November 8, 2019

Best Ways to Redeem Hilton Points

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Your Hilton Honors points are adding up. How do you get the most out of them? Check out our guide for the best ways to make your points go further.

With 15 brands and over 5,500 properties, Hilton is one of the largest hotel chains in the world. The Hilton Honors program lets you redeem points on travel, unique experiences, gift cards, and products.

Read on for the best ways to use your Hilton points.

Hotel Stays

You can use your Hilton Honors points in 109 countries and territories at Hilton-brand hotels. Points can be used on all room types–standard, premium, and suites. But the availability may vary from property to property.

Hilton uses dynamic pricing based on supply and demand, so prices may vary. The cost will also fluctuate based on peak and non-peak seasons. Standard rooms start at 5,000 points a night.

Keep reading for the destinations that offer a great value for your points.

Silver, Gold, and Diamond elite members receive the fifth night free when booking four consecutive nights using their Hilton points.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi
This hotel, located on the island of Ithaafushi, is a whopping 120,000 points per night. But if you can redeem four nights and get the fifth free, the nightly cost drops to 96,000. That's 480,000 total points. That's not a bad deal considering the regular price starts at $1,500/night.

Conrad London St. James
The Conrad London St. James is a 5-star hotel located in Westminster, near the Buckingham Palace in London. You'll spend a maximum of 80,000 per night using your Hilton Honors points. This is a great exchange, especially considering each night will cost you $350-$400 a night otherwise.

Conrad Hong Kong
Hong Kong is one of the most expensive cities in the world. The Conrad Hong Kong normally costs over $300 a night. But you can snag a room with Hilton points for 80,000 per night.

Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
Escape to the island of Maui in Hawaii with a stay at the Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort. Most weekend nights cost $500 or more for a standard room. Using points, you'll spend 95,000 a night—that can save you thousands of dollars.

Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa
New Zealand is home to the Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa. You can book reward nights for as low as 60,000 points per night. Using points will save you around $200-$300 night. Plus, you get free breakfast and access to a water taxi into the city with awesome views.

The Hotel del Coronado
Once a popular destination for the rich and famous, The Hotel del Coronado in San Diego is now part of the Hilton family of hotels. Rooms run $300 and more. But you can find award rooms for as low as 60,000 points a night.

Walt Disney World
Three Hilton properties are in Disney Springs and come with Disney perks, even though they are not officially part of the Disney family. Use your Hilton Honors points on:

  • DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Orlando-Disney Springs
  • Hilton Lake Buena-Vista Disney Springs
  • Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace-Disney Springs

During the quiet season, rooms run around 35,000 points. But they go up to 50,000 points per night during peak season.

All-Inclusive Resorts

Hilton has several all-inclusive resorts where you can use points without paying extra for food, drinks, and activities. Keep reading to learn some of your options.

Hilton Puerto Vallarta Resort
You'll enjoy a stunning king bedroom with ocean views at the Hilton Puerto Vallarta Resort in Mexico for about 70,000 points per night. The all-inclusive package includes:

  • All your meals and snacks
  • All-you-can-drink domestic and international beverages
  • Daytime activities
  • Nightly entertainment

If you're looking for a more romantic setting, the Hilton Puerto Vallarta Resort has a separate Adult (18-and-over) only section.

Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa
The Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa is an all-inclusive property located on the soft sand shores of Jamaica. Your accommodations include:

  • Gourmet meals
  • Delicious snacks
  • Unlimited premium drinks
  • Non-motorized water and land sports

The resort is family-friendly and has a newly remodeled Sugar Mill Falls Waterpark. Double queen rooms with resort views are around 59,000 points per night.

