7 great ways to use 150,000 Hilton Honors points
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Booking a long weekend on a sunny island or on the ski slopes is a great way to use your Hilton points. If these types of getaways sound good, know that there are current increased credit card welcome bonuses available and one of them, the Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card, is exclusive to TPG readers through Dec. 31, 2019. TPG readers, who apply for the card, will earn 150,000 Hilton Honors points after spending $3,000 in purchases in the first three months, plus get a $100 statement credit after making a first purchase in the first three months.
This offer is worth up to $1,000 ($900 for the points and $100 for the statement credit), according to TPG valuations.
There are actually four different Hilton cards for you to choose from, with two of them offering 150,000 bonus points.
- Hilton Honors Card from American Express: Earn 75,000 points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first three months of opening your account.
- Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card: Earn 150,000 bonus points after you spend $3,000 in purchases on the card within your first three months of card membership plus, a $100 statement credit after your first purchase on the card within your first three months of card membership. Offer expires Dec. 31, 2019.
- Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card: Earn 150,000 points after you spend $4,000 in the first four months of opening your account.
- Hilton Honors American Express Business Card: Earn 125,000 Hilton Honors points after you spend $3,000 in purchases on the card in the first three months of card membership.
If you apply for the top offer on the Hilton Aspire Card or the Hilton Surpass Card, you’ll earn 150,000 points valued at more than $900 based on TPG’s point valuations. But what can you do with 150,000 Hilton points?
There are nearly 6,000 Hilton properties located around the world that range in price from 5,000 to 95,000 Hilton Honors points per night for standard rooms (well, 120,000 per night at this fancy Maldives resort and the Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos). Given the endless options, let’s look at seven ways to use your haul of Hilton points earned from a single card bonus to put together a fun and affordable getaway.
Say aloha to Hawaii
There are a wide variety of Hilton options in Hawaii on multiple Hawaiian islands. Some of these properties, like the Grand Wailea Waldorf Astoria resort on Maui, can top out at 95,000 points per night for a standard room. With those high-award rates, you’d be better off using a Hilton weekend-night certificate, which are available with several of the Hilton cobranded cards.
But don’t let some of the high award costs trick you into thinking that 150,000 Hilton points won’t go very far in Hawaii, as there are multiple options available for a significantly lower award cost. On the Big Island, the newly renovated and rebranded Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo DoubleTree on the Hilo side (relatively near Volcanos National Park) goes for just 50,000 points per night.
At that hotel, guests staying on Hilton points even with midtier Hilton Gold status are treated like kings and queens with free drinks, free parking, waived resort fees and free chocolates.
For a bigger Hawaiian resort experience on the Big Island, the 62-acre oceanfront Hilton Waikoloa Village goes for 60,000 Hilton points per night.
The Waikoloa Villa property has multiple pools, a snorkeling lagoon, canal boats, trams to explore the tropical grounds and a building dedicated to breakfast — with free breakfast options, that comes with Gold status from the Hilton Surpass Card.
On Waikiki, the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Resort costs 60,000 points per night. If you need more room for your group to spread out, you can book a one-bedroom suite with a pull-out couch at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Waikiki Beach for 70,000 Hilton Honors points per night.
Hilton doesn’t have a huge presence on the Garden Island of Kauai, but there is the Hilton Garden Inn Kauai Wailua Bay, which isn’t far from the family-friendly Lydgate Beach and the must-do Smith Family Garden Luau, and it goes for 50,000 points per night.
Hit the slopes
The ski season has returned and Hilton points can save you a ton of money on peak-season ski weekends. The recently renovated and rebranded Hilton DoubleTree in Vail, Colorado, is a good option if being right on the slope isn’t important. It’s a shuttle ride away. Standard rooms top out at 80,000 points per night, so you have nearly enough for a peak ski weekend. Early- and late-season weekend rates can be found for 70,000 points per night or less. With the free weekend-night award, you could turn the bonus into enough for a three-night weekend.
If you want to be within walking distance of the ski lifts, the DoubleTree by Hilton in Breckenridge, Colorado, is close to the Quicksilver chair lift and is bookable for 60,000 points per night.
The DoubleTree Park City in Utah books for 60,000 Hilton points per night during peak ski season. If you want to ski north of the border in Canada, the Hilton Whistler goes for 80,000 Hilton points per night in the snow season, so 150,000 points (plus a little bit more) gets you to a weekend near the base of the mountain.
