Hilton Honors Experiences
I am still in shock a bit from that amazing Choice Hotels promo, the one where they literally paid me to redeem points. It was one of the best hotel promotions I have ever seen and I was lucky to take advantage of it. That got me to thinking of other programs that offered unique value in the space and that is when I remembered Hilton Honors Experiences. Most hotel loyalty programs have something similar, but Hilton's seems to always have something unique or interesting available. They tried to really push it back before covid but it has fallen off the radar a bit since then. Well, not any more, at least not if I can help it! I figured we could take a look at some of the Hilton Honors experiences available right now and give an overview of the program.
What Is Hilton Honors Experiences?
These hotel experiences programs like Hilton Honors Experiences, Hyatt Find Experiences or Marriott Bonvoy Moments are a different way to use your hotel loyalty points versus just hotel stays. Normally using hotel points, or airline miles, for anything other than travel is a bad redemption. The loyalty programs offer them as a way to get the points off their books for cheaper than a traditional hotel or flight booking.
I think the Hilton Honors experiences program is different though. I think some of the hotel hotel's programs are as well, or at least can be at times. Why do I think that? Because it offers you access to things that sometimes even cash can't buy you. For example, there is no way I would be able to easily procure field passes and private party access like I did with my Choice Hotels redemption. The same can be said about some of the options I am going to be sharing in a minute with Hilton Honors Experiences.
Sometimes the value heavily outweighs the value of the points, if you find the right promotion at least. I say sometimes, because it is not all of the time, and you still need to make your cents per point calculation like with any travel booking. Having said that, sometimes the experience is worth a lot more to you than just the cash value because these opportunities are unique. That needs to be factored in as well before deciding whether or not to dive in.
What Experiences Are Currently Available?
Let's take a look at some of the current Hilton Honors experiences options. They break down their offerings into four categories:
You can also search them by auctions, redemptions or both. They tend to lean towards auctions which can be good and bad. Sometimes you can swoop in and grab them cheaply this way but sometimes the prices get driven up by super fans. Personally, I prefer redemptions so I don't need to worry about it. The redemptions do go quite a bit quicker though so you have to be ready to pounce when you see them. Here are some options in each category.
- Carrie Underwood Vegas Experience:
- Two (2)-night stay at Conrad Las Vegas at Resorts World
- Front orchestra tickets for Carrie Underwood's REFLECTION: The Las Vegas Residency at Resorts World Theatre on your choice of select performance dates
- Pre-show meet and greet with Carrie Underwood
- Autographed copy of Carrie Underwood's “Denim & Rhinestones (Deluxe Edition)”
- A $150 food and beverage credit for Resorts World Las Vegas restaurants
- Current Bid: 315,000 points
- Chance the Rapper Private Concert at theWit Chicago
- Tickets to see Chance the Rapper live at the Wit Chicago on Thursday, September 14th
- Carefully Crafted Sips and Bites
- Cost: 60,000 points (sold out)
- There is also a bid option with a one night stay currently bidding at 240,000 points. The redemption option would have been amazing value if you could grab it.
- Depeche Mode Concert & Meet & Greet
- Access to a pre-show meet & greet with Depeche Mode backstage
- Tickets to the show in the top standard price point available
- Tons of cities and dates all averaging around 150,000 point current bid
- Play the Ryder Cup Golf Course
- One-night stay at Rome Cavalieri, a Waldorf Astoria hotel. Two (2) standard rooms will be provided.
- One (1) tee time at the Partners Golf Day at Marco Simone on Monday, October 2nd, 2023 for 4 people
- Access to the clubs practice facilities
- Return transfers from Rome Cavalieri, a Waldorf Astoria hotel to Marco Simone Golf Club
- Light food and beverage offering available, including breakfast and a light lunch
- Current bid – a SHOCKING 140,000 points
- PGA BMW Championship
- General admission tickets from 30,000 points
- Tickets and VIP access from 120,000 points
- The Rams Winning Stay Experience
- Accommodations at Conrad Los Angeles in the LA Rams Suite for two (2) nights between Friday, October 13, and Tuesday, October 17, 2023
- Two (2) premium tickets to the Rams home game at SoFi Stadium on Sunday, October 15, 2023
- Two (2) pregame field and VIP tailgating passes
- One (1) parking pass
- Current bid 315,000 points
- Adult Seaplane Transfer to Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
- Only good for 1 person so not a good deal because of that
- Cost – 265,000 points
- A Magical Experience with Hilton New York Times Square and Disney on Broadway's Aladdin
- Two (2)-night stay in Aladdin's Times Square Palace at Hilton New York Times Square from October 16-18, 2023, including valet parking, a wake-up call from Genie, and complimentary breakfast
- Two (2) premium orchestra seats at “ALADDIN on Broadway” on Tuesday, October 17, 2023
- One (1) signed playbill and two (2) of Genie-tinis or Magic mocktails
- Current bid 220,000 points
- Guitar Lesson + Meet & Greet with Alexander Ludwig
- Personal guitar lesson from Alexander Ludwig
- Meet & greet + photo opportunity with Alexander Ludwig
- One (1) night stay at Canopy Austin Downtown on October 11, 2023
- Opening bid 150,000 points
- Cocktails Under the Sea at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
- Light canapes
- A glass of Champagne or non-alcoholic mocktail
- Cost 25,000 points
- May be a good way to check out this unique restaurant without staying on property
- Blissful Beach Dinner at Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi
- Private, curated five-course dinner on the beach at Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi
- 150,000 points
- Wine-Pairing Experience for Two in Hong Kong
- One (1) bottle of wine
- Platter with a selection of three (3) cheeses
- 25,000 points
Hilton Honors Experiences: ToP Thoughts
There are some pretty unique options listed above, and that isn't everything they have to to offer either. Be sure to check out the Hilton Honors Experiences page often to see when new events or options drop. If you prefer another hotel brand then you can check their offer pages as well (linked above). If you have a trip planned to the Maldives upcoming then they have a lot of cool options for such an expensive place. I am going to try to ToP my Choice Hotels package one of these days. #LifeGoals