Hilton Honors is bringing it’s Honors program value by pushing yet another points sale. You can purchase 5,000 Honors points for US$25 or 10,000 for US$50. That’s a 50% discount. The offer ends on October 5, 2017.
The whole purpose of points is to enjoy a free hotel stay. If you’re a frequent business traveler, then those accrued points are a pure blessing. You’ll enjoy entirely free stays. However, if you don’t travel much, you won’t get the opportunity to accumulate much. But you’ll get a chance to enjoy a huge discount using purchased points and with all of Hilton cumulative bonus offers.
The math behind the Hilton Honors points sale
The first thing you should know is that not all properties are equal. Hilton has close 5,000 properties worldwide across different market segments. Some properties require a lot of points while others the bare minimum. A shiny new property in Kuala Lumpur will cost you 5,000 Honors points whereas an old rundown New York City one will swallow your 80,000. This applies to all hotel chains. Does it make sense? I’m not sure the thinking behind it. What’s important is that you are aware of this fact.
Which brings me to my second point: know where you want to go. Do your research, look at the properties where you can redeem your points and see if they give you value for your purchased points. Here’s a list of Hilton properties across the world that save you 50-100% on stays.
Real properties, real savings
Here is a sample of hotels that require only 5,000 or 10,000 points, meaning if you purchase points, it will cost you only $25 or $50 per night:
These examples demonstrate when it’s worth buying Hilton Honors points at a 50% discount. You definitely will get a lot of value out of them.
Unfortunately, that value vanishes when it comes to Canadian properties. The least required points I’ve encountered was 18,000 which usually matched the paid rate.