5 great Hilton Honors redemptions in Europe
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If you regularly stay at one of the many Hilton properties around the world, you probably know how to maximise your points earning with the Hilton Honors programme. Especially with the help of regularly occurring good promotions with the programme, your points balance might increase quickly.
Under the new programme, both standard awards and Points & Money awards are priced flexibly, meaning the value you get per point on your redemption is pretty steady and hovers around our 0.4p valuation. There are some notable and sometimes exciting exceptions to be found, however. Stretch the value of your points with these properties in Europe.
Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam, The Netherlands
After opening not too long ago, the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam blends in perfectly with the canal houses it is located in. Grandeur and impeccable service ensure a luxury stay in the Dutch capital.
With hotel rates topping a whopping £700, this property offers great value when booked with points. The 95,000 point maximum offers a value of over 0.7p per point, almost double the regular valuation. This further increases when you are able to use the fifth night free benefit offered by Hilton on all award stays, bringing the amount of points per night down to 76,000 and the value up to almost 1p per Honors point.
Conrad Algarve, Portugal
Popular among luxury-seeking U.K. travellers, the Algarve is a breathtaking region boasting fantastic weather and dramatic scenery. One of the more upscale properties in the south of Portugal is the Conrad Algarve, offering timeless style and luxury. In summer, rates soar at this resort-style property and you will easily pay more than £400 per night.
With a redemption rate fixed at 89,000 points maximum, the value of 0.45p per point is great. If you stay five nights, which I would recommend, the value goes up to almost 0.6p per point.
Trianon Palace Versailles, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel, France
Located on the grounds of the famous Royal Palace of Versailles and a stone’s throw from Paris, this hotel is a great way to experience some old-world luxury. Hotel rates tend to hover around £350 here, so the 80,000-point price tag comes down to a little over the 0.4p valuation, or 0.55p if you bring the nightly amount down to 64,000 points by staying five nights.
The Biltmore Mayfair, LXR Hotels & Resorts, United Kingdom
After opening earlier this year, this brand new property offers classic style and a great location in the nation’s capital. Cash rates appear to be rather high with standard rates around £450. At the 95,000-point price point, this gets you a value of almost 0.5p per point, which is pretty decent. Staying five nights increases that to 0.6p per point.
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Istanbul — Tuzla, Turkey
Not just the high-end hotels offer tremendous value on points — on the lower end, there are also great deals to be had. The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Istanbul — Tuzla, for example, is located conveniently close to Istanbul’s low-cost air hub Sabiha Gökçen (SAW) and offers a great swimming pool, spa and hammam.
This hotel is a great deal at 10,000 points per night with cash rates at a steady £53, offering a value of 0.53p per point. Again, if you factor in the fifth night free benefit, the per-point value can be as high as 0.66p. Do take into account that it is around a 60-minute drive to Istanbul’s old center from this hotel.
Short on points?
In case you’re low on Honors points, remember you can top up your account by transferring from American Express Membership Rewards at a 1:2 ratio, meaning you will get two Hilton Honors points for every Membership Rewards point. Furthermore, The Platinum Card from American Express U.K. gives you Hilton Honors Gold status, granting you free breakfast, upgrades and more points per pound spent.
Also, some airline loyalty programmes offer a transfer to Hilton Honors at varying rates. You can, for example, transfer your Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles to Hilton Honors at a 2:3 ratio.
Keep an eye out for regularly occurring transfer promos, like the 50% transfer bonus for The Platinum Card from American Express. These are a great way to increase the value of your points at no extra cost.
Featured image courtesy of The Waldorf Astoria Trianon Palace in Versailles.
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