Hilton is one of the world’s largest hotel brands. The Hilton Honors loyalty program is suitable for both leisure and business travelers in city centers, near airports, convention centers and popular tourist destinations.
Booking directly through Hilton can earn Hilton Honors members exclusive discounts, amenities, award nights and elite status. Find out everything you need to know about Hilton Honors below.
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Hilton Honors Quick Facts
|Personal Credit Cards||Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card
Hilton Honors American Express
|Business Credit Cards||Hilton Honors American Express Business|
|Redemption Options||Hotel stays
Points & Money
On property rewards
|Value Per Point||$0.002 – $0.01+
$0.006 on average
Hilton Honors Brands
Hilton Honors includes 18 distinct brands in over 6,200 locations across 118 countries. The program has a hotel for every style, budget and occasion.
The Hilton portfolio includes the following brands:
|HILTON HOTELS & RESORTS: With more than 570 properties across six continents, Hilton Hotels & Resorts stands as the stylish, innovative leader of hospitality.|
|WALDORF ASTORIA HOTELS & RESORTS: In landmark destinations around the globe, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts truly reflect their location and are fresh expressions of the legendary True Waldorf Service.|
|CONRAD HOTELS & RESORTS: At Conrad Hotels & Resorts, luxury is a style you can connect with and service that is attuned to your every need.|
|CANOPY BY HILTON: For those seeking an energizing and comfortable experience, Canopy by Hilton is the fresh, neighborhood hotel that creates a positive stay through simple guest-directed service and thoughtful local choices.|
|CURIO COLLECTION BY HILTON: Each hotel in the Curio Collection is completely different from the next. Curio is a collection of hand-picked hotels that are authentic, independent and remarkable.|
|DOUBLETREE BY HILTON: Full-service and full of warmth, DoubleTree by Hilton has more than 400 wonderful places to stay, occupying prime locations in gateway cities and getaway destinations around the globe.|
|TAPESTRY COLLECTION BY HILTON: Tapestry Collection by Hilton is a gathering of original hotels chosen because of a commitment to being anything but generic.|
|TEMPO BY HILTON: This lifestyle hotel brand offers accommodations to help guests relax and recharge; inspiring public spaces, including an open lobby concept with dedicated spaces to relax, work, and dine.|
|EMBASSY SUITES BY HILTON: All guests are welcomed with a two-room suite, free made-to-order breakfast each morning, and complimentary drinks and snacks for two hours every night.|
|LXR HOTEL & RESORTS: Immerse yourself in this network of legendary luxury properties found in the world’s most alluring locations.|
|HILTON GARDEN INN: With over 530 locations worldwide, they understand what you need to get from one busy, bustling business day to the next, and we’ll go above and beyond to ensure each stay is a successful one.|
|MOTTO BY HILTON: This brand is Hilton’s new micro-hotel offering travelers centrally located, reasonably priced, and less traditional lodging. It is for today’s modern, global community of travelers.|
|SIGNIA BY HILTON: This is a new portfolio of premier hotels in highly sought-after urban and resort destinations.|
|TRU BY HILTON: Tru by Hilton is a revolutionary new brand that is simplified, spirited and grounded in value for guests with a zest for life and a desire for human connection.|
|HOMEWOOD SUITES BY HILTON: In every suite they give you a spacious living room and a real kitchen with a full-sized fridge, and a comfortable bedroom with space to spread out and organize.|
|HOME2 SUITES BY HILTON: Home2 Suites by Hilton is more than a midscale, extended-stay hotel; it’s a spirited and innovative hotel brand for the savvy, value-wise traveler staying a few months or a few nights.|
|HAMPTON BY HILTON: This upper-midscale brand provides exceptional guest experience and consistent, high-quality accomodations and amenities.|
|HILTON GRAND VACATIONS: Hilton Grand Vacations develops, markets and operates a collection of high-quality vacation ownership resorts in renowned travel destinations.|
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Hilton Honors Elite Status
Hilton Honors has three tiers of elite status. As you spend more nights at Hilton properties, you’ll move up in status. Once you earn an elite status, you’ll get to reap the benefits for the rest of the calendar year and all of the following year.
|ELITE STATUS||QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS|
|Silver||4 stays or 10 nights|
|Gold||20 stays or 40 nights or 75,000 base points|
|Diamond||30 stays or 60 nights or 120,000 base points|
As you move up from Silver to Diamond, you’ll unlock additional hotel benefits.
