Ric Garrido of the Loyalty Travel Blog has done a three part series on how he determines when to use his Hilton points and when to pay cash. Ric is a specialist in hotel redemption’s and especially in the higher end hotels, and he knows a decent value for his points.
Ric’s basic premise is: if you are receiving $7 in value for every 1,000 Hilton Honors points, you are getting an excellent value for your points. His math correlates with my feeling that Hilton Honors points are worth .7 cents each to me, as that is the rate at which I will redeem my Hilton Honors points.
And if you follow his analysis further, you will see some of the best redemption values are at the lower end of the category scale.
If there is a way you can bookmark this page or better yet, Ric’s 3 page spread, it will serve you well in the future when deciding: Do I pay Cash? or Use my Points?