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Waldorf Hotels are one of Hilton’s top-tier luxury brands. These properties are known for being not only luxurious but also very pricey for both cash prices and when using points. I decided to take a look at most of the Waldorf Hotels in the US and around the world and compare their cash prices and point prices and then compute the value received with the redemption. The results are in the table below and will show what Waldorf Hotel offers the best value for Hilton Honors points.
Collecting the data
I searched for a single night in the middle of the summer (so approximately 6 months out). Some properties did not have available nights and so I had to search for alternate weeks or months. In most cases, I was able to find availability in June or July but there were a couple of exceptions.
I was not able to include every Waldorf property due to Hilton’s website malfunctioning. (I intend on adding the handful of missing properties at a later date.)
Hotel rates for Hilton awards fluctuate and so the prices you see below in the chart might not directly correspond to your own searches. For the most part, however, they should provide you with an idea of what kind of value you can expect to receive when you use Hilton points to book a night at a Waldorf property.
The cash prices include all taxes and resort fees, since these taxes and fees don’t have to paid when booking awards, they were factored into the redemption rates.
The rates used for these calculations were the discounted Hilton Honors rates that allow for cancellations since award bookings allow for cancellations too. I did not factor in rebates earned due to points earned on stays or promotions in this calculation for the sake of simplicity. One could use this article to help them deduct their respective earning rate from the cash price if they would like.
What Waldorf Hotel offers the best value for Hilton Honors points?
Below is a chart that shows the price in cash, price in points, and the value received in cents per point.
|Waldorf Hotel Location||Price in Cash||Price in Points||Cents per Point|
|Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort||$244||46000||0.53|
|Boca Beach Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort||$484||80000||0.60|
|Boca Raton Resort and Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort||$376||70000||0.53|
|Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort||$745||95000||0.78|
|La Quinta Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort||$212||40000||0.53|
|The Reach Key West, A Waldorf Astoria Resort||$401||80000||0.50|
|The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel link||$290||53000||0.55|
|Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills||$913||95000||0.96|
|Waldorf Astoria Chicago||$418||80000||0.52|
|Waldorf Astoria Orlando||$423||80000||0.53|
|Waldorf Astoria Park City||$444||80000||0.55|
|El Conquistador, A Waldorf Astoria Resort (Puerto Rico)||$267||51000||0.52|
|Waldorf Astoria Bangkok||$339||64000||0.53|
|Waldorf Astoria Beijing||$324||77000||0.42|
|Waldorf Astoria Chengdu||$267||50000||0.53|
|Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund||$380||80000||0.47|
|Rome Cavalieri, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts||$580||80000||0.72|
|Trianon Palace Versailles, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel||$342||80000||0.42|
|Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam||$623||95000||0.66|
|Waldorf Astoria Berlin||$309||60000||0.51|
|Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian||$561||80000||0.70|
|Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem||$535||95000||0.56|
|Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah||$317||61000||0.52|
Note: The Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam only had open awards for one year out and the Waldorf Astoria Chicago also had limited award availability during the summer. Also, the Ho’olei at Grand Wailea had no availability.
Here are the findings for the Waldorf Hotel chart:
Funny enough, the cheapest Waldorf was the La Quinta Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort located in Palm Springs, California (and not to be confused with the La Quinta Inn). This hotel goes for $212 and only 40,000 points for a value of .5 cents per point.
The most expensive Waldorf hotel was the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills at $913 per night. This hotel also offers the best value for Hilton Honors points in terms of cents per point since you can redeem 95,000 points for right at almost 1 cent per point.
It’s worth noting that only 2 Waldorf properties offered redemption rates below .5 cents per point.
Let’s take a look at the averages.
The average Waldorf hotel property costs $425 per night and Waldorf Hotels require on average 72,696 points. This results in getting an average value of .57 cents per point when redeeming Hilton Honors points at a Waldorf property.
|Average cash price:||$425.83|
|Average points price:||72,696|
|Average value per point:||0.0057|
Final word on Waldorf Hotels
Keep in mind, these rates only offer a snapshot of the prices at these hotels. Depending on the time of year and different holidays, these properties could offer different pricing. It’s still nice to see that you can almost get .6 cents per point on average when redeeming Hilton Honors points for a Waldorf Hotel, though. It was also a nice surprise to see that you can get .7 cents of value or higher for some of the properties like those in Rome, Hawaii, Beverly Hills, and Amsterdam.
Obviously, what the best value for Hilton Honors points will depend on your personal travel goals, but this should give you an idea of kind of value you can get at Waldorf properties.
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Daniel Gillaspia is the Founder of UponArriving.com and creator of the digital smart wallet, WalletFlo. He is a former attorney turned full-time credit card rewards/travel expert and has earned and redeemed millions of miles to travel the globe. His content has been featured in major publications such as National Geographic, Smithsonian Magazine, Forbes, CNBC, US News, and Business Insider. Find his full bio here.