Waldorf Astoria Maldives – How we Booked all on Points
Waldorf Astoria Maldives – How we Booked all on Points
Ask just about anyone to describe their dream destination, First Word – Maldives!
Today we look at the New Waldorf Astoria Maldives Resort Ithaafushi Island, South Male Atoll in the Indian Ocean & How we booked this amazing resort all on Points.
Staying in the Maldives is as glamorous as it gets. Think white fluffy sands, think turquoise warm lagoons, think ultra-luxurious 5 Star accommodation & dining. You have just found why the Maldives appeal is up their on most people’s “Bucket List” of places to stay in the world.
The Waldorf Astoria Maldives Opening
On the 1st July 2019, the highly anticipated grand opening of the Maldives newest high-end, 5 Star Resort opens its doors to the public.
The Waldorf Astoria formerly known as The Waldorf-Astoria Collection, is part of the Hilton’s worldwide luxury hotel and resort portfolio.
The Waldorf Astoria offers the highest standards of facilities and service throughout the world and is the “Flag Ship” brand of Hilton worldwide.
The resort consists of a total of 122 beach villas, reef villas and overwater villas all with their own private swimming pools spanning across three private islands.
With 11 specialty dining venues and bars including a treetop restaurant & a world-class lifestyle spa and wellness sanctuary. A countless number of watersports activities, the
Waldorf Astoria Young Discovery Park which is a water recreation area and exciting activities for kids plus a Romantic wedding pavilion.
The resorts nearest airport is Male International (Velana International Airport) served by most of the leading airlines in the world.
Being approximately only 30 minutes from Male airport, the Waldorf Astoria have confirmed transfers to and from the resort will be by a luxury yacht accessible 24 hours a day according to information received.
“Upon entering the airport arrivals hall, you will be met by a member of the resort Concierge team who will accompany you to your yacht transfer and assist you in all aspects of your arrival. The Concierge team will also provide this service upon departure at the end of your stay”.
A shared transfer on the resort’s private yacht is charged at US$350 + taxes and service per person, per way. It’s still yet to be confirmed if customers staying at the resort will be granted complimentary access to any lounge like the Conrad Lounge at Male Airport.
From February 2019, the resorts website started to display cash price’s per night for all accommodations. However, there were still no information listed officially if the resort would even be allowing award availability using Hilton honor points at this stage.
The highest award category points per night was usually 95,000 Hilton Honors before the Waldorf Astoria raised the total of points required to stay in the King Beach Villa with Pool to 120,000 HH points per night.
However, people who have already booked have been able to use the “Free Weekend Night” certificates earned via Credit Card offers against bookings which represent amazing savings in Hilton honor points or incredible cash savings on room bookings.
Also Hilton honors Silver / Gold or Diamond members receive “One free night for every five nights” booked + Hilton Gold / Diamond members also receive free Breakfasts on all stays.
We did not have a Hilton “Free Weekend Night” certificate, but one of us luckily was a Hilton Gold member. Our total Hilton honor points required for our 7 nights stay in the King Beach Villa with Pool came to a total of 720,000 HH points + $84.00 in resort taxes.
120,000 HH Points per night x 7 = 840,000 minus One night Free for being a Hilton Gold Member = 720,000 Hilton honor points.
These 720,000 HH points represent an approximate value against paying cash for a King Beach Villa with Pool in March of $12,215.00 (standard room rate) + 23.2% in taxes = $2833 – final total cost saving $15,048.00.
How we collected the Points…
Firstly, we did have a bit of a head start on our collection of Hilton honor points as a result from our previous stay at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island.
Due to us being Hilton Diamond members, our Conrad Maldives stay all on Points resulted in Hilton crediting back to our accounts over 190k HH Points for free. Hilton status members receive a certain percentage of points back on stays when using points for all bookings.
100% ELITE STATUS BONUS
With Diamond elite status, you automatically receive a 100% bonus on all the Hilton Honors Base Points you earn.
We both then signed up to the American express Gold Card which enabled us to earn 25,000 Amex Reward points each. This included being referred to the American express preferred rewards card which provided us 22,000 Amex Reward points instead of 20,000.
We both then took out free supplementary Amex Gold Cards on both accounts providing us an additional 3,000 MR Points each.
22,000 Amex Gold Card Sign up Bonus + 3,000 Amex MR Bonus for each Supplementary Card per account.