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Earning Hilton Honors Points: Co-Branded Credit Cards
American Express (Amex) issues two personal Hilton Honors credit cards and one small business card. Using these co-branded cards for your everyday purchases is a quick and easy way to stack up on Hilton points.
The Hilton Honors American Express Card offers 80,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points after you spend $1,000 in purchases on the Hilton Honors American Express Card in the first 3 months of Card Membership. Plus, you can earn an additional 50,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points after you spend a total of $5,000 in purchases on the Card in the first 6 months.
You'll have the opportunity to earn 7X Hilton Honors Bonus Points for each dollar of eligible purchases charged directly with a hotel or resort within the Hilton Honors portfolio of brands., 5X Hilton Honors Bonus Points for each dollar of eligible purchases at U.S. restaurants, U.S. supermarkets, and U.S. gas stations, & 3X Hilton Honors Bonus Points for all other eligible purchases on your Card.
This card comes with annual fee and no foreign transaction fees, so you can enjoy international travel without additional fees on purchases made abroad. (See Rates & Fees)
The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card has a welcome offer of up to 180,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points. Earn 130,000 Bonus Points after you spend $2,000 in purchases on the Hilton Honors Business Card in the first 3 months of Card Membership. Plus, you can earn an additional 50,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points after you spend a total of $10,000 in purchases on the Card in the first 6 months.
You'll earn 12X at hotels and resorts in the Hilton portfolio, 6X on Select Business & Travel Purchases, 3X on all other eligible purchases. Terms & Limitations Apply.
In addition, you can enjoy complimentary Hilton Honors Gold Status with your Hilton Honors Business Card & earn a Weekend Night Reward from Hilton Honors after you spend $15,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year.
This card has a $95 annual fee. (See Rates & Fees)
American Express (Amex) issues three personal Hilton Honors credit cards and one small business card. Using these co-branded cards for your everyday purchases is a quick and easy way to stack up on Hilton points.
|CREDIT CARD||ONGOING REWARDS|
|Hilton Honors American Express Surpass
$95 annual fee
|12x on Hilton
6x on restaurants, supermarkets & gas stations
3x on all other purchases
|Hilton Honors American Express
$0 annual fee
|7x on Hilton
5x on restaurants, supermarkets & gas stations
3x on all other purchases
|Hilton Honors American Express Business
$95 annual fee
|12x on Hilton
6x on select business purchases*
3x on all other purchases
*Select business purchases include at gas stations and restaurants, and on wireless telephone services, shipping, flights and car rentals.
Bear in mind, you can only earn the welcome bonus on each Amex personal or business card once in your lifetime.
Earning Hilton Honors Points: Other Ways
The simplest way to earn points is by staying at an Hilton brands hotel. The number of points you’ll get depends on the brand and your elite status:
|STATUS||MOST HILTON BRANDS||TRU & HOME2 SUITES HOTELS|
|Member||10x points||5x points|
|Silver||12x points||6x points|
|Gold||18x points||9x points|
|Diamond||20x points||10x points|
In order to earn points, you must book directly with Hilton. Using an online travel agency (Expedia, Priceline, etc.) or a bank travel portal (Chase Ultimate Rewards®, etc.) won’t get you IHG points or elite benefits.
Pool your points with up to 10 other people for award stays. This is a great option if you’re going on vacation with the extended family or a group of friends.
Points pooling is free to use. You can transfer a minimum of 1,000 Hilton points at a time and up to 500,000 points in a calendar year. Each Hilton Honors member can receive a maximum of two million Hilton points every year.
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Link a debit or credit card to Hilton Honors Dining to earn bonus points every time you eat out at a participating restaurant.
There’s no minimum spend required. Plus, you’ll earn on tax and tips.
Through the Hilton Honors Event Planner Program, earn 1x Hilton points on qualifying events at participating Hilton hotels.
There’s no minimum spend required, and you can earn up to 100,000 Hilton points per event.
Because Hilton Honors is an Amex Membership Rewards transfer partner, you can move your Membership Rewards points to Hilton at a 1:2 ratio. Keep an eye out for promotions that offer bonuses for your transfer.
This isn’t the best way to “earn” points, because you can often get better value with other transfer partners. But it is a decent solution if you’re just shy of an award stay.
Earn points with Hilton travel partners: Alamo, Enterprise, National, Cruises Only, Priority Pass and Lyft.
Car rentals. Get 500 Hilton points every time you rent a car from Alamo, Enterprise or National. Receive an additional 500 points for each day of your rental, for a maximum of 5,000 points.
