Earlier I wrote about Hilton’s new highest priced award. Up until this week no hotel cost more than 95,000 points per night. That’s been the maximum since Hilton increased some of their most expensive hotels like the Conrad Koh Samui in Thailand (all stand-alone villas) from 50,000 to 95,000 during high season in 2013.
When they eliminated award charts 2 years ago we were told that hotels wouldn’t get more expensive, that the top rates in place would apply but pricing might go down.
Now with the opening of the Waldorf Astoria in the Maldives we’re seeing standard awards there pricing at 120,000 points per night.
On a value per point basis, if you really value the hotel at $2000 a night in peak season, this isn’t terrible pricing — Hilton points can get you a discount.
I wondered if this might be a mistake — I did not want to declare a new highest points level until I had heard from Hilton. However they confirm it is accurate.
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.
Credit: Waldorf Astoria
How long will it be, I wonder, until Hilton charges more for other hotels like the Conrad Maldives and Conrad Bora Bora as well? They only have no hotels that they consider to fit the new pricing model at this time. Even if “all-pool-villa accommodations” are what justify the pricing, can we expect the Conrad Koh Samui to increase in the future as well?
[…] I’ve been to the Park Hyatt Maldives five times. I’ve booked and cancelled trips to the St. Regis Maldives three times. And there’s a new Waldorf=Astoria property there that looks fantastic – but that set a new record for the number of Hilton points required for a standard room. […]