I last stayed at the Hilton almost 5 years ago in Sydney. We had flown from London at the beginning of the Easter holidays and needed a stopover before we picked up the car and drove to Canberra. I don’t remember much about the hotel but I do recall having an excellent night sleep.
Despite not being a Hilton regular, I signed up for their status match program last year and was successful in getting a Diamond card until March 2017.
This gives me a number of benefits, listed below, when staying, although the final three are probably the most useful:
- 50% elite stay bonus
- 48 hour room guarantee
- 5th night free
- Late check-out
- Complimentary access to fitness centres and health clubs
- Two complimentary bottles of water per
- Space-available upgrade to a preferred room
- A complimentary continental breakfast
- Executive Floor Lounge Access
Because I don’t tend to use them, they’re not on my radar when booking hotels. As I don’t have a large points balance, it is difficult to justify using them when I could be adding to my balance with IHG who are my go-to hotel chain. My thinking is also skewed as I have platinum status with them and previously nothing with Hilton so would tend to get upgrades or benefits when staying with IHG.
I thought that it will be worthwhile looking at some possible redemptions to see where I could go to see if it is worth building up some more points with them.
This is especially timely as there is a bonus offer at the moment where you can get an 80% bonus in the number of points you buy. This is not the most generous promotion, as there was 100% bonus last year, but it is still pretty decent. Buying the maximum of 80,000 points will set you back $800, and this will attract a bonus of 64,000 points. In total, this means you are paying £566 for 144,000 points.
There are a number of other places where I could accrue some more points. American Express Membership Rewards points transfer on a 1 to 2 ratio which would give me a further 50,000 Hilton points for the 25k MR points in my account.
I can also convert Tesco Clubcard points by first sending them to Virgin Flying Club at 625 miles per £2.50, and then on to Hilton at 3 points for every 2 miles. My current stash of Clubcard points would get me about 45,000 Hilton Points. In total, I could have about 245,000 Hilton points for an outlay of £566 – but these are only worth anything if there is somewhere I want to spend them!
One example could be the Conrad Bali where the basic rooms start at $211. 5 nights including taxes for next February would be $1360 at the cheapest rate which is the one I would probably go for with cash. My points could get me 4 nights in the next category up, and the 5th night free thanks to the Diamond status. This should also get an upgrade to the next category of room, worth over $1700 and shown below.
Diamond status would also get a late check out and lounge access, which might mean a few free cocktails in the evening but, as breakfast is included in the rate anyway, it is not going to be a deal breaker. Saying that, I could translate my $800 spent buying points into more than double the value for the stay, which is good in anyone’s books!
5 nights in a Beach Villa in the Conrad Maldives would set me back £5661, or 380,000 points. The Conrad in Koh Samui would be the same number of points but only £2600.
There is certainly some excellent possibilities for some redemptions, but I would need to have a better idea of where I was going to go before I bought points.
Have you redeemed points at Hilton? What was your best redemption?
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