Thursday, May 24, 2012

Hotel Program Cash & Points Redemptions

One of the most flexible and cost-effective ways to use your hotel program points is using the cash & points redemption if there is one. As far as availability is concerned only Starwood and Hilton have a decent program available for this.

Starwood offers the Cash and Points program at the following standardized rates. This is one of the biggest differentiators between the Starwood program and the rest of the pack.

Starwood Preferred Guest ranges from Categories 1-7
Hotel Category:
SPG Points for 1 Night:
1,200 + $25
1,600 + $30
2,800 + $45
4,000 + $60
4,800 + $90
8,000 + $150

Hilton offers a Points & Money Rewards program but the policy is not standard across their hotels and it can sometimes be difficult to find this offered. However, when it is offered, you can get some good value out of it depending on the regular room rates and what they charge in addition to the points. At the moment, there doesn't appear to be any way to redeem with a cash & points option for either Marriott or Hyatt.

In this case, both the SPG program and the Hilton HHonors program outpace their competition in this area with SPG generally showing more availability for the Cash & Points option.

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