Best Luxury Hilton Honors Properties for Redeeming Points

Jul 26, 2019

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When Hilton removed its award chart and switched to variable award pricing, it created a lot of confusion and ill will among customers. With no award chart to reference, now the only way to know how many points you need for a free night is to search on the specific dates you want — or use the new Points Explorer tool to get an estimate of the cost. While many of the best Hilton hotels and resorts went up in cost due to this change, Hilton has a large portfolio of luxury properties around the world that still make for great redemptions if you’re willing to spend the points.

Today we’ll go through the best high-end resorts at which you can redeem your Hilton Honors points.

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In compiling this list, I considered a number of factors to determine which Hilton hotels offer the “best” value:

  1. Average point cost
  2. Typical revenue rates
  3. Uniqueness (amenities, location, etc.)

TPG values Hilton points at 0.6 cents each, and every property on this list either provides a better-value redemption than that or is unique and luxurious enough to make up the difference. However, this is certainly not an exhaustive list of properties that are great spots to redeem your Hilton points, so feel free to check out this TPG reader post or share your own success stories in the comments below.

Waldorf Astoria Ithaafushi Maldives

Beach Villa with Pool. Image by HIlton
Beach villa with pool at the newly-opened Waldorf Astoria Maldives. (Photo courtesy of Hilton)

The Maldives are experiencing a real tourism boom, with the Waldorf Astoria ranking as one of the latest points hotels to open in the picturesque atolls. At 120,000 points per night, this is the most expensive redemption in the entire Hilton portfolio, but your standard award will book into a 2,500-square-foot king beach villa with a pool. Hilton adds a hefty up-charge for premium room redemptions, so expect to pay closer to 500,000 points per night if you want to stay overwater.

Although the isolation of the resort is a large part of its charm, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy if you get bored lounging in your private plunge pool. Guests can snorkel or scuba dive at the house reef, go parasailing or dine at one of the hotel’s 10 bars and restaurants. Just be warned that even if you book your room on points, getting to the Waldorf will set you back quite a bit. Round-trip speedboat transfers from Male cost $912 per person.

Average Point Cost: 120,000

Average Cash Rate: ~$1,800

Value: 1.5 cents per point

Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam

Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam. Photo courtesy of the hotel
(Photo courtesy of the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam)

While many luxury hotels stick out like sore thumbs in historic cities, the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam blends in and respects the history and beauty of its surroundings. Made up of six, canal-front palaces, the hotel is still relatively small, with only 93 guest rooms and suites. The property is well-located in the city, providing easy access to the museums, parks and unique culture that makes Amsterdam such a desirable tourist destination. Major European cities tend to be some of the most expensive hotel markets, and Amsterdam is no exception, making this a solid use of your Hilton points.

 

Average Point Cost: 95,000

Average Cash Rate: ~$600

Value: 0.63 cents per point

Conrad Koh Samui

Conrad Koh Samui. Photo courtesy of the hotel
(Photo courtesy of the Conrad Koh Samui)

Nestled in the hilltops on the southwest corner of Koh Samui, the Conrad provides a truly unique tropical getaway. All rooms at this property — including the 1,400-square-foot villas that are bookable as standard awards — feature private plunge pools and water views. The hotel boasts plenty of on-site bars and restaurants to keep you full, but it also offers daily cooking classes, water sports and even luxury boat excursions to nearby islands. Koh Samui itself is the perfect jumping-off point to visit the nearby Angthong National Marine Park or to recover after attending the infamous full moon party on the neighboring island of Koh Phangan.

Average Point Cost: 95,000

Average Cash Rate: ~$600

Value: 0.63 cents per point

Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund

(Photo courtesy Hilton)
(Photo courtesy of Hilton)

There are few city skylines more identifiable than Shanghai’s, especially when it’s viewed across the river from the Bund. The Waldorf Astoria commands a prime piece of real estate and brings the luxury to match it. The hotel’s six restaurants run the gamut from whiskey bar to modern French cuisine to authentic “Shanghainese” dining. Even the most basic guest rooms, which start at ~500 square feet, offer some of the most coveted views in the entire city. While the value per point may not be fantastic, it’s still a terrific property to enjoy without any out-of-pocket costs.

 

Average Point Cost: 80,000

Average Cash Rate: ~$350

Value: 0.44 cents per point

Waldorf Astoria Chicago

Waldorf Astoria Chicago. Photo courtesy of the hotel
(Photo courtesy of the Waldorf Astoria Chicago)

Hilton’s award chart removal struck hardest in large US cities, including at the Waldorf Astoria Chicago. The hotel’s prime location just a block off of Michigan Avenue straddles the famed Magnificent Mile and the even more upscale Gold Coast neighborhood. While 95,000 points a night is still a lot, it’s worth noting that a number of lower-tier Hampton Inn and Garden Inns in Chicago cost as much as 60,000 to 70,000 points on the same dates. The hotel houses Margeaux Brasserie, a refined French dining experience featuring Midwestern ingredients and — more importantly — bottomless rosé brunch on the weekends.

 

Average Point Cost: 95,000

Average Cash Rate: ~$450

Value: 0.47 cents per point

London Hilton Park Lane

Photo courtesy of Hilton
(Photo courtesy of the London Hilton Park Lane)

Sandwiched between Buckingham Palace and Hyde Park and surrounded by some of London’s top hotels, the London Hilton Park Lane exudes luxury. The hotel is home to three restaurants and five bars, including the Michelin-starred Galvin at Windows, which offers panoramic views of London from the 28th floor. The 397 rooms and 56 suites offer views of either Hyde Park or the city.

 

Average Point Cost: 80,000

Average Cash Rate: ~$500

Value: 0.63 cents per point

Earning Hilton Points

If these top rate Hilton hotels are getting you excited to plan your next trip, you’re in luck. All four Hilton Amex credit cards are currently offering the following welcome bonuses:

Take note of the cards offering free weekend night certificates. While you can only redeem these three days out of the week (Friday, Saturday or Sunday nights), Hilton has historically been incredibly generous by not capping the hotels at which you can redeem them — though there are a handful of all-inclusive or distinctive properties excluded. That means you can use your free weekend night at any of the luxurious Hilton hotels and resorts on this list, easily netting you hundreds of dollars (or more) in value.

If you’re struggling to pick between these four cards, make sure to check out our guide to help you decide which Hilton card is right for you.

Featured image of the Conrad Maldives courtesy of Hilton.

Hilton Honors Aspire Card from American Express

This card is currently offering a welcome bonus of 150,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 in the first three months.

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More Things to Know
  • 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.
  • Earn 7X Bonus Points for eligible purchases: on flights booked directly with airlines or amextravel.com, on car rentals booked directly from select car rental companies & at U.S. restaurants.
  • 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.
  • Terms Apply.
  • See Rates & Fees
Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
17.49%-26.49% Variable
Annual Fee
$450
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 3% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit
Good,Excellent
Terms and restrictions apply. See rates & fees.

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