Get Award Nights from Sign-Up Bonus!

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In just two days (on May 31, 2017), the increased Hilton Amex offers will drop back down to their regular levels, so this is the last chance, at least for now, to maximize those sign-up bonuses and get as many as 20+ award nights from just one sign-up bonus!

Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card from American Express: 100,000 Hilton Honors points after you spend $3,000 in the first three months, $75 annual fee. Weekend award night to use at Hiltons around the world on the first anniversary. Terms Apply. 

Hilton Honors™ Card from American Express: 80,000 Hilton Honors points after you spend $2,000 in the first 3 months, no annual fee. Terms Apply. 


I’ve talked about which card is the better offer in different situations, provided details on the awesome weekend award night that the Surpass card awards on the first anniversary, but I now want to emphasize just how far you can stretch these points if you really wanted to. In fact you could get more than 20 award nights from the Hilton Surpass 100,000 point sign-up bonus if you stayed at “Category 1” Hilton properties around the world that cost just 5,000 points per night.

I say “Category 1” in quotes because officially Hilton no longer has an award chart, so while they do have a few properties that price at just 5,000 points per night, there are no longer official categories and lists. That said, there is a calculator where you can look up what category a property used to be, and that will tell you its standard award rate. Award rates can now be lower than that stated amount listed on lower demand nights.

Remember that both of these Amex cards will give you Hilton elite status, and Hilton elites can get the fifth consecutive award night free. This means you could stay for five nights at a 5,000 point per night property for just total 20,000 points! Do that five times and you actually could get 25 award nights from one 100,000 point sign-up bonus, which is insane.

So where are these mythical 5,000 point per night Hilton rooms? Well, they are admittedly tough to find, but they are out there. The best lists to get you started are ones written by a few different blogs in recent years, however don’t just assume those lists are 100% current as many hotels have changed categories in the last 12 months, and there is no longer a published award chart to pull from. Still, lists like this one, this one, and this one, will at least give you somewhere to start your hunt for the lower priced Hiltons. I’ll also highlight some lower priced examples below.

Examples of 5,000 Point Per Night Hilton Properties

Hilton Garden Inn Bali Ngurah Rai Airport – 5,000 points per night

Hilton Garden Inn Bali Ngurah Rai Airport

Hilton Hurghada Resort – 5,000 points per night

Hilton Sharm Waterfalls Resort – 5,000 points per night

Hilton Garden Inn Tucuman – 5,000 points per night

Finding 5,000 points per night Hiltons within the United States is a tall order, but there is the Hampton Inn Columbus-Airport that I know still prices at 5,000 Hilton points per night. If you jump up to those properties pricing in the 8,000 – 10,000 points per night range there are more options both within the United States and beyond including the Hampton Inn Ozark in Alabama, the Hampton Inn La Junta in Colorado, or the Hilton Garden Inn Vienna South.

HIlton Garden Inn Vienna

If you want to go a little future than that you will find places like the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Johor Bahru, Malaysia at 10,000 points per night.

The largest concentration of 5,000 points per night Hilton properties is in Egypt, Russia, China, Turkey, and Mexico, but there are a handful of outliers in other locations as well. Most average US traveling families will find their lowest priced Hilton vacation properties in places like New York City, Orlando, and Austin in the 20,000 – 30,000 points per night range, but that doesn’t mean that the 5,000 – 10,000 point per night options don’t exist. If you have really stretched your Hilton points to the max by staying at a 5,000 or even 10,000 points per night Hilton property, I’d love to hear about it!


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  1. Can I apply for one of these with my husbands HiltonHhonors account no? He already applied for both, so he is not eligible, right?

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