Hilton Buy Points bonus promo Feb 2020 - 100% bonus
My minimum valuation for a Hilton Honors point is 0.35p, but you can get a lot more than that at some properties.
This is the utterly sensational Conrad Bora Bora Nui:
I booked a King Garden View Suite for 80,000 points per night.
That room in any case would have cost me £625 per night at the time I booked, giving a value per point of almost 0.8p, but I got an upgrade to the King Deluxe Overwater Villa.
What was the Hilton Honors advance purchase cash rate (ie the cheapest possible) during my stay?Just over £900. Value per point? 1.1p
And this is what I got. Look at it!
The Conrad Bora Bora is magnificent.
Now here’s a booking I made for the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi.
A “Standard Room Reward” is 120,000 Hilton Honors points. What’s a “Standard Room”?
Well, it’s this:
It’s a 234 square metre private villa on the beach with its own pool.
The building in that photo isn’t the whole hotel, it’s your “Standard Room”. That whole thing is yours for 120,000 points.
You need to try to get your head around this. It’s huge.
The average size of a house in the UK, including old houses, is 85 square metres. If you look at just new build houses, the average size is 76 square metres.
This beachfront villa with its own pool is 234 square metres! That’s THREE TIMES the size of the average new build house in the UK.
Look at that pool. It’s not one of those tiny “plunge pools”, it’s almost the full length of the villa.
Cash price for this room? Around $2400 or £1850.
That’s a value per point better than 1.5p. But it gets better still, if you are a Hilton Honors member. You can book 5 nights for the price of 4.
This means that 480,000 Hilton Honors points would get you a 5 night stay in this private Villa on a beach in the Maldives worth something like $15,000 or £11,500. Value per point? 2.4p
The Hilton Buy Points bonus promotion can make this insanely expensive beachfront villa in the Maldives a more realistic option for a lot of people.
There can be bargains in less exotic parts of the world too. Have a look at theConrad New York Midtown. Cash rates for a 1 bedroom suite start at over $300, but in busy periods it can rise to over $600. You can have it for 95,000 points per night.
If you’re travelling at a time when cash rates are high, that could be up to 0.5p per point, or 0.6p if you use the 5 nights for 4 option.
But how realistic is it that you can get 480,000 Hilton Points to book 5 nights in the Maldives? Or even 80,000 for a night at the Conrad Bora Bora?
You can earn Hilton points from stays. At the moment there is a 2000 points bonus per stay which can be quite lucrative if you have a lot of work stays at cheap UK hotels.
This promo runs until the end of May. As well as 2000 bonus points per stay, there’s an additional 10,000 points after 10 nights. Register for that promo here.
You can get Hilton points by transferring from Amex Membership Rewards or from Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles earned through the Virgin Atlantic credit card.
(email info [at] toseethe.world if you’d like a referral code for 35000 bonus Amex MR points when you get the Amex Platinum card, worth 70000 Hilton Honors points)
You can also buy them. Normally, the cost for buying Hilton Honors ponts is $10 for 1000 points. This means you’d be paying almost 0.8p per point, which is bad.
The great opportunity is the Hilton Buy Points bonus promotion. Until the 19th February, you can buy with a 100% bonus, so the points will cost you 0.38p each.
Make sure you use a card with a 0% foreign exchange fee. A standard credit or debit card will charge you a 3% fee.
You have to buy 10,000 points or more to get the 100% bonus.
With the Hilton Buy Points offer, points are sold in US Dollars, and the exchange rate to the pound sterling is currently higher than it’s been for almost all of the past year.
This means you would be paying about £240per night for the Conrad Bora Bora if you booked 5 nights for the price of 4.
That’s a saving of between £300 and £600 per night depending on the cash rates during your stay and what upgrade you receive.
At the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi you’ll be paying £365 per night over 5 nights, giving a saving of £1485 per night.
Seriously. You’re saving over £1400 per night by buying points through the Hilton Buy Points promotion. A 5 night stay worth almost £12,000 will cost you a little over £1800.
Obviously that’s still a lot of money, but that’s for a once in a lifetime Maldives special occasion splurge, and £1800 is a lot closer to being achievable than £12,000.
Remember also that reward stays with Hilton Honors count as qualifying nights towards gaining or maintaining your membership status.
Normally you can only buy 80,000 points per calendar year, so that’s 160,000 with this 100% bonus. However, Hilton doubled this allowance several times last year, so there is a reasonably good chance that there will be another opportunity to buy more points later in the year.
You can also pool points with another account, so if you and your partner have Hilton Honors accounts you could buy a total of 320,000 points this time. You can also gift points to another account.
The page for the Hilton Buy Points bonus promo to buy Hilton Honors points with a 100% bonus is here.