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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Ways to Burn Your Hilton Points Before D(evaluation) Day March 28, 2013

by on February 26, 2013 · 54 comments

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This past weekend at the LA Times Travel Show, I was doling out high-fives to several readers who stopped by to share their stories of recently burning soon-to-be-devalued Hilton points on upcoming redemptions before the imminent program changes come into effect. Sadly, even after the announcement of category reorganization and additions that will make high-end redemptions ridiculously expensive, it looks as though other aspects of the HHonors program will change too.

The devaluation announcement Hilton sent out to HHonors members.

The devaluation announcement Hilton sent out to HHonors members.

As a reminder, currently there are 8 categories: 7 + Waldorf Astoria & Resorts, requiring 7,500- 50,000 point (a few Waldorf resorts are up to 80,000 points a night).

The new chart will have 10 categories. You can see what hotels will be in which category in this PDF. You can see how much a specific property will be charging after the changeover by using Hilton’s point search tool (I used this to determine the points rates cited below).

HOTEL CATEGORY HHONORS POINTS REQUIRED FOR ONE FREE NIGHT
1 5,000 Points
2 10,000 Points
3 20,000 Points
4 20,000 to 30,000 Points
5 30,000 to 40,000 Points
6 30,000 to 50,000 Points
7 30,000 to 60,000 Points
8 40,000 to 70,000 Points
9 50,000 to 80,000 Points
10 70,000 to 95,000 Points

In addition, though it has not been confirmed yet except anecdotally, it looks as if a new 5th Night Free redemption benefits for HHonors elite members (including Silver, Gold and Diamond status) will get a free night when they  book a Standard Room Reward stay of five or more consecutive nights.

It looks as if this 5th Night Free will replace both AXON and GLON reduced-rate awards, though Hilton has not confirmed this officially as of posting.

AXON awards are special rates for American Express cardholders available on stays in multiples of four nights (so 4 nights, 8 nights, 12 nights, etc.), and are applicable only to Categories 5, 6, and 7 hotels, as follows:

AXON5 (four nights in a Category 5 hotel) = 125,000 points
AXON6 (four nights in a Category 6 hotel) = 125,000 points
AXON7 (four nights in a Category 7 hotel) = 145,000 points

GLON redemption rates are available to any Hilton HHonors elite member. Since Silver status is complimentary with the Hilton Amex, every cardholder has access to these rewards. These redemptions simply start at four nights and offer greater discounts for longer stays. They also include Category 3-7 properties plus Waldorf Astoria hotels as well. I covered the basics in my credit card post, but the discounts are as follows:

Four-night stay: 15% discount
Five-night stay: 20% discount
Six-night stay or longer: 25% discount

Credit Card Changes

Not only that, but both the Hilton Card from American Express and the Hilton HHonors Surpass card will both be reconfiguring their bonus spending categories to exclude drugstores altogether and replace that category with restaurants as well as changing the earning ratios on their spending categories.

Now Is The Time

So there are a lot of changes coming down the pike, which means there’s no better time to redeem your Hilton points. I’ve got a boatload from transferring from Virgin Atlantic earlier this year. Just because the points levels are changing on March 28, 2013, if you book your stay before then, you will be booking at the current rates, and as Lucky just wrote, you can find award availability well into 2015 now, so if you have set travel plans, you stand a good chance of being able to book your stays at the current (mostly lower) rates. Award stays are generally completely refundable. However if you change your reservation after March 28, it will be repriced at new levels, so you’re going to want to use your points for trips you’re actually going to take.

Here are top 10 Hilton properties on my list to book before the devaluation occurs. All of them are high end, but feel free to share your own thoughts on others that are really good value, especially compared to where they’ll be post March 28.

1. Conrad Maldives: This gorgeous resort is actually top of my list, and was the reason I converted all those Virgin Atlantic miles in the first place. It’s got beautiful overwater villas, and underwater restaurant, a spa that looks incredible and is consistently highly rated. Currently this is a top-tier Category 7 hotel that requires 50,000 points for a standard free night award. After the devaluation, it will be a top-tier Category 10 hotel, requiring between 95,000 points for a free night, a 90% increase over current rates. With current GLON rates for elites, a 5-night stay would incur a 20% discount, so your overall points outlay would be 200,000 HHonors points. If you have a Hilton Amex and can take advantage of AXON awards, you would pay a total of 195,000 points (four nights for 145,000 plus one night at 50,000). With Hilton’s new system, elites will get a fifth night free when redeeming 4 award nights, so your overall outlay would be 380,000 – a 90% increase over current levels.

