If you are looking to maximise your air miles you should use them for some for the most expensive and most popular routes – such as London to Sydney, New York or Dubai – especially at peak times. The same applies to hotel points, if you redeem them at the most expensive resorts you can save hundreds, even thousands, compared to the cash prices. Some of the world’s most expensive hotels are grouped together in the Maldives which is currently going through a boom in tourism and opening hotels – with around 100 currently under construction – making this a haven for hotel point redemptions.
For years Hilton have priced their Conrad Rangali Island resort at 95,000 Hilton Honors points, which was at the top of their pricing in the loyalty scheme – even though Hilton Honors do not have a published awards chart. 95,000 Hilton Honors points will get you a Beach Villa at the resort, of which you can usually upgrade when you arrive to a Deluxe Beach Villa or Overwater Villa for part cash. Picking out a random date towards the end of this year you can see that the cheapest cash rate for the night is US$782 + a 10% service charge (US$860 in total). Instead of paying the US$860 per night, which is around £670 you can redeem 95,000 Hilton Honors points – equating to around 0.7 pence per Hilton Honors point – more than double the usual valuation. Also as another bonus you will not pay the service charge when making a booking using Hilton Honors points.
Are Hilton Honors Devaluing Their Loyalty Scheme?
Earlier in the week Hilton opened bookings at their latest, and probably best, beach resort – the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi. It’s lucky that Hilton even allowed redemptions at this hotel, as they could have said their are no “standard rooms” to book reward nights. Hilton however have added the possibility to book using points but it will cost you 120,000 Hilton Honors points per night – a 25% increase to their existing points cap per night.
Yes, this is the crown in the Waldorf Astoria brand but now that Hilton have increased the amount of points needed per night will other properties start moving to this category – such as xxx which are all 95,000 Hilton Honors points per night? Even worse are Hilton planning to review and recategorise all their other properties, which could mean an increase in the amount of points needed for a redemption?
If you’re tempted to book into one of these amazing Maldives hotels then you may want to consider booking sooner rather than later to avoid a potential points increase. If you are a few points short you can currently purchase Hilton Honors points with a 100% bonus. The annual cap per account is 160,000 Hilton Honors points including the bonus, but you can purchase through multiple accounts and pool Hilton Honors points to make a single booking.