5 Ways to Spend 100,000 Bonus Hilton Points Without Staying at a Hilton

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For just a little while longer through October 4, 2017, you can earn 100,000 Hilton Honors bonus points from the increased offer on the Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card from American Express after you spend $3,000 on the card in the first 3 months. During this limited time offer, the card also awards a very, very valuable weekend night award on your first cardmember anniversary.

I’ve written a bunch about this offer and how you can use your 100,000 Hilton points and the weekend anniversary night to stay at Hilton properties around the world.

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However, what if you didn’t want to use the points to stay at a Hilton? I was curious to see if you could do anything cool with 100,000 Hilton bonus points outside of staying at Hilton properties? The answer is sort of yes, though at the end of the day using the points for a Hilton stay will be the best use of the points most of the time.

But, just for fun, here are five other things you could do with 100,000 bonus Hilton Honors points outside of using them for Hilton stays.

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Get $200 in Items on Amazon

Hilton Honors and Amazon now allow you to link your accounts and use your Hilton points to pay for a variety of Amazon purchases (with some exceptions). This is a pretty cool functionality, but unfortunately, the ratio isn’t super exciting. At 500 Hilton Honors points = one dollar on Amazon.com, 100,000 bonus Hilton points would get you $200 in eligible Amazon items. Just as a point of reference, if you used the points to stay at Hilton properties, you could average between $400 – $500 in hotel rooms with 100,000 points, with some doing even better than that. 

Score Two Tickets to Lady Gaga

Hilton allows you to use your points on experiences such as concerts, sporting events, culinary events, and more with some operating as auctions and some with “redeem now” pricing. If you pull the trigger before they sell out, you could use 75,000 Hilton points to score two tickets to see Lady Gaga on November 20, 2017, in Pittsburgh at the PPG Paints Arena. The terms state that the seat locations vary by show, but that typically in arenas the tickets are in a Lower Bowl Reserved area. Two tickets to that show in a lower bowl reserved area appear to be going for several hundred dollars each on Ticketmaster, making this a pretty solid, albeit niche, redemption.

Get 15,000 American Airlines Miles

You can transfer your Hilton points to various airlines, though not surprisingly, the standard exchange rate isn’t great. The transfer ratio varies based on the airline selected, but for American Airlines the ratio is 10,000 Hilton Honors points = 1,500 AAdvantage miles. So, if you really didn’t want to stay at a Hilton, you could instead have 15,000 American miles. That is enough to score you a one-way saver award flight from the United States to the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada, Alaska, or Central America which is usually worth at least a couple hundred dollars.

Get New Luggage, or a Blender, or Whatever

You can also redeem your Hilton points for merchandise, which is sort of the quintessential poor use of miles and points. Hey, I had 100,000 points and look, now I got a new blender! Since this whole exercise is just sort of for fun, you could indeed use a good chunk of your 100,000 Hilton points for a kid’s new Trunki piece of riding luggage. This is actually cool luggage for little kids, but I think it retails for about $50, so please don’t actually use 76,430 Hilton points on it.

Give a Really Cool Wedding Present

Hilton now allows you to pool your points with up to 10 other members for free, so if you really couldn’t use your 100,000 bonus Hilton points to travel, then maybe someone else could. You could give them as a wedding present, graduation present, or even to a family who was struggling due to a hurricane or other hardship.

If you have stumbled across any cool ways to use 100,000 Hilton Honors points, please share!

 

Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card from American Express: 100,000 Hilton Honors points after you spend $3,000 on the card in the first 3 months. Weekend award night after your first anniversary of card membership. $75 annual fee. Terms apply.

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Comments

    • I went to one of her concerts a few years ago, and she puts on quite a show. At one point, she had a man in a wheelchair brought onstage, whence she kissed him on the lips. I still don’t know what to make of that (the man was ecstatic), but it’s definitely unique!

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