May012011

Buy Hilton HHonors deep discount points at 12 noon ET Monday, May 2

Discover America Daily Getaways is one of the best opportunities of 2011 to buy Hilton HHonors points in large quantities at big discount. HHonors members may purchase one set of points from each of three offers for 100K, 150K and 250K points. These are quantities sufficient to redeem for extended stay VIP rewards of 4 to 6 nights or more with discounts of 15% to 25% on the standard reward cost. For example a 6-night category 7 hotel reward is available for 225,000 rather than the normal 300,000 points for any HHonors member with at least Silver VIP status. Any HHonors American Express credit card member or member with four stays or ten nights in a calendar year earns HHonors VIP Silver elite.

100,000 HHonors Points = $550 ($495 if payment is American Express).

  • 200 items for sale.
  • No more than 1 set of points may be purchased per member from this offer.

150,000 HHonors Points = $825 ($742.50 if payment is American Express).

  • 150 items for sale.
  • No more than 1 set of points may be purchased per member from this offer.

250,000 HHonors Points = $1,375 ($1,237.50 if payment is American Express).

  • 150 items for sale.
  • No more than 1 set of points may be purchased per member from this offer.

Loyalty Traveler analysis:

These sales are for sets of points. There is no restriction to how you use the points. The item titles state points for a 2-night, 3-night or 5-night stay, but theseĀ are reward possibilities, not reward requirements forĀ purchased HHonors points.

The purchase rate of points at $5.00 per 1,000 points is a 50% discount on the regular purchase price of HHonors points at $10.00 per 1,000. Buying points directly from HHonors is limited to 40,000 points in a calendar year. Buying points through DiscoverAmerica is a bypass to the annual purchase limit. A member can buy 250,000 points on May 2 and still be eligible for purchasing up to 40,000 points through HHonors later in the year if needed.

An example of a Hilton HHonors category 7 reward stay is Hilton New York from September 16 to September 22, 2011. A VIP 6-night reward is 225,000 points for this stay. The daily rate of $399 + tax is $2,768.18 after tax for this 6-night stay.

Purchasing 250,000 points for $1,237.50 through DiscoverAmerica can be a savings of $1,500 or more at a number of Hilton Hotels around the world.

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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  1. Does anyone know how fast these points usually post? The website says 3-4 weeks. I was hoping it was a bit faster.

  2. An excellent analysis of the benefits of buying points. Diamond special arrangement can then be used if there is no award availability. Thanks Ric, the blog always provides such useful information.

  3. @chitownflyer — I’m new to HHonors program. I’m currently requesting a status match to Hyatt. If I’m a diamond member in Hilton’s program, are you saying they will try to arrange a reward stay if their site says one is not available?

  4. @John yes this is called Diamond special arrangement. See this post for info on the the HHonors program: http://milepoint.com/forums/threads/primer-on-hilton-hhonors-program-and-status.2937/

    @Ric, I got the offer for 250K. In the terms and conditions, I noticed they state must be redeemeed for standard rooms and excludes Waldorf Astroia and all inclusive resorts, I hope this does not exclude us from redeeming Saver VIP rewards. Have you done this Hilton offer before and do the points just get added onto your total HHonors account balance?

  5. Diamond force awards are one of the best features of HHonors Diamond VIP status. I almost always needed to use this service when booking 6-night award stays over Christmas/New Year’s holidays.

    Only once could I not get an award stay in about 20 holiday period redemptions.

    @chitownflyer – I saw that term about Waldorf-Astoria. I really do not see how they would exclude using points for these rewards, but maybe they can. I will be surprised if there are any restrictions to using points for VIP Saver rewards.

  6. @Ric, I think I may have been mixing up Standard award with Standard room. The reason Waldorfs would be excluded is that the low season redemptions start at 60,000 and high season = 90,000, so 250,000 can NOT be redeemed for a 5 night stay. I bought two packages, so I hope I am right. I gather the points just lump into your HHonors account?

  7. @John, The real pandora of Hyatt’s program is Faster Free Nights(FFN) where 2 cheap mattress run stays earn a free night at any Hyatt worldwide. I like the idea of 2 Hyatt Place stays to earn a free nights at the Park Hyatt Tokyo. $130 in hotel spend for a $600 night hotel sounds like a good deal to me. I am eagerly waiting for the return of FFN, hopefully in the fall!

    Ric’s Hilton post shows why it is the best for redeeming multi night stays: http://loyaltytraveler.boardingarea.com/2011/05/02/comparing-the-value-of-hotel-program-points/

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