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Hilton no longer publishes an award chart for redeeming points for hotel stays — now, the price you see on any given day is the price you pay, just as if you were booking with cash. Some of the best Hilton awards used to be Category 1 properties that could be booked for as little as 5,000 points a night. Now, it’s rare to find rooms for less than 20,000 points. That being said, if you’re willing to search far and wide and stay away from more expensive destinations, there are still plenty of hotels that offer a good value.
How We Picked These Properties
In compiling this list, I considered a number of factors to determine which lower-tier Hilton properties offer the “best” value:
- Average cost with points
- Typical revenue rates
- Uniqueness (amenities, location, etc.)
Before we jump into the list, keep in mind that you can enjoy extra perks during Hilton stays (either paid or of the award variety) by holding a co-branded credit card. With the Hilton Honors American Express Ascend Card, you get complimentary Gold status, which gets you a 25% points bonus, complimentary breakfast and more. And with the Hilton Honors Aspire Card from American Express, you get automatic top-tier Diamond status, which comes with a 50% points bonus, Executive Lounge access and more.
Hilton Salalah Resort, Oman
The Middle East is full of shiny beachfront hotels, but there’s something special about the Hilton Salalah Resort in Oman. Instead of the in-your-face gold trim that covers many hotels in Dubai, the white-stone façades of the Hilton Salalah make it look like an ancient castle. Inside, you’ll find modern rooms with ocean views, plus five onsite bars and restaurants. The hotel is located near the old Al Haffa souk and a famous archeological site that dates back to the 1st century BCE.
Average point cost: 10,000 points per night
Average cash rate: $85
Hilton Garden Inn Mall of the Emirates, Dubai
Everything’s bigger in Dubai, including the shopping malls. How else would they find room to fit a ski slope inside? The Hilton Garden Inn Mall of the Emirates is located, as the name suggests, right next to Dubai’s largest and most famous shopping mall, with easy access to the Palm Jumeirah, Dubai marina and the beach. The hotel has spacious guest rooms and suites and a number of onsite amenities, but the truth is you’ll find everything you’d ever need in the mall next door, from a fully stocked grocery store to a Ferrari dealer.
Average point cost: 15,000-25,000 points per night
Average cash rate: $80
Hilton Garden Inn, Kuala Lumpur
The Hilton Garden Inn Kuala Lumpur offers a vibrant taste of the city’s “old world” charm. Located along the scenic Tuanku Abdul Rahman road, this hotel is flanked by bazaars, night markets and hole-in-the-wall restaurants. While 14,000 points is incredibly cheap for a Hilton award these days, you still might be better off paying cash. Kuala Lumpur is known for being a cheap city, and the Garden Inn is no exception, with rates routinely hovering around $30 USD (!).
Average point cost: 14,000
Average cash rate: $30
Hilton Houston Galleria Area
Hilton’s unannounced devaluation hit big cities the hardest, especially those in the US. Thankfully, the Hilton Houston Galleria Area still provides a solid value redemption, albeit at ~30,000 points a night. This hotel is conveniently located near some of Houston’s top shopping, dining and sporting attractions, including the sprawling Galleria mall and NRG stadium, home of the Houston Texans. Guest rooms are on the larger side at 364 square feet.
Average point cost: 30,000
Average cash rate: $110
Homewood Suites Raleigh-Durham AP/Research Triangle
Located right in between Raleigh and Durham, and just 10 minutes from the RDU airport, this property is in a prime location for both business and leisure travelers. Every room at this all-suite property includes a full kitchen and all guests get complimentary breakfast seven days a week, making this hotel ideal for longer stays.
Average point cost: 20,000
Average cash rate: $190
Grand Hotel des Sablettes Plage, Curio Collection, France
Hilton’s boutique Curio Collection isn’t the first thing that jumps to mind when you think of low-category redemptions, and the Grand Hotel des Sablettes Plage isn’t exactly cheap at ~35,000 points a night. That being said, this beachfront property on the scenic French Riviera provides a redemption value worthy of its cost. Whether you’d rather enjoy French cuisine with a Mediterranean twist or spend your time on the private Les Sablettes beach, this hotel offers everything you need for a relaxing vacation.
Average point cost: 35,000
Average cash rate: $120
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- Earn 150,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points with the Hilton Honors Aspire Card from American Express after you use your new Card to make $4,000 in eligible purchases within the first 3 months of Card Membership. Plus, enjoy a free Weekend Night Reward within your first year and every year after renewal.
- Earn 14X Hilton Bonus Points when you make eligible purchases on your Card at participating hotels or resorts within the Hilton Portfolio.
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- Earn 3X Hilton Honors Bonus Points for all other eligible purchases on your Card.
- Enjoy up to $250 in Hilton Resort Credits on your Card each anniversary year, when you stay at participating resorts within the Hilton portfolio.
- Enjoy complimentary Diamond status with your Hilton Honors Aspire Card.
- $450 annual fee.
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