Cruises. Earn up to 50,000 Hilton points when you book through Cruises Only’s Hilton partner site. The number of points you’ll receive depends on the length of your cruise.
Lounge access. Get up to 10,000 Hilton points when you purchase a membership with Priority Pass. The number of points you’ll receive depends on which plan you choose.
Rideshare. Earn up to 3x Hilton points on Lyft rides.
If you’re short of a redemption, you can purchase the Hilton points you need – up to 80,000 points every calendar year at a rate of $0.01 per point.
Every once in a while, Hilton will do a promotion for as low as $0.005 each point. Log into your account to see the current promotions and cost for buying points.
Redeeming Hilton Honors Points
Before going through all the ways you can use your Hilton Honors points, let’s go over when they expire.
Hilton Honors award pricing depends on brand, location, time of the year and demand. With that said, an award night will cost between 5,000 points to 95,000 points for a standard room.
You should expect to have a higher required number of points for your award stay if you tend to travel to popular destinations at peak times of the year.
In general, you’ll find better award rates if you book more than 90 days before your stay and with the following brands:
- Embassy Suites
- Hampton by Hilton
- Home2 Suites
Hilton honors gives you the option to pay with both points and cash if you don’t have enough points for an award nigh. You can decide how many points you want to use, starting at 5,000 points and in 1,000-point increments.
Depending on where you want to stay, using Points & Money might be a cheaper option than purchasing the points you need. Keep in mind, your Points & Money selection is set in stone. There’s no way to cancel and get a partial cash refund.
Being a big company in the travel industry, Hilton has numerous travel partners including:
- AeroFlot Russian Airlines
- Air Asia
- Air Canada
- Air France/KLM
- Air New Zealand
- Alaska Airlines
- All Nippon Airways
- American Airlines
- Asiana Airlines
- British Airways
- Cathay Pacific
- China Eastern Airlines
- Delta Air Lines
- Ethiopian Airlines
- Etihad Airways
- EVA Air
- Frontier Airlines
- Garuda Indonesia
- Hainan Airlines
- Hawaiian Airlines
- Iceland Air
- Japan Airlines
- Jet Airways
- Malaysia Airlines
- Philippine Airlines
- Qantas Airways
- Qatar Airways
- SAS Scandinavian Airlines
- Saudi Arabian Airlines
- Singapore Airlines
- South African Airways
- Turkish Airlines
- United Airlines
- Virgin Atlantic
- Virgin Australia
In most cases, 10,000 Hilton points will get you 1,000 airline miles. As you can guess, this is not the best use for your Hilton points. You’re much better off redeeming your rewards towards award stays.
Besides Hilton experiences, I wouldn’t recommend using your Hilton points for any of the other redemption options below. You’ll get far less value than the average $0.006 per Hilton point.
|On Property Rewards||$0.002|
*Actual point value is subject to change but the redemption value for these other options are likely to always be less than the average value for Hilton Honors points in general.
Hilton Honors Tips & Tricks
So now that we’ve gone over how to earn and redeem your points, let’s go voer some extra pointers that will maximize your rewards.
Receive automatic Silver status with the Hilton Honors American Express card and on the fast track to Gold status by spending $20,000 in a calendar year.
You’ll get automatic Gold status with the following credit cards:
- Hilton Honors American Express Surpass Card
- Hilton Honors American Express Business Card
- The Platinum Card® from American Express
- The Business Platinum Card® from American Express
Both Hilton Honors Surpass and Hilton Honors Business will get you fast-tracked to Diamond status if you spend at least $40,000 in one calendar year.
For those with Silver Status or higher, you get your fifth night free on award stays. As you can imagine, this can mean huge savings and more value for your Hilton points.
Please note, all five nights have to be available as standard room awards. In addition, you can get a maximum of four free nights in one stay, meaning that you can book up to 20 consecutive nights with this perk.
This feature is not very common, Hilton Honors is one of the very few loytalty programs to offer this.
If you’re in between two status levels and it’s nearing the end of the calendar year, you get to keep your current status for the rest of the year and all of the next year. Then when the new year comes, any elite stays or nights you earned will roll over to the new year. So it’ll be a lot easier to requalify for the benefits.
If you’ve held Diamond status for at least 0 years then there are two ways to earn lifetime Diamond status:
- Earning 2,000,000 base points over the entire course of your membership
- By completing 1,000 paid or award nights.
Hilton Honors involves a more complex award pricing system but their elite status program allows members to earn more points than comparable hotel loyalty programs. Once paired with an Amex Hilton Honors credit card, the earning potential is unmatched.
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