May 2, 2012
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.
Once I made up my mind, I decided to go in big-time for the 250,000 point package. As you probably know, by paying with an Amex card, I was able to save 10% over the published cost the package. Since this package was more than $500, I couldn’t use a disposable Amex gift card as I had tried to do before. However, a reloadable Amex Prepaid card worked like a charm! Since I used my Ink Bold to buy reload packs at Office Depot, I earned 5X Ultimate Rewards Points for my Hilton point purchases! For complete information about using the Amex prepaid card in this way, please see “One card to rule them all.”
Are you planning to buy any Daily Getaways? There are some great deals coming up. I’m especially interested in the Hyatt points on May 9th. Unfortunately, there aren’t many Hyatt packages for sale, so it’s going to be really tough to snag any. Maybe I shouldn’t have mentioned it…