Instead of 50,000 points per night, you'll be spending 70-95,000 points to stay at the Conrad Maldives.

Instead of 50,000 points per night, you’ll be spending 70-95,000 points to stay at the Conrad Maldives.

2. Conrad Koh Samui: Another tropical Asian resort, this one is situated on the southwestern tip of Koh Samui, and the hotel’s hillside position overlooks nearby Aow Thai Beach. The resort features 80 free-standing villas, all with private balconies and views over the Gulf of Thailand.

The Conrad Koh Samui in Thailand is another great option to burn some points.

The Conrad Koh Samui in Thailand is another great option to burn some points.

Currently this is a top-tier Category 7 hotel that requires 50,000 points for a standard free night award. After the devaluation, it will be a top-tier Category 10 hotel, requiring between 80,000-95,000 points for a free night, potentially a 90% increase over current rates. With current GLON rates for elites, a 5-night stay would incur a 20% discount, so your overall points outlay would be 200,000 HHonors points. If you have a Hilton Amex and can take advantage of AXON awards, you would pay a total of 195,000 points (four nights for 145,000 plus one night at 50,000). With Hilton’s new system, elites will get a fifth night free when redeeming 4 award nights, so your overall outlay would be between 320,000-380,000 – a 64-90% increase over current levels.

3. Conrad Tokyo: On the city side of the spectrum, this Tokyo hotel is the top of my list. From its position 37 stories above Shiodome, the hotel offers views of the Tokyo Bay skyline, the extensive Hamarikyu Gardens and a former royal residence. The hotel features 290 rooms and suites, 4 restaurants and Tokyo’s largest spa and fitness center.

A room at the Conrad Tokyo will soon cost you up to 95,000 points for a free night.

A room at the Conrad Tokyo will soon cost you up to 95,000 points for a free night.

Currently this is a top-tier Category 7 hotel that requires 50,000 points for a standard free night award. After the devaluation, it will be a top-tier Category 10 hotel, requiring between 80,000-95,000 points for a free night, potentially a 90% increase over current rates. With current GLON rates for elites, a 5-night stay would incur a 20% discount, so your overall points outlay would be 200,000 HHonors points. If you have a Hilton Amex and can take advantage of AXON awards, you would pay a total of 195,000 points (four nights for 145,000 plus one night at 50,000). With Hilton’s new system, elites will get a fifth night free when redeeming 4 award nights, so your overall outlay would be between 320,000-380,000 – a 64-90% increase over current levels.

4. Grand Wailea: This Waldorf Astoria property on Maui is a popular US vacation choice. It underwent a $50-million renovation  in 2009 and has 780 guest rooms and suites, starting at 640 square feet. The hotel’s Spa Grande is 50,000 square feet and the largest spa in Hawaii. Guests have access to the Wailea Gold, Wailea Emerald, and Wailea Blue golf courses, as well as the Wailea Tennis Center. The hotel has nine pools connected by a water features including whitewater rapids, The Wailea Canyon pool has six waterfalls and a swim-up bar, while the Hibiscus Pool is adults only. Kids ages 5-12 can participate in Camp Grande activities. The hotel offers six restaurants including Hawaiian celebrity chef Alan Wong called Amasia which serves Asian fusion cuisine.

Want to swim at the Grand Wailea? Book sooner rather than later!

Want to swim at the Grand Wailea? Book sooner rather than later!

As a Waldorf Astoria, the hotel currently charges 50,000-80,000 HHonors points for award nights. It will soon be a Category 10 hotel charging between 70,000-95,000 points per night. With current GLON rates for elites, a 5-night stay would cost between 200,000-320,000 points, while future fifth night free rates under the new categories will cost 280,000-380,000 points, a 20-40% increase. AXON awards are not available here.

5. Conrad NYC: The Conrad New York opened in March 2012 as the first Conrad location in NYC. The 463 all-suite hotel is set in the city’s Battery Park neighborhood and rises 16 stories above the Hudson River.

A Conrad New York Guest Room will be much more expensive after the devaluation.

A Conrad New York Guest Room will be much more expensive after the devaluation.

