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INSIDER SECRET: If you book an award stay at a Hilton resort, Hilton will charge resort fees. But you won’t be charged resort fees on award stays at all-inclusive hotels.
If you’re dreaming of an easygoing vacation with free food, drinks, alcohol, snacks and entertainment, you can get tremendous value from your points by redeeming them at Hilton all-inclusive resorts.
There are a handful of all-inclusive resorts you can book with Hilton points right now, and more on the horizon with Hilton’s partnership with Playa Hotels & Resorts. You’ll save big by using points instead of cash — sometimes hundreds of dollars a night — and that’s not counting the savings you’ll get by not having to pay for meals or drinks.
Hilton points are some of the easiest to earn, especially with cards like the Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card which comes with 130,000 bonus points plus a free weekend night by spending $4,000 in purchases within the first four months of account opening. Or the Hilton Honors American Express Card, which comes with 90,000 Hilton bonus points after spending $2,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening. Both these offers end August 28, 2019.
You’ll have no trouble earning enough points to book an all-inclusive stay. But there are a few things you should know about booking Hilton all-inclusive resorts, so we’ve compiled information to make it easier for you to plan your trip.
Hilton All-Inclusive Resorts
Here are some Hilton all-inclusive resorts you can book right now:
|Resort||Location||Cost (points)||Amenities Included||Max Persons Allowed per Standard Room|
|Hilton Puerto Vallarta Resort (4)||Mexico||48,000 - 70,000||food, drinks, non-premium alcohol, Wi-Fi, live entertainment, children under 5 stay free, non-motorized water sports||4 total guests|
|Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa (1)||Jamaica||63,000 - 70,000||food, drinks, non-premium alcohol, Wi-Fi, live entertainment, children under 5 stay free, non-motorized water sports||5 total guests|
|Hilton Sharks Bay Resort (6)||Egypt||starting at 12,000||food, drinks, non-imported alcohol, Wi-Fi, live entertainment, children under 7 stay free||4 total guests|
|Hilton Marsa Alam Nubian Resort (7)||Egypt||starting at 20,000||food, drinks, non-premium alcohol, Wi-Fi, entertainment, sports, kids activities||4 total guests|
|Hilton Hurghada Plaza Hotel (8)||Egypt||starting at 20,000||food, drinks, non-premium alcohol, Wi-Fi, entertainment, sports, kids activities||4 total guests|
|DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Antalya-Kemer (5)||Turkey||25,000 - 50,000||food, drinks, non-premium alcohol, Wi-Fi, entertainment, sports, kids activities, cinema hall, room service||4 total guests|
|Hilton Dalaman Sarigerme Resort & Spa (2)||Turkey||40,000 - 70,000||food, drinks, non-premium alcohol, Wi-Fi, entertainment, sports, kids activities, room service, basic spa services||4 total guests|
|Hilton La Romana for Families (3)||Dominican Republic||41,000 - 95,000||food, drinks, premium alcohol, Wi-Fi, intro scuba lessons, live entertainment, 24-hour room service||4 total guests|
|Hilton La Romana for Adults||Dominican Republic||41,000 - 95,000||food, drinks, premium alcohol, Wi-Fi, intro scuba lessons, live entertainment, 24-hour room service||3 adults per room, no children allowed|
|Hilton Playa Del Carmen (formerly The Royal)||Mexico||59,000 - 94,000||food, drinks, premium alcohol, Wi-Fi, intro scuba lessons, live entertainment, 24-hour in-suite dining||4 adults per room, no children allowed|
Read the fine print specific to each resort regarding Wi-Fi, extra guests, etc. Here are some examples of varying policies:
- Standard Child Policy: Children up to age 5 stay and eat free; children ages 6-14 pay $75 per child per night, and children 15 years and older pay the adult nightly room rate. Fees for children will be charged at check-in. Free Wi-Fi is in the lobby only. In the rooms, Wi-Fi is free for Hilton Honors Gold and Diamond members.
- Children up to age 5 stay and eat free; children ages 6-12 incur an additional $65 per child per night (paid upon arrival), and children ages 13 and older will be charged an adult rate and should be registered as adults. Otherwise, $120 per child per night will be added to your account at check-in. Free Wi-Fi for Hilton Honors members only. The delivery charge for in-room dining is $7.
- Children ages 12 and up will be charged the full adult rate. First child up to age 12, sharing the room with a parent stays free. Second child up to age 2, sharing the room with a parent stays free. Second child age 2-11 is charged 50% of the adult rate.
