11 Best Ways to Redeem Hilton Points for Maximum Value [2017]

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The Hilton Honors program underwent some big changes in early 2017. Hilton removed award charts from their site, giving many travelers flashbacks to Delta Air Lines doing the same a few years ago.

However, they have added an option to pool points and revamped points and money bookings. With all of these changes, let’s take a look at some of the best ways to redeem your Hilton points.

How to Earn Hilton Points

Before we dive into some amazing redemption options, let’s make sure you can earn the Hilton points you need. There are a number of credit cards that can help you earn Hilton points, but make sure you choose the one that’s right for you.

American Express Hilton Honors Cards

American Express provides 2 co-branded Hilton Honors credit cards that earn Hilton points directly.

These cards each come with several bonus categories as well, including U.S. restaurants, U.S. supermarkets, and U.S. gas stations. Additionally, all non-bonused spending earns 3X points per dollar.

CREDIT CARDCARD INFO
Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card from American Express
  • Earn 75,000 Hilton Honors™ Bonus Points
  • Earn 12X Hilton Honors Bonus Points for each dollar of eligible purchases charged on your Card. Terms apply.
  • Annual Fee: $75
  • Card Review
Hilton Honors™ Card from American Express
  • Earn 7X Hilton Honors Bonus Points for each dollar of eligible purchases charged on your Card directly with a participating hotel or resort within the Hilton Portfolio. Terms apply.
  • Annual Fee: $0
  • Card Review

American Express Membership Rewards

You can transfer Membership Rewards to Hilton at a 1:1.5 ratio. Even with the decent transfer rate, this is still not a great use of points unless you are in a pinch; there are many better ways to redeem Membership Rewards for flights.

Recommended Amex Cards (Personal)

CREDIT CARDCARD INFO
The Platinum Card® from American Express
  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points
  • 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
  • Up to $200 Uber Savings Annually.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit. Terms Apply.
  • Annual Fee: $550
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Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express
  • Earn 25,000 points.
  • 3x points for flights booked directly with airlines.
  • 2X points at US restaurants, US gas stations, and at US supermarkets. Terms Apply.
  • Annual Fee: $0 for the first year, then $195
  • Full Review
The Amex EveryDay® Credit Card from American Express
  • Earn 10,000 Membership Rewards® points
  • 2x points at US supermarkets, on up to $6,000 per year in purchases (then 1x). Terms Apply.
  • Annual Fee: $0
  • Full Review

Recommended Amex Cards (Business)

CREDIT CARDCARD INFO
The Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN
  • Earn up to 75,000 Membership Rewards® points.
  • Get 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights and prepaid hotels on amextravel.com.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit. Terms Apply.
  • 50% more points on business purchases of $5,000 or more and 35% Airline Bonus.
  • Annual Fee: $450
  • Full Review
The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN
  • Earn 50,000 Membership Rewards® points
  • Get 3x points - Choose 1 out of 5 categories.
  • Plus, 2X points on the 4 remaining categories and 1X points on other purchases. Terms Apply.
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $175
  • Full Review
The Blue Business℠ Plus Credit Card from American Express
  • Earn 2X points on everyday business purchases such as office supplies or client dinners. Terms Apply.
  • Annual Fee: $0
  • Full Review

Citi ThankYou Points

You can also transfer ThankYou Points to Hilton at a 1:1.5 ratio. As with Membership Rewards, this is not an ideal way to use your points as there are a bunch of other great ways to redeem ThankYou Points for flights.

CREDIT CARDCARD INFO
Citi Prestige® Card
  • $250 Air Travel Credit each year
  • Annual Fee: $450
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Citi ThankYou® Preferred Card
  • 2 ThankYou® Points per dollar spent on dining at restaurants and entertainment
  • Annual Fee: $0
  • Full Review
Citi ThankYou® Premier Card
  • 3 ThankYou® Points per $1 spent on Travel, including Gas
  • Annual Fee: $95 (Fee waived for the first 12 months)
  • Full Review

Hilton Brands

Hilton Brands
With more than 10 brands, Hilton has hotels around the world. Image courtesy of Hilton.

