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Best value Hilton HHonors hotels in Orlando for your points

by on Wed August 17, 2016 • No Comment
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Orlando vacations can get very expensive, very quickly, with just tickets to parks like Disney and Universal often running over $100 per day. Using points to cover your hotel costs is a perfect way to cut some of the costs out of your next trip to Orlando, and we’ve found some of the best values for using Hilton HHonors points, which are pretty easy to earn.

For research purposes, we checked the same dates at all properties to determine approximate value per point. We looked at a couple weekday low season dates as well as a few weekend high season rates to try to get a good value range.

We value Hilton points at just under half a cent each, so that’s a good baseline for a redemption. Anything above 1 cent is a great deal (like a $350 hotel for 35,000 points), and getting 2 cents per point in value is a rare but outstanding deal. When booking with Hilton points it is typically very difficult to find value much higher than 0.5 cents per point, as you will see in our valuations for Hilton Orlando properties below.

Some of the most valuable properties in Orlando we have found didn’t even always reach a value of 0.5 cents per point and we typically wouldn’t recommend using your Hilton points at these properties even though they are the highest value properties we have found. It would make more sense to spend cash at these hotels and earn more Hilton point than use your Hilton points unless you are looking to get rid of them or have a lot of points.

Make sure to check the value you are getting for your points for each night you plan to stay as value can vary significantly from night to night, especially when comparing weekend to weekday hotel prices.

That said, here are our picks for the best value Hilton properties in the Orlando, Florida:

Best for Luxury

Waldorf Astoria properties and other high-end Hilton Properties were considered in the Luxury category.

Waldorf Astoria Orlando – 50,000 – 80,000 points

The Waldorf Astoria Orlando is the only true luxury Hilton property that is currently available in the Orlando area. The hotel is 4.5 miles from Epcot and 5.1 miles from Magic Kingdom with complimentary shuttle service included to both. At the hotel, you’ll find an outdoor pool, golf course, day spa, and multiple dining options to keep you busy while you’re not exploring the various parks in Orlando. The Waldorf Astoria Orlando costs between 50,000 and 80,000 Hilton points per night and we saw values between 0.40 and 0.43 cents per point on the days we researched. This is the only hotel included on this list that at no date we checked was there a value of at least 0.5 cents per point. We generally would not recommend using points at this property considering the value you would get out of them.

Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek – 30,000 – 50,000 points

Though it’s only a 4-star hotel, we think that this Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek is a viable luxury alternative to the Waldorf Astoria Orlando. This hotel features a 3-acre pool and a lazy river and 12 restaurants and lounges. There is also a spa on-site and a golf course for those looking to get a few rounds in. There is a complimentary shuttle to all Disney World theme parks. This hotel will run you between 30,000 and 50,000 points per night, so you’ll be able to save some points compared with the rates at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando. Points valuations were also overall higher on the dates we researched, ranging from 0.37 to 0.60 cents per point.

Best for Budget near Disney

Hotels that could be booked for 20,000 points per night or less were considered for the Budget category. Some hotels that can be booked for 20,000 points per night are only available at that price point for part of the year; these hotels were still included in this category.

Hampton Inn Orlando Near Universal Blv/International Dr – 20,000 points

The Hampton Inn Orlando Near Universal Boulevard and International Drive offers complimentary shuttle service to both Disney and Universal Studios, for this reason and that points values ranged from 0.47 to 1.00 cents per point on the dates we researched, this hotel has been included in the budget category for both Disney and Universal Studios. The hotel costs a very reasonable 20,000 points per night all throughout the year.

Hampton Inn Orlando Lake Buena Vista – 20,000 to 30,000 points

The Hampton Inn Orlando Lake Buena Vista didn’t generally offer as good of point values as paid rates tended to be lower than the Hampton Inn Orlando Near Universal Blv/International Dr, but it still presents a good option for a place to stay near Disney. There is a Disney ticket counter at the hotel as well as a complimentary shuttle to all area attractions. Rooms cost 20,000 to 30,000 points per night, and points values were found to be between 0.42 and 0.58 cents per point on the dates researched.

