Buying Hilton HHonors points to trim your travel costs

By Chris Chamberlin, June 15 2015

For a short time, Hilton HHonors members can take advantage of the program's most generous 'buying points' promotion to date: a 100% bonus at no extra cost with every purchase.

On purchasing up to 80,000 HHonors point, you'll be rewarded with double points on the side – maxing out at up to 160,000 HHonors points for US$800 (A$1,039), or just A$0.00649 per point.

HHonors members are ordinarily capped at buying 80,000 points each calendar year, although the scheme's latest promotion pushes that to the impressive tally of 160,000 points.

Those are best swapped for stays at hotels such as Hilton, Conrad, DoubleTree by Hilton and Waldorf Astoria – including in Shanghai at the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund.

Instead of paying ¥7,935 (A$1,662) for three nights in a King Deluxe room and its attached hotel service charge, savvy travellers could instead stock up on HHonors points and relax in luxury for much less.

Using the 'points and money reward', we could first buy 84,000 HHonors points for A$545 – 42,000 points plus the 100% bonus of 42,000 points – before paying A$550 on the side when making the booking for a grand total of $1,095, or some 34% off the usual asking price of A$554 per night.

Through the 'points and money reward', you're also seeing A$0.013 of value for each and every point burned, more than doubling the return on your initial outlay!

It's also a better deal than the 70,000-points-per-night 'standard room reward', which nets just A$0.0079 in this instance.

HHonors points can also be swapped for room upgrades, but as Gold and Diamond members already enjoy these at no charge, we’d suggest keeping keeping them for when those great value ‘points and money rewards’ pop up.

To dive in, head to the Hilton HHonors website to buy your points by June 18 at 2pm (AEST), and as we always suggest, check that a hotel has room rewards available on your preferred travel dates before maxing out your HHonors balance.

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Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a great latte, a theatre ticket and a glass of wine!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

23 Oct 2013

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You wouldn't want to transfer them to Qantas afterbuying them!

For $1052 you would only get 16,500 points which is well above QF's recomdended reatail price of $492

30 Aug 2013

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And even Qantas valuation is very generous - I would value 16.5k QF points at $200 max!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

23 Oct 2013

Total posts 714

I depends on what you use them for (Biz Class Flights v Apple iPhone from the QF Online Store)

 

Note - Its cool hugh I can time travel apperently this article was published on the 15 June 2015 but my inital comment was posted on the 16 March 2015

Indeed it was – we've updated the content of a previous article in relevance to Hilton's latest deal to avoid having multiple versions of the same thing.

(That or your time travel powers warrant a role in Back to the Future!)

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum

07 Feb 2013

Total posts 558

Probably why nobody buys HHonours points for this purpose !?


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