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TPG Readers’ Best Hilton Honors Success Stories

July 21, 2019
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We recently asked our TPG Lounge audience to share their greatest success stories with Hilton Honors, a timely topic given the new welcome offers on the program's cobranded Amex cards. Here’s a look at some of our favorite answers. (Some responses have been lightly edited for style and clarity).

Using Hilton Honors Points in the US

From memorable Hawaiian Island getaways to incredible experiences at the GRAMMYs, our TPG Lounge members definitely know how to make the most of Hilton Honors points when planning vacations here at home.

"400,000 Hilton Honors points for 10 nights on two Hawaiian islands for our wedding and 380,000 Honors points for five nights in the Maldives are my biggest yet. We stayed at Hilton Waikoloa Village on the Big Island and Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort on Oahu. When we go back for our five-year anniversary, we are going to the Grand Wailea Maui, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, and most likely back to Hilton Waikoloa Village." — Dennis H.

"We have six nights booked at the Grand Wailea Maui, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, over Christmas for 380,000 Hilton Honors points, plus the Aspire free night. It's valued at $8,500." — Jody H.

Have you been to Grand Wailea Maui yet? (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Have you been to Grand Wailea Maui yet? (Photo courtesy of the hotel)

"Baker's Cay Resort Key Largo, Curio Collection by Hilton for 240,000 Hilton Honors points, plus the 5th night free and a waterfront room." — Casey C.B.

"I used 450,000 Hilton Honors points for a trip to the GRAMMYs! The package provided two tickets to a pre-show brunch, the awards, the official after party, the GRAMMY Museum, a two-night stay at The Beverly Hilton and transportation between the airport, hotel and events. I also had complimentary breakfast thanks to the Hilton Gold Status I have through my Platinum Card® from American Express. Best use of Hilton Honors points ever!" — Shana G.

Epic European Vacations

Whether it's a great deal on a longer stay in London or free weekend nights spent in Rome and Dubrovnik, our well-traveled TPG Lounge audience never fails to impress us with their Hilton Honors redemptions.

"I booked a 10-night stay with two rooms at the Hampton by Hilton London Croydon for only 20,000 Honors points per room per night in early May. The 5th and 10th nights were free, and it was 300,000 Honors points altogether. It was very close to the East Croydon train station, which made getting in and out of London a breeze for our family of five, and the X26 bus can take you all the way to LHR for around $2 each." — Richard D.

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"Used 80,000 Hilton Honors points for four nights at the Hampton by Hilton Rome East. It was a 25-minute Uber ride into the city but still worth it with free breakfast and a sweet new room. It's a newer hotel, in great shape and the staff were awesome." — Andy S.

"We used our free weekend night at the Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, and got the other two nights for 80,000 Hilton Honors points each. Such a gorgeous hotel! We had another amazing free night at the Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik, which we booked through the app and called to redeem." — Christine L.S.

Poolside paradise at Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Resort. (Photo courtesy of Waldorf Astoria)
Poolside paradise at Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Resort. (Photo courtesy of Waldorf Astoria)

"I found the Waldorf Astoria Versailles - Trianon Palace in France for 41,000 Hilton Honors points per night in the summer of 2017. A five-night stay was just over 160,000 points. I found it on the hotel's website and booked direct. When I later called the Diamond desk to extend the stay, the rep told me she'd never heard of the points for that property being that low. I did book two additional nights on a separate reservation for 65,000 Honors points per night." — George M.

"Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian for 60,000 Hilton Honors points a night for four nights in November. The breakfast, location, room and service were amazing!" — Kathleen M.S.

"Staying at the brand new LXR in Paris in September for 95,000 Hilton Honors points a night. Can't wait!" — Trey M.

"The Hilton Mainz in Germany, with the 5th night free and a great free breakfast buffet — they give Diamond members the full breakfast, not just the continental. River view was great." — Stephen A.

Memorable Stays in Oceania, Asia and Israel

Several TPG Lounge readers shared how they'd cashed in Hilton Honors points for free stays in Sydney, Bora Bora, Koh Samui, Tokyo, Bangkok and Jerusalem.

"Booked the Hilton Sydney on New Year's Eve for 75,000 Hilton Honors points when it was going for $800 USD. I was also upgraded to one of the relaxation suites!" — Takashi N.