Your 150,000 bonus Hilton points can do more than get you a place to sleep at night. They can also cover your meals and activities if you go all-inclusive. Hilton has all-inclusive resorts you can book with points in Jamaica, Puerto Vallarta, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica and more.
All-inclusive Hilton properties in the Caribbean and Mexico often go for 60,000 to 80,000 points per night, based on double occupancy. Children, ages 3 to 5 years old, stay free (depending on the resort) and children older than 5 are charged at a rate that varies with each resort.
Five nights at Disney World
If you want to take your family to Disney World and stay near the magic to enjoy the Disney perks but not pay Disney resort prices, Hilton points are a great option. The DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Orlando-Disney Springs Area, Hilton Lake Buena Vista-Disney Springs Area and Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace-Disney Springs Area are located in the Disney Springs area. They can be booked with Hilton Honors points and confer benefits such as 60-day FastPass+ reservations and Extra Magic Hours. The nearby Waldorf Astoria Orlando (80,000 points) and Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek (60,000 points) are additional solid options that now offer those Disney perks.
Standard award rates at these Hilton Disney Springs properties run as high as 60,000 Hilton Honors points per night, but can start as low as 35,000 points per night during off-peak seasons. With the fifth night free on award stays (for those with elite status), that could be as low as 140,000 Hilton Honors points for a five-night stay within Disney Springs. Remember that you can get instant Hilton elite status simply by having one of the Hilton cobranded credit cards. The Waldorf Astoria will set you back 80,000 points per night, so save that one for when you want to splurge at Disney.
You don’t have to stay stateside to maximize the points you get from your Hilton welcome bonus. It’s easy to find midrange Hilton properties across Europe from 40,000 to 60,000 points per night. Staying on the outskirts of town allows you to stretch your points further or perhaps get a room with a higher occupancy limit. Although one room may not hold the whole family, for 150,000 Hilton points, you could book three nights in a standard room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London – Hyde Park.
In Paris, the Hilton Paris Opera is bookable for 60,000 to 70,000 points per night on some nights, giving you enough points left over for an inexpensive stay elsewhere. Should your travels take you to Amsterdam, your 150,000 Hilton points can get you at least two nights at the DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Central Station — with some nights costing less than 60,000 points per night. The Rome Cavalieri, a Waldorf Astoria resort hotel, is bookable from 65,000 to 80,000 points a night (though we’ve seen peak-season pricing above 100,000 points). If you time your stay right, you could get two nights using your welcome bonus points.
Stay near (but not with) family
Visiting family is one of the best uses of miles and points. Sometimes, staying near family in your own hotel is a better choice than staying with family on a pull-out couch. With close to 6,000 properties, Hilton has locations around the world. Unless your family lives in the middle of a major metropolitan area, chances are you’ll find Hilton-branded properties such as Homewood Suites, Hampton Inn and Embassy Suites available from 20,000 to 50,000 Hilton Honors points per night.
As an added perk, some of these properties include hot breakfast, or even evening snacks and drinks for all guests (not just those with elite status). With 150,000 Hilton Honors points that comes with the Hilton Aspire card welcome bonus, you could stay multiple nights at a Hilton near your family or friend’s house and probably still have some points left over.
Splurge on a trip of a lifetime
Let’s be real — 150,000 Hilton points won’t get you that many nights at some of Hilton’s top-of-the-line overwater villa properties such as the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, Waldorf Astoria Maldives or the Conrad Bora Bora Nui Suites and Spa, but it’s still a good start. This is especially true if you pool your Hilton points with friends and family and each get a 150,000 welcome bonus, and maybe add in a weekend-night certificate or two. We found Hilton points to be the best ones when we planned our own trip to Bora Bora for later this year.
These are just seven of literally thousands of ways to use 150,000 Hilton Honors points. You can stretch them to the max to book dozens of award nights at properties that cost 5,000 points per night, such as the Hilton Hurghada Resort in Egypt, or use them at family-friendly Hilton properties that ring in at 50,000 points per night or less. Start saving for the trip of a lifetime or a fun weekend getaway.
Featured image of the Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa by Darren Murph / The Points Guy.
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