HFP reader wins 1 million Hilton HHonors points!

Back in May, I wrote about a competition that Hilton HHonors was running to win 1 million Hilton points. This was only available to UK residents so I thought it was worth promoting.

I’m delighted to say that a HFP reader was the winner! 

Hilton competition

Even at my lowly valuation of 0.3p per point, he will get over £3,000 of free stays from his prize – and potentially far more.

1,000,000 points would get you 12 nights at the Conrad Rangali resort in The Maldives, for example, which is worth around £12,000.  (This assumes you are a Hilton elite member and get 5 nights for the price of 4 – and you get Hilton Silver status for free just by taking out the Hilton credit card.)

Well done!

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  1. Congratulations! Let us know what you decide to do with them!!

  2. Congratulations!

  3. Awesome! 8 months in the Hampton Corby/Kettering is it? 😉

    • By the way the 250 nights you could potentially get at a cat 1 hotel would ordinarily retail at around £15,000….

    • I would seriously consider this if I had won, since I am geographically mobile. The breakfast may get a bit boring though. However I could then move to Oman for a few months.

      Also, I heard somewhere that UK hotels have a 28-day maximum stay otherwise you get some sort of tenants’ rights.

  4. My mum won 100.000 points as a runner-up. Thank you, HFP!

  5. Well done everyone!

  6. It certainly looks like HFP may have swept the board as I was the lucky winner of the million points and what a prize this is – I was astonished when they told me (usual clichés – never win anything etc) so firstly, huge thanks are due to Rob, not only for tirelessly publishing such a superb site as we have benefitted so much from his (and your) valuable advice and of course, we wouldn’t have known about the Hilton competition without him so massive thanks to Rob and of course to Hilton for the wonderful prize and also to the McLaren Formula 1 team who organised the competition in conjunction with Hilton. Thanks also for the congratulatory messages in this thread – we’re so chuffed! Now, I need your help! I’ve been looking at the Conrad as recommended by Rob but my concern is getting there on Avios – does anyone have experience of BA releasing reward seats in CW to Malé since the devaluation as I understand they can be quite few and far between despite the promised “increase” in availability across the board since April? Or would I have more success with QR and a stop in Doha? The resort itself looks fantastic and it’s a destination I’ve always wanted to go to, particularly for the water villas on stilts as I think these would be amazing and they’ve always been a dream of mine. Now, this isn’t meant to sound ungrateful so please don’t give me too hard a time but the million points will only stretch to a “mere” beach villa and having contacted the Conrad, their current costs to upgrade to one of their lovely water villas on stilts are eye watering and I do mean eye watering! I’m lucky enough to have Diamond status so this will help stretch the points which will be fantastic but officially, they don’t automatically upgrade at this property. So, my dilemma (if I can call it that as I appreciate most people would love such a dilemma) is how do we get there as I don’t want to blow £8k in cash for 2x CW seats on BA, does anyone have any experience of the resort (are the beach villas amazing or will I be looking longingly at those pesky water villas on stilts), has anyone been there with status and received a status upgrade to a water villa so I can hope for the best without having to shell out $thousands and does anyone have any experience of actual/real upgrade costs in February or March as this seems to be the best time to go? Looking at the relevant threads on FlyerTalk, people talk of nightly upgrade costs in the $hundreds rather than the $thousands I was quoted although to be fair to the hotel, they did say this is what they’re currently charging and the rates do fluctuate depending on the time of year, supply/demand and so on although FlyerTalk also implies the property is generally 100% sold which makes me slightly nervous if we do want to upgrade. Or should we just go there anyway if we’re lucky enough to get the flights we want and “slum” it in a beach villa or are there any other anomalies in the Hilton family which will give us a similarly amazing and relaxing 5* beach break but which is somewhat “easier” to get to using Avios and without having to break the bank at the property. Or do I simply follow the advice of James in an earlier post and book into the Hilton Kettering for 8 months for a slightly easier life! Any advice will be enormously appreciated.

    • I would suggest looking at flights to Bangalore on Avios. A few days in India, then you can fly Air India to Male in 3 hours…. It is a great way of experiencing India before a few perfect days in the Maldives….. We did this a few years ago, and found plenty of availability to Bangalore with BA in Club World

    • roberto says:

      Currently there are no CW reward seats to Male between now and June next year. As in none.. I guess they release two per day and they go as soon as they appear at 1am or when ever it is.

      There is no first class and club is always full so the chance of an award flight popping up is slim to none..

      I have been to the Maldives twice.. Its a stunning place.. I flew via Dubai on emirates in J and direct via first choice. They where two different journeys of course but I understand the merits in both. My two bits of advice is (1) go and (2) don’t spend £8000 on a prize you won for nothing.

      Congrats… And enjoy your points …

    • Better still use your 241 in J to Bangalore, and see a bit of India, then local flight to the island. Have a great holiday and well done!