Currently this is a top-tier Category 7 hotel that requires 50,000 points for a standard free night award. After the devaluation, it will be a Category 9 hotel, requiring between 70,000 – 80,000 points for a free night, potentially a 60% increase over current rates. With current GLON rates for elites, a 5-night stay would incur a 20% discount, so your overall points outlay would be 200,000 HHonors points. If you have a Hilton Amex and can take advantage of AXON awards, you would pay a total of 195,000 points (four nights for 145,000 plus one night at 50,000). With Hilton’s new system, elites will get a fifth night free when redeeming 4 award nights, so your overall outlay would be between 280,000-320,000 – a 44-64% increase over current levels.

6. Hilton Whistler: Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa is located in the heart of Whistler village, just steps from the Whistler and Blackcomb Mountain chairlifts and next to the Whistler Conference Center.

The often expensive Hilton Whistler will no longer be a bargain using points.

The often expensive Hilton Whistler will no longer be a bargain using points.

Currently this is a top-tier Category 7 hotel that requires 50,000 points for a standard free night award. After the devaluation, it will be a Category 9 hotel, requiring between 50,000 – 80,000 points for a free night, potentially a 60% increase over current rates. With current GLON rates for elites, a 5-night stay would incur a 20% discount, so your overall points outlay would be 200,000 HHonors points. If you have a Hilton Amex and can take advantage of AXON awards, you would pay a total of 195,000 points (four nights for 145,000 plus one night at 50,000). With Hilton’s new system, elites will get a fifth night free when redeeming 4 award nights, so your overall outlay would be between 200,000-320,000 – up to a 64% increase over current levels.

7. Rome Cavalieri: This historic 5-star hotel hotel was the first European hotel to be included in the Waldorf Astoria collection and is set on 15 acres of parkland near the Vatican. The Imperial Club offers a view of St. Peter’s Basilica, all rooms have private balconies, and all seven suites have a different theme; the Petronius has a fiber-optic-studded ceiling designed to mimic a starry sky. The hotel’s Grand Spa offers La Prairie treatments and a solarium separating outdoor and indoor pools. There are also five on-site restaurants where guests can enjoy everything from a poolside snack to afternoon tea, or a multi-course meal at La Pergola, the only three-Michelin-starred restaurant in Rome.

Better reserve your room at Rome Cavalieri for a table with this view before points rates go up.

Better reserve your room at Rome Cavalieri for a table with this view before points rates go up.

This hotel is currently in the Waldorf Astoria category, which means free nights go for 50,000-80,000 points per night. It will be a Category 9 hotel under the new system, with award nights for between 70,000-80,000 points per night, as much as a 40% uptick. For a five-night stay, you would currently need between 250,000-400,000 at standard rates, though with GLON awards, that drops to 200,000-320,000 points. Under the new system, a five- night stay will cost 280,000-320,000, an increase of up to 40%. AXON awards are not available at Waldorf Astoria properties.

8. Hilton Bora Bora Nui: A favorite of the Kardashian clan, the Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa features 122 suites and villas situated over the water, on a hill or in the resort’s garden. The resort also boasts a 1,000 square-meter infinity pool and the Hina Spa.

If you want to stay at the Hilton Bora Bora like a Kardashian, book before March 28.

If you want to stay at the Hilton Bora Bora like a Kardashian, book before March 28.

Currently this is a top-tier Category 7 hotel that requires 50,000 points for a standard free night award. After the devaluation, it will be a top-tier Category 10 hotel, requiring  95,000 points for a free night (as far into the future as I could find), potentially a 90% increase over current rates. With current GLON rates for elites, a 5-night stay would incur a 20% discount, so your overall points outlay would be 200,000 HHonors points. If you have a Hilton Amex and can take advantage of AXON awards, you would pay a total of 195,000 points (four nights for 145,000 plus one night at 50,000). With Hilton’s new system, elites will get a fifth night free when redeeming 4 award nights, so your overall points cost would be 380,000 points – potentially a 90% increase over current levels.

9. Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund: This luxury hotel is located in historic building along Shanghai’s architecturally significant Bund and also includes the addition of a soaring contemporary tower. Guest rooms include complimentary in-room WiFi, a pillow menu and marble-finished bathrooms. Amenities include a fitness center, pool, florist, 24-hour staffed business center, and celebrity stylist Tony Li’s salon. The hotel’s six dining and drinking options include Pelham’s, which serves modern, New York City-inspired fare, and the historic Long Bar where stylish expats come to quaff martinis. Dedicated butlers and personal shoppers are available.

