Hilton is in the process of adding some new ways to redeem your HHonor points. It is not clear when these additional awards will go into effect as they are still working on their website (Hilton representative suggested April 7th is the target date). The best option in my opinion is the first one listed, where you can stretch your HHonors points to get a better value per point. I use this option quite often when redeeming SPG award nights, and is a great value compared to regular award bookings.
Points & Money Rewards™ – New! (Similar to SPG Points & Cash award)
With new Points & Money Rewards, you can redeem points with a combination of points with money to book a standard room. Availability of Points & Money Rewards varies by participating hotels and stay dates at time of booking. Essentially you need to use half the number of points than a normal award. See the chart below to see the number of points and cost associated with each category.
Hotel Category Points & Money Rewards
Category 1: Unavailable
Category 2: 2 6,250 Pts + US$30
Category 3: 12,250 Pts + US$40
Category 4: 15,000 Pts + US$50
Category 5: 17,500 Pts + US$60
Category 6: 20,000 Pts + US$70
Category 7: 25,000 Pts + US$85
Waldorf Astoria® Hotels & Resorts: 30,000 Pts + US$100
Premium Room Rewards – New!
You can now use HHonors points to book premium rooms and suites for stays all year round at our hotels worldwide. You can reserve our best rooms and confirm them at the time of booking, with no blackout dates. As long as a premium room or suite is available at the time of booking, it is yours to book using points. The number of points required to redeem Premium Room Rewards varies by room, hotel, and booking date.
Room Upgrade Rewards – New!
You can use HHonors points to upgrade your confirmed room reservation to a premium room or suite for stays all year round at our hotels worldwide with Room Upgrade Rewards. If there is a premium room or suite available when booking an upgrade, you can use your points to guarantee your upgrade to the premium room or suite with no blackout dates. The number of points required to redeem Room Upgrade Rewards varies by room, hotel, and booking date.
Additionally, with these enahcements comes a revamped reservation screen for both paid and award stays. Hilton was always my least favorite website especially when it came to booking a reservation. You had to go through every single hotel to see lowest rates and then switch to a different screen if you wanted to book with miles. With their enhanced system, you can now view their lowest published rate and the number of points needed on a single screen. The way it works is similar to Marriott’s reservation system. The one feature it does not have, is the ability to select a special rate (corporate, AAA, government, etc.) and compare the rate at all hotels at once. You will still need to go into each hotel to view those rates separately (which makes Hilton still my least favorite hotel website!).