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1,000 AMEX points normally transfer into 2,000 Hilton points.
Through 4/14 you can get transfer increments of 1,000 AMEX points into 3,000 Hilton points.
That’s a decent rate for your AMEX points, but as always, transfers only make sense if you have a specific redemption in mind or if you need more points to have enough to redeem for a 5 night stay. I wouldn’t transfer points speculatively due to the risk of devaluation, room availability, and hotels being able to leave the Hilton brand.
If you have a Hilton credit card or elite status you get the 5th night free on all award redemptions.
You can sign up for the The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card and earn up to 125,000 points after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months.
You can transfer points from cards that earn Membership Rewards Points such as the The Business Platinum Card® from American Express, American Express® Business Gold Card, or The Blue Business℠ Plus Credit Card from American Express
When will it make sense to transfer points? An overwater villa with a private pool in the Conrad Maldives can cost more than $1,500/night after tax, but its bookable for just 95K points. If you have a Hilton credit card or elite status and stay for 5 nights you’ll need just 76K points/night.
5 nights in the Maldives is pretty much the definition of Heaven on Earth. Read more about the Conrad Maldives here.
Most Hilton hotels are capped at a cost of 95K points per night for a standard room, but the new Waldorf Astoria Maldives costs 120K points/night. Best of all, the Waldorf Astoria Maldives now allows for point redemptions on overwater villas with a pool!
That’s an incredible value compared to the paid rates:
The Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal is now bookable for 120K points per night as well. It’s Trip Advisor’s top ranked hotel in Cabo and is Travel + Leisure’s World’s top resort in Mexico this year.
Similar to the Waldorf Astoria Maldives, you’ll need a whopping 120K points per night, though with Hilton’s devalued currency that’s still a bargain.
With a 5 night stay you can pay 96K points per night with the 5th night free award that is available to Hilton cardholders and elites.
Even the base rooms come with a private plunge pool.
Sample paid rate versus the points rate:
That’s $6,735 after tax versus 480K for a 5 night stay, a value of 1.4 cents per Hilton point. That value will vary by date, but is very good for Hilton points.
Chabad of Cabo has tourist information on their website and operates a kosher restaurant. They’re located just 1.2 miles from the Waldorf! Discuss more about Cabo on DDF here.
The Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem has gotten stingier with the King Superior room space required for a standard points booking. When there is space the rates vary between 72K-95K points per night. Given that the hotel’s rates aren’t always that high, you’ll need to see what rates and availability look like for your dates. If you have a Hilton credit card or elite status and stay for 5 nights you’ll need 57.6K-76K points/night.
The Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem is one of the finest hotels in Israel.
There is a mind-boggling quantity of awesome kosher food at the hotel’s daily breakfast, from dozens of daily hot dishes to hard cheeses, fresh fruits and pastries to fresh squeezed juices, as well as on-demand dishes like french toast, pancakes, waffles, and eggs. Unlimited wine, hot or cold chocolate drinks, and espresso drinks are included as well!
Breakfast is free on points stays if you have Gold or Diamond status, which you can get just by having a Hilton credit card.
With a breakfast like this, you may not even be hungry for dinner…
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Will you transfer Hilton points with this deal? What hotel redemption are you gunning for? Sound off in the comments!
HT: Eluzer K