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7 great ways to use 180,000 Hilton Honors points

The Points Guy logo The Points Guy 8/27/2021 Summer Hull
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Lots of things have changed in travel in the last year or so. That stay in an overwater bungalow may still be on hold for some, but the trip to the domestic beach or a national park may be full steam ahead. We all have our own unique situations and plans in 2021, but whether you are looking to stay closer to home or are now planning a big future trip, there are many ways to use your Hilton Honors points both right now and a little later.

Hilton has over 6,500 properties worldwide that range in price from 5,000 to 95,000 Hilton Honors points per night for standard rooms (well, up to 150,000 points per night at this fancy Maldives resort). Given the wide range of options, let’s look at seven ways to use a haul of 180,000 Hilton points, which you can earn right now while the Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card is offering an all-time-high welcome bonus of up to 180,000 bonus points.

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How to earn up to 180,000 Hilton points

Before we get into how to redeem 180,000 Hilton points, let’s cover how to earn them first. The Hilton cards are offering the following welcome bonuses:

  • Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card: Earn up to 180,000 bonus points: You’ll receive 130,000 points after you spend $2,000 in purchases on the card in the first three months of card membership. Plus, earn an additional 50,000 points after you spend a total of $10,000 in purchases on the card in the first six months.
  • Hilton Honors American Express Card: Earn up to 130,000 bonus points: You’ll receive 80,000 points after you spend $1,000 in purchases on the card in the first three months of card membership. Plus, earn an additional 50,000 points after you spend a total of $5,000 in purchases on the card in the first six months.
  • Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card: Earn 150,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months of opening your account.
  • The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card: Earn up to 180,000 bonus points: You’ll receive 130,000 points after you spend $2,000 in purchases on the card in the first three months of card membership. Plus, earn an additional 50,000 points after you spend a total of $10,000 in purchases on the card in the first six months.

The information for the Hilton Aspire Amex Card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

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Luxury near Utah national parks

National parks are having a moment as more and more travelers flock to the great outdoors.

While there are various points-friendly hotels around some national parks, some of them are pretty modest. However, if your travels are taking you to Utah, you can level up your lodging selection in Moab and still be very close to both Arches and Canyonlands national parks.

The Hoodoo Moab, Curio Collection by Hilton looks beautiful and is bookable for 70,000 Hilton Honors points per night in a standard room. At those rates, you could have enough points for a weekend getaway in the heart of Utah’s natural beauty for 140,000 points with points to spare.

a living room filled with furniture and a flat screen tv: The Hoodoo Moab. (Photo courtesy of Hilton) © The Points Guy The Hoodoo Moab. (Photo courtesy of Hilton)

Also in Utah, you’ll find the Cliffrose Springdale just a few minutes away from Zion National Park.

This Curio has rooms available for about 80,000 Hilton points per night. If you want to stretch your points a bit further, the Hampton Inn & Suites Springdale/Zion National Park has rooms available for around 60,000 points per night.

Related: Guide to visiting Zion National Park

Take a trip down to the Florida Keys

If you decide that the Florida Keys are the place for you, there are a few interesting properties you can book with your Hilton points.

If you want an iconic beachfront hotel in Key West that transports you back to the style of the 1920s, the Casa Marina Key West is a Waldorf Astoria Resort available for 90,000 Hilton points per night. With 180,000 points, you’d have enough for a weekend at this spot with two pools and a refurbished lobby near Duval Street.

a group of palm trees with a building in the background: The Casa Marina Key West. (Photo courtesy of Hilton) © The Points Guy The Casa Marina Key West. (Photo courtesy of Hilton)

Another resort-style option in Key West is the Reach Key West, which is a Curio Collection property bookable from 80,000 Hilton points per night with a beachfront pool and floating gazebo. It’s located just blocks from Duval Street.

a beach with palm trees and a pool of water: The Reach Key West, Curio Collection by Hilton. (Photo courtesy of Facebook) © The Points Guy The Reach Key West, Curio Collection by Hilton. (Photo courtesy of Facebook)

And if you want to stretch your Hilton points a little further in Key West, you could instead head to the Hampton Inn Key West which is bookable for 70,000 points per night on most dates or the DoubleTree Key West which goes as low as 50,000-60,000 points some nights.