Best for Budget Near Universal

Hotels that could be booked for 20,000 points per night or less were considered for the Budget category. Some hotels that can be booked for 20,000 points per night are only available at that price point for part of the year; these hotels were still included in this category.

Hampton Inn Orlando Near Universal Blv/International Dr – 20,000 points

The Hampton Inn Orlando Near Universal Boulevard and International Drive offers complimentary shuttle service to both Disney and Universal Studios, for this reason and that points values ranged from 0.47 to 1.00 cents per point on the dates we researched, this hotel has been included in the budget category for both Disney and Universal Studios. The hotel costs a very reasonable 20,000 points per night all throughout the year.

Homewood Suites by Hilton Orlando – Nearest to Univ Studios – 20,000 – 30,000 points

The Homewood Suites by Hilton Orlando – Nearest to Univ Studios when they say they’re close to Universal Studios! They’re a mere 0.9 miles away from Universal and 7.8 miles away from Disney. A free hot breakfast is provided as well as a light dinner and drinks every Monday to Thursday night, saving you a little bit more on your vacation. The hotel costs 20,000 to 30,000 points per night with values per point on the dates we researched ranging from 0.38 to 0.80 cents per point.

Best for Budget near SeaWorld

Hotels that could be booked for 20,000 points per night or less were considered for the Budget category. Some hotels that can be booked for 20,000 points per night are only available at that price point for part of the year; these hotels were still included in this category.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Orlando at SeaWorld – 20,000 – 30,000 points

The DoubleTree by Hilton is set on 28 acres adjacent to SeaWorld Orlando – you can’t beat the location if SeaWorld is the park you are looking to visit! There is a free shuttle to SeaWorld from the hotel. The hotel has three pools, two of which are outdoor, a couple of dining options, and a fitness center. The hotel costs between 20,000 and 30,000 points per night with points values ranging from 0.49 to 0.90 on the dates we researched. Even on the lower end of this range, values were about on par with Milecards’ 0.50 cent per point valuation of Hilton HHonors points.

Hampton Inn & Suites Orlando – John Young Pkwy/S. Park – 20,000 – 30,000 points

Rooms at the Hampton Inn & Suites Orlando – John Young Pkwy/S. Park cost between 20,000 and 30,000 points per night. The hotel is located an eight minute drive from the Orange County Convention Center, an 11- minute drive from SeaWorld, and a 14-minute drive from Universal Studios. The hotel is only a 2-star, but reviews on Google are quite good at 4.6 out of 5 stars at time of research. Point values were found to be between 0.59 and 0.80 cents per point on the dates researched.

Best for Suites for Families

Homewood Suites by Hilton International Drive/Convention Center – 20,000 – 30,000 points

If you’re looking for a little extra room for the family, you don’t have to look much further than the Homewood Suites by Hilton International Drive/Convention Center. The hotel has rooms ranging from studio suites up to two bedroom suites. When redeeming points, you will likely be given a studio suite, which is still more room than a regular hotel room. The hotel is located only 2.6 miles from Universal Orlando Resort, and there’s a shuttle to the park. A free breakfast is provided daily as well as a light dinner and drinks from Monday to Thursday nights. Rooms at the Homewood Suites cost between 20,000 and 30,000 points per night. We found points values to be between 0.55 and 0.83 cents per point on the nights we researched.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Orlando International Drive Jamaican Court – 30,000 – 40,000 points

If you’re looking for a different all-suite option, the Embassy Suites by Hilton Orlando International Drive Jamaican Court is another solid option. The hotel is all suites and is located only 1.9 miles from Universal Studios Orlando. There is complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast every morning and nightly snacks and drinks. There’s a pool, fitness center, and complimentary shuttle service to area attractions. The Embassy Suites even offers babysitting, for an extra fee. Points values were found to be between 0.36 and 0.83 cents per point on the nights we researched with points costs per night ranging between 30,000 and 40,000 points per night.

These are just a start – it’s always worth spending time to research other hotels that you might be interested in staying at and what availability and value looks like on your specific travel dates.

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