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Update: This sale ends today!
From now through 11/26, you can get a 100% bonus when you buy Hilton points.
For example, 160K points are normally $1,600 and with this sale you’ll get 320K points for $1,600. That’s just 0.5 cents per point.
That will only make sense to buy if you have a specific redemption in mind or if you need more points to have enough to redeem for a 5 night stay, but I wouldn’t buy points speculatively due to the risk of devaluation, room availability, and hotels being able to leave the Hilton brand.
If you have a Hilton credit card or elite status you get the 5th night free on all award redemptions.
When will it make sense to buy points? An overwater villa with a private pool in the Conrad Maldives can cost $1,500-$3,500 after tax, but its bookable for just 95K points. That’s like paying $475/night with points from this deal. If you have a Hilton credit card or elite status and stay for 5 nights you’ll need just 76K points/night or just $380/night if you buy points for 0.5 cents each.
5 nights in the Maldives is pretty much the definition of Heaven on Earth. Read more about the Conrad Maldives here.
Most Hilton hotels are capped at a cost of 95K points per night for a standard room, but the new Waldorf Astoria Maldives costs 120K points/night. If you have a Hilton credit card or elite status and stay for 5 nights you’ll need 96K points/night or just $480/night if you buy points for 0.5 cents each.
That’s an incredible value compared to the paid rates:
A 5 night stay can cost $20,333 or 480K points. That’s a value of 4.24 cents per Hilton point!
The Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal is now bookable for 120K points per night as well. It’s Trip Advisor’s top ranked hotel in Cabo and is Travel + Leisure’s World’s top resort in Mexico this year.
Similar to the Waldorf Astoria Maldives, you’ll need a whopping 120K points per night, though with Hilton’s devalued currency that’s still a bargain.
With a 5 night stay you can pay 96K points per night with the 5th night free award that is available to Hilton cardholders and elites.
Even the base rooms come with a private plunge pool.
Sample paid rate versus the points rate:
That’s $6,735 after tax versus 480K for a 5 night stay, a value of 1.4 cents per Hilton point. That value will vary by date, but is very good for Hilton points. You can currently buy points on sale for just 0.5 cents each. 480K points would cost $2,400 or $480/night, a fraction of the paid rates at this hotel.
Chabad of Cabo has tourist information on their website and operates a kosher restaurant. They’re located just 1.2 miles from the Waldorf! Discuss more about Cabo on DDF here.
The Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem has gotten stingier with the King Superior room space required for a standard points booking. When there is space the rate is 95K points per night. That’s $475 per night with this deal. Given that the hotel’s rates aren’t always that high, you’ll need to see what rates and availability look like for your dates. If you have a Hilton credit card or elite status and stay for 5 nights you’ll need 76K points/night or $380/night with this deal.
The Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem is one of the finest hotels in Israel.
There is a mind-boggling quantity of awesome kosher food at the hotel’s daily breakfast, from dozens of daily hot dishes to hard cheeses, fresh fruits and pastries to fresh squeezed juices, as well as on-demand dishes like french toast, pancakes, waffles, and eggs. Unlimited wine, hot or cold chocolate drinks, and espresso drinks are included as well!
Breakfast is free on points stays if you have Gold or Diamond status, which you can get just by having a Hilton credit card.
The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card offers free Hilton Gold status, 125K welcome points for spending $3K in eligible purchases in the first 3 months, a free annual night for spending $15K/year and another annual night for spending another $45K/year. You’ll also get Diamond status for spending $40K/year.
With a breakfast like this, you may not even be hungry for dinner…
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Will you buy Hilton points with this deal? What hotel redemption are you gunning for? Sound off in the comments!