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The Best Hilton Hotels To Book With Points

Since you read my previous post on The Hilton Surpass Card, you are getting started working on the Welcome Offer.  You will earn a minimum of 130,000 Hilton points and once you reach $15,000 of spending on the card each year you will earn a Free Night Certificate.  I consider Hilton Free Night Certs to be like Gold.  Unlike Marriott Free Nights that come in certain points amounts, 35,000, 40,000 or 50,000, Hilton Free Nights can be used no matter what the award price is as long as there is a Standard Room Reward available.  I am going to mention five of the best Hilton Hotels worldwide that you can book for four nights using up to 260,000 points and two Free Night Certificates.  These hotels are aspirational, once in a lifetime experiences.  The goal of having points is to save them up and redeem them at premium properties that have a high cash price.  The ideal scenario to employ here is to play in two player mode.  That means your husband/wife or travel partner would also apply for the same card and you can combine your points/certs and use them for a trip to a luxurious hotel completely for free. The Surpass card is offering a $130 Statement Credit as part of the Welcome Offer which after paying the $95 Annual Fee you would make $35!.

The Biltmore Mayfair, LXR – London, England

The Biltmore Mayfair is part of Hilton’s new brand called LXR. It is their highest end luxury brand.  Currently there are only nine LXR hotels. The Biltmore Mayfair joined the LXR brand in 2019 after it under went a massive $50 million dollar renovation. A recent Travel and Leisure article named this hotel as London’s must visit Luxury hotel.  You can enjoy a fine dining experience at Cafe Biltmore and luxurious cocktails at The Pine Bar.  There are two things that really sets this hotel apart from others, The Suites and the unique experiences that you can’t get anywhere else.  There are ten suites that can sleep up to 5 people.  Five of their suites are named after former political figures, The Mayfair, John Adams, Duchess, Roosevelt and The Lord Harrowby Suite.  If you are staying in a Suite, you will also get your own dedicated Butler.  Your Butler can arrange for you to take a ride in a Bentley and have a private shopping trip to the famous department store Harrod’s.  For the dates I have selected below the total cash price would be over $2,800.  I have this hotel booked for five nights in September using three Free Night Certs and 190,000 points.

Biltmore London

Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa

The next hotel is located in the Seychelles.  Hilton has four hotels in Seychelles including a brand new LXR hotel called The Mango House.  My recommendation is the Hilton Labriz Resort & Spa.  It is currently priced at 95,000 points.  Hilton’s three other properties are located on the main island called Mahe.  You can fly into Mahe from Doha, Dubai or Abu Dhabi.  Labriz is located on a private island called Silhouette Island.  You can take a ferry to island for $150 per person or if you really want to splurge and arrive in style, for $670 per person you can take a helicopter to the island.  It features eight restaurants and bars.  They offer activities such as snorkeling, diving, kayaking and hiking.  This is a place to go and just relax like you are in the middle of the ocean, since you are in the middle of the ocean.  The cash rate for the dates listed below is $1,668.  The flight is so far away, it could cost you more than the cash rate of the hotel unless you read my post on How I Save Thousands of Dollars on International Business Class Flights.

Hilton Labriz

Waldorf Astoria Park City, Utah

We’re going from the beach to the slopes.  The Park City Waldorf Astoria is Hilton’s premier ski resort hotel.  I checked multiple dates and most times of the year the hotel is only available as a Premium Room Reward which means you can’t use a Free Night Certificate and the points price was close to 200,000 points per night.  It features one large restaurant/bar that is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  The hotel is located near the base of the Frostwood Gondola and is only a 10 minute ride to the ski slopes.  If you want to stay here using your points and free night certs, I recommend searching at the beginning or near the end of ski season.  For the dates I chose below, the current cash price is $6,494.

Waldorf Park City

Conrad Rangali Island Maldives

Now, back to the beach and to another private island.  To get to Randali Island, you have a couple options.  First you need to fly to Male from a number of nearby destinations.  To get from Male to Rangali island you can take a Seaplane at a round trip cost of $590 per person.  At a cost of $295 One Way per person you can take a flight to a nearby island and take a Speedboat to Rangali island.  Since these can be booked one way, if I was going there I would book one way on the seaplane and one way on the speedboat.  The resorts features nine restaurants/bars.  They offer activities such as diving, snorkeling, kayaking and motorized watersports.  They have 72 Over Water Villas and 79 beach villas.  If you have the Hilton Surpass card, you will receive Hilton Honors Gold Status.  One of the benefits of having Gold Status is being eligible to receive a complimentary upgrade. I always book the standard room type and once I check in, I message the hotel in the app and ask if they have any upgrades available.  This hotel is currently available for 120,000 points per night and a cash rate for four nights at $5,469.

Conrad Maldives

Conrad Bora Bora Nui

The last hotel on my list is The Conrad Bora Bora Nui.  The hotel has 28 beach villas and 86 over water villas.  From recent reports, this hotel has been offering complimentary upgrades to the over water villas for its Elite members.  It is not a guarantee that you will get upgraded.  If you really want an upgrade I would recommend reaching out to the hotel in advance of your reservation and follow up a few days before the reservation.  The Conrad Bora Bora offers all of the usual water activities and activities for kids as well.  To get here, you first need to fly to Tahiti.  You can fly on Air Tahiti to Bora Bora for about $375 round trip.  Next you can take a private boat arranged by Hilton at cost of about $130 per person one way.  For the dates I chose below the cash rate is $4,031.

Conrad Bora Bora

My Take

These hotels are some of the finest luxury hotels in Hilton’s portfolio.  You can use a combination of points and free night certificates to book 4 nights or longer at one of these properties.  The Surpass Card earns a free night after spending $15,000 per calendar year.  My game plan is to make the card my primary card for all my expenses and once I reach $15,000 I will start spending on other cards.  But if you can’t meet the spending requirement for a free night and you have two signups and earn a total of 260,000 points I would look at hotels that priced around 60,000 points per night.  Hilton has a lot of great Conrad, Waldorf Astoria and Doubletree properties in Europe that can be booked for 60,000 per night at certain times of the year.  Plus when you book for five nights using points you get the 5th night free.  If you do not have the Hilton Surpass Card, Click Here to Signup with my Referral link!

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