Hilton Raising Award Rates: What’s worth 120,000 points?

Hilton has introduced its second hotel that will costs guests 120,000 Hilton Honors points per night in a standard room. However, these rooms are far from standard.

Hilton eliminated it’s award charts recently and had its hotels capped out at 95,000 points per night. Still a lot of points, by most standards.

But then, Hilton opened the Waldorf Astoria Maldives. As you can imagine, this is a beautiful property located on top of the bluest waters.

In January, I was able to find a room for $1,930 + taxes/fees for an overwater villa.

A night at the Waldorf Astoria Maldives will cost roughly $2,383.76 or 120,000 Hilton Honors points per night.

As you can see, with taxes, the total comes to $2,383.76 per night. Guests can also redeem 120,000 points per night for a beach villa. Quick valuation says that’s a good deal for Hilton points – getting about 2 cents per point.

Hilton has now made the Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos its second 120,000 point property. I was able to find a standard rate of about $916 plus taxes/fees for a Ocean View King with a Plunge Pool. There were some rates that were more than $1,300 but the majority were just under $1,000 per night.

A night at the Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos will cost roughly $1,227.44 or 120,000 Hilton Honors points per night.
A night at the Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos will cost roughly $1,227.44 or 120,000 Hilton Honors points per night.

Taxes and fees total to more than $300 per night! So, the total comes to $1,227.44 per night. Guests can also redeem 120,000 points per night for a Partial Ocean View King with a Plunge Pool . Quick valuation says that guests will get about 1 cent of value per point. For a full ocean view room, guests will need to spend 410,000 per night.

Yes, it’s a ton of points, especially when you can book top-tier hotels at Hyatt for just 40,000 points per night (and Hyatt all-inclusives for just 25,000 per night!). However, these rooms are “standard”.

Take a look at these properties.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives

© 2019 Hilton

First, the name of the standard room already makes it stand out: Two Queen Bedded Beach Villa with a Pool.

This room 2,604 sq.ft. with a private pool, a large outdoor space, an enormous villa, and it’s next to the beach. Here are some other bullets from the description:

  • Floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding doors from both the spacious bedroom and magnificent bathroom present views across the expansive wooden deck, garden, and the ocean.
  • The bedroom boasts two queen-sized, signature Waldorf Astoria bed, seating area, 65-inch TV and sound system
  • Indoor and outdoor showers, vanities and an oversized bathtub.
  • The terrace has a pool, hammock, dining pavilion and sun loungers.

Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos

© 2019 Hilton

Again, the name of this standard room already makes it stand out: Partial Ocean View King with a Plunge Pool.

Similar to the hotel above, the Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos also comes with a private plunge pool. It’s also not a small room – granted smaller than the room in the Maldives. At 856 sq. ft. with a pool, the room also has an interior sitting area with a fireplace. The bathroom has multiple rainfall showerheads and double vanity.

If I was going to spend 120,000 points per night (spoiler: I am not), I would prefer the property in the Maldives, but this definitely won’t be slumming it.

Are these even bookable?

I would never drop 120,000 points for a single night in a hotel. In fact, I don’t think I would even come close to that.

My honeymoon at the Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall in Jamaica was only 80,000 points…for the entire four-night stay – and it included food and beverage! Was the bed as nice as either of these? Probably not. Was the grass as green? Probably not. But it was more than fine by my standards.

For the everyday person, spending 120,000 points is simply not doable.

In general, Hilton has higher redemptions than other brands. That’s just reality. For that reason, it makes it tough for everyday people who don’t stay in Hilton’s to rack up a ton of Hilton points for redemptions like these.

There is still a lot of good value in other Hilton properties, though. And, this is a good opportunity to mention a nice perk when redeeming points with Hilton.

Hilton Silver, Gold, or Diamond Elite Hilton Honors members who book a five-night award stay, get the fifth night for free. Don’t have elite status? All of the co-branded Hilton American Express cards come with it!

I have the Hilton Honors Surpass Card which gives me gold status among other perks. So, even if I were to use Hilton Honors points to book a realistic award stay, the fifth-night free benefit is something to keep in mind.

Final Thoughts

It’s definitely fun to look at the pictures as these properties are stunning. Many people were outraged that Hilton now has two properties that cost 120,000 points per night, but I just don’t see it. Yes, it’s concerning when things get more expensive, but these rooms are far from standard.

Even if you don’t think you’ll ever earn enough points for either of these properties, there are many other places to stay that are (probably) just as nice. We did a series featuring all of the all-inclusive resorts from Hilton, IHG, and Hyatt – some really good, affordable options!


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