Posted by Ric Garrido

U.S. Travel Association Daily Getaways offer for Wednesday May 2 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.

Here is a recap of my post last week when the same deal was offered. The only thing I have changed is to add a section on HHonors American Express AXON 4-night reward stays for an even greater discount than HHonors VIP rewards for category 6 and 7 hotels.

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 tablesand 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 discountswhere 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.

HHonors American Express Care Members have access to even bigger hotel reward discounts on 4-night stays:

AXON7 Category 7 = 145,000 pointsfor a 4-night reward stay (21.9% savings) compared to the standard 200,000 points or 170,000 points for a VIP reward (15% savings).

AXON6 Category 6 = 125,000 pointsfor a 4-night reward stay (27.5% savings) compared to 136,000 points for a VIP 4-night reward (15% savings).

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 May 2 at 1:00pm eastern. 280 sets of points will likely sell out within a minute.

4 Responses

  1. Snagged 100k at 12 minutes past. Keep trying until the sold out message appears as people often fail to complete.

    Comment by Raffles on May 2nd, 2012 at 12:26 pm
  2. @Raffles – Good news.

    I will post sometime in the next day how one million Priority Club points gotaway from me today.

    I think I had bad karma over not sharing the globaltravelerusa.com/auction with my readers. One of the best travel auctions of 2012.

  3. […] Daily Getaways 5X var addthis_product = 'wpp-262'; var addthis_config = {"data_track_clickback":true,"data_track_addressbar":false};if (typeof(addthis_share) == "undefined"){ addthis_share = [];}I wasn’t sure I wanted to pay about a half cent each to buy Hilton HHonors points via Daily Getaways.  After all, the price was equal to, but not better than my estimated Fair Trading Price for Hilton points.  After looking at some upcoming travel plans, though, I realized that I really can get good value from these points.  Loyalty Traveler helped convince me in his post showing good value at the low and high ends of the redemption chart. […]

  4. It was much harder to get in on the offers this year as they reduced them from 500 of each package to 100 or 80 for the packages. The points already posted today! This is great considering that one of the pruchases was made yesterday.

    Comment by chitownflyer on May 3rd, 2012 at 2:21 pm

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