I know that this is a somewhat subjective point but would like some general opinions on the following . I have @ 125,00 DC points and want to convent them to Hotel program points. If the following is correct ,
1,250 DC pts = 1,500 Marriott pts
1,250 DC pts = 1,500 Priority Clb pts
1,250 DC pts = 750 Starwood pts
which is the best value from your past experiences. I travel a lot but normally only do Hilton Hotels and have plenty of those points so they are not needed. Hotel redemption values change so often it is hard to keep up with all the programs if you dont actively stay and redeem with each.
Jul 8, 08, 9:34 am
Is there some reason you can't just keep them as DC points and wait until you need a specific award? The SPG option would be most attractive to me if I had to choose one of those three.
Jul 8, 08, 12:06 pm
I agree with Beckles about SPG being the most attractive of the three hotel redemption options, however...
Since you have 90+ posts and have been a FT member for 2+ years I'm assuming that you are eligible to use Coupon Connection. DC points are a very hot commodity on CC primarily because - with the exception of British Airways/Frontier/Korean Air - you can redeem Club Rewards points for miles to be directly deposited into anyone's frequent flyer account for their participating airline partners. I thing you'd definitely get more bang for your Diners buck by going the CC route, if you know specifically what you want in return for some/all of your points I'd suggest posting there.
Jul 11, 08, 9:14 am
It can depend a lot on where you're traveling. In case you're traveling to western Norway (Bergen, the fjords, etc), you won't get much of out Hilton (no Hiltons in Norway at all, since they sold of Scandic at the end of last year), nor SPG, nor Marriott, nor Priority Club. However, only 16k Choice points will get you a night at most $200++ nice Clarion hotels and Quality resorts (much higher standards than the same brands in the US) in Norway, and Diners Club does let you transfer to Choice at a pretty good ratio.
And even in the US, outside the major cities, limited brands can come up. For example, there was recently a thread in the Hilton HHonors forum asking for hotels near Yellowstone, and there are no HH hotels near there (only one near Grand Teton in Jackson, but in summer it can take hours to drive between the two on a two-lane road with long stretches of no passing). In that respect, of the three brands you mentioned, Priority Club probably has properties in many more smaller cities than SPG or Marriott.
If not saying use automatically use Choice instead. (Choice has only 3 hotels in all of Spain, and none in Hong Kong.) I'm saying research the hotel brand availablitiy at the destinations your'e interested in before you pick the program, unless you only travel to ultra-packed destinations like NYC where all the major brands are well represented.
Btw, if you're after hotel points, I'm not sure why you focus all your stays on Hilton HHonors. In recent years, they've been the poorest with points promos, while Priority Club is by far the best (of the ones you mention), with it not bieng hard to get thousands of bonus points on each stay most of the year (if you read the promos threads on FlyerTalk, that is), and Marriott is probably second.