May272015

Hilton HHonors buy points $5 per 1000 to June 17 is good deal

Hilton HHonors sold points for $5 per 1,000 points during Daily Getaways this year. But, you had to spend $500 for the minimum purchase of 100,000 points. Now through June 17 you can buy Hilton HHonors points through Points.com for $5.00 per 1,000 points starting as low as $10 for 2,000 points.

You can buy up to 160,000 Hilton HHonors points for $800 with this deal.

For someone like me sitting on 14,000 HHonors points, I can buy 6,000 points for $30 and with 20,000 points, there are many more redemption opportunities available through Hilton HHonors.

Here is a real example I quickly found for a hotel stay next week in Orlando, Florida to save hundreds of dollars.

Hilton Garden Inn Orlando International Drive North

4-night stay May 31- June 4, 2015

  • $139 room rate best flexible rate ($625.50 total after tax)
  • $140 AAA rate breakfast for 4 ($630.00)
  • $132 AAA rate room only ($594.00)
  • 20,000 points Standard Reward (80,000 points)
  • 8,000 points + $40 Points & Money Reward (32,000 points + $180 after tax)

Points & Money reward nights reduce the room rate from $594.00 to $180.00. That is $414 saved with 32,000 points.

Since I only have 14,000 points, I need to buy 18,000 points for $90.

HHonors buy points for award

HHonors will sell me points instantly at time of booking for $7.50 per 1,000 points. That is less than the standard $10.00 per 1,000 points to buy HHonors points, but 50% more than the $5.00 per 1,000 points rate available for purchases through Points.com by June 17, 2015.

The four night room rate is reduced from $594 to $270 using my 14,000 points and buying 18,000 points to book four nights at the Points & Money rate.

Even if I had no points, I can buy 32,000 points for $160.00 and book the Points & Money reward stay for $340.00 all-in. That is still a $250 savings on a hotel room next week and drops the nightly after-tax room rate from $148.50 per night to $85 per night.

This is a great deal for buying Hilton HHonors points.

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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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Comments

  1. Can you do the points and cash only if it is listed on the website? Or can you call in to book?

  2. I don’t stay at Hilton properties enough to know if there is any availability for Points & Money reward nights that is not shown online. You can always call and perhaps find out more quickly what dates are available, if nothing is showing on the website.

  3. Points + Cash is limited to certain hotels. If it doesn’t show, the hotel doesn’t have it or is out of P + C rooms.

  4. Seems OK but according to your example you could just pay the $132 rate and maybe even book it through a cashback site (topcashback is at 8%) and earn HH points also. Sure it’s a little higher but with your math it seems like 20,000 points is worth about $100 versus the $132 less the points earnings and add back any taxes. You would earn at least 1,320 points I’d assume which is worth about $7 or so on this. Just seems like a hassle. The big question to me is why you have 14,000 HH points and can’t get a decent hotel….wait for it….because they have devalued. Some other blog experts value HH points about 4 cents each btw. So again it’s an OK deal I guess but you won’t get elite credit or earn points. Maybe the points plus cash is OK as well.

  5. @Kate – You can see Points & Money Reward night availability by looking at Flexible Dates. That gives you a 14 day view and you can scroll through different weeks.

    @DaninMCI – If I spent $132 per night or $528 for 4 nights, then I would receive 528 x 15 points = 7,920 points. The double points promotion ends May 31 and no new offer is yet announced.

    Spend $594 and earn 8,000 HHonors points. Elite nights do me no good since I am unlikely to earn elite status with HHonors this year.

    Assume I got 8% back. My out of pocket expense is $545 for 4 nights and 8,000 points earned.

    I can redeem my 14,000 points, spend $90 to buy 18,000 points and book 4 nights for 32,000 points + $180. Total cost = $270 + 14,000 points.

    The difference being I spend $545 and end up with 22,000 points in my HHonors account or spend $270 and no points in my HHonors account.

    Since I can buy 22,000 points for $110, it looks to me like a much better deal to save $275 cash on the 4-night hotel stay ($545 – $270) and simply buy 22,000 points for $110 from HHonors.

    Blog experts like to throw out point valuations. Here is what I have said for years on the topic of the value of points,

    “Points have no value at all until you redeem them.”

    The average value of points is of little interest to me.

    My advice when it comes to spending points and miles is be better than average.

    To say HHonors points have a value of $4.00 per 1,000 points is meaningless. I have shown in this example for the Hilton Garden Inn that I can buy 32,000 HHonors points for $160 and book a Points & Money 4-night award stay for $340. 32,000 points in this example that are purchased for $5.00 per 1,000 points can be instantly redeemed for a $254 savings on the AAA rate, giving an $8.00 per 1,000 points redemption value.

  6. So many people overlook the tax advantage when booking with points. I avoid $400+ in sales taxes every year when I stay at Hiltons in Hawaii for a 7 night stay.

  7. Do you still get the 5th night free that you get with award redemptions if you do cash and points?

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