When Hilton Honors started to allow award bookings for its then up and coming Waldorf Astoria-property in Maldives, many were surprised that it exceeded the per night cap of 95,000 points by 25,000 (120K per night).
Now, a LoyaltyLobby reader dropped us a note about Waldorf Astoria-hotel in Mexico, requiring the same 120,000 points per night while room rates being from a third to a quarter of those of the Asian property.
Here’s the pricing for Los Cabos Hilton hotels for a random night this November:
And points required for a free night:
Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedegral:
Room that costs less than $700 before taxes is 120K points per night? The premium room rewards value Hilton’s points at less than a quarter of a cent per point ($700/294000).
Here’s what Hilton spokesperson stated February 2018 about the Waldorf Astoria Maldives 120K per night award pricing:
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.
And I got the following statement this week when I inquired about this Waldorf Astoria in Mexico:
As Hilton grows so does our portfolio of exceptional hotels and resorts. Now, we’re pleased to offer standard redemption rates at the Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos.
Similar to the new 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 standard accommodations featuring a private terrace and plunge pool in each room. Members will still be able to use the 5th Night Free benefit as well as free weekend night certificates for Standard redemptions at this resort.
It is easy to understand that the award pricing in Maldives could be higher due to the unique nature of the property (very large villas) and the nightly prices they charge, although there is a very high-cost transfer involved, and inevitably thousands in F&B and other expenses.
Not quite sure about this Los Cabos property, however? The nightly rates appear to be roughly in line with what the Conrad Bora Bora charges, and their award pricing (at least still) is 95,000 (was 80K last year).
When any hotel program introduces a new award tier, it is almost certain that there will be category creep in due order. I genuinely hope that Hilton Honors would leave this 120K per night points rate only for their truly exceptional and expensive properties.
I am also surprised how low value you get when using premium awards at this hotel. You only get less than a quarter of a cent per point roughly what Hilton Honors points are worth when redeeming for merchandise on Amazon.