Around one week ago the highly anticipated Hilton Waldorf Astoria Maldives hotel opened it’s doors for both cash and Hilton Honors points bookings for it’s official opening on 1st July 2019. Regular readers will know that even though the hotel became bookable using Hilton Honors points it was higher than the existing points cap, and will cost you 120,000 Hilton Honors points per night – a 25% increase to their existing points cap per night – which could trigger for other properties to move into this bracket. Also now we hear that the exclusive 5-star resort has for a temporary period been no longer bookable using Hilton Honors points.
Rooms at the Waldorf Astoria Maldives are bookable from 1st July 2019, and for a low tier room start at around £1,600 per night, making this resort one of the most expensive brand hotels in the Maldives. When the hotel first allowed bookings you could see that you would need to redeem 120,000 Hilton Honors points per night for a standard room at the Waldorf Astoria Maldives, more than the current Hilton Honors cap of 95,000 points per night. You may want to stock up on Hilton Honors points, with a 100% bonus, in the current promotion (ends today).
With properties like this in the Hilton portfolio they may even increase redemption by introducing a new category specifically for this property, as you would be getting around 2 pence per Hilton Honors point – much more than the usual 0.3 pence per point. Let’s hope that Hilton don’t see this as a start of redemption increases at other properties.
Will The Waldorf Astoria Maldives Permanently Stop Hilton Honors Points Bookings?
The good thing to know is that the Hilton Waldorf Astoria Maldives is now allowing members to book again using Hilton Honors points – but the question is how long will this last?
The first positive point to note is that the Hilton Honors terms and conditions state that that hotels must offer all standard rooms as free night awards with no blackout dates, meaning that if a standard room is available at the hotel they must sell it for cash or allow it to be booked using Hilton Honors points.
The bad news is that the hotel could try to create a new category of rooms, that would then become the standard rooms. This would all the Waldorf Astoria Maldives hotel to add only a couple of rooms into this new category to control that amount of rooms bookable via Hilton Honors points (let’s hope that doesn’t happen).
If you are looking at booking the Hilton Waldorf Astoria Maldives using Hilton Honors points this is certainly the time to jump. There have been no reports that points bookings at the hotel have been cancelled, but they could stop Hilton points bookings anytime in the future. If you are waiting to book I would personally book now. If you are a few points short you can stock up on Hilton Honors points, with a 100% bonus, in the current promotion which ends today.
You can read more about the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi direct on the Hilton site.