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.
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.
How cheap are Hilton points through Daily Getaways?
Shortly Hilton will be selling three types of Honors points packages, as follows:
- 30,000 Hilton Honors points for $144 (450 packages available, limit three per member)
- 100,000 Hilton Honors points for $480 (275 packages available, limit one per member)
- 250,000 Hilton Honors points for $1,200 (236 packages available, limit one per member)
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.
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.
To do a direct comparison, if you booked the cheapest advance purchase rate for five nights, here’s the cost:
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.
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.
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?