Hilton has 14 brands and over 5,000 properties (including timeshares) around the world. It’s no wonder why so many people choose to stay at Hilton properties—you can almost always find one when traveling!

Hotels range from the standard Hampton by Hilton to the mid-tier DoubleTree by Hilton to the luxury Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts. Whatever your needs and wants, Hilton has you covered.

Hilton Brands
Canopy by HiltonHilton Grand Vacations
Conrad Hotels & ResortsHilton Hotels & Resorts
Curio – A Collection by HiltonHome2 Suites by Hilton
DoubleTree by HiltonHomewood Suites by Hilton
Embassy Suites by HiltonTapestry Collection by Hilton
Hampton by HiltonTru by Hilton
Hilton Garden InnWaldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts

Hilton Honors Award Pricing

In early 2017, Hilton ditched their award chart and has given up classifying hotels by category like World of Hyatt, IHG Rewards Club, and many other hotel groups do.

When they announced the changes, Hilton stated that they will not be increasing the maximum number of Hilton points required for a stay at any hotels. However, the reward cost will vary depending on the price of the hotel at a given time.

This means a reward stay at a Hilton property might cost 30,000 points one night and 70,000 points another night.

Hilton is already closer to a revenue-based program than any other hotel chain, and this change continues that trend.

11 Amazing Hilton Reward Redemptions

Hilton has some amazing properties around the world. While we’re going to focus on some of the best redemptions based on the experience, keep in mind that there are some nice mid-tier redemption options out there as well.

Let’s take a look at some of the greatest!

1. Conrad Maldives

Conrad Maldives
The Conrad Maldives is an amazing Hilton property for reward stays. Image courtesy of Hilton.

The Maldives is a dream destination for travelers around the world. However, it’s not the easiest to reach or the cheapest place to stay, so booking a hotel with points can really help.

A night at the Conrad Maldives will require a maximum of 95,000 Hilton points. Not only is this a great redemption for a hotel that generally charges over $1,000 per night, but it is a stellar hotel in the base case. This is an extremely popular property, so you are unlikely to find nights for below 95,000 points.

2. Conrad Hong Kong

The Conrad Hong Kong is located on Hong Kong Island (the southern part of the territory) and has a great view of the harbor. Like the city, this Conrad is not cheap but can be booked for a maximum of 80,000 Hilton points.

From spacious rooms to a solid breakfast buffet, you’ll really enjoy your time in Hong Kong when you stay at the Conrad. For a great hotel stay that often costs over $300-$400 per night, this is a great use of Hilton points.

3. Conrad London St. James

Conrad London St. James
The Conrad London St. James is an amazing hotel in the perfect location for your trip to London. Image courtesy of Hilton.

London is without a doubt one of the most expensive cities in the world to book a hotel; you can expect to see rates over $350 per night at the Conrad London St. James.

This shouldn’t be a surprise considering its location so close to the British Parliament, Buckingham Palace, and more. Reward stays here will cost you at a maximum 80,000 Hilton points per night.

4. Waldorf Astoria Park City

If you’re up for a snow-covered adventure, check out the Waldorf Astoria Park City in Utah. Whether you’re there for a relaxing winter retreat or to take in some amazing skiing, you will love the luxury offered at this Hilton property.

The maximum reward cost of the Waldorf Astoria Park City is 80,000 Hilton points per night.

5. Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

Grand Wailea Waldorf Astoria
Enjoy a luxury vacation in Hawaii at the Grand Wailea. Image courtesy of Hilton.

Many people are dying to get to Hawaii, but finding affordable hotels there is difficult. The Grand Wailea is the perfect place to relax on your beach vacation. In fact, it’s a beachfront property, so you’ll never be far from the water!

A stay at this fantastic luxury property could cost you over $500 per night…or you could book it for a maximum of 95,000 Hilton points per night. This is a great way to use some Hilton points.

6. Conrad Bora Bora Nui

If you want an amazing getaway to paradise, look no further than the Conrad Bora Bora Nui. With awesome views and fantastic staff, it’s no wonder this is a popular hotel for couples on their honeymoon.

