Hotel cards are a major part of our travel hacking plan. Not only can we stay for free, with elite status, but we can also often get breakfast for free! Free travel, free lodging, free breakfast, and sometimes a room upgrade – that is a travel point and miles user’s dream!
Here’s the current information on the Hilton Credit Cards. Remember that offers change frequently so do not be surprised if you click a link and the offer differs. We try to keep them current.
Hilton stays start at 5,000 and can go up to 95,000 points. They don’t have a set award chart like Hyatt. The cost of points fluctuates depending on the location, demand, and season. You can check out the Hilton Points Explorer Tool, which shows you the minimum and the maximum number of points you could expect to spend at a particular hotel. Let’s say I want to go to Bali. I can stay at the Bali Hilton Garden Inn Airport for 5,000 points or the Conrad Bali for 41,000 -60,000 points. It’s all up to you – spend your nights staying at economical hotels and get more stays or go for luxury and use them at the nicer hotels.
So what’s up with hotel status? What will it get you with Hilton Hotels?
Remember that you can only get American Express bonuses once per lifetime for each card. Remember that you can refer your spouse to those same cards and have many Hilton points!!
Not everyone is willing to pay a high annual fee, but I have found that the perks often outweigh the fee. In the case of the Aspire card, the annual fee is $450, but when you use the $250 Hilton resort credit and the $250 airline credit, you basically have paid for the card. You still have the free weekend night, and with the free breakfasts and upgrades you will get, I think it is well worth the fee. You can always downgrade to the no-fee card after a year if you don’t think it is worth it.
Hilton has some great offers and is another good program to use for hotel rooms. They have hotels available all over the world and may be a great option for you.
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