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If you hold one of the Hilton Amex cards, you will have Silver or Gold status (Gold comes with free breakfast), which means you will receive the 5th award night free when making an award booking of 5 consecutive nights.
You can also stretch out your Hilton Honors points by using them with cash for a booking, but I’ve never done that with Hilton Honors points.
If you’re thinking about taking advantage of one of these offers (or if you have already), here are a few examples of what you can do with 100,000 Hilton Honors points.
Domestic Hilton Hotels
My favorite Hilton stay was at the Hilton Waldorf Astoria in Park City, Utah. The lowest level redemption rate for this property is 50,000 points since it’s a category 9 property. 100,000 HH points would net you 2 free nights here. I was a Hilton Gold member when I stayed at the property, so I received a great free breakfast.
If you wanted to stretch out your points or you’re traveling with a big family, you can look into booking lower category properties.
For example, the Hilton Inn – Dallas Addison is a category 2 hotel, so it’s only 10k points a night. 100,000 points would get you at least 10 free nights at this property.
Hawaii is a dream destination for many, and Hilton has a few properties to choose from. The Hilton Waikiki is a category 6 property, which runs 30,000 – 60,000 points a night.
Another top domestic location is New York City, and Hilton has over 40 properties to choose from, so there’s an option that will fit anyone’s travel needs.
International Hilton Hotels
Hilton has a big footprint, so it’s not difficult to find a location wherever you travel.
My favorite international Hilton stay was in Auckland, New Zealand. It’s 50,000 points a night, so 100,000 would net you 2 free nights. But it was a great location and only a 40-minute ferry ride away from Waiheke Island.
My wife and I have also used our Hilton points for airport stays while traveling internationally. Sometimes it helps to stay at the airport before flying out the next day, especially if it’s early. And it’s nice to get the free breakfast perk too. We enjoyed our short time at the Hilton Madrid airport before flying home the next day.
The Hilton Madrid airport hotel is a category 4 hotel, so it’s 20,000 points a night. You could get 6 stays (5th night free) with 100,000 HH points at this property.
You can stretch out your points even farther internationally by staying at a category 1 Hilton property, which only runs 5,000 points a night. That’s at least 20 nights!
An example of a higher top end location would be the Park Lane location in London, which has a solid lounge (Gold status should gain you entry).
It’s a category 9 property, so rooms are 50,000 to 90,000 points a night. 100,000 HH points can get you 2 nights here. A worthy redemption.
Summary: How to Redeem Hilton Honors
The two Amex Hilton cards are definitely something to think about. I’ll be getting the Surpass since I haven’t had it before, and Jordan might go for both the Surpass & no annual fee card.
I do prefer Hyatt’s loyalty program, but sometimes it’s just so easy to earn Hilton Honors points. And I would like to go back to the Waldorf Astoria in Park City or stay at the Conrad in NYC.