The Waldorf Astoria Shanghai's historic facad.

The Waldorf Astoria Shanghai’s historic facad.

Under current rates, rooms here tend to go for between 50,000-60,000 points per night. However, after the devaluation, it will be a Category 9 property requiring 70,000-80,000 points per night for the rest of 2013, an increase of 25-40%. Five award nights now with GLON reductions would require just 200,000-240,000 points, while under the new system, you’d need 280,000-320,000 points, an increase of between 25-40% as well. No AXON awards at Waldorf Astoria properties.

10. Hilton Seychelles Northolme: Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa is located on on the main island of Mahé and features a collection of private villas perched either hillside or nestled along the resort’s secluded beach coves. Restaurants feature local seafood and traditional Creole Cuisine, and guests can treat themselves to a visit to The Duniye Spa. I went to the Seychelles three years ago and stayed at Starwood properties, but this one gets pretty decent reviews and the island itself is pretty spectacular.

A guest room at the Hilton Seychelles.

A guest room at the Hilton Seychelles.

Currently this is a top-tier Category 7 hotel that requires 50,000 points for a standard free night award. After the devaluation, it will be a top-tier Category 10 hotel, requiring 95,000 points (at least for several months out after the devaluation) for a free night, potentially a 90% increase over current rates. With current GLON rates for elites, a 5-night stay would incur a 20% discount, so your overall points outlay would be 200,000 HHonors points. If you have a Hilton Amex and can take advantage of AXON awards, you would pay a total of 195,000 points (four nights for 145,000 plus one night at 50,000). With Hilton’s new system, elites will get a fifth night free when redeeming 4 award nights, so your overall outlay would be 380,000 – a 90% increase over current levels.

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  • Robert P

    11. Give them to me

  • Pacifico

    luckily I planed a trip to French Polynesia later this year and burn many of my points in both Hilton properties in the country. But seems I need to say goodbye forever to my two favorite resort Conrad Maldives Rangali Island and Conrad Koh Samui.
    Another two good options to burn points are Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa, Hilton Moorea, what do you think?

  • Lee

    If you can book out past 1 year, as you can with some resorts, will your reservation still be honored. Some on FT are saying they will not honor points nights booked out over a year.

  • PSL

    For NYC travelers who want to be closer to the action, the Doubletree Guest Suites Times Square is a must, rising from 50,000 to 95,000 points.

  • bababooey

    Lets face it things are slow right now in the points world…………..Any good celebrity on board the flight stories. Here’s one I have one from many years ago on a TWA non-stop from JFK-LAS, with Cher and her then boyfriend Gene Simmons (sans Kiss makeup) and a first class lav. while her kid Elijah Blue Allman ran around the First Class cabin in his diaper/ surreal……………………I’ll keep it clean, so just use your mile high imagination. true story.

  • JA

    How do you get an overwater bungalow in Maldives? For 50,000 points you get something on land. Looks like the overwater bungalows cost hundreds of thousand points PER night

  • Silatseal

    Is it confirmed that the Citi Hilton Reserve card with the 2 nights certificate will be good for any category on the weekend? And is the weekend considered a friday, saturday or sunday stay?

  • ed

    @TPG I’d really like it you did a post on the revenue outlay regarding some of these resort-captive locations. E.g., Maldives at top of your list? What about the $500 flight from Mallea, and the $50/meal while there?

    I’d like to hit all of these top 10, but I’d like to first maximize against these additioal revenue costs!

  • ajshin27

    I would like to know this as well. Also, are these nights transferable? If so, then could we combine the 4 nights and get the free fifth night free? 5 free nights at a place like the Conrad Maldives for 2 credit card applications isn’t too shabby.

  • HHonors Newbie

    Reasons NOT to blow HHonor points:
    cat. 1,2,3,4 pts./night going down,
    especially with 5th free night

  • Pacifico

    this is the most stupid joke in the century

  • Pacifico

    If you need something totally free, then book a Hilton Hotel next to your home and walkable there is free of charge, and having lunch and dinner at home

  • Tom

    I agree that if you are planning a trip in the next year, you are better off burning your points before the devaluation. However, you should check out the post at A View From The Wing which compares the hotel spend required for free night redemptions. Based on that analysis, Hiltons new chart is competetive with Marriott and much more lucrative than Starwood. I see no need to burn my points just because Hilton is bring their program in line with the spend requirements of other chains.

