but they frequently expand on that (and in this current sale it looks like I can buy up to 160K before the bonus).”

The statement above indicates that you can buy up to 160K points before the bonus, but then you say:

“Members may purchase a maximum of up to 80,000 points purchase per calendar year (note that this limit is sometimes increased during sales, but not this time).”

This statement claims that you can only buy 80K points before the bonus. So which is it?

Lon

When I follow the link in the post, it’s only offering 80% matching, not 100%? I am Honors Gold via AMEX Surpass.

Tim Steinke

Odd. I just clicked through the link on my wife’s account and it showed 100% bonus for all purchases of 5,000+. When you get to the dropdown menu, it’s showing 80% on purchases?

Nessa

Same for me (aspire card holder). But P2 has 100% (no Hilton card)

Lon

Weird that some card holders are getting a lesser deal?

darren gabrielsen

I am looking at the Conrad Bora Bora Nui right now. I look at “flexible dates” for award stays. The best I’m seeing is 600,000 points per night and it goes up to 1.3 MILLION! What is the deal? Does anyone know?

ed k

Yes, the best awards, which those who were intent on going to this resort without outside suggestions were already eyeing, were outed by another blog recently and then picked up by the rest. Hence, all nights that were available for the standard points are now gone. You’ll have to choose another property or wait for the next time they open up new dates at the standard award rates.

Andy

I know I’m replying to a month-old post, but I’ve seen multiple comments from you complaining about this.

If someone found award availability at Conrad Bora Bora organically on their own, that is 100% refundable, and didn’t book it, only to lose out because some blog posted about it — you know what? That’s their fault. I don’t care.

Last edited 6 months ago by Andy
Ed k

I agree with you, but I personally am not, nor do I know of anyone, who had been waiting and actively searching for award nights for that location and then didn’t book it when it was available. We know where we want to go next and that is what I actively search award nights for. I’ve stayed at that property multiple times using awards. I did have a free week booked for somewhere else, which I found “organically” too, but once the flights were cancelled (covid effect) then the resort shutdown. That’s one of the biggest problems for small islands. If flights aren’t getting there then the resorts have no one and just close for a while. That makes life difficult for those who work and live there. I felt far worse for them than I did for myself who was just a visitor. I understand what you mean and maybe came across wrong. I appreciate travel blogs for different reasons. FM is one of the best.

Steve

Any known issues using an Amex card to hit minimum spend for SUB? Will it level 3 data be sent as gift card or some other problematic category?

Last edited 8 months ago by Steve
Jen

If you use a Hilton amex to purchase this deal, think you will get the bonus “spent at Hilton” points?

Steve

Nope.

Kayexelate

what does is code as? (Travel at least?) just wondering which card to put it on if I don’t earn anything extra from using my Hilton Amex Card

Steve

Don’t expect it to code as anything useful and certainly not travel. Best to use a 2% cashback or 1.5-2 point/dollar card if you have one.

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chris

Thanks for the post. Glad you brought up that Resort and destination fees are waived on award stays. That is why I us points to book, many places have a $50 a day (when including taxes) resort fee so booking with points really helps.

DaninMCI

This isn’t true for all brands. It is true for Hilton in this case but brands like Marriott charge resort fees on award stays.