The Honeymoon Guy’s Points and Miles Valuations – April 2017 Edition!

With the changing nature of frequent flyer and hotel loyalty programs it is sometimes hard to know the value of a point or mile.  And without knowing the value, it’s unclear whether a promotion is excellent or should be ignored and if a redemption option is appealing or terrible.

I’m here to help with that, with my April 2017 edition of The Honeymoon Guy’s Points and Miles Valuations!

I’ve updated my color-coded chart showing my personal valuations of some of the most common travel “currencies” including hotel points, airline miles and bank-issued points/miles.

Check out the chart and then scroll past it to a few high-level notes.  I won’t be going into gory detail on the programs here – that’s for other posts – but I do share a thought or two on each program.

Click/tap the chart image for a high-res version!

Values are Part of the Story, But Not the Whole Story

Remember this chart shows you what points/miles are worth in my opinion.  Your specific travel circumstances may greatly affect the value of programs and points/miles.

Also, this chart doesn’t address ease of acquiring points.  If a point or mile has a moderate value but it is easy to acquire those points/miles, then it may be a program you want to focus on.

For example, Southwest Rapid Rewards points aren’t the most valuable currency of the major US airlines but acquiring them is relatively easy and using them with a Companion Pass effectively doubles their value.  For these reasons, and some others, I focus quite a bit of my activity on Southwest.

Hotel Loyalty Programs

What is a Hilton Honors point worth?

THG’s April 2017 Valuation: 0.6 cents (up from 0.5 cents a year ago)

Mediocre-value program but huge hotel selection.  Signup bonus offer for Hilton HHonors AMEX card is at all-time high, as of writing.  Recent changes include a “Points and Money” redemption option and the option of pooling points with family members and friends.

What is an IHG Rewards Club point worth?

THG’s April 2017 Valuation: 0.8 cents (unchanged from a year ago)

Decent program with huge hotel selection.  I recently redeemed a free night award at the Willard Intercontinental in Washington, DC.

What is a Marriott Rewards point worth?

THG’s April 2017 Valuation: 0.9 cents (up from 0.7 cents a year ago)

Mediocre value but huge hotel selection.  In-process merger with SPG led me to increase valuation slightly, as you can now transfer Marriott Rewards points to Starwood Preferred Guest program.  That means many more hotel redemption options plus the option to transfer to airline miles.

What is a Starwood Preferred Guest point worth?

THG’s April 2017 Valuation: 2.6 cents (up from 2.2 cents a year ago)

This program has been the high-value model of consistency!  I upped my valuation because the in-progress merger w/ Marriott has greatly expanded the breadth of hotels available for redemptions.  Until April 5th, get 35,000 Starpoints with signup bonus for SPG AMEX card.

What is a World of Hyatt point worth?

THG’s April 2017 Valuation: 1.8 cents (down from 1.9 cents a year ago)

Consistent, high-value program with great hotels but somewhat limited number of properties (compared to Hilton, Marriott, IHG).  Recently updated loyalty program and changed name to World of Hyatt.  A few hotels in the chain, including the Andaz Maui, have been gaming the system to reduce award redemptions, so I’ve reduced my valuation slightly.

What is a Wyndham Rewards point worth?

THG’s April 2016 Valuation: 1.3 cents (unchanged from a year ago)

Unusual program with 15,000 point flat redemption rate.  Good values to be had at high-end/all-inclusive properties and via cash + points deals.  I made a recent redemption that yielded a whopping 4.1 cents/point!


Airline Frequent Flyer Programs

What is an American Airlines AAdvantage mile worth?

THG’s April 2016 Valuation: 1.5 cents (unchanged from a year ago)

Region-based program.  Somewhat of a standard award program. Devaluation in March 2016 dropped worth of a mile.  Reduced mileage awards are valuable perk.

What is a British Airways Executive Club Avios point worth?

THG’s April 2016 Valuation: 1.5 cents (unchanged from a year ago)

Distance-based program.  Offers some great short- to medium-distance redemptions.  See recent Reader Request post: Vic Wants 3 Free Roundtrip Hawaii Tickets.

What is a Delta SkyMiles mile worth?

THG’s April 2016 Valuation: 1.1 cents (unchanged from a year ago)

Uninspiring program with weak award availability led to flyers coining nickname of SkyPesos.

What is a Southwest Rapid Rewards point worth?

THG’s April 2016 Valuation: 1.4 cents (unchanged from a year ago)

Flexible program with no  charges for award cancellations.  Companion Pass can double value of each point!  Check out my posts on it for a ton of details.

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What is a United MileagePlus mile worth?

THG’s April 2016 Valuation: 1.5 cents (unchanged from a year ago)

Similar to other legacy airline programs in value. We’ve redeemed for some domestic flights and for our South Africa to USA flight on South African Airways to conclude our honeymoon.  More recently I redeemed United MileagePlus miles for a Quebec City trip and a Jackson Hole ski trip!


Flexible Travel “Currencies”

What is an American Express Membership Rewards point worth?

THG’s April 2016 Valuation: 1.2 cents (unchanged from a year ago)

Offers a solid, but not eye-popping, selection of transfer partners and the ability to book travel directly using points.

What is a BarclayCard Arrival mile worth?

THG’s April 2016 Valuation: 1.0 cents (unchanged from a year ago)

Straightforward program.  Arrival miles can be redeemed for 1 cent of travel.  Downside is that minimum redemption is $100/10,000 miles.

What is a CapitalOne Venture mile worth?

THG’s April 2016 Valuation: 1.0 cents (unchanged from a year ago)

Straightforward program.  Venture miles can be redeemed for 1 cent of travel cost after a purchase (within 90 days) or for booking new travel.

What is a Chase Ultimate Rewards point worth?

THG’s April 2016 Valuation: 2.1 cents (unchanged from a year ago)

Great program.  Flexible, with many transfer partners including Hyatt, Southwest and United.  The floor of value is 1.5 cents for Chase Sapphire Reserve cardholders but as always even greater value can be had by transferring the points to travel partners.

What is a Citi ThankYou point worth?

THG’s April 2016 Valuation: 1.5 cents (unchanged from a year ago)

Direct redemption is great option when award flights/rooms aren’t available through another program.  Solid transfer partners.  Points are worth slightly more if you hold a Citi Prestige card.


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What are your thoughts on my valuations?  Am I spot on or off the mark?  Share your perspective in the comments section!

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  1. AmEx points redeem at 2.0 cents for airfare for any class on chosen airline and business/first class on any airline with AmEx Platinum business.

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