Understanding Hilton HHonors [Axon] and [Glon] Awards.
Pay attention to this, because I’m about to throw down some truth. And it’s going to change your life. I take that back. I don’t know if it’s going to change your life your life, but it will add incredible punch to your rewards travel portfolio.
It’s true that Hilton HHonors has devalued their program a gazzillion times in the last couple of years. That’s a lot, if you don’t know. Standard rooms can be harder to come by and are being priced as premium rooms. BUT, there are 2 ways in to find redonkulous value in Hilton HHonors. Axon and Glon awards.
And we already know from my Hilton Destination post last week that Hilton has some killer destinations.
Hilton HHonors properties include:
- Waldorf Astoria® Hotels & Resorts
- Conrad® Hotels & Resorts
- Hilton Hotels & Resorts
- DoubleTree by Hilton™
- Embassy Suites Hotels™
- Hilton Garden Inn®
- Hampton Inn®
- Homewood Suites by Hilton®
- Home2 Suites by Hilton®
- Hilton Grand Vacations®
Here’s the standard award chart for Hilton properties.
And here’s the award chart for Waldorf Astoria properties.
Those are kinda steep prices for an award night, but we know Hilton HHonors points can be earned in bunches (Virgin Atlantic, Hawaiian, Citi Hilton and Amex Hilton cards). But the real value with Hilton HHonors is being able to take advantage of the following discounted rates.
What is “Glon” aka Vip Awards?
Sounds like a Star Trek character to me. You can gain access to Glon awards if you have Silver, Gold, or Diamond status with Hilton. Since you just need to have Silver status to have access to Glon awards- all you have to do is apply for any Hilton branded credit card that gives you status. The standard Hilton Amex gives you Silver and the new Citi Hilton Reserve card gives you GOLD. You can also earn status with Hilton HHonors for stays, too. So as long as you have at least Silver status, the Glon doorways are open for you.
But why should you care? Because these are discounted rates! But there are two rules you need to follow with Glon rewards:
- you must be staying 4 or more nights
- you must stay in a 3-7 category hotel. Waldorf Astoria properties are above category 7 (legit) and have their own award chart. But Glon discounts are available with them as well.
- 4 nights – 15% off
- 5 nights – 20% off
- 6 + nights- 25% off
Axon awards or [American Express only awards] are a tremendous way to save when booking Hilton vacations. To be eligible for these awards, you must hold in your wallet 1 of the American Express Hilton branded cards.
Axon awards are good for 4 night stays (or multitude of 4 nights) in category 5-7 Hilton hotels.
Here are the Axon discounts:
- Category 5 – 125,000 Hilton HHonors points (not a better discount than Glon)
- Category 6 – 125,000 Hilton HHonors points (8% better than Glon, and 22% better than Standard)
- Category 7 – 145,000 Hilton HHonors points (15% better than Glon, and 28% better than Standard)
Glon awards, and especially Axon awards, are a great way to get a stellar vacation at a great discount. Glon awards are best for Category 3-5 award properties and at Waldorf Astoria properties 4 nights or more.
And Axon awards are where’s its at for 4 night stays at Category 6-7 properties.
You can also combine these award options and add standard night stays or certificate night stays on either side of a reservation. So when booking a Hilton vaca, it’s imperative you do your research so you can book the cheapest award rate possible.
I will definitely be adding the new Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card to my next app party to maximize my Hilton stays. I can add the free weekend nights on either side of the reservation, get free breakfast, internet, and late check out with the Gold Status. Plus, it doesn’t have any foreign transaction fees (chip and pin too), and I’ll earn 10 Hilton HHonors points per $1 at Hiltons worldwide. Boom Boom. I will also being adding some more cards that earn Hilton points as well, so keep an eye out for that post.
Have questions? Don’t hesitate to email or comment below.
— Noob Master