Hilton Dalaman Sarigerme Resort and Spa
The Hilton Dalaman Sarigerme Resort and Spa in Turkey will cost you about 70,000 points per night. Here's what's included:

  • Food, with over 23 restaurants on location
  • Drinks
  • Resort activities, including the aqua park

Other Properties
Other Hilton all-inclusive properties include:

  • Hilton Panagayo Costa Rica Resort and Spa
  • Hilton Playa del Carmen
  • Hilton La Romana
  • DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Central Pacific-Costa Rica
  • Hilton Sharks Bay Resort
  • Hilton Marsa Alam Nubian
  • Hilton Nuweiba Coral Resort
  • Hilton Hurghada Long Beach Resort
  • Hilton Hurghada Plaza Hotel
  • Hilton Bodrum Turkbuku Resort and Spa

Most of Hilton's all-inclusive properties do not have a daily resort fee, but there may be charges for additional children or adults in a room. Check with each resort before booking.

Golf Rewards

Avid golfers can spend their Hilton points on tee times and lessons at some of the premier courses around the world.

The Hilton Golf Academy reward consists of:

  • Three hours of lessons
  • Lunch
  • One round of golf

From January through April, Hilton Golf Academy experiences cost 100,000 points. You can get them for 60,000 points from May through December.

Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort
The Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort in Arizona has three stunning courses to choose from and should be on your golfing bucket list.

Use your Hilton Honors points towards tee times:

  • 35,000 points from January through April
  • 25,000 points from May to December

You can use your points to cover the room too. Standard rooms start around 40,000 per night.

Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort
The 72-hole Arcadian Shores Golf Course is located at Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort. The resort also offers:

  • A Sport & Health Club
  • Tennis courts
  • Beach access
  • Splash park
  • Children's activities

Like all the golf resorts, tee times range from 25,000 to 35,000 depending on the time of year. Rooms at this resort start around 50,000 points.

Other Hilton Golf Resorts
Other Hilton resorts where you can use points for the Golf Academy and tee times include:

  • The Boulders Resort, Scottsdale, AZ

  • Pointe Hilton Tapatico Cliffs Resort and Lookout Mountain Golf Club, Phoenix, AZ

  • La Quinta Resort & Club, La Quinta, CA

  • Hilton Santa Fe Golf Resort & Spa at Buffalo Thunder, Santa Fe, NM

  • Waldorf Astoria Orlando, Orlando, FL

  • El Conquistador Resort, Fajardo, Puerto Rico

Music and Sports Experiences

Hilton has partnered with some of the hottest names in music, sports, culture, and food to offer one-of-a-kind experiences that you can bid on and purchase using points.

Experiences start at 25,000 points and go up to 150,000 points and beyond. Check out the Hilton Honors website for the most current offers.

Here are some of our favorites:

McLaren Formula 1 Technology Centre Tour
Race fans will love this exclusive tour of the McLaren Formula 1 Technology Center in Woking, United Kingdom.

The behind-the-scenes tour includes refreshments once you arrive and lunch after the tour. You also get to see racing technologies not open to the public.

Explore Classic Sichuan Cuisine
This experience is an auction item. That means you bid your points to try and win the item. If you're the highest bidder once the auction ends, you get that experience for the amount of points that you bid.

The winner of this experience is treated to a once-in-a-lifetime trip to China's Sichuan Province to see giant pandas and enjoy Sichuan cuisine. The experience for two includes:

  • Tickets to the Museum of Sichuan Culinary Heritage

  • Tickets to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding

  • Dinner at The Standard

  • Buffet lunch at Yuxi Dim Sum

  • Two nights at the Hilton Chengdu

Past Hilton Experience Offerings
Past experiences have included:

  • Concert tickets
  • Sporting event tickets
  • Private concerts
  • Local tours
  • Dining experiences
  • Hospitality suite tickets for sporting events
  • Meet and greets
  • Test drive a luxury car
  • Private movie screenings
  • Culinary workshops

Rental Cars

Alamo, Enterprise, and National all partner with Hilton. From the Hilton rewards website, you are directed to each of those car rental companies to redeem points toward rentals.

The number of Hilton points needed for a car rental varies depending on:

  • Location
  • Type of car
  • Length of rental

For example, suppose you want to use your Hilton points to rent a car during your stay at Disney. A week's worth of car rental with pick-up and drop-off at the Orlando International Airport costs anywhere from 97,000 to 101,000 points.

