Hilton made Honors program “enhancements” in 2017 that included moving away from award categories and publishing yearly changes in the number of points required for free nights.
The maximum point requirements in place were 95,000 per night that was first exceeded with the Waldorf Astoria in the Maldives (read more here) and later with another Waldorf in Los Cabos (read more here), both costing in terms of points 120,000/night.
You can access Hilton’s Honors Points Explorer here.
The current most expensive hotels in terms of standard awards:
The maximum standard award price for Waldorf Astoria Maldives has moved from 120,000 to 150,000 points per night.
Some dates price at 120,000 while others at 150,000.
There is very little standard award availability more than a week or two out.
The award pricing doesn’t make much sense, however.
The point price is higher on the dates when the paid rate is lower?
Here’s a video of the Beach Villa I had:
You need to be prepared to pay for the F&B expenses that are rather high, as expected.
And I had not such lovely transfer experience.
Difficult to believe, but the maximum standard room award cost was capped at 50,000 as recently as 2013 (read more here), and the categories were abolished in 2017 (read more here), although mostly still in place.
The award pricing has fluctuated quite a bit recently due to depressed hotel rates in many markets. Someone commented that Conrad Bangkok has been pricing as low as 11,000 Honors points per night (but the paid rates are meager).
Waldorf Astoria Maldives is still excellent value points versus cash rates compared to most other Hilton-affiliated hotels. Even if you use points, you will pay thousands staying there due to transportation and F&B expenses.