Apr242012

Discount Hilton HHonors points April 25

U.S. Travel Association Daily Getaways offer for Wednesday April 25 is Hilton HHonors points at a rate under $5.00 per 1,000 points. The regular purchase price for HHonors points is $10.00 per 1,000 points through the Hilton website.

While I don’t consider this to be an exceptional purchase opportunity for everyone, there is no doubt that some HHonors members can find hotel rate savings with these offers. In this post I will show examples of where I think this buy is a great deal.

The Hilton HHonors Daily Getaways sale happens at 1:00pm eastern time. There are no pre-sale sets of points with this offer.

HHonors members can purchase 1 set of points from each set of offers for up to 500,000 HHonors points if you can grab all three sets before they sell out. Grabbing all three sets looks to be a difficult task due to the popularity of Daily Getaways this year. Play the game and get some trusted relatives and friends to help you buy as soon as the sale opens.

100,000 HHonors points

  • $550 without Amex ($5.50 per 1,000 points),
  • $495 with American Express credit card payment ($4.95 per 1,000 points).
  • 80 sets of points available for sale.
  • Maximum purchase = 1 set of points.

150,000 HHonors points

  • $825 without Amex ($5.50 per 1,000 points),
  • $742.50 with American Express credit card payment ($4.95 per 1,000 points).
  • 100 sets of points available for sale.
  • Maximum purchase = 1 set of points.

250,000 HHonors points

  • $1,375 without Amex ($5.50 per 1,000 points)
  • $1,237.50 with American Express credit card payment ($4.95 per 1,000 points). 
  • 100 sets of points available for sale.
  • Maximum purchase = 1 set of points.

The value of Hilton HHonors points purchased at these rates

Hilton HHonors uses seven primary hotel reward categories for pricing reward nights.

  • Category 1 = 7,500 points ($41.25 / $37.13)
  • Category 2 = 12,500 points ($68.75 / $61.88)
  • Category 3 = 25,000 points ($137.50 / $123.75)
  • Category 4 = 30,000 points ($165.00 / $148.50)
  • Category 5 = 35,000 points ($192.50 / $173.25)
  • Category 6 = 40,000 points ($220.00 / $198.00)
  • Category 7 = 50,000 points ($275.00 / $247.50)
  • Waldorf-Astoria (low season) = 50,000 points ($275.00 / $247.50)
  • Waldorf-Astoria (high season) = 60,000 points (330.00 / $297.00)

FlyerTalk thread showing HHonors reward tables and a variety of discount rewards.

Analysis of HHonors reward chart:

In general, I think almost all category 1 and 2 hotel rewards will be a good deal when buying points at these rates.

Category 3-6 will be dependent on the property and the normal room rates. I think most category 6 and 7 hotels will not normally have room rates higher than the cost to buy points if you are looking at a one-night stay.

The problem with HHonors hotel reward assignment is there are numerous hotels in category 6 and 7 that will likely have average hotel rates in the $150 to $175 range for most nights of the year.

The deals with Hilton HHonors are to be found in the select category 7 hotels where rates are typically over $300 per night in certain places like the South Pacific, Europe and Asia.

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Hilton New York redemption value = $9.50 per 1,000 points.

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Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort = US$650 before taxes.

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DoubleTree Amsterdam = US$289 or $8.25 per 1,000 points redemption value.

The hotels shown here offer substantial savings when using points purchased in the $5 per 1,000 points offers through these Daily Getaways.

Another thing to keep in mind is the extended stay discounts for VIP members and Points & Money discounts where only half the points are required with a cash supplement.

VIP Discounts available to HHonors Silver, Gold and Diamond elites offer:

  • 15% fewer points on 4-night reward stays.
  • 20% fewer points on 5-night reward stays.
  • 25% fewer points on 6-night or longer reward stays.

The value of reward stays for the examples shown above improve when staying four or more nights and make the Daily Getaways offer even better for HHonors points. Silver status is earned with just 4 hotel stays in a calendar year or instantly if you are a HHonors credit card member.

Bottom line: HHonors points are a good deal at these Daily Getaways rates if you have a plan to use them for high value hotel reward stays. These sets in the 100,000 to 250,000 points quantities are sufficient for getting VIP extended stay rewards or several Points & Money reward nights.

Keep in mind that HHonors is probably the strictest hotel loyalty program for deleting points when a member has no earning or redemption activity for a year or more.

Good luck and be ready to buy exactly when the points go on sale Wednesday April 25 at 1:00pm eastern. 280 sets of points will likely sell out within a minute.

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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  1. I have had my share of problems trying to find a Cat 1 or 2 near where I need to be. Most times even a Hampton will be 25k at a min!

    I suggest before buying any pts to use at 1s or 2s do a search on hhonors.com to see if in fact there are any 1s or 2s where you want to go

  2. In addition to using them at cat 1-2 properties. In certain major cities (Hong Kong, Tokyo, Paris, New York, etc) you can get really great value but one should only purchase if they are planning a trip to one of these cities within the next year.

  3. For those with the Hilton Amex, the AXON awards are great. I got great value with four night Cat 7 redemption (normally 200,000 pts) for 145,000 at the Doubletree Suites Times Square. This was during spring break when they wanted close to $600 per night.

  4. @craz – I agree that category 1 and 2 hotels are few and far between.

    @rick c – I thought about mentioning the AXON angle, but I was tired of writing. Thanks for mentioning the great value there for using HHonors points if you have the Hhonors Amex.

  5. I only got in for the 150K offer and could not buy the 250K HHonors points this year. For last year’s offer, they were offering 500-550 of each points package making it easier to actually be able to purchase the points, and the Daily Getaways site even allowed one to preregister an account with name and address making the purchase process faster and simpler.

    PS: The AXON or GLON angle provides good value for these points.

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