If Key Largo is more your style, you’ll find the Baker’s Cay Resort, which is a Curio Collection by Hilton that has two waterfall pools and 14 acres of waterfront property.

a sandy beach next to a body of water: (Photo courtesy of Hilton) © The Points Guy (Photo courtesy of Hilton)

Related: 9 points properties to book in the Florida Keys 

Say aloha to Hawaii

While right this second may not be the best time to head to Hawaii, there will likely be a time in the future when the islands are again ready to welcome visitors.

And Hawaii is actually a pretty great place to redeem Hilton points at a wide variety of properties across multiple Hawaiian islands. Some of these properties, like the Grand Wailea Waldorf Astoria resort in Maui, can top out at 95,000 points per night for a standard room. With those high award rates, you’d be better off using a Hilton weekend-night certificate, which is available with several of the Hilton cobranded cards.

Do note that as Hawaii travel demand has surged in recent months, your best shot at booking this property at the standard room rate of 95,000 points is either with some luck at the very last minute or many months into the future.

a pool next to a body of water surrounded by palm trees: The Grand Wailea. (Photo by Meghan Hunter/The Points Guy) © The Points Guy The Grand Wailea. (Photo by Meghan Hunter/The Points Guy)

Don’t let some of the high award costs trick you into thinking that 180,000 Hilton points won’t go very far in Hawaii, as there are multiple options available for a significantly lower award cost.

On the Big Island, the Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo DoubleTree on the Hilo side (relatively near Volcanos National Park) is going for 50,000 points per night on most nights.

a double bed in a bedroom next to a window: The Hilton Grand Naniloa on the Big Island. (Summer Hull/The Points Guy.) © The Points Guy The Hilton Grand Naniloa on the Big Island. (Summer Hull/The Points Guy.)

In my experience, guests staying on Hilton points, even with mid-tier Hilton Gold status, are treated like kings and queens with free drinks, free parking, waived resort fees and free chocolates.

text: Freebies at the Hilton Grand Naniloa. (Summer Hull/The Points Guy) © The Points Guy Freebies at the Hilton Grand Naniloa. (Summer Hull/The Points Guy)

For a bigger Hawaiian resort experience on the Big Island, the 62-acre oceanfront Hilton Waikoloa Village goes for 60,000 Hilton points per night.

a group of palm trees next to a body of water: The Hilton Waikoloa Village. (Photo by Summer Hull/The Points Guy.) © The Points Guy The Hilton Waikoloa Village. (Photo by Summer Hull/The Points Guy.)

The Waikoloa Village property has multiple pools, a snorkeling lagoon, canal boats and trams to explore the tropical grounds. During normal operations, breakfast is served in a dedicated building and is offered free of charge to Hilton Gold and Diamond members. You can get complimentary Gold status just for having the Hilton Surpass Card.

a tree next to a body of water: The Hilton Waikoloa Village. (Photo by Summer Hull/The Points Guy.) © The Points Guy The Hilton Waikoloa Village. (Photo by Summer Hull/The Points Guy.)

In Waikiki, the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Resort costs 60,000 points per night. If you need more room for your group to spread out, you can book a one-bedroom suite with a pullout sofa bed at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Waikiki Beach for 70,000 Hilton Honors points per night.

a group of people on a rock next to a tree: The Hilton Waikoloa Village in March 2021. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy) © The Points Guy The Hilton Waikoloa Village in March 2021. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

Hilton doesn’t have a huge presence on the Garden Island of Kauai, but there is the Hilton Garden Inn Kauai Wailua Bay, which isn’t far from the family-friendly Lydgate Beach and the must-do Smith Family Garden Luau. It often goes for 50,000 points per night, which can be a good use of Hilton points as paid rates there can top $300-$400 per night.

a person standing in front of a building: The Smith Family Luau near the Hilton on Kauai. (Summer Hull/The Points Guy.) © The Points Guy The Smith Family Luau near the Hilton on Kauai. (Summer Hull/The Points Guy.)

Hit the slopes

If you are looking ahead to the ski season, there are multiple ways to cash in up to 180,000 Hilton points for some nights near the slopes.

The renovated and rebranded Highline Vail (a Hilton DoubleTree property) in Colorado is just a shuttle ride away from the powder. Standard rooms currently range from around 40,000 points per night during the off-season and usually price around 80,000 points per night during the peak ski season. So you could have enough for a peak ski weekend with the Surpass card welcome bonus. You can find early and late-season weekend rates for even fewer points per night.

If you want to be within walking distance of the ski lifts, the DoubleTree by Hilton in Breckenridge, Colorado, is close to the Quicksilver chair lift and usually tops out at 60,000 points per night during the peak ski season.

