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Today’s Daily Getaway offers are packages of Hilton Honors points for 1/2 a cent each. At 1PM Eastern, you can choose from three different points packages, all carrying the same 1/2 a cent per Hilton point price tag.
- $150 for 30,000 Hilton Honors points
- $500 for 100,000 Hilton Honors points
- $1,250 for 250,000 Hilton Honors points
Is it worth it to buy Hilton Honors points
The big question is, is it a good deal to purchase Hilton Honors points at 1/2 a cent each? If you have hung around here for a while, you probably already know that the answer is…it depends. That is certainly not a bad price for Hilton points, and I think most of the time the worst you will do is break even at that price point. However, there are certainly times when you will get more than 1/2 a cent in value per Hilton point.
I’m eyeing a summer 2019 Hawaii trip to the Big Island, and have been keeping an eye on prices at the Hilton Waikoloa Village. For three nights in early June of this year, the lowest available rate for a room with two queen beds comes to an all-in price of $1,373. On those same dates, you could instead use 180,000 Hilton Honors points at a rate of 60,000 points per night for that standard room.
That means that you are getting a return of just over 3/4 of a cent per point when paying with points vs. the lowest cash rate. If you purchased the points at 1/2 a cent each, that means saving about $473 on the three-night stay over the cash price. Remember that with Hilton, not only are you avoiding the room rate on an award stay but you also generally also avoid the taxes and resort fees, which in Hawaii can be substantial.
On the other end of the spectrum, my mom was recently was eyeing a one night stay at the Hampton Inn & Suites Winnie, Texas. I’m betting Winnie, Texas, isn’t on your radar, but it is where she needed to be and paid rates are usually about $100+ per night at that Hampton Inn. However, award stays have historically been just 10,000 Hilton points per night giving her better than a 1 cent per point return when you factor in taxes and fees. Unfortunately, I notice that the property must have been bumped to 15,000 points per night within the last few weeks, but it will still give her a decent return on her points at that rate.
It certainly can be worth it to purchase Hilton points at 1/2 a cent each, but I would personally only go that route if you are familiar enough with the program to trust you will get more than 1/2 a cent in return per point and you have already exhausted the line-up of Hilton Amex welcome bonuses.
A cheaper way to earn 100,000 Hilton bonus points
The relatively new Hilton Honors Ascend Card from American Express currently has a welcome bonus of 75,000 Hilton Honors bonus points after you spend $2,000 or more in purchases on the card within the first 3 months. It then gives you an additional 25,000 Hilton Honors bonus points after you make an additional $1,000 in purchases within your first 6 months. There is a $95 annual fee for this card, but assuming you can hit the spending targets, that is a cheaper path to 100,000 Hilton points than the Daily Getaways. See Rates & Fees.
By having the card you would then also have Hilton Honors Gold status and the ability to earn a weekend anniversary night if you spend $15,000 in a calendar year on the card.
The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card also has a welcome bonus of up to 100,000 bonus points, broken into two components. The first part of the bonus awards 75,000 bonus points after you spend $3,000 in purchases in the first 3 months. The next 25,000 bonus points come after you make another $1,000 in purchases on your card in your first 6 months. This card also has a $95 annual fee and confers Hilton Gold status and the ability to earn weekend award nights based on annual spending on the card. See Rates & Fees.
In summary, getting Hilton Honors points at 1/2 a cent each via the Daily Getaways can be a decent deal, but getting them as part of a welcome bonus via Amex is even better.
Editorial Note: The opinions expressed here are mine and not provided, reviewed, by any bank, card issuer, or other company unless otherwise stated.