  • jammer9050

    Although I appreciate the comment, I’m not sure Times Square is really “closer to the action.” As a native of the area and Manhattan resident, Times Square is as far from the “action” as one can get. I understand that NYC tourists want to see Broadway shows and Times Square, but staying in the middle of it is not necessary nor preferable. If you want a Hilton aspirational stay, stick with the properties TPG recommneded.

  • ER

    I was holding out for a GLON award at the Jerusalem Waldorf, but it doesn’t even open until August. Looks like I’m SOL.

  • Sammy

    Any tips on how to top up my account quickly … I just hit a threshold for Membership Reward spend that will get my 50K membership rewards points, but when I call them, they say they may not post for 6 to 8 weeks. What other options make sense for someone who has some points in most airline, hotel programs?

  • jmw2323

    how do you plan on using weekend certs for 4 nights in a row?

  • jmw2323

    and to think you criticized someone else for making the stupidest joke of the century.

  • Stephen

    My grandfather has upwards of 400,000 AAdvantage miles he would like to give me. Trouble is, it seems that gifting these miles is very expensive. I am somewhat familiar with the techniques to convert miles using middlemen rewards programs, however am having difficulty when it comes to finding what to do when it comes to transferring from one person to another.

  • Reader

    Stephen, Just obtain your Grandfather’s login information, and book flights for yourself under his account. Easiest way!

  • thepointsguy

    You read my mind- doing a post about this now.. stay tuned!

  • thepointsguy

    Do they allow booking in advance? You may want to call and ask- never hurts

  • thepointsguy

    Regardless of whether the future Hilton chart is competitive with the competition does not negate the fact that as of March 28 the value of your current points will decrease- drastically if you like to redeem at top properties

  • thepointsguy

    Correct- if you redeem for cheap hotels, the new system may work to your advantage (which is why the main hotels listed in the post are in the upper tiers).
    5th night free is great for those who didn’t have a Hilton Amex or Elite status, but if you had either, the new 5th night is generally much less generous/flexible than AXON/GLON awards

  • thepointsguy

    Yes.. it will be good at all of the same properties it is currently good at now

  • thepointsguy

    You cannot combine 4 free credit card weekend nights to get the 5th free.

  • HHonors Newbie

    Has anyone stayed at Hilton cat.1 property?
    Which? How was it?

  • thepointsguy

    You can always contact the resort prior to arrange an OWB. It will cost extra, but people have gotten them without paying the ridiculous hundreds of thousands of points

  • Sherman

    agreed. save up for the 5000 points properties. Nice hotels are best purchased through Priceline bidding. just got Waldorf Astoria in Palm Springs for $85 (50000 pts), so is the Westin (16000 pts)

  • thepointsguy

    I’d hope so.. you can always fight it if they try not to. If they send a confirmation number, I personally think they should

  • JA

    When you say it will cost extra, do you mean points or cash ? Any idea of how much we are looking at? I just booked a reward stay for Sept. When do you recommend that I should contact hotel and would you do it via email? Thx.

  • Big Skinny

    I stayed at the Hilton Northholme in the Seychelles for 12 nights earlier this year on points. It’s spectacular. Got there with United miles – Ethiopian flies there. A fantastic way to burn points. Glad I did when I could.

  • Euro

    I stayed at the Doubletree Beijing back in late 2011 which is currently a cat 4 on the award chart but will become a cat 1 according to the new chart, which I am surprised at since it wasn’t an entry level hotel.

    Very upscale waiting area, clean and fresh rooms, spacious bathroom, not a lot of walking space in the room itself, but very good breakfast spread. If it becomes a cat 1, it’s a great great deal.

  • Euro

    Have a very modest number of HHonors points but I’ve got my eyes on the Conrad Tokyo- but need to get the trip itself planned first.