Total Amex Membership Reward Points = 50,000 MR Points.
American express Reward Points transfer over to Hilton honor accounts at a rate of 2:1 so a total of 100,000 Hilton honor points.
Unfortunately, American Express very recently have reduced the Amex Gold Card Sign up Bonus to 10,000 Membership Reward Points but if you “Contact Us” we can get you an additional Bonus of 2,000 MR Points so a total of 12,000 Amex Reward Points + 3,000 points for your first supplementary card = 15,000 MR Points all for Free.
If you would like to earn the equivalent of 30,000 Hilton honor Points for free like we did each, Click here >CONTACT US< and we will send you all the details.
Buying Hilton Points offer
Recently, Hilton have been promoting an amazing deal open to all Hilton honor members. To be able to take advantage of this great offer, you will need to sign up to the Hilton honor membership sheme by clicking here: https://www.hilton.com/en/hilton-honors/
This offer includes the benefit of buying Hilton Points whilst attracting up to a 100% Bonus on all point purchases.
The Hilton bonus point offer runs until 28th May, 2019.
- Registered members of the Hilton honours loyalty scheme will earn 100% Bonus Points on all purchases of points starting at 5000 points.
- An additional 100% Bonus Points will be awarded for every purchase of points up to a maximum of 80,000 points per member, per calendar year.
- Points will be credited to members accounts within 24 hours from purchase.
- Hilton reserve the right to withdraw the promotion at any time.
Hilton allow all members to purchase up to 80,000 HH Points per calendar year. Using the bonus point offer you will receive an additional 80,000 HH Points on a purchase of the maximum yearly allowance 80,000 + 80,000 = 160,000 Hilton honor points.
We took advantage of our full years allowance by utilising this offer so we purchased 80,000 HH Points each resulting in a total of 320,000 Hilton honor points.
This cost us $800 x 2 = $1600.00 in total which gave us 320,000 HH Points.
We used our points to redeem against 2 x nights + 80,000 HH Points left over or another 2/3rds of another night at the Waldorf Astoria Maldives = 2 nights + 2/3 of a night.
When you look at the value we achieved by purchasing those points in this latest Promotion, you can see why we jumped on this deal as soon as it turned up in our inbox.
To purchase 2 nights + 2/3rds of a night would cost in cash to pay for the King Beach Villa with Pool – $4661.70, by utilising this Hilton buy Points offer cost us $1600 representing a saving of $3061.70.
If your thinking of booking the Waldorf Astoria in the Maldives for as cheap as possible, we would strongly recommend buying your full yearly allowance each.
We have provided the link to the offer here – Hilton Buy Points
At this stage by utilising the Amex Gold Card Sign up Bonus Points offers and the latest Hilton buy points offer, we were sitting at 610,000 Hilton honor points, only 110,000 HH Points left to collect.
We made up the remaining points by using some Virgin Atlantic Miles transferred over to Hilton which transfers over at a rate of 2:3 and two Amex Gold Card 10,000 MR Points anniversary bonus points each.
The Amex anniversary bonus points transferred over to Hilton bagged us 40,000 HH Points.
Our Verdict / Recommendations
By following the methods we used, we were able to collect all the Hilton Honor points required to stay in the King Beach Villa with Pool. You can also save yourself thousands against the cash purchase prices at the Waldorf Astoria Ithaafushi Maldives.
In total, a 7 Night stay in the King Beach Villa with Pool cost us only $1684.00 against the cash purchase cost – $15,048.00
That represents a total cash saving of $13,364.00
Our recommendations would be to sign up to our Newsletter to ensure you receive to your inbox any new Hilton Bonus Point offers.
Take out the American Express Gold Card to bag the 30,000 Hilton Honor points for free each via our link we can send to you, if you “Contact Us”.
Also, if you will need to acquire Hilton Gold Status to bag the “One Free Night for every Five nights” booked which also will provide you with Free Breakfasts at this resort for all persons staying in your accommodation (Estimated Value $100 each per day).
We can send you details, if you make contact with us using the link in our Home Page Menu how to get Hilton Gold Status very easily without even needing to step foot in a Hotel.
We have proved in this article that anyone is able to stay in ultra-luxurious, 5 Star accommodation in one of the worlds most sought after locations on a budget.
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We hope you have learnt today by reading our review how to book 5 Star Maldives Resorts on a Budget using Points. If you have any questions or want to ask anything, please feel free to leave a comment below.