Related: Best ways to use points to stay near a ski resort 

a group of people standing in front of a sign: The Breckenridge Quicksilver SuperChair. (Photo by Summer Hull/The Points Guy.) © The Points Guy The Breckenridge Quicksilver SuperChair. (Photo by Summer Hull/The Points Guy.)

The DoubleTree Park City tops out at 60,000 Hilton points per night during peak ski season for a standard room.

Go all-inclusive

When you’re ready for an all-in-one vacation, 180,000 Hilton points can do more than get you a place to sleep at night.

Those points can also cover your meals and activities if you go to an all-inclusive resort. Hilton has all-inclusive resorts you can book with points in Jamaica, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica and more.

a group of people swimming in a pool of water: The Hilton Rose Hall Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica. (Photo by Benji Stawski/The Points Guy) © The Points Guy The Hilton Rose Hall Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica. (Photo by Benji Stawski/The Points Guy)

Hilton is also opening a new all-inclusive resort outside of Cancun, Mexico, this fall

All-inclusive Hilton properties in the Caribbean and Mexico usually go for 60,000 to 95,000 points per night, based on double occupancy. Children ages 3 to 5 stay free (depending on the resort), while children older than 5 usually incur a charge that varies with each resort. However, if you book a stay by Sept. 30 at the soon-to-open Hilton Cancun, children up to 12 can stay for free.

Related: All-inclusive resorts you can book with points

Five nights at Disney World

If you want to take your family to Disney World and stay near the magic without paying Disney resort prices, Hilton points can be a great option — especially while so many of the traditional Disney on-property perks are actually still suspended.

Hilton has several hotels in the Disney Springs area that fit the bill: the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Orlando-Disney Springs Area, Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista-Disney Springs Area and Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace-Disney Springs Area.

The nearby Waldorf Astoria Orlando (80,000 points) and Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek (60,000 points) are also solid options to be close to the 50th anniversary fun without spending the hundreds of dollars per night it usually takes to stay on Disney property.

Related: How to visit Disney on a budget

a pool next to a building: The Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista-Disney Springs Area. (Photo by Dia Adams) © The Points Guy The Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista-Disney Springs Area. (Photo by Dia Adams)

Standard award rates at these Hilton Disney Springs properties run as high as 50,000 to 60,000 Hilton Honors points per night but can start lower during off-peak seasons. The Hilton Lake Buena Vista is currently 44,000 points per night on many upcoming nights.

With the fifth night free on award stays (for those with elite status), that means180,000 bonus points could get you a five-night stay at a full-service Disney Springs hotel with zero out-of-pocket cash costs and a few thousand points left over.

Remember that you can get instant Hilton elite status simply by having one of the Hilton cobranded credit cards, which can get you perks like free breakfast and room upgrades.

The Waldorf Astoria will set you back 80,000 points per night, so save that one for when you want to splurge at Disney.

a view of a city next to a body of water: The Waldorf Astoria Orlando. (Photo by Richard Kerr/The Points Guy) © The Points Guy The Waldorf Astoria Orlando. (Photo by Richard Kerr/The Points Guy)

Splurge on a trip of a lifetime

Let’s be real — 180,000 Hilton points won’t get you that many nights at some of Hilton’s top-of-the-line overwater villa properties, such as the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, Waldorf Astoria Maldives or the Conrad Bora Bora Nui. But it’s still a solid start, especially for properties where standard rooms top out at 95,000 points per night.

a group of people swimming in a pool of water: The Conrad Bora Bora. (Photo by Summer Hull/The Points Guy) © The Points Guy The Conrad Bora Bora. (Photo by Summer Hull/The Points Guy)

This is especially true if you pool your Hilton points with friends and family and each of you earns a 180,000 welcome bonus — and maybe add in a weekend-night certificate or two. Hilton allows free points pooling with up to 11 people, making top-tier redemptions even more accessible.

We found Hilton points to be the best ones when we planned our own trip to Bora Bora and we are actively saving again for another big trip for one day in the future.

Bottom line

These are just seven of literally thousands of ways to use 180,000 Hilton Honors points.

You can stretch them to the max to book dozens of award nights at properties that cost 5,000 points per night or start saving now for the trip of a lifetime when the time is right for you.

Featured photo of the Hilton Rose Hall Resort in Montego Bay by Benji Stawski/The Points Guy.

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Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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