At the beginning of the month I reported that Hilton had raised the top price of an award night to 150,000 points and that this applies only to the Waldorf Astoria in the Maldives. Some redemption nights there are 120,000 points, however.
When this was discovered there were no redemption nights available at all. Even with the higher pricing it wasn’t possible to spend Hilton points for a standard room, and could only use ‘points as money’ to book rooms based on the prevailing room rate (which can cost over a million points per night).
However all of a sudden award availability has opened up at this property, and considering cash prices of over $2000 per night to start there it’s a great value use of Hilton points for those who would value the trip.
Credit: Waldorf Astoria Maldives
In fact there are 144 days over the coming year which currently show redemption space at the lowest point prices:
- 2 in May
- 12 in June
- 7 in July
- 9 in August
- 2 in September
- 7 in October
- 11 in November
- 1 in December
- 14 in January
- 15 in February
- 25 in March
- 21 in April
- 18 in May (all currently-bookable dates)
I do not believe all of this space has opened up because of mass cancellations of bookings. It indicates to me that the resort was playing games with its inventory and not making Hilton Honors free nights available. That seems to have changed.
With as difficult as this property has been to book in the past, if you have potential designs on it, I’d make reservations using points as quickly as possible to give yourself the option of a stay if it makes sense for you.
(HT: Head For Points)