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A Hilton Award Chart Doesn’t Exist – Here’s What They Have Instead (and How You Can Tell What Your Hilton Points Are Worth)

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A Hilton Award Chart Doesn’t Exist – Here’s What They Have Instead (and How You Can Tell What Your Hilton Points Are Worth)

Erin LizzoA Hilton Award Chart Doesn’t Exist – Here’s What They Have Instead (and How You Can Tell What Your Hilton Points Are Worth)Million Mile Secrets Team

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INSIDER SECRET: Even without an award chart, you can quickly figure out the number of points required for a specific Hilton hotel by checking out the Hilton Points Explorer.

Back in the good old days, Hilton used to publish an award chart that made it easy to figure out how many Hilton Honors points you’d need to book a room.

That’s how several other hotels still operate, and I personally think looking at an award chart makes the process of determining what you can afford with your points much easier. But those days are over with Hilton, and they have created a new tool to help those who are trying to plan out their lodging with rewards points.

Fortunately, Hilton makes a habit out of giving their credit cards gigantic welcome bonuses, which pretty well guarantees you’ll get to stay at any Hilton hotel or resort if you earn the bonus. For example:

  • Hilton Honors Aspire Card from American Express — 150,000 Hilton points after spending $4,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening

The information for the Hilton Honors Business card has been collected independently by Million Mile Secrets. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Here’s how to figure out how many points you’ll need for an award stay despite there not being a Hilton award chart.

It’s true there’s no Hilton award chart – but you can rack up points quickly with Amex Hilton cards and stay just about anywhere on your next trip. (Photo courtesy of Hilton)

The Hilton Award Chart Doesn’t Exist – Here’s What They Have Instead

With the original Hilton award chart, points were listed by category. So you could take a quick look to see how many points it would take to stay at the hotel you were looking at, and establish a goal to save up for.

The prices didn’t fluctuate based on the season (or weather, or mood, as the Hilton points seem to do) so it was easy to figure out exactly what you were getting with your rewards. Here’s how to easily get an idea of how much you’ll need for your desired hotel.

Using the Hilton Honors Points Explorer Tool

Hilton has something called the Points Explorer tool. It’s something they created as a consolation for binning their award chart.

You can enter a destination and how many points you want to spend. From there, you will be provided the minimum and maximum points you’d spend at hotels in that area. Then you can click on a hotel in the search results and check to see if it’s available for your desired travel dates.

Here’s a snapshot of what Hilton’s Points Locator tool looks like. It’s fairly straightforward, but there’s some guesswork required to find a good deal.

This is handy, but also not guaranteed to be accurate.

For example, if you’re traveling to Seattle in the off-peak (rainy) season, you’ll probably be able to find a Hilton hotel that requires less points than it would in July when the weather is better. The nice thing about this is you get cheaper stays for traveling during off-peak times. That’s wonderful for those who are flexible or don’t mind (or maybe even prefer) traveling to destinations in the less popular months.

On the other hand, the time of the year seems to be just one criterion in how Hilton determines the number of points required to book a room. Other factors are less predictable — so it seems like a bit of a guessing game to find a good way to get the most from your Hilton points. That’s frustrating for those who don’t have a lot of time to spend researching the optimal dates, locations, etc. to travel.

How Do You Know If It Makes Sense to Book a Room With Points?

Here’s a tip: If you’re getting a value of less than 0.5 cents per Hilton point, you’re not getting a good deal.

Hilton hotels cost 5,000-95,000 points per night. To figure out how much value you’re receiving per point, follow this simple formula:

(Cash price per night / points value per night)

If you’re staying at an amazing five-star hotel that costs $580 per night (inclusive of taxes and fees), but you’re paying 95,000 Hilton points instead, you’re getting a value of 0.61 cents per point ($580 room cost / 95,000 points).

But because Hilton doesn’t have an award chart, you’ll have to check every hotel individually to see how much you’ll need to pay.

What you do think about the Hilton Honors loyalty program? Is it easy or annoying to figure out what your points are worth? Let me know what you think in the comments below!

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Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card

Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card

  • Earn 130,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points and a free weekend night reward after you spend $4,000 in purchases on the Card within your first 4 months of Card membership.
  • Earn a Weekend Night Reward from Hilton Honors after you spend $15,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year.
  • Earn 12X Hilton Honors Bonus Points for each dollar of eligible purchases charged on your Card directly with a hotel or resort within the Hilton Portfolio.
  • Earn 6X Hilton Honors Bonus Points for each dollar of eligible purchases on your Card at U.S. restaurants, U.S. supermarkets, and U.S. gas stations.
  • Earn 3X Hilton Honors Bonus Points for all other eligible purchases on your Card.
  • Spend $40,000 on eligible purchases on your Card in a calendar year and you can earn Hilton Honors Diamond status through the end of the next calendar year.
  • $95 annual fee.
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What am I doing wrong? In each example on this site for Hilton Honors points, when I do the math, it comes up far different than your figures. For instance, in the last example in the above article: $580 / 95,000 points. You say that equals .61 cents per point when the answer is 0.0061 cents. Far less than .61 cents. Am I missing something?

0.0061 dollars = 0.61 cents

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Carry the decimal over 2 spots. There are 100 pennies in $1 and the calculations are dividing dollars.

0.0061 dollars is the same as 0.61 cents.

LOL! Thanks

Under the new HH loyalty program, Does Hilton still offer the 5th night free if you redeem HH points ?

Hi Dane! Yes, you still get the 5th night free!