Hilton has been offering Premium Room Rewards and Points + Cash option since the second half of this year. These are not available at all the properties but are slowly being introduced.
When I was looking at the Hilton Abu Dhabi back in October, I came to conclusion that the premium room awards at the property in question were valuing Hilton HHonors point at around $0.004. Another value that I have come across is $0.007 per HHonors point.
Whenever I have seen these premium room rewards at a reasonable level, the normal rates have been so low that it wouldn’t have made any sense to use points for the stay in the first place. There have been, however, few glitches here and there.
So now Hilton is running a promotion where you can get 30% of the points used back. This doesn’t apply for room upgrades paid using points that Hilton is now also pushing when paying for rooms. You need to register for this promo, book your stay by January 31st, and stay by June 30th. This only applies to awards marked as “PREMIUM ROOM REWARD” or “POINTS & MONEY REWARDS”. On the latter you will receive 30% back on the point’s part of the reward.
The terms and conditions of this offer are:
his offer is valid for Points & Money Rewards™ reservations or Premium Room Rewards reservations booked before January 31, 2012 (“Booking Period”) with a check-in date between December 7, 2011 and June 30, 2012 (“the Promotional Period”). Hilton HHonors™ members must first register at HHonors.com/PointsBack during the Booking Period to be eligible for this promotion. “30% points back” means 30% of the points used to book a Points & Money Rewards reservation or a Premium Room Rewards reservation will be credited back to your HHonors account after your stay is completed. The 30% does not apply to the money used for Points & Money Rewards. Please allow six to eight weeks from completion of your stay for points to appear in your HHonors account. Stays extending beyond the Promotional Period will be eligible for each night of the stay for the 30% points back as long as the check-in occurs on or before June 30, 2012. Changes to existing Points & Money Rewards reservations or Premium Room Rewards reservations after the Booking Period has ended are still eligible for the 30% points back as long as the stay begins within the Promotional Period. This offer not available for Standard Room Rewards or Room Upgrade Rewards.