Transferring Points

You can transfer your Hilton Honors points to other travel reward programs. Hilton partners with numerous airlines, rental car companies and rail lines, allowing you to convert your Hilton points to other points and miles.

Here are the travel partners that allow you to transfer points to their reward programs, including the ratio of Hilton Honors points to that program's points:

AirlineHilton Points to Miles Ratio
Aeromexico25,000 : 6,500
American Airlines10,000 : 1,500
Delta10,000 : 1,000
United10,000 : 1,000
Aeroplan (Air Canada)10,000 : 1,000
Amtrak10,000 : 1,500
Frontier Airlines10,000 : 1,500
LAN25,000 : 6,600
Alaska Airlines10,000 : 1,000
Avianca/TACA10,000 : 1,000
Hawaiian Airlines10,000 : 1,500
Aeroflot Russian Airlines10,000 : 1,500
Air France/KLM10,000 : 1,000
Etihad Airways10,000 : 1,000
Miles & More (Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa, Swiss)5,000 : 625
Saudi Arabian Airlines10,000 : 1,000
British Airways10,000 : 1,000
South African Airways10,000 : 1,500
Finnair5,000 : 1,000
Ethiopian Airlines10,000 : 1,000
Emirates10,000 : 1,000
Turkish Airlines10,000 : 1,000
Qatar Airways10,000 : 1,000
Virgin Atlantic Airways10,000 : 1,500
Eurowings10,000 : 1,000
SAS Scandinavian Airlines8,000 : 1,000
Asia Miles (Cathay Pacific)10,000 : 1,000
JAL Japan Airlines10,000 : 1,000
Malaysia Airlines10,000 : 1,200
Air Asiabig10,000 : 2,000 Air
Asiana Airlines10,000 : 1,000
Air New Zealand5,000 : 10
Jet Airways10,000 : 1,000
Qantas Airways10,000 : 1,500
Virgin Australia10,000 : 1,500
Garuda Indonesia10,000 : 1,000
Eva Air1,000 : 100
ANA (All Nippon Airways)10,000 : 1,000
Hainan Airlines25,000 : 10,000
Singapore Airlines4,000 : 500
Philippine Airlines10,000 : 1,000
China Eastern Airlines10,000 : 1,000

Other Ways to Use Your Points

You can link your Hilton Honors account to your Amazon account to use your points like cash when shopping.

Every time you check out on Amazon, you'll have the option of using Hilton points to pay for your Amazon purchase.

Each Hilton point is worth $0.2 cents. That's not a great redemption rate, so consider putting your points to other use if possible.

Charitable Giving
You can donate your Hilton Honors points to a good cause. The company has partnered with to give members the ability to donate points.

Create a account, add your Hilton Honors account information, and choose from the available charities. Hilton converts each point you donate into a cash equivalent and makes the donation to that charity.

How to Redeem Your Points

Hilton Honors points can be redeemed in several ways. Keep reading to learn more.

Search for a room on the Hilton website and click the box Use Hilton Honors Points to redeem points for a hotel stays. Choose the hotel and room that works best for you and complete your reservation.

Upgrade a Reservation
Use can also use your Hilton points to upgrade an existing reservation. From your Hilton Honors account, click on Current Reservations and see if it qualifies for an upgrade.

Partial Hotel Stay
The points and money program lets you use a combination of points and money to book hotel rooms. Here are the steps you'll take:

  1. Determine how many points you want to use
  2. Use the slider function online and set it at your chosen point value
  3. Reveal how much money you need to make up the value that the points won't cover
  4. Book the reservation using partial points and cash

This is a great option if you don't have enough points to cover a full stay. Or, perhaps you want to save some of your points for the future. But this option isn't available at every property.

Bottom Line

The Hilton Honors program allows you to turn your points into travel, experiences, and gifts for you or others.

Exchanging your points for free nights at Hilton properties is the most popular option and best value for your points, especially when redeeming for stays around 20,000 points a night.

Additionally, you could donate your points or transfer them to a travel partner of Hilton, such as American Airlines. The flexibility with Hilton Honors points redemption grants you the option to do what's best for your lifestyle.

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