Wednesday - Apr 25, 2018

Review of Hilton Properties in India – What Are the Sweet Spots?


In this series of posts, we will look at the hotels you can book with points, under the following reward programs. We will discuss the Hotels in India, locations and the points needed for each reward program.

  1. Starwood Hotels & Resorts
  2. Marriott
  3. Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group(Club Carlson)
  4. Intercontinental Hotels Group
  5. Hyatt
  6. Hilton Hotels & Resorts

 

We will review Hilton Hotels in India in this post.

Introduction to Hilton

Hilton  is one of the well recognized hotel company with about 4,200 properties world wide and there only are currently 15  hotels in India. However, we could expect the presence in India to grow significantly similar to other chains.

 

 

Hilton has 15 properties in India and counting

Hilton has 15 properties in India and counting

 

 

Hilton operates  under several brands which includes the high end portfolio Waldorf Astoria and Conrad.

 

 

Hilton Brands

Hilton Brands

 

 

Hilton HHonors is the loyalty program for Hilton. All properties are divided in to 10 categories for redemption.

 

How many points are needed per Award night?

You can earn and redeem Hilton HHonors points at any Hilton Hotel & Resort worldwide.  Hilton has divided its properties in to 10 categories and here is their current award chart

 

Hilton Award Chart

Hilton Award Chart

 

If you are an elite member, you get 5th night free on standard award stays of 5 consecutive nights or more. You can also use Hilton HHonors points for a Suite award. However, the points needed for a suite depend on the hotel.

 

 

You can redeem 110,332 points for a presidential Suite at Double Tree, Agra

You can redeem 110,332 points for a presidential Suite at Double Tree, Agra

 

 

Here is a list of all Hilton Properties in India.

 

Category 1: 5,000 Points/night

Hampton by Hilton Vadodara-Alkapuri

 

 

Category 2: 10,000 Points/night

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Agra

 

Category 3: 20,000 points/night

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Goa – Arpora – Baga

Hilton Jaipur

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pune – Chinchwad

Hilton Garden Inn Trivandrum

 

Category 4: 20,000-30,000 points/night

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Gurgaon – New Delhi NCR

Hilton Garden Inn Gurgaon Baani Square

 

Category 5 : 30,000 – 40,000 points/night

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Bangalore

Hilton Bangalore Embassy GolfLinks

Hilton Mumbai International Airport

Hilton Garden Inn New Delhi/Saket hotel

Hilton Chennai

 

Category 7 : 30,000 – 60,000 points/night

Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat & Spa

 

 

How to earn Hilton HHonors Points?

You can get Hilton HHonors points in many ways. Hilton has partnered with Citi and American Express – offering several credit cards to earn Hilton points

Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature Card

 

Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature Card

  • For a limited time, earn 75,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 or more in eligible purchases in 4 months
  • No Annual fee

 

Hilton HHonors Card from American Express

 

Amex Hilton NA

 

  • Earn 40,000 bonus points after spending $750 or more in eligible purchases in 3 months.
  • No Annual fee

 

Hilton HHonors Surpass Card from American Express

 

Amex Surpass

  • Earn 60,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 or more in eligible purchases in 4 months
  • $75 Annual fee

 

Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Card

 

Citi HH Reserve

 

  • 2 Weekend Nights – Each certificate good for 1 weekend night at select hotels and resorts within the Hilton Portfolio, after making $2,500 in purchases within the first 4 months after account opening.
  • $95 Annual fee

 

You can also transfer Amex Membership Rewards points or Citi ThankYou points to Hilton HHonors. you get 1.5 Hilton point for every Membership Reward points or ThankYou point.

 

ThankYou transferJPG

 

Hotels in India and what are the best redemptions?

Hilton hotels  has approximately 15 properties in India that can be redeemed for award nights with points and many  more properties coming up in the near future. So, if you apply one or more of the above listed credit cards, you could earn a lot of points.

However, there are not many sweet spots in India. Unlike other hotel chains, there are not many properties at lower categories. Given that the prices are so low compared to the points needed, you would be better of getting a card like Barclays Arrival Plus card which gives you $440 worth of travel as a signup bonus.

Here are a few sweet spots we could find among the properties in India.

 

 

There are not many lower level category hotels in India

There are not many lower level category hotels in India

 

Conclusion:

Hilton has 15 properties in India and counting. You can redeem free nights starting at 5,000 points/night. The best possible way to accumulate Hilton points is by getting one or more the Hilton Credit cards offered by Citi and Amex (Listed above)

Unlike other hotel chains, there are not many sweep spots in India. If your intend to apply a credit card for award nights at Hilton properties, you would get more bang for your buck with a card like Barclays Arrival Plus.

 

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