Note: Some all-inclusive hotels, like the Jewel Paradise Cove Beach Resort & Spa, Hilton Papagayo Costa Rica Resort & Spa, DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Central Pacific — Costa Rica, Coral Resort Nuweiba, and Hurghada Long Beach Resort are no longer part of the Hilton portfolio despite being listed on the Hilton All-Inclusive Resort page. You can still book these via third-party websites like Expedia and Orbitz.
What Does All-Inclusive Actually Mean?
As you can see from our table above, “all-inclusive” can vary from resort to resort.
But there are some amenities you can count on being included in your stay. There will always be food and drink options available at no extra charge. Travelers note that there will at least be buffet options available (and more a la carte options available at additional cost).
Let’s talk alcohol. I know you’re curious. In most cases, non-premium alcohol is complimentary. Newly acquired Hilton resorts, like Hilton Playa del Carmen and Hilton La Romana, offer complimentary premium alcohol. Most reviews state that bottle service at dinner is usually an additional cost so simply order by the glass.
Generally, the price of your stay, if you pay in points, will vary with the number of guests you’re bringing. Some resorts allow a specific number of children under certain ages to stay for free and other resorts charge fees based on tiered age requirements.
You’ll find that some resorts offer more amenities exclusive to Hilton Honors members. At specific resorts where beach cabanas aren’t included, Hilton Diamond members have reported getting one day free with their stay. Additionally, most resorts have free Wi-Fi in public areas and advertise free Wi-Fi in the rooms for Hilton Honors guests only.
Lastly, should you tip? I say yes but the staff at some resorts do not expect tips. However, I’m sure you’ll find better service at bars or restaurants you frequent when you show your appreciation for the service. Ultimately, it’s up to you.
How to Earn Hilton Points
Hilton points are very easy to earn and with the big welcome bonuses on the following cards, you could be relaxing on the beach with a piña colada in no time.
Hilton Honors American Express Card
Apply Here: Hilton Honors American Express Card
Read our Hilton Honors Credit Card review
The Hilton Honors American Express Card comes with 90,000 Hilton points after you spend $2,000 in eligible purchases within the first three months of account opening. This offer ends August 28, 2019.
Hilton Honors American Express Surpass Card
Apply Here: Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card
Read our Amex Hilton Surpass review
With the Hilton Honors American Express Surpass Card, you’ll earn 130,000 Hilton points (plus a free weekend night) after you spend $4,000 in eligible purchases within the first four months of account opening. This offer ends August 28, 2019.
The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card
Apply Here: The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card
Read our Hilton Business Credit Card review
The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card comes with 125,000 Hilton points after you spend $3,000 in eligible purchases in the first three months of account opening.
Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card
Apply Here: Hilton Honors Aspire Card from American Express
Read our Amex Hilton Aspire review
The Hilton Honors Aspire Card from American Express comes with 150,000 Hilton points after spending $4,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening.
You can even transfer Amex Membership Rewards to Hilton. Here are cards that earn Amex Membership Rewards points:
|Personal cards||Business cards|
|American Express® Gold Card||The Blue Business® Plus Credit Card from American Express|
|The Platinum Card® from American Express||American Express® Business Gold Card|
|American Express®️ Green Card||The Business Platinum Card® from American Express|
|Amex EveryDay® Preferred Credit Card from American Express||Business Green Rewards Card from American Express|
Is It Worth Using Points to Book Hilton All- Inclusive Resorts?
Should you spend your hard-earned Hilton points at a Hilton all-inclusive resort? We’ll help you do some math to figure it out.
With dynamic award pricing, it’s difficult to nail down the value of Hilton points but, generally, they’re worth on average 0.5 cents per point.
Let’s look at the Hilton Playa del Carmen, an all-inclusive, adults-only resort, in Mexico. I found room rates in December when a night costs $366 for two adults, or 77,000 Hilton points. If you redeem points for your stay, you’ll get a value of 0.47 cents per point. This value isn’t so great.
But remember that you’ll get the fifth night free when you book five consecutive award nights, as long as you have Hilton elite status (included with any of the Amex Hilton cards). If you were to spend five nights at this resort, you’d get a value of 0.59 cents per point. That’s a sweet deal.
You can book incredible stays and save hundreds of dollars at Hilton all- inclusive resorts using Hilton points around the world. It’s a great way to redeem your Hilton points because you’ll get free food, drinks, activities and plenty more at most resorts. And lots of resorts are family-friendly.
If you need more Hilton points, it’s easy to earn them with Hilton credit cards like:
- Hilton Honors American Express Card
- Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card
- Hilton Honors American Express Business Card
- Hilton Honors Aspire Card from American Express
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