Daily Getaways Hilton HHonors Points - Worth It?
It sounds like a lot of you got in on Monday's Daily Getaways offer of Wyndham Rewards points that equated to getting airline miles for about 7/10's of a cent each - an amazing deal no matter how you slice it. Today's offer is also for bundles of hotel points - this time Hilton HHonors and much less lucrative - at least for those of us who want airline miles. Here are the details:
Wednesday April 25: Hilton HHonors Points
There are three different offers for Hilton HHonors points, but keep in mind, only one set of points may be purchased per offer, though all three sets of points may be purchased per Hilton HHonors account. (So you can get one of each, but not three of each).
-100,000 Hilton HHonors Points for $550 ($1,000 value) 80 available.
-150,000 Hilton HHonors Points for $825 ($1,500 value) 100 available.
-250,000 Hilton HHonors Points for $1375 ($2,500 value) 100 available.
So, is it worth it? For all of these offers, it works out to .55 cents per point, and if you use an Amex, you will pay .495 cents per point because you get a 10% discount.
Hilton free nights start out at 7,500 and go up to 50,000 a night.
So basically if you buy points at half a cent, each free night would cost:
Level 1: $37.50
Level 2: $62.50
Level 3: $125
Level 4: $150
Level 5: $175
Level 6: $200
Level 7: $250
I'm sure there are examples in each level that do and don't make sense. I pulled up a random Wednesday night in Paris and the Level 7 Hilton Arc de Triomphe is available for 50,000 points or 400 Euros ($527) a night. So in this case, buying the 50,000 points for $250 is an absolute no-brainer.
However, on the same day another Level 7 property, the Conrad Chicago, is also 50,000 points, but only $205 a night! Plus, you don't accrue points/promotions, so buying Hilton points at .5 cents a piece does not make sense if you have redemptions like this in your future.
Hilton allows you to transfer points to airlines and most are at a 10,000 Hilton = 1,000 airline miles. At that ratio you'd pay $550 for 10,000 airline miles- 5.5 cents apiece - no thank you! There are a bunch of different ratios, but none of them makes sense to me so I'd avoid buying these packages if it's airline miles you're ultimately after - it'll be cheaper to purchase them directly through the airline or credit card company.
Just as a reminder, Daily Getaways is a travel promotions sponsored by American Express and U.S Travel Association continues with deals that go live at 1:00 pm EDT - no pre-sales on these Hilton packages.