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Today (Friday May 23rd) the Daily Getaway Deals brings us Hilton HHonors points up for sale. I did a summary of the first week of deals here, and while I don’t plan to post a reminder before every single deal the way I have in years past, I do plan to post reminders the night before (or sometimes morning of) some of the deals that might be of more interest to the miles and points community than others. Even though HHonors points aren’t what they once were, I still thought the deal was worth looking at.
In case you are new to the Daily Getaways, they are daily deals for the next five weeks on discounted hotel stays, discounted points purchases, car rental deals, and more. Some of the deals are better than others, and since you are shelling out real money make sure you have plans for the deals your purchase. The travel packages are provided by U.S. Travel Association, in cooperation American Express. To get an additional 10% off savings you must pay with an American Express card. Daily Getaways are only open to those who are US residents ages 18 and up (though some packages are for 21+). Here is a link to some tips for successfully purchasing these limited quantity deals.
The deals go on sale at 1PM Eastern and are limited quantity, so be at your computer and ready a couple minutes before 1PM. Hit refresh on the specific deal you want until it says “buy” and then you are off to the races (click on the different deals on the far right to pick a different points package. Have your award program numbers ready if you are purchasing points, and good luck!
Hilton HHonors Points:
100,000 Hilton HHonors points – $550 (160 available) .495 cents per points with the 10% Amex discount
150,000 Hilton HHonors points – $825 (200 available) .495 cents per points with the 10% Amex discount
250,000 Hilton HHonors points – $1,375 (200 available) .495 cents per points with the 10% Amex discount
Only 1 set of points may be purchased for each offer. Up to 3 sets of points may be purchased in total (one per offer) per HHonors member for all Hilton HHonors offers in this promotion. Open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia and must be a Hilton HHonors member to participate.
Buy or No Buy:
These are the same prices HHonors points have been available for via Daily Getaways for several years, but the award chart has gone from topping out at 50k points per night, to 95k points per night in that time. So, if you want to use these points for top tier 95k points per night Hilton hotels such as Conrad Maldives, it will essentially cost you $470.25 per night based on the price per point with the Amex 10% discount. Here are a few other examples based on the lowest starting points price – note that some times of year will require more points.
Hilton Hill Country Resort and Spa: From 30,000 points per night ($148.50 at .495 cents per point)
Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort: From 60,000 points per night ($297)
Hilton Orlando: From 30,000 points per night ($148.50)
Hilton Manhattan East: From 60,000 points per night ($297)
Waldorf Hilton London: From 60,000 points per night ($297)
These prices can be lower than paying the hotel cost + taxes and such each night, so this isn’t across the board a bad deal, but there are also lots of other ways to earn Hilton points such as via their many credit cards. You also really need to do the math to see if you are coming out ahead buying points vs. paying the best rate you can get for the room. Remember to factor in the 5th night free if you have elite status with Hilton (that you can get via a c0-branded credit card very easily) if you are planning a trip of five nights or longer.
However, given how easy it can be to get Hilton points via credit cards, and the relatively high number of points required at some Hilton properties I might want to visit, this is a no buy for me. There are some good uses for these points for family vacations, but you just need to be very sure you are coming out on the upside of the deal before spending $500+ buying HHonors points.