Best High-End Hotel Redemptions With Hilton Points
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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 much a free night will cost is to search on the specific dates you want. While many properties went up in cost due to this change, Hilton has a large portfolio of luxury hotels around the world that still make for great redemptions if you’re willing to spend the points.
In compiling this list, I considered a number of factors to determine which Hilton properties offer the “best” value:
- Average point cost
- Typical revenue rates
- 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. If you’re looking to earn Hilton points to jump-start your next vacation, consider either the Hilton Honors Aspire Card from American Express or the Hilton Honors American Express Ascend Card, which are each offering elevated bonuses. You can earn 150,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 in the first three months on the Hilton Aspire and 125,000 bonus points after you spend $2,000 in the first three months on the Hilton Ascend.
The Conrad Maldives gets a lot of attention as it’s one of the few hotels in the picturesque Maldives that can be booked with points. The hotel features both beach villas and overwater bungalows, and the rate of 95,000 points a night applies to either room type. 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, charter a private boat for the day or play Robinson Crusoe and be dropped off at a “deserted” island to enjoy a luxurious and private picnic until they’re ready to return.
Average Point Cost: 95,000
Average Cash Rate: ~$1,050
2. Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah, UAE
Although Dubai is the financial and cultural epicenter of the United Arab Emirates, it doesn’t have a monopoly on the nation’s luxury hotel market. Ras Al Khaimah, located about an hour’s drive north of Dubai, is home to the hidden gem that is the Waldorf Astoria. The hotel is home to a whopping 10 bars, restaurants and hookah lounges, giving guests options such as steak, oysters and beachfront Mediterranean dining. The 346 rooms and suites alternate between views of the Persian Gulf and the impressive Al Hajar mountain range across the border in Oman.
Average Point Cost: 70,000
Average Cash Rate: ~$500
3. Washington Hilton, DC
While the Washington Hilton isn’t the most luxurious hotel in our nation’s capital, its prime location and storied history make it an ideal choice for any type of trip. After undergoing a $150 million renovation in 2010, the hotel reopened with modern and comfortable guest rooms. Although the hotel has four bars and restaurants on site, guests can also walk five minutes to Dupont Circle and enjoy some of the best dining and nightlife in the city. Fun fact: The annual White House correspondents dinner is hosted here.
Average Point Cost: 50,000
Average Cash Rate: ~$250
4. Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund
There are few city skylines more identifiable than Shanghai’s, especially 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.
Average Point Cost: 80,000
Average Cash Rate: ~$310
5. Conrad Chicago
The Hilton devaluation that occurred following the removal of the award chart struck hardest in large US cities, but for some reason the Conrad Chicago was spared. Located just a block off Michigan Avenue and the Magnificent Mile, this luxurious hotel is a steal at only 52,000 points a night. While 52,000 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 Noyane, a seasonal rooftop restaurant that combines contemporary Japanese cuisine with craft cocktails, and many of the rooms look out over Michigan Avenue so you can watch the hustle and bustle of city life from the comfort of your room.
Average Point Cost: 52,000
Average Cash Rate: ~$210
6. 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: ~$450
Featured image of the Conrad Maldives courtesy of Hilton.
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