Why pay hundreds or even thousands per night at the best hotels in Europe, when you can book directly with a reasonable number of points?
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With the end of COVID restrictions, the return of international travel and the euro down ($1.02 = €1 at press time), many travelers are finally planning their big European vacations. So much so that it has become extremely difficult to get a reasonably priced flight, even with miles, and hotel rates have skyrocketed to reflect global demand, inflation and shortages.
While the availability of mileage awards on flights between North America and Europe looks dire right now (especially for the coveted Business Class tickets), it’s a different story when it comes to availability. points in European hotels. That you got points to burn with Hilton Honors, IHG One Awards, Marriot BonvoyWhere The world of Hyattthere are thousands of hotels across Europe that you can book without spending a penny.
To get you started on your European dream and planning, we’ve rounded up four of the best points redemptions at hotels on the continent. And for those looking to rack up lots of points now for getaways later, we’ve also included some of the best hotel credit card deals.
Kimpton St Honore Paris, France
Why we love it: France’s first Kimpton property is just as cool as its American counterparts, and then some. Located in the heart of Paris, between Opéra and Madeleine, the 159-room hotel Kimpton St Honore Paris is an avant-garde adaptive reuse of an early 20th century luxury department store. Parisian interior designer Charles Zana keeps history in style with a minimalist approach that blends 1930s art deco inspiration with modern French sensibility. Marvel at the original multi-story spiral staircases, restored to their original grandeur, and admire the City of Light from the rooftop bar and garden, Sequoia, which offers 360-degree views of the tower Eiffel and the Sacred Heart. Expect free amenities like bike rentals and nightly happy hours with wine.
Cost in points: The property can be booked through IHG One Rewards for 84,000 to 90,500 points per night, with excellent rewards availability through next year.
Get points fast: To celebrate the rebranding of IHG’s loyalty program, the IHG® Rewards Premier Credit Card (annual fee of $99) increased its welcome offer up to the equivalent of 180,000 miles (140,000 bonus miles plus a free night certificate up to 40,000 points) after spending $3,000 on purchases at during the first three months. Combined, that’s enough for two nights at the Kimpton St Honoré Paris. If you already have a travel partner in mind, also ask them to get the card and so—you have four fabulous nights in the City of Lights for free. It’s so simple!
Park Hyatt Vienna, Austria
Why we love it: One of the largest and oldest banks in the center of Vienna has been transformed into an elegant and stately hotel. The 143 rooms Park Hyatt Vienna breathtaking at every turn, starting with the sparkling underground spa and pool, housed in the former bank vault. Downstairs, the expansive cashier room is now the Bank Brasserie and Bar, serving up the most epic of breakfast buffets and dinners with new interpretations of brasserie classics. On the upper floors, the rooms and suites exude Viennese sophistication, trimmed in gold and framed in beautiful walnut wood panels, with bathrooms completely clad in marble. Although not as well-known as the grande dames of, say, Paris and Rome, the Park Hyatt Vienna certainly ranks among the best in Europe.
Cost in points: As a World of Hyatt Category 6 property, Park Hyatt Vienna’s standard redemption rate is 25,000 points per night, dropping to 21,000 in low season and up to 29,000 during peak hours .
Get points fast: With the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card ($95 annual fee), earn 60,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points after spending $4,000 within the first three months of account opening. You can then transfer these bonus points to World of Hyatt in a 1:1 ratio.
Hilton Molino Stucky Venice, Italy
Why we love it: The best way to appreciate Italy’s most iconic skyline is through Venice proper, to the island of Giudecca at the top of the Hilton Molino Stucky Venice. A former flour mill factory, this Hilton skyscraper has transformed and united 13 buildings into a single 379-room property, where well-lit rooms are bursting with color and regal touches. Multiple food and drink outlets speak to Italy’s reputation for fine cuisine and mixology, highlights of which include a multi-course dinner at Aromi Restaurant and cocktails at the rooftop Skyline Bar. The 3,229 square foot Presidential Suite is the tallest and largest suite in Venice with its own private watchtower and fitness center.
Cost in points: Standard rooms cost as little as 39,000 Hilton Honors points per night off-season and 67,000 on-season. For a truly luxurious experience, book a newly renovated Molino Deluxe room, which starts at 67,000 per night off-season and 107,000 per night on-season. The Presidential Suite is also bookable with points, typically at just under 2 million points per night.
Get points fast: The Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card (annual fee $95, see rates and fees) offers 130,000 Hilton Honors bonus points after spending $2,000 in the first three months of a la carte membership. (Certain conditions apply.) It’s also easy to transfer Amex Membership Rewards points to Hilton Honors points at a ratio of 1:2, which means 100,000 Amex points are converted into 200,000 Hilton Honors points.
The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul, Turkey
Why we love it: Rising on the banks of the Bosphorus, the Ritz Carlton, Istanbul is a modern marvel with all the trappings of a big city hotel. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer privileged views from 243 rooms and suites, recently renovated under the direction of renowned Portuguese interior designer Patricia Pina. The property includes a Turkish hammam, an indoor heated swimming pool and an outdoor heated infinity pool.
Cost in points: Despite the spot prices that the Ritz-Carlton brand typically commands, the point cost of this outpost is surprisingly low. It usually runs between 38,000 and 50,000 Bonvoy points per night for a stay.
Get points fast: With the current offer on the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Credit Card, earn five free nights (each worth up to 50,000 points) after spending $5,000 on purchases within the first three months of opening your account. Yes, that’s five free nights at a Ritz-Carlton hotel with a single credit card introductory offer (with a $95 annual fee).
Although the offers mentioned above are accurate at the time of publication, they are subject to change at any time and may have changed or may no longer be available.
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