    • I have been to The Conrad 3 times now and can’t say enough good things about it! I’ve flown BA, Emirates and Qatar. BA was via a 2-for-1 in the early days of the route – it seems almost impossible to go this way now – never any availability. One thing I did notice when monitoring availability is that it often is made available around 3 months after the 355 days before. Last visit was J with Qatar via Doha using Avios and I would highly recommend this option – their 767 is a class apart from CW and the second flight from Doha on a regional plane had flat beds in J. The first time we stayed at the Conrad I used points for the Beach Bungalow but upgraded to the Superior Water Villa pre-visit. I paid around £500 upgrade fee per night, but we felt it was well worth it and I would highly recommend this villa (if you can stretch to it, the Delux is even better). Despite being Diamond on 2 of the visits, I have never recieved an upgrade – just free breakfast and a free excursion. Reading TripAdvisor, guests are sometimes upgraded, but it appears only at very quiet times – certainly not Oct to April. We have always been in the April to June window, which is the start of the rainy season, but have often found we can go 4 or 5 days with no rain at all during the day – it was more an evening occurance with great lightening displays in the distance. At this time of year it has always been quieter as well, nearer 70% occupancy, probably why the upgarde costs are cheaper. Last time we went earlier this year, I actually waited until we arrived and then negotiated the upgrade. As there was availability, it was half of what they quoted me when I enquired 4 months before we travelled. This is the route I will follow next time we visit, but I would keep a regular check on availability in the lead up to the trip and use Qatar again. One warning – the COnrad is expensive for everything else. Living in London, the prices are comparable or slightly higher than a quality restaurant here – but the quality is always very good.

      • Thanks Mark,

        Very useful.

        Regards,
        Tim

        • Hi Tim

          I’ve been looking at the hotel for late 2016, to stay 12 nights.
          They’ll send you an upgrade price list when they forward your arrival details, to book the seaplane. Depending on when you go upgrades start from $105 a night to a water villa.
          You may want to also look at SIN, although you’ll need to stay a night there.
          In a Qatar sale from Brussels, you’ll get decent connections via Doha for about £1000 each in business.

    • Hi Tim,
      Congratulations on the win. I am flying to Male in busines class on Avios in jan. I found it virtually impossible to get direct flights on BA there but found a few options flying business class with QR with a brief stopover in Doha and that’s what we booked. To be honest I actually prefer flying QR in their new 787’s to Doha than BA CW

  7. Emma Cochrane says:

    Congratulations!

    I was another runner up and won 100,000 points! Thanks HFP!

  8. And yes. Maldives is total paradise. I’d try and use your million points for less nights but in an over-water villa. if you are gonna do it, do it properly !

    • Conrad Maldives only ever has the standard beach villas available on points, and Hhonors does not have any facility to allow upgrade using points. I’ll be doing the Conrad towards the end of the year.

      If anyone is thinking of this, strongly advise getting yourself Hhonors gold status, which will save a packet on breakfasts.

      • Hi Tangey,

        Thanks for this.

        Funnily enough, the Conrad does show availability for the water villas on points and over the weekend when I was going through all of this, they listed the points required for every type of accommodation and anything over and above the beach villa was prohibitive – I just had to expand the rate details and up they popped. Today however, they’re only showing the requirement for a water villa, being the next one up from the beach villa and this jumps from 95,000 a night to a staggering 490,000 a night, hence my questions and concerns about a potential upgrade, whether through status or cash!

        Meanwhile, thanks to everyone for their advice and best wishes.

        Regards,
        Tim

        • Nuno Pinto says:

          Hi Tim,

          A suggestion, try to apply to 2 Hilton credit card and you will have 2 free nights on Conrad.

        • Didn’t realise you could do premium awards with that hotel.

          Flyertalk has an active thread on this resort. It seems clear they NEVER upgrade reward stayers, regardless of status (including Diamond).

  9. For reward flight options, if you have an Amex membership reward balance, look at both Emirates and Etihad.

    Etihad can do biz return from LHR via AUH for 100K MR points per person (plus around £300). I’m not familiar with Emirates redemptions.

    Or if you happen to have AA miles, you can redeem AA miles on Etihad. 60K plus £80 for 2 biz returns DUB-MLE (via AUH) is a steal. Will be higher taxes out of LHR.

    But remember, you have a lot of options with those 1M Hhonor points, MLE is just one of them.

  10. “err. that should be 60K plus £40 for 1 biz return DUB-MLE”

  11. Congratulations; I didn’t win anything but that’s normal haha 😛

  12. OT: Can you link your Amex MR rewards to your account of choice without actually redeeming at the same time so that your account is linked in readiness for a future redemption. Or does it only get linked to a particular account after you have made the first transfer? If you can pre-link it where do you do this?

    • Yes. Some can be pre-linked via the MR website (go to the redemption page but do not make a redemption, it should let you just verify your partner account details).

      If not, you can ring Amex (all calls go to Brighton, very helpful bunch) and they can do the link for you.

  13. Hi, I have an Amex Premium card and will most likely (definitely) spend £10K this year (ends in Feb 2016) so will get the 2for1 and also will end up with around 125,000 Avios. I use my Amex whenever i can but need another card. I’m going to bin my Natwest Visa (no rewards) so wondered if a Hilton (silver?) Visa was the way to go? Cheers Steve

    • I can definitely recommend the Hilton Visa as you get a free night for only a £750 spend, so easy for both of you to get it. It is also easy to get Gold status and there are lots of offers on points etc.

  14. Is it standard practice for competitions like this one that the winners have to sign and send back affidavits?

    • I’m guessing you won too and if so, well done! I queried this when they asked for the same thing from me and it is normal apparently in order to verify age. However, they confirmed they don’t need it to be signed by a “notary” as we’re not in the US – just complete all the other details but by all means feel free to double check this with the organisers so you have it from them directly.

      Regards,
      Tim

    • When Rocketmiles did the Apple Watch competition with HFP earlier this year, they made the winner sign one. May be a US thing.

  15. Thank you, Tim!

  16. Congratulation to Tim and other runner up

  17. I never win anything and over the years have maintained this perfectly 😉