Hilton Honors “abandoned” award categories back in March 2017 (read more here) but promised not to dynamically price standard room awards that have maximum point prices set (access our latest Master Property-list here).
Hilton at the time promised to keep the maximum price at 95,000 points per night. The other standard award levels are 5K, 10K, 15K, 20K, 25K, 30K, 35K, 40K, 45K, 50K, 60K, 70K, and 80K. The new Waldorf Astoria in Maldives requires, however, 120,000 points for a night exceeding this ceiling.
You can access Waldorf Astoria Maldives website here.
Here’s the standard award pricing for three Hilton properties in Maldives:
Paid rates for the same dates:
Waldorf Astoria Maldives standard room:
The awards book into this King or Twin Beach Villa with Pool.
Here’s the reply that we received from the Hilton spokesperson:
Hilton Honors members will have more choice than ever when traveling to the Maldives, with the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi and SAii Lagoon Maldives, Curio Collection opening in 2019, in addition to our existing Conrad Maldives property.
We’re pleased to offer standard redemption rates at the Waldorf Astoria Maldives. This hotel is unique in that it is priced slightly higher than standard rooms at our other luxury properties due to the hotel’s exclusive offerings and all-pool-villa accommodations. At this time, we do not have any other hotels that we deem would fit into this pricing model.
It wouldn’t surprise me if some other distinctive properties would move to this 120K level in the future. Let’s hope that they are in the same quality and price level as this new Waldorf Astoria property in the Maldives.
The awards seems to be wide open at the moment and an excellent value at 480,000 points for five nights (fifth night free for elite members) when paid nights are going for $2K++.
As a matter of fact, I just made two back to back five nights bookings for this coming November. Need to go and have a look at this hotel and will try to check out the Curio Collection property that appears to be quite affordable using cash.