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Learn How and Where to Plan Your Dream Family Vacation at #KidsNTrips

BY La Jolla Mom

The diversity of the Hilton Worldwide portfolio makes the Hilton HHonors™ Card from American Express incredibly valuable to any type of traveler, families included. Why? Because summer is on the horizon and points earned can be redeemed for stays at a very wide range of properties across the globe.

Conrad and Waldorf Astoria are on the luxury side as well as Embassy Suites and Hampton Inn on the budget end. Hilton, Doubletree and more fill options in between. Plus, a number of resorts around the world lack outright Hilton branding and are still members of Hilton HHonors, such as the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa and the SLS Las Vegas.

I do believe that the quickest way for most travelers to earn hotel stays with points is via the responsible use of a loyalty credit card. Therefore, as a Hilton HHonors™ member, I am so pleased to announce that we’ve partnered with American Express for our next #KidsNTrips family travel Twitter chat.

In anticipation of the summer holidays, we’ll discuss our best family travel planning tips, the benefits of the Hilton HHonors Card from American Express and our favorite resorts in the Hilton Worldwide portfolio to book with points.

Speaking of which, I’ve identified these four properties as awesome contenders for a family vacation… always a fun exercise.

Conrad Maldives Rangali

The Maldives is a bucket list destination for many, a popular honeymoon choice, and great for families. While your brood will need to rough it in an overwater bungalow or other posh digs at Conrad Maldives Rangali, the resort is famous in recent years for offering an underwater suite for two inside the world’s first all-glass underwater restaurant onsite (pictured above). I do not believe you can book the underwater suite with points but I had to mention it anyway to give you an idea of how amazing this property is. I would love to take my daughter to the Maldives.

Waldorf Astoria New York

Waldorf Astoria New York City

As a fan of Art Deco, my husband loves this New York City luxury hotel. The Midtown location is fantastic and walkable (important with kids in tow) to much of NYC’s best shopping, dining, and attractions. Waldorf Astoria New York has large (for New York City) rooms and suites that are perfect for families. We enjoyed our stay here very much.

La Quinta Resort and Spa

La Quinta Resort and Spa in Palm Springs

I spent a lot of time here as a kid and loved everything about La Quinta Resort and Spa from date shakes to golf and tennis lessons. I’ve been meaning to take a quick road trip out here with my daughter, who shockingly hasn’t ever been to the Palm Springs area. The resort recently underwent a multimillion dollar enhancement to modernize rooms and facilities, but they’ve retained the Spanish-style elements and Palm Springs charm that people have loved for so many years.

Grand Wailea Resort

Hibiscus Pool at the Grand Wailea Resort in Maui

Forty acres of tropical, beachfront property in Maui? Sign me up. While this is the adults-only pool, there is plenty of family fun to be had at the luxurious Grand Wailea Resort. Teens have their own lounge and kids can enjoy half and all-day camp adventures while other activities include the beach, poolside workshops, water rides and much more. I’ve heard nothing but great things about this property from travelers who have stayed here.

Get There with the Hilton HHonors Card from American Express

Ready for a family vacation? Help fund it with points earned by using the Hilton HHonors Card from American Express.

For a limited time, the Hilton HHonors™ Card from American Express is offering 60,000 HHonors Bonus points with $1,000 spend in the first 3 months of Card membership. There is also no annual fee!

Additionally, with the Hilton HHonors Card from American Express, you can:

  • Receive complimentary Silver Hilton HHonors status
  • Accumulate points faster:
    • Hotels & Resorts – Earn 7 Hilton HHonors Bonus Points for each dollar of eligible purchases at any participating hotel within the Hilton HHonors portfolio of brands.
    • Gas Stations & Supermarkets – Earn 5 Hilton HHonors Bonus Points for each dollar of eligible purchases:
    • All Other Eligible Purchases – You will receive 3 HHonors Bonus Points for each dollar of other eligible purchases.

Learn More at the Family Travel Planning #KidsNTrips Twitter Party with American Express

Share your best family travel planning tips at the next #KidsNTrips Twitter party! Your participation may just earn you an American Express gift card to spend during your next holiday.

No RSVP is necessary and the prize winner will be announced after the party when we’ve confirmed participant eligibility.

Who: @lajollamom, @jenleo, @travelmamas and @AmericanExpress
Special Guests@ruralmoms (from (from  @WanderingEds (from, and @cb_gilbert  (from
When: Thursday, April 16 at 9:30am PT/12:30pm ET
Where: On Twitter using hashtag #KidsNTrips
Prizes: One $200 American Express gift card and two $100 American Express gift cards

Looking forward to chatting with you Thursday on Twitter!

*Special thanks to our sponsor, American Express. No purchase is necessary to win a prize. See Twitter party prize full terms and conditions.

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