Hilton Honors offers 100% bonus points for purchases made by June 7, 2018 bringing the rate down to $5 per 1,000 points at purchases of 5,000 or more points. Members can buy 80,000 points in a calendar year. This means there is a limited time opportunity to buy as many as 160,000 points ($800) during this promotion since bonus points do not count toward the annual 80,000 points purchase limit.
Whether this is a good deal depends on where you travel.
I have my eye on several hotels in Romania at 5,000 or 10,000 points per night for $25 to $50 room nights at hotels with $100 room rates.
Vienna, Austria; Bratislava, Slovakia and Krakow, Poland are three other cities with Hilton hotels at 10,000 points per night. Many hotels in Turkey and Egypt are a bargain if you care to visit those places. Asia has many hotels at 5 and 10K per night.
My plan is to pick up some more points for hotel stays in 2018 at some of these low reward rates properties in Europe. I purchased 30,000 points in March 2018 sale and received 54,000 points during an 80% promotion. I ended up not making it to Romania in April, where I had 5 nights at DoubleTree Sighisoara booked for 20,000 points. My plans are now reset for an October 2018 trip.
Hilton points have good value for me at a purchase price of $5 per 1,000 points since I plan to be in several places this year where $50 per night for a Hilton brand reward night is more competitive than other lodging options, combined with the flexibility to change my plans with no penalty up to the day before I arrive.
Loyalty Traveler also published a list in March 2018 focused on Europe’s 28 Hilton Honors category 1 hotels at 5,000 points per night. My post from Sep 2017 on 32 Hilton Honors category 2 hotels at 10,000 points per night shows these hotels on a Google Maps and is still mostly valid to date. Time to update my map.
Update May 25 12:37pm Pacific:
Updated my Google Maps Hilton Honors Europe hotels at 10,000 points per night, including a few hotels that are priced at 11,000 to 12,000 points per night. There are a few hotels in Europe not found on March 2018 LoyaltyLobby list of 10K hotels. The list is now 41 hotels, partially due to hotels rising from 5,000 points per night in Russia and some new hotels at 10,000 points or 11-14K added to Europe.
Click on upper right map icon to open Google Map with hotel names and links.