5 Great Ways to Use 150,000 Hilton Honors Points
There are currently four increased welcome bonuses available on the Hilton Amex cards, going as high as 150,000 Hilton Honors bonus points from just one welcome bonus. Here’s how they break down card-by-card:
- Hilton Honors American Express Card: Earn 75,000 points after spending $1,000 in the first 3 months
- Hilton Honors American Express Ascend Card: Earn 125,000 points after spending $2,000 in the first 3 months
- Hilton Honors American Express Business Card: Earn 125,000 points after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months
- Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card: Earn 150,000 points after spending $4,000 in the first 3 months
If you apply for the top offer on the Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card, you’ll earn over $900 in value from one card based on TPG’s point valuations. But what can you do with 150,000 Hilton points? Well, there are over 5,000 Hilton properties located around the world that range in price from 5,000-95,000 Hilton Honors points per night for standard rooms. So given the almost endless array of options, let’s look at five great possible ways to use your haul of Hilton points to put together a fun and affordable getaway.
Spend a Weekend at the Hotel del Coronado
The historic and beachfront Hotel del Coronado in San Diego routinely prices at over $400 per night for a standard room, which makes this stay a serious cash splurge. However, the splurge for a weekend stay is much more palatable when you’re only splurging points, not cash. While the standard award rate at this property is 95,000 Hilton Honors points per night (the highest Hilton award tier), there are some weekends available starting at about 69,000 Hilton points per night.
Spending around 138,000 Hilton Honors points on a two-night stay so that your family can enjoy the beach, pools, amenities and lengthy history at “The Del” sounds like a perfect use of Hilton points. Just use Hilton’s flexible date search to spot the lower priced award nights.
Five Nights at Disney World
If you want to take your family to Disney World and both stay near the magic and enjoy the Disney perks, but not pay Disney prices, Hilton points are a good consideration. The DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Orlando-Disney Springs Area, Hilton Lake Buena Vista-Disney Springs Area and Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace-Disney Springs Area are all Hilton properties that can be booked with Hilton Honors points. These three Hilton properties are located within Disney Springs, so they come with most Disney perks (such as FastPass+ reservations at 60 days out).
Standard award rates at these Hilton Disney Springs properties run as high as 50,000 Hilton Honors points per night, but can start as low as 35,000 points per night during lower seasons. With the fifth night free for elites on award stays, that could be as low as 140,000 Hilton Honors points for a five-night stay within Disney Springs! Remember that you can get instant Hilton elite status simply by having one of the Hilton co-branded credit cards.
Say Aloha to Hawaii
There are a wide variety of Hilton options in Hawaii on multiple islands. Some of these properties, like the Grand Wailea Waldorf Astoria resort on Maui, can top out at 95,000 points per night for a standard room. With those high award rates, you’d be better off using a Hilton weekend night certificate, which are available with several of the Hilton co-branded cards.
But don’t let some of the high award costs trick you into thinking that 150,000 Hilton points won’t go very far in Hawaii, as there are multiple options available for a significantly lower award cost. On Waikiki, the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Resort costs 50,000 points per night. Or if you need more room for your group to spread out, you can book a one-bedroom suite with a pull-out couch at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Waikiki Beach for 70,000 Hilton Honors points per night.
While Hilton doesn’t have a huge presence on Kauai, there is the Hilton Garden Inn Kauai Wailua Bay, which isn’t far from the family-friendly Lydgate Beach and the must-do Smith Family Garden Luau.
And if visiting the Big Island is your goal, there are some solid Hilton options such as the newly renovated and rebranded Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo Doubletree for 40,000 points per night, and the 62-acre oceanfront Hilton Waikoloa Village which can go for 60,000 Hilton points per night. The Waikoloa Villa property has multiple pools, a snorkeling lagoon, canal boats, trams to explore their tropical grounds and more.
Stay Near (but not with) Family
Visiting family is one of the best uses of miles and points. However, staying near family in your own hotel can sometimes be a much better choice than staying with family on a pull-out couch. Hilton has properties around the world, and unless your family lives in the middle of a major metropolitan area, chances are high you’ll find Hilton branded properties such as SpringHill Suites, Hampton Inn and Embassy Suites available from 20,000-40,000 Hilton Honors points per night.
As an added perk, some of these properties include hot breakfast, or even evening snacks and drinks for all guests (not just elites). With 150,000 Hilton Honors points available to use with the Hilton Aspire card welcome bonus, you could stay multiple nights at a Hilton near your family or friend’s house and probably still have some points left over.
Splurge on a Trip of a Lifetime
Let’s be real — 150,000 Hilton points won’t get you that many nights at some of Hilton’s top-of-the-line overwater villa properties such as the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island or the Conrad Bora Bora Nui Suites and Spa, but it’s still a very good start. This is especially true if you pool your Hilton points with friends and family and each get a 150k welcome bonus.
These are just five of literally thousands of ways to use 150,000 Hilton Honors points. You can stretch them to the max to book dozens of award nights at a 5,000 points per night property, such as the Hilton Hurghada Resort in Egypt, use them at family-friendly Hilton properties that ring in at 50,000 points night or less or start saving for the bucket list award trip of a lifetime!
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September 16, 2018 at 04:08PM