Today Only: Buy Hilton Points For 0.48 Cents Each

Daily Getaways is back this year, which is a five week promotion intended to promote US tourism. It offers opportunities to purchase discounted hotel points and travel packages.

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Daily Getaways packages go on sale at 1PM ET every weekday, and the more popular packages sell out very quickly, so you’ll want to be fast, if interested. Today at 1PM ET you’ll have the opportunity to purchase Hilton Honors points at a discount.

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How cheap are Hilton points through Daily Getaways?

Shortly Hilton will be selling three types of Honors points packages, as follows:

No matter which package you buy, the cost is 0.48 cents per point. If you wanted to, you could buy a total of five packages, for a total of 440,000 points at a cost of $2,112.

When Hilton offers a bonus on purchased points, typically the lowest cost you’ll achieve is 0.5 cents per point, which is the equivalent of a 100% bonus on purchased points. So this Daily Getaways offer is marginally better. Furthermore, if you’re buying points directly from Hilton, there’s usually a cap of 80,000-160,000 points per account per year, so this lets you exceed that limit.

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Should you buy Hilton points for 0.48 cents each?

Hilton recently radically changed their Honors program. They eliminated their traditional award chart, and rather moved to more variable pricing. However, the good news is that there’s still value to be had in the program, as the top properties still won’t cost you more than 95,000 points per night.

Both before and after the changes I value Hilton Honors points at ~0.4 cents each, though there are certainly instances where you can get a lot more value out of Hilton points than that.

For example, the Conrad Maldives is $1,000+ per night in peak season (when factoring in taxes and fees), while a redemption costs 95,000 points per night. At a rate of 0.48 cents per point, that’s like paying $456 for a night there.

To take it a step further, if you have elite status and stay five nights on points then the fifth night is free, lowering the average nightly cost to 76,000 points. Furthermore, the above cash rates don’t include the 10% service charge and 12% tax, which don’t apply if you’re redeeming points.

Conrad

To do a direct comparison, if you booked the cheapest advance purchase rate for five nights, here’s the cost:

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Or you could pay a total of 380,000 points, which at a valuation of 0.48 cents each, would cost you $1,824 for the five night stay, or $365 per night.

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Conrad Maldives underwater restaurant

On top of that Hilton has adjusted their Points & Money awards, where you can now redeem part points and part cash towards any redemption. There are many instances where you can get way over 0.5 cents of value per point through that system.

Bottom line

The Daily Getaways offer for Hilton Honors points is potentially worth considering, in my opinion. This is the lowest cost you’ll see on purchased Hilton points, and the other good thing is that you can exceed the typical limit on purchased points. That means you can buy enough points for a five night stay at Hilton’s top properties, for example.

Do you plan on taking advantage of the Daily Getaways offer for Hilton points?

Comments

  1. @TheAirlineKid, Hilton specifically exclude non-US residents from it in their T&C whereas some of the other getaways didn’t.

    I’m not sure if they actually enforce it though.

  2. Can still probably get > 0.5c value from a Hilton point. However nobody in their right mind would pay $1100++ for a beach villa at Conrad Maldives–particularly after visiting the property. Having been to that property for 9 nights in an OVW, I’d pay probably $500 or so per night for the OWV and no more than $250/nt for beach villa (and wouldn’t fly around the world to stay in such a crappy room).

  3. I’m a big fan of Hilton Honors, but I see no reason to buy points unless (as you mention, Lucky) there’s a targeted redemption you have in mind. They’re just too damn easy to earn to justify buying

  4. Ben, since Hilton introduced pay with points and money, seems like they’ve made some adjustments. Few things i noticed was that when the option first went live, if you paid any portion of the rate with points, the resort fees would disappear. This was probably a glitch to begin with, but has since been fixed and now you still get charged the full resort fee. The other is that the point balance used to be variable, but now it seems that they are consistently valued at .5 cents, nothing more, nothing less.

  5. I only stay at serviced apartments and Airbnb etc. Always seems way better than any hotel. Points seem worthless.

    Even before I had a kid, it always seemed way better.

  6. What I find even worse about these daily getaways is that you can’t actually buy them.

    Although many of your readers feel that even at .48 cents per point they are not worth it, Daily Getaways still manage to sell out their packages in minutes. So unless you are at a computer at the exact time, and can luck out and actually make the purchase – maybe then you can decide if the points can be worth it. For all that hassle for me, generally not even worth looking at the daily getaways.

  7. Hilton kinda sorta pulled a fast one here. You can get the same deals on its Honors website until tomorrow. The only difference is the 30,000 points offer is $6 more.

  8. @Greg sez: “Although many of your readers feel that even at .48 cents per point they are not worth it, Daily Getaways still manage to sell out their packages in minutes.”

    LOL! It really cracks me up that he does not even see the irony in the statement! What it means is that after years of being brainwashed by self-anointed “travel gurus” about how worthless HH points are, OMAAT readers have drunk too much of the kool-aid and become less “sophisticated” than regular folks out there who can see real value when it is offered and snatch it like hot cakes!

  9. There’s arguably more value at the low end for Hilton points than at the higher end.

    5 day stay at a 5k per night room is $19.20 a night if you’re buying points at 0.48 cpp. For a 10k per night room, that’s $38.4. There are considerable numbers of 5k/10k hotels in the Hilton portfolio: Poland, the US, Malaysia, China…

    It’s marginal because, well, if you don’t want the DT in Johor Bahru or the Hampton Inn in Gdansk it’s less useful, but not everyone is using points for luxury hotel redemptions.

  10. Here’s DCS again, twisting reality into stupidity to take a cheap shot at Lucky. Give it up already.

    DCS says OMAAT readers have “drunk so much kool aid” that they missed out on today’s Daily Giveaway.

    How would DCS know that? Maybe it is OMAAT readers who bought the packages!

    I tip my hat to Lucky, because AFAIK, he single handidly caused today’s Daily Giveaway to sell out. 🙂

  11. @Joseph — First, @Lucky does not need you to speak for him.; he’d be more eloquent in his own defense that you can ever be. Second, the statement ain’t not mine; I simply pointed out the irony in it, which, based on your reaction, I am sure was way over your head, so that it is ludicrous for you to talk about ‘twisting reality into stupidity’. Lastly, unless you have something substantive to say I suggest you get lost.

    G’day.

  12. I’m looking at future deals and i can purchase 2 nights at an Elite Hyatt hotel for$330 by receiving 30k points.

    Question: can i use those points at my discretion or will the points only apply towards 2 nights?

  13. @ morris — They can be applied towards anything. However, do note that the Daily Getaways for Hyatt are EXTREMELY competitive, and typically sell out within a second. It’s more of a lottery than anything.

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