It got me checking out the new program, now called Hilton Honors instead of the old Hilton HHonors with the weird double H.
The simplified program and app design looks good:
It’s probably not related to the changes announced yesterday, but while checking out the app I found one of the first good value award redemptions I’ve ever seen in the Bay Area.
Most people value Hilton Honors points at .4 of a cent, which isn’t very good.
In the Bay Area, all of the chain hotels have insanely high categories due to the scorching hot tech/Silicon Valley market, meaning the simplest of Hampton Inns will often cost you 50K points or more, though the hotel might only cost $150/night in cash.
Anyhow, I found this hotel today:
That’s right, those points are worth more than a penny per point on this category 4 hotel, which is very rare with Hilton.
Two strange things about this rate:
- The points range is 20k-30k for category 4. This is the only Hilton I can find in the Bay Area that doesn’t charge the maximum for its category.
- Why does this hotel have such a high cash price? I have no idea. Maybe it’s secretly luxurious.
With Hilton’s 5th award night free option for Silver and up members(there are a couple no-fee cards that offer free Silver status), you could stay in the Bay Area for five nights for only 80K points.
Sure the location isn’t great, but it’s still only a ~10-minute Uber and a ~40-minute train ride to the heart of San Francisco:
That’s also a fairly easy drive if you rent a car, as long as you don’t travel during rush hour.
Though I did just realize that the price finally bumps up for the busy summer months starting in April:
Even at 30k/night it seems to be the cheapest Hilton option within any reasonable proximity to SF.
It may sound crazy to stay that far away for a visit to SF, but considering the crappiest of Airbnbs in this area are expensive anyhow, I’d argue this hotel as a great option for someone wanting to see SF affordably.
While you may have to spend $100 on transportation, you could be saving the $500-$1000 that seems to be a minimum for a decent 5-day stay here.
Check out the cheapest Airbnb options in the area:
Those locations aren’t exactly stellar either.
Am I a fool for thinking this award redemption is a good deal?