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One of the least discussed ways to use miles & points is to redeem them for merchandise. Well, there’s a reason most of us in the miles & points community don’t talk about it – it’s almost always a terrible deal!
Million Miles Secret Agent Simon commented on Facebook:
Have you done an article on the Amazon and Hilton arrangement to use Hilton points for Amazon purchases? Looks like a bad deal to me. Thoughts?
Simon is right! It’s NOT a good deal to use your Hilton points for Amazon purchases.
Bad Deal: Non-Travel Point Redemptions
I’ve written about how to shop on Amazon with Chase Ultimate Rewards points and AMEX Membership Rewards points. And how to use United Airlines miles to buy merchandise.
If you use Hilton points for Amazon purchases you’ll only get ~0.2 cents per point. But you can easily get 2X to 4X as much value per point when you use your Hilton points for free nights!
So I do NOT recommend using Hilton points for Amazon purchases. Because there are many more valuable uses for your points.
Is It Ever a Good Deal?
Occasionally there are great deals, like the targeted offer to save $30 off a $60 Amazon purchase by paying with a single AMEX Membership Rewards point. Or your points might expire before you can redeem them for travel.
So unless there is a special offer, or your points & miles are about to expire, I would NOT recommend using your points in this way.
But as always, you should do what brings you the most happiness.
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