Why Hilton Points & Cash Bookings Are Always A Bad Deal
If I am being completely honest I started out researching this article to write something totally different. I thought I could find a sweet spot or two for points and cash bookings but it turns out that I was completely wrong. Unless you have some orphaned points and just want to use up what is left avoid this booking at all costs.
After doing several searches I realized that Hilton points & cash bookings are always a raw deal. Especially if you are staying at a hotel with a resort fee. That is because the resort fee is never discounted no matter how many points you use. Resort fees are waived on full award stays though. Even when booking hotels without resort fees you still get hit with tax on the cash portion. Every search I preformed resulted in the points and cash booking bringing less value for the points.
Here is an example at Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort:
The lowest cash rate available booking direct
Booking it with all but 1,000 points
Booking with the minimum of 5,000 points
As you can see no matter how many points you use, outside of the full 60,000, the resort fee is $45. While getting a value of over $0.005 for the 5,000 points is above average for Hilton points it is less than the $0.006+ that you get booking the room fully with points.
When booking with all but 1,000 points the bill is still $57.10 bringing a value of only $0.005 per point. Both options are a step down from booking a regular award stay.
Unless you have orphaned points you want to burn do not book point and cash stays at Hilton. Especially at hotels with resort fees. You will always get more value booking the full stay in points to avoid taxes and resort fees. There is no stretching your points with these bookings unless you wanna stretch them out in return for for less value.