You can book a stay at this Conrad property for a maximum of 80,000 Hilton points per night.

7. Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa

Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa
Enjoy the beautiful views during your stay at the Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa. Image courtesy of Hilton.

Like the Conrad Bora Bora Nui, the Hilton Moorea is located in French Polynesia, but you’ll find it on the more remote island of Moorea. You can take a quick ferry ride to the Moorea from Tahiti and head to the hotel from there.

From the luxury accommodations to the amazing views of the water and wildlife, this is another awesome place to stay in French Polynesia. Rooms often retail for at least $450 per night, which makes it a great place to use points as well.

You can book a reward stay for a maximum of 80,000 Hilton points per night.

8. Conrad Koh Samui

If you’ve wanted to try a luxury resort with your own villa, the Conrad Koh Samui is just the place for you. Its remote location provides some amazing views and is a wonderful place to relax.

Stays can be booked for a maximum of 95,000 Hilton points per night.

9. Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa

Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa
Your trip to New Zealand should be special—and the Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa will be just that. Image courtesy of Hilton.

Queenstown is moving up the list of must-see destinations, and the Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa is a wonderful place to stay during your visit. While the hotel is located closer to the airport than the city center, it’s an easy ride into the city.

You can expect some great views, a nice breakfast, and a fun water taxi ride to the city. Reward nights are a maximum of 60,000 Hilton points per night.

10. Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa

Right off the bat, you’re going to have some fun getting from the airport to the Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa. Rather than the usual taxi or Uber ride, you will take either a helicopter or boat ride to the hotel!

This hotel is located between a beach and a national park with cozy rooms and friendly service. You can book a stay for a maximum of 80,000 Hilton points per night.

11. Conrad Bali

Conrad Bali
Enjoy a luxury stay at the Conrad Bali where you can relax in style. Image courtesy of Hilton.

Bali only seems to gain more and more popularity, and for good reason. A fun place to relax surrounded by natural beauty makes this an ideal vacation location.

The Conrad Bali has beautiful rooms, and the staff provide top notch service from start to finish. You can relax poolside or enjoy the gardens on the property. Reward stays will cost a maximum of 60,000 Hilton points per night.

Points & Money Rewards

Hilton Honors allows you to book stays with both points and cash, which they call Points & Money Rewards. When booking a reward stay, you can use a slider to adjust how much cash vs. how many points you want to spend.

Premium Room Rewards

While more expensive than rewards stays in standard rooms, you are able to book Premium Room Rewards with your Hilton points if you desire.

Room Upgrade Rewards

If you have booked a paid stay at a Hilton property, you can use your Hilton points to upgrade your room.

Pooling Points With Friends and Family

A new aspect of the Hilton Honors program is the ability to pool your points with up to 10 friends and family. By combining Hilton points, you can take smaller points balances and turn them into enough for a reward stay.

Final Thoughts

While it is disconcerting that Hilton has removed their reward categories and charts, things have been okay so far. We’ll continue to watch how Hilton handles program changes going forward.

Though we didn’t focus on the mid-tier hotel options like DoubleTree by Hilton here, you can often find some great value in these hotel properties too.

However, if you really want to have some fun, the high-end and luxury Hilton properties are the way to go. As you can see from the list above, the Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, and Hilton Hotels & Resorts provide some amazing redemption options!

*Featured image courtesy of Hilton

Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card from American Express

Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card from American Express

FAQ

When do Hilton points expire?
Hilton points expire if you don’t have any account activity for 12 months, which includes earning or redeeming points.

What hotels does Hilton own?
Hilton properties include Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hampton by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, and more.

Can you book premium rooms or suites with Hilton points?
Yes. You can book premium rooms and suites with Hilton points.

How many Hilton points do you need for a reward stay?
The number of Hilton points required for a reward stay varies by property and is based on the cost of a room at the time of booking.

Can Hilton points be transferred?
Hilton points can be transferred to airlines but at a very poor rate. You’ll get the most value out of your points by booking award stays at Hilton properties.

What credit cards earn Hilton points?
American Express provides 2 co-branded Hilton Honors cards.

You can also earn Membership Rewards and ThankYou Points that can be transferred to Hilton.