Oct072016

Why I am a buyer. Hilton HHonors points $5 per 1,000 points to Oct 21

An opportunity to buy Hilton HHonors points at half-price for $5.00 per 1,000 points is available through October 21 when you receive a 100% bonus on points purchases of 20,000 or more points. Regular purchase price is $10 per 1,000 points. The calendar year purchase limit is 80,000 points. Potentially you can purchase up to 160,000 HHonors points for $800.

Purchase 10,000 to 19,000 points and receive an 80% bonus for a purchase rate = $5.56 per 1,000 points.

This can be a good price for points purchases, depending on where your travels take you.

For me, 2016 has been an exploration of Eastern Europe with visits to Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Czech Republic. Many of the HHonors low category 1 (5,000 points) and category 2 (10,000 points) hotels are located in Slovakia and Poland.

Most of the HHonors category 1 hotels are located in China, Egypt, Russia and Turkey. There are several other category 1 hotels around Europe.

HHonors Category 1 Hotels

HAMPTON BY HILTON MINSK CITY CENTRE, Belarus

HAMPTON BY HILTON KRAKOW, Poland

HILTON GARDEN INN RZESZOW, Poland

HAMPTON BY HILTON IASI, Romania

HAMPTON BY HILTON NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia

HAMPTON BY HILTON SAMARA, Russia

DOUBLETREE BY HILTON HOTEL SIGHISOARA – CAVALER, Romania

HAMPTON BY HILTON UFA, Russia

HILTON GARDEN INN UFA RIVERSIDE, Russia

HILTON GARDEN INN ULYANOVSK, Russia

HILTON GARDEN INN VOLGOGRAD, Russia

HAMPTON BY HILTON NEWPORT/EAST UK

Hampton Novgorod cat 1

Hampton Inn Novgorod, Russia is $72 Best Flexible rate or $25 per night to buy 5,000 HHonors points during this sale. HHonors elite members get 5th night free, meaning a 5-night stay is only 20,000 points, equivalent to buying $100 in points and reduces nightly room rate to $20.

Hilton HHonors category 2 hotels for 10,000 points per night

Poland

Slovakia

I have no plans to be in Russia soon, but my travel plans take me to Bratislava, Slovakia again in 2016, where I stayed at HHonors category 2 DoubleTree Bratislava last month. This hotel is 10,000 points per night or 40,000 points for 5 nights as an elite member.

$50 to buy 10,000 points is a significant savings on prevailing room rates for DoubleTree Bratislava.

Loyalty Traveler – Hotel Review DoubleTree Bratislava Slovakia

Loyalty Traveler – Bratislava, Slovakia where you can afford real life one hour from Vienna

Hilton HHonors Category 2 DoubleTree Bratislava November 21 room rate

DoubleTree Bratislava HHonors rate

10,000 points = $50 per night with points purchase during this sale compared to the currently available $133 nonrefundable Flash Sale discount rate. 5th night free rate for 40,000 points drops room rate to $40/night.

Loyalty Traveler – Hilton EMEA 7-Day flash sale Oct 4-10, stay Oct 7-Jan 29.

I said yesterday in my post on Buy Hyatt points 40% bonus offer that I am not a speculative buyer of those points at that price without a specific hotel in mind for redemption. Slovakia and Poland have several hotels where I can see a potential redemption in the next year for a discount hotel stay in my travels. I am a buyer of HHonors points at this price to give my account a boost. Even if I do not stay at DoubleTree Bratislava since it is a couple miles from where I want to be in the city and it will be a much colder walk across the city in winter, I will be traveling across Poland in summer 2017. I feel confidant that HHonors points will allow me to find a discount hotel room in some city during my travels this coming year.

There are currently several hotel points purchase bonus offers:

Choice Privileges – 50% bonus points ends today Friday, Oct 7 11:59pm Eastern. Price = $7.34/1,000 points when you buy 5,000 to 50,000 points. This is a good price for points, however, you can buy points for $7.50 per 1,000 points any day using Points and Cash rewards if you have 6,000 points in your account. If you do not have 6,000 points, this sale today can be a good investment to enable you to use the Points and Cash trick to grow your balance. I am a huge fan of Nordic Choice Hotels in Scandinavia as the best hotel value when traveling in Denmark, Norway and Sweden.

Loyalty Traveler – Choice Privileges Buy Points Flash Sale $7.34 per 1,000 Oct 4-7.

Hyatt Gold Passport – 30% or 40% bonus points ends October 25.

  • 40% Bonus Points Price = $17.15 per 1,000 points when you buy 10,000 points or more. (As low as I recall Hyatt selling points outside of annual Daily Getaways offers).
  • 30% Bonus Points Price = $18.46 per 1,000 points when you buy 5,000 to 9,000 points.
  • 55,000 calendar year points purchase limit. Potential to buy 77,000 points during this sale.

Loyalty Traveler – Buy Hyatt points 30-40% bonus through October 25.

 

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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Comments

  1. Excellent breakdown! While appreciate when the bonuses are brought to my attention, I appreciate it even more when it’s broken down and examples are given. Thanks

  2. A 100% bonus is the highest I’ve ever seen from Hilton. Still, if you aren’t going to buy Hyatt points on speculation, I’m not sure I agree with you that Hilton’s are worth buying.

    I see your point: you are pretty certain you’ll use them, so it isn’t quite speculation. However, considering how much the hotel chains have been devaluing them, I’m not sure if I’d do what you’re doing.

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