For road warriors loyal to the Hilton brand, a Hilton Honors Rewards membership is a must, for a variety of reasons. If you’re looking to join a hotel rewards program in hopes of earning sweet travel perks, is this one right for you?
How to earn Hilton Honors Rewards Points
There is, of course, the rewards program-branded credit card from American Express. With this card, you earn 12 points for every $1 spent on hotel stays; 6 points for every $1 spent at restaurants, supermarkets and gas stations; and 3 points for every $1 spent on general purchases. You also get a sign-up bonus of 125,000 points if you spend $2,000 in the first three months.
You also, obviously, earn points by staying at Hilton properties, at a rate of 10 points per $1 spent on your stay (if you book with a non-affiliated credit card). At the majority of Hilton brands, you’ll earn additional points for room charges.
Other ways to earn points include through promotional offers from Hilton, by converting miles from airline and rail partners or by renting vehicles from Hilton’s car rental partners (Avis, Enterprise and National).
There are four tiers of the Hilton Honors Rewards program.
Basic members receive the following:
- A guaranteed room rate discount
- Points toward free nights
- No resort fees on reward stays
- Digital check-in and the ability to choose your room, along with a digital key
- Free WiFi
- Late check-out
- Free transfer of points and points pooling (the points pooling is a favorite feature for many members)
Silver members receive all of the above, plus:
- 20-percent more points toward free nights
- 5th standard reward nights free
- Elite tier rollover nights
Gold members receive all of the above, plus:
- 80-percent more points toward free nights
- Room upgrades
- Complimentary breakfast
- Unlimited milestone bonuses
Diamond members receive all of the above, plus:
- 100-percent more points toward free nights
- Executive lounge access
- Elite status gifting
How to Redeem
You can cash your points in on room rewards, with the amount of points needed differing according to property type and destination. You can additionally book rooms with a combination of points and cash.
You can also convert your points into miles with many different airlines, use your points to buy cruise certificates and shop with your points on Amazon.
Hilton Honors has plenty of perks. There are lots of properties globally to choose from and a wide range of property types, from ultra-budget to ultra-luxury. You can earn airline miles and hotel points for the same stay and there are more than 60 very common travel partners. However, most of the partners don’t have a favorable transfer ratio. But, if you love Hilton and know you can use the free nights, this is a rewards program worth looking into.