"Conrad Bora Bora Nui for five nights with a standard suite redemption at 320,000 Honors points total. Got a free upgrade six levels to an overwater room with a pool. It was an online redemption with the 5th night free so I had to check back frequently for all the standard nights I needed to be available. It appears to have increased to 89,000 points a night from 80,000 but still makes an incredible redemption." — Blythe N.

"Conrad Bora Bora Nui. We used 80,000 Hilton Honors points per night for a room that goes for about $1,100 a night. It's a huge suite, too!" — Kim G.C.

Doesn't the Conrad Bora Bora Nui sound amazing right about now? (Photo courtesy of the hotel spa's <a href="https://www.facebook.com/hilton/photos/a.10150604581342901.381700.125762892900/10154178990737901/?type=1&amp;theater" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Facebook page</a>)
Doesn't the Conrad Bora Bora Nui sound amazing right about now? (Photo courtesy of the hotel spa's Facebook page)

"380,000 Hilton Honors points for five nights in a pool villa at the Conrad Koh Samui. It was incredible, one of my favorite hotel stays to date." — Jody H.

"It's not incredibly special, but my five nights at Hilton Tokyo Bay for 200,000 Honors points were fun. It was great to go to a [hotel near] Disney for almost nothing out of pocket, and we were upgraded to a suite. I loved it there. It was so close to the monorail and the soft Disney music throughout the hotel was really magical." — Allison N.

"I booked the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Sukhumvit Bangkok for Chinese New Year at 20,000 Honors points per night. The rate is 60,000 Honors points per night now." — David Y.

"Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem: five nights at 95,000 Hilton Honors points per night with the 5th night free, for a total of 380,000 points. This was a fairly expensive redemption, but since cash rates are more than $1,400 per night for my dates, I'll consider it a huge win. I can't wait!" — Julian R.

New Credit Card Offers

If you're intrigued by any of the above awards, now is a great time to open a Hilton credit card, as a few are offering limited-time bonuses that make already-valuable cards even more rewarding.

  • Hilton Honors American Express Card: Earn 90,000 Hilton Honors points after spending $2,000 in the first three months. Enjoy automatic Silver status and earn 7x points on Hilton stays and 5x points at US restaurants, US supermarkets and US gas stations, all with no annual fee (see rates & fees).
  • Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card: Earn 130,000 Hilton Honors points after you spend $4,000 within the first four months. Enjoy automatic Gold status (or upgrade to Diamond status by spending $40,000 in a year). You'll earn 12x points at Hilton properties and 6x points at US supermarkets, US restaurants and US gas stations. If you spend $15,000 on the card in a calendar year, you'll also earn a free weekend night certificate, all of which requires just a $95 annual fee (see rates & fees).

This is in addition to the standard welcome offer on the Hilton Honors Aspire Card from American Express, which awards new cardholders 150,000 points after you spend $4,000 in purchases on the card within your first three months of card membership. It comes with automatic Diamond status, an up to $250 annual Hilton resort credit, Priority Pass Select membership and 14x points on eligible Hilton stays, all for a $450 annual fee (see rates & fees) Enrollment required for select benefits.

The information for the Hilton Aspire Amex card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.


For rates and fees of the Hilton Amex card, please click here.
For rates and fees of the Hilton Surpass card, please click here.
For rates and fees of the Hilton Aspire card, please click here.

Featured image by Hilton Waikoloa (Photo by Summer Hull / The Points Guy)
Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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Cons

  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
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4 / 5
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10XEarn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel
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  • Intro Offer
    Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel

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Why We Chose It

The Capital One Venture X card is one of the best all-round travel credit cards ever launched. Not only is it offering a tremendous welcome bonus, but cardholders can earn tons of miles on everyday spending and receive a 10,000-mile anniversary bonus to boot. Its annual fee is $395, but cardholders can count on up to $300 in statement credits toward travel booked through Capital One Travel each year and other valuable benefits like access to Priority Pass lounges and Capital One’s own growing family of airport lounges.

Pros

  • Excellent welcome offer worth 75,000 miles after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months.
  • Up to $300 in annual travel statement credits toward bookings make through Capital One Travel.
  • 10,000 bonus miles (worth $100 toward travel) each account anniversary.

Cons

  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases
  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,400+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and our Partner Lounge Network
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Named editors' choice for "Best New Credit Card of 2021" by The Points Guy
  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023