TPG Readers’ Best Hilton Honors Redemptions

Aug 11, 2019

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Here at TPG, we’ve got Hilton on the brain, and it seems our TPG Lounge audience does too, what with the new welcome offers on the program’s cobranded Amex cards and a massive response to our our last Hilton-related callout.

LIMITED-TIME OFFER: Up to 130,000 points and a free weekend night on select Hilton credit cards

This time around, we asked our TPG Lounge audience to share the best redemptions they’ve ever had with the Hilton Honors loyalty program. Here’s a look at some of our favorite answers. (Some responses have been lightly edited for style and clarity). 

High Times With Hilton in the US and South America

From free nights at beautiful Hawaiian resorts to bucket list stays in Times Square on New Year’s Eve, our TPG Lounge audience never fails to impress us with their award redemptions.

“Upcoming six nights at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills. Have heard great things. It’s always going to be 95,000 Hilton Honors points a night. Haven’t seen cash rates below $700 a night.” — Jason L.

“Three nights over New Year’s Eve at Hilton Times Square. It was a bucket list thing and we only got rooms due to a Diamond guarantee, on points and rooms were over $1,000 per night.” — Tom A.

“1,140,000 Hilton Honors points for two rooms and seven nights at Grand Wailea Maui, A Waldorf Astoria Resort. No resort fees and we received credit from American Express and got two free nights, four free continental breakfasts every day and were upgraded to ocean view rooms. The Hilton Honors Aspire Card from American Express is the key.” — Michelle G.D.

Have you been to the Grand Wailea in Maui yet? (Photo courtesy of the Grand Wailea Maui, A Waldorf Astoria Resort)
Have you been to the Grand Wailea in Maui yet? (Photo courtesy of the Grand Wailea Maui, A Waldorf Astoria Resort)

“Getting rooms in a college town on a football weekend. The paid rates were close to $500 a night plus taxes and fees but only 40,000 Hilton Honors points. That’s a redemption rate of 1.2 cents per point, twice the TPG valuation.” — Colin R.F.

Conrad Cartagena in Colombia this past spring, with three nights at 29,000 points per night. Great deal!” — Kal G.

Doubletree Resort by Hilton Paracas – Perú. We had an ocean view one-bedroom suite with a view of the flamingo lake for 40,000 points per night and the fifth night free. There was no lounge, but we got free breakfast for two because of our Hilton Honors Gold status. The room had three beds and a pull out couch and it could fit up to four people.” — José A.R.

Adventures in Tahiti and the Maldives

Some TPG Lounge readers mentioned how they’d used Hilton Honors points to plan the perfect vacation to the South Pacific or the Maldives.

“Three nights in an overwater bungalow at Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa.  It was gorgeous! Be sure and have drinks or dinner at the restaurant on the pier one night. It’s really cool to look down and see all the sharks swimming around!” — Linda S.

“Five nights at Conrad Bora Bora Nui, four nights at 80,000 Hilton Honors points each and the fifth night free. Upgraded twice for free to an overwater villa.” — Scott G.

Overwater villas at Conrad Bora Bora Nui. (Image courtesy of the hotel)
Overwater villas at Conrad Bora Bora Nui. (Photo courtesy of the hotel)

“Upcoming five nights at the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi for 480,000 Hilton Honors points.” — John Z.

“Just used 380,000 Hilton Honors points in combination with the fifth night free and a Weekend Night Reward Certificate for a six-night total stay at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island.” — Jannis N.

Epic Trips to Europe and Asia

Several TPG Lounge members wrote in about memorable stays at Hilton properties in Dublin, London, Venice, Munich, Paris and Barcelona, while others inspired us with tales of trips to Thailand, Japan and Macao, all by using Hilton Honors points.

“Five nights free at Hilton Diagonal Mar Barcelona booked for next February after I didn’t realize we got cheap flights to go during Carnival and all the hotels are more than $600 a night!” — Jocelyn D.

“Two nights at the Conrad Dublin, with the best breakfast at any Hilton property, followed by three nights at the Conrad London St. James and a Diamond upgrade to a suite. A fantastic vacation for a total of 300,000 Hilton Honors points using a free weekend night stay voucher.” — Megan M.

“30,000 Hilton Honors points a night at the Hilton Garden Inn Munich City West during Oktoberfest when every hotel was more than $450 a night. It was also stumbling distance from Theresienwiese.” — Tom R.W.

“Two great ones: 402,000 Hilton Honors points for six nights at Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa and 260,000 points for five nights at the Hilton Sorrento Palace in Italy. The latter was going for more than 200,000 Hilton Honors points per night but I kept checking daily to see if prices would fluctuate. I saw them drop to the ‘standard’ 65,000 points per night and fifth night free with a 24-hour cancellation policy and booked it without knowing if we could actually make the trip. We returned a few weeks ago and it was amazing.” — Chris B.

The view from the Conrad Tokyo. (Photo by Samantha Rosen / The Points Guy)
The view from the Conrad Tokyo. (Photo by Samantha Rosen / The Points Guy)

“Four nights at Conrad Tokyo. Three nights on points (plus cash, but mostly points) and one night with a free weekend night certificate.” — Brett D.

“Five nights on the club floor at Hilton Osaka next to the train and subway stations so we could use it as a base of operations (four nights with the fifth night free). Runner up would be the Conrad Cartagena for 19,000 Hilton Honors points per night last September. Gorgeous property.” — Kristy O.

“Two nights at Conrad Macau in a 1,000-square-foot suite for 110,000 Hilton Honors points. Because I had Hilton Honors Gold status at the time, I was upgraded to a 1,700-square-foot suite. Definitely the most posh experience I’ve ever had.” — Brian M.

“Booked my son’s honeymoon to Thailand using Hilton Honors points. Three nights upon arrival in a one-bedroom suite on the river. Seven nights at the Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa in a junior suite, four nights at the Conrad in a corner room on an executive level. All three properties gave him lounge access because I used my points and have Diamond status. Fabulous honeymoon!” — David S.

Featured photo courtesy of Conrad Bora Bora Nui.

Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card

For a limited time, earn 150,000 bonus points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first three months. Plus, a $100 statement credit after your first purchase with the card in the first three months. Terms apply.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn a $100 Statement Credit after your first purchase on the Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card within your first 3 months of Card Membership.
  • Plus, earn 150,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 in purchases on the Card within your first 3 months of Card Membership. Offer expires 12/31/2019.
  • Earn a Weekend Night Reward from Hilton Honors after you spend $15,000 on purchases on your Card in a calendar year.
  • Earn 12X Hilton Honors Bonus Points for each dollar of eligible purchases charged on your Card directly with a hotel or resort within the Hilton Portfolio.
  • Earn 6X Hilton Honors Bonus Points for each dollar of eligible purchases on your Card at U.S. restaurants, U.S. supermarkets, and U.S. gas stations.
  • Earn 3X Hilton Honors Bonus Points for all other eligible purchases on your Card.
  • Spend $40,000 on eligible purchases on your Card in a calendar year and you can earn Hilton Honors Diamond status through the end of the next calendar year.
  • $95 annual fee.
  • Terms Apply.
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Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
17.24%-26.24% Variable
Annual Fee
$95
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 3% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit
Excellent, Good
Terms and restrictions apply. See rates & fees.

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