    I see that the extremely high end hotels are going way up in price… but what about the mid-range Hilton hotels (current cat 3-5 hotels)? Was it a wash or did they increase in number of points as well?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JNFSXN4ANC7RH5VQCOEJGFUJZQ Nick

    Keep in mind that it isn’t just the Doubletree Times Square and Conrad NYC going up. Roughly 20% of the Category 8-9 properties in the Americas are now located in NYC, including many relatively nondescript Hampton Inns.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JNFSXN4ANC7RH5VQCOEJGFUJZQ Nick

    Definitely great options. Both are now Category 10 (though unlike the Maldives and Northolme, they are a bit cheaper at times). I never made it to the Hilton in Bora Bora, but the Hilton in Moorea is terrific. Very close to the main island (DO NOT pay for the flight to/from Moorea! The ferry is perfect) and lots to do. I’d recommend an ATV tour and dune buggy rental.

    I’ll be visiting Labriz in May/June, and it also looks phenomenal. As of now, Diamonds who stay for 5+ nights (reward stays included) get free boat transfers, which normally cost 125 Euros per person.

  • http://themilesprofessor.com/ The Miles Professor

    I am redeeming two nights at Conrad Tokyo this December. I actually used Starwood Nights and Flights to get five nights at a Starwood hotel that’s also going up in price, getting 50,000 Virgin Atlantic miles and then transferring them to Hilton for 100,000 Hilton points.

  • Alan

    If I have a bunch of VA miles, do you still recommend transferring to Hilton and booking some of these before 3/28? Or is there a better way to use VA miles?

  • Stephan

    The big problem not mentioned is that the aspirational properties usually only have standard rooms available – good luck on that over-water-bungalow!

  • Alan

    Hmm, doesn’t look like my comment posted.

    I have a bunch of Virgin Atlantic miles and was thinking about converting them to Hilton points before the devaluation. Should I still do it and book before 3/28? Or is there a better use of the VA miles?

  • Leo

    The de-valuation is subjective. Personally, I like to have adventures when I travel, and not feel like I need to vacation inside a hotel. All these locations above would be wasted on me as I would hardly be in these buildings to make them worth it.

    I joined HHonors and got the HHonors Reserve card because when I travel, I prefer Hampton Inns and Hiltons (as they seem to be everywhere and are more consistent from hotel to hotel on service and accommodations). For work travel, I like to pick Embassy and Double Tree (again, for consistency).

    The HHonors program is a loyalty program. So good-bye to all of you who abused (and probably inflated) a system designed to reward loyal customers –those who enjoy HHonors as a perk and not an entitlement.

  • Justin

    If it’s anything like Hawaiian transfers, it can take up to a couple weeks…. I probably wouldn’t risk it…

  • Justin

    I’m staying there in January. They quoted me $475/nt.

  • http://www.saverocity.com/ Saverocity

    One thing I have done in advance is to link Amex Membership rewards with my SO account – means I can transfer from MR (his) to VA (Hers) and then into HH (Hers) it takes about 3 days to link accounts (I have Amex Plat, and I get her a linked Amex Green for no annual fee) so best to do that now if you are planning to burn in both you and your spousal accounts.

  • Sammy

    Thanks for the great post today!

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  • nickz

    Not in my case. Staying in the Hampton inn miami/brickell next month, and since March is high season my 4 night stay would be going up from 25500/nt to 60000.

  • HHonors Newbie

    Well of course.
    High season.
    No 5th night free.

    cat.4 off-season = cheaper = 20K/night
    cat.4 off-season + 5th night = even cheaper = 16K/night

    Your 60K/night claim is wrong?
    New range is 20K-30K/night.

  • http://www.facebook.com/je.gr.39 Je Gr

    Yes. Caught that 4–>1 early on.
    Fearing it is mistake in new chart.
    But if not, 4+1 or 4+1+4+1 days there in Sept.!
    Was breakfast included at Silver Level?

  • hc

    TPG says “AXON awards are special rates for American Express cardholders…” I thought this was only available to Hilton Amex cardholders, or does in apply to any Amex card?? Please clarify. After a transfer I will have 290k Hilton points which in enough for 8 nts at a cat 7 but I don’t have the Hilton Amex. I think they denied my application, haven heard back from them.

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  • theavidcruiser

    Agreed. Obsession with points = “up in the air” and when you’re up in the air, well, it’s pathetic and empty. At least it was for me. I’ve given up chasing points, choosing to chase a grounded life instead – for what it’s worth.

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  • Mike

    Hilton shows this on confirmed reservations for Labriz so I don’t think that you need to be Diamond (or at least no longer need to be).

    “Resort Charges:• Return boat transfer between Mahe and Silhouette Island is complimentary with a minimum five night stay otherwise a charge of EUR125 per person will apply.”

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