Via Hilton’s current 80% bonus on purchases of Hilton Honors points, until 29 December you can buy Hilton points and receive an 80% bonus.

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This is not a bad deal at all, and there is a way to turn it into a genuinely fantastic deal if you redeem your points cleverly.

What’s the deal?

Any purchase of 10k to 19k points will receive a 60% bonus, while any purchase of 20k+ points will receive the full 80% bonus.

The cost here, with the full 80% Hilton bonus, is 0.55 US dollar cents a point, or 0.41 pence a point.

Hilton redemptions (i.e. nights paid for with your Hilton points) start at just 5k points a night. While Hilton have now removed the Category system for their hotels (and the points required for redemptions), the former Category 1 and 2 hotels are, as a general rule, still available at 5k and 10k points a night.

Put simply, if you buy Hilton points with the current 80% bonus, that means you can get stays at these low category hotels for just £20.50 or £41.00 respectively a night.

But we can do better…

If you have any status with Hilton (even just Silver) you can get 5 nights for the price of 4 when redeeming Points, so 5 nights at a former Category 1 hotel would cost £82.00, or £16.40 per night (20k Hilton points). 5 nights at a Category 2 hotel would cost just £164, or £32.80 per night.

And even better…

If you book your Hilton points-funded stay via the Hilton app, you’ll get 500 Honors points back as a bonus (until 31 December). That means 5 nights at a former category 1 hotel will cost just 19,500 points, the cash cost of which is just £79.95. That works out at an amazing £15.99 a night!

Reverting to the maths on one night stays, if you buy points in the current Hilton bonus:

  • a former Category 1 hotel (ordinarily 5,000 points a night) will cost you 4500 points a night, so that’s still a very good value £18.45
  • a former Category 2 hotel (10,000 points a night) will cost you 9500 points a night, a fantastic £38.95 a night.

If you’re in any doubt as to how good value these redemptions are, just compare my “points-bought cash rates” above to the actual cash rates. 

The 5K Points standouts

Hilton still offer some surprising 5k or 10k point gems – just because they are in a low award category doesn’t mean they are bad hotels! In particular, a large number of Hampton hotels fall into the 5-10k redemption range. Hamptons are generally fantastic – comfortable and modern, with a very decent free breakfast included.

As regards 5k a night hotels, for me the pick of the crop in Europe is the Hampton by Hilton in Krakow which regularly charges over £50 per night, and gets 4.5 stars on TripAdvisor.

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(So you’ll pay £18.45, not £48)

More exotically, I’ve been fascinated for a while by the stunning looking Hilton Salalah Resort in Oman. Paid rates are often around the £100 per night mark, so by buying Points you can save a small fortune on stays there!

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(So you’ll pay £18.45, not £95 – and bear in mind if you turned this into a 5 night holiday, you’d pay £15.99 a night per the above!)

Back in the UK, I’ve used the excellent Hampton at Liverpool Airport a number of times: at 10k points a night, you can currently buy nights there for £38.95.

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(So in buying the points at £38.95, you’re avoiding paying a cash rate of £116. That’s a saving of £77.05 (66%)).

Anything to add?

Yes – if you’re not in a hurry, a better deal may come along soon-ish. Hilton do tend to run 100% bonuses fairly regularly, so this offer isn’t exceptional – but it still offers potentially excellent value on certain stays.

The bonus points offer runs until 29 December. You can buy up to 80k Hilton points in a calendar year, so the maximum you could buy in this offer is 144k points (80k plus 64k free).

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Tom is a veteran of the UK travel blog scene, and was the driving force behind the creation of InsideFlyer UK. While his thrifty mindset will continue to ensure your travel bill is reduced and experience improved, he's also going to make sure you enjoy the process a lot more.