The Hilton Honors loyalty program just unveiled an explorer to discover hotels where you could use your points. Overview.
Hilton Honors Points Explorer
Unlike Marriott Bonvoy, as of 2017 Hilton Honors no longer publishes a fee schedule with clearly defined categories. All we know is that the maximum cost of a room will be 95,000 points per night for a standard room (although some hotels may have higher prices due to their local specificities such as the Maldives).
While some geographic sweetspots are known(in Malaysia, Poland or Egypt), it is difficult to know how much a room will cost in Hilton Honors points, especially since the rate can change for the same hotel depending on the time of year or the number of guests.
To remedy this problem – somewhat – Hilton Honors has just released aPoints Explorer:
To perform a search, all you have to do is:
- to indicate a destination
- choose the maximum number of points to use per night
Then the results will be displayed and you can filter them:
- By brand
- By number of points
For example, I selected the Millennium Hilton New York One UN Plaza hotel (whose explorer shows a rate between 35,000 and 80,000 points) to show you how the points rate can vary from date to date (for a business hotel next to the United Nations):
Over a fortnight in February 2019, the rate ranges from 42,000 to 62,000 points per night.
Hilton Honors Gold Status
In Canada – unlike the United States – we do not have credit cards affiliated with the Hilton Honors Program.
Only the American Express Membership Rewards program allows you to transfer Membership Rewards points to Hilton Honors points BUT the transfer rate is not very attractive (1:1). Use sparingly.
On the other hand, we have a card, the American Express Platinum Card, which allows us to obtain the Hilton Honors GOLD status… a particularly interesting status since it allows us to have free breakfasts in almost all the hotels that are part of the Hilton Honors program (even luxury hotels like Waldorf Astoria).
Here are the advantages of being “GOLD”:
|Hilton Honors GOLD Status||Benefits|
|80% bonus on all Hilton Honors base points you earn.|
|5th night free for reward stays of 5 nights or more booked only with points.|
|2 free bottles of water per stay (at Waldorf Astoria™ Hotels & Resorts, Conrad® Hotels & Resorts, Curio – A Collection by Hilton, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton™, Tapestry Collection by Hilton™, Embassy Suites Hotels™, Hilton Garden Inn™ and Hilton Grand Vacations™)|
|Guaranteed Discount: Only Hilton Honors members are eligible for a discounted, changeable and refundable rate.|
|Register, choose your room and personalize your stay from your mobile device up to 24 hours in advance.|
|Free standard internet access in the rooms and lobby for stays at Waldorf Astoria™ Hotels & Resorts, Conrad® Hotels & Resorts, Canopy™ by Hilton, Curio – A Collection by Hilton, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton™, Tapestry Collection by Hilton™, Embassy Suites Hotels™ and Hilton Grand Vacations™|
|Faster bookings and check-in based on your accommodation preferences|
|Free stay for the 2nd client|
In addition to these various benefits, you receive other brand-specific benefits with your Hilton Honors Gold status:
|Waldorf Astoria™ Hotels & Resorts||Upgrade to the room of your choice, subject to availability|
|1,000 Hilton Honors bonus points per stay or a free continental breakfast every day in the hotel restaurant for you and one other registered guest in the same room throughout your stay.|
|Conrad® Hotels & Resorts, Curio – A Collection by Hilton, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton™ and Tapestry Collection by Hilton™||Upgrade to the room of your choice, subject to availability|
|1,000 bonus points per stay or one free continental breakfast (for you and one other person checked in the same room, throughout your stay).|
|Canopy™ by Hilton||Upgrade to the room of your choice, subject to availability|
|500 Hilton Honors™ bonus points per stay|
|Embassy Suites Hotels™||500 Hilton Honors bonus points per stay or your choice of two snacks/refreshments per stay|
|Hilton Garden Inn™||750 Hilton Honors bonus points per stay or a complimentary breakfast, prepared on request (for you and one other person checked in the same room, throughout your stay)|
|Hampton by Hilton™||250 Hilton Honors bonus points per stay or one snack and one soft drink of your choice|
|Tru by Hilton™||250 Hilton Honors bonus points per stay or a snack and 2 bottles of water of your choice per stay|
|Homewood Suites by Hilton™||250 Hilton Honors bonus points per stay or two bottles of water and a sweet snack per stay|
|Home2 Suites by Hilton™||100 Hilton Honors bonus points per stay or a snack and a bottle of water of your choice per stay|
|Hilton Grand Vacations™||1,000 Hilton Honors™ bonus points per stay|
So you can see that for many hotels, thanks to the Hilton Honors GOLD status, you will get an upgrade, as well as free breakfast!
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