Guide: Hilton Honors

Hilton is one of the largest and most storied brands in hospitality.

The brand has had a limited top end footprint although that is rapidly changing as they move to expand their luxury portfolio.

Hilton Honors is the loyalty program for Hilton Hotels.

Members can enjoy great perks like the lowest room rates, free Wi-Fi and the ability to manage their reservation (and even unlock their door from the Hilton mobile app).

On top of that, members earn points any time they make a reservation at a Hilton hotel or use a Hilton credit card.

As you earn points, you unlock even more great benefits through Hilton’s elite status tiers.

How to earn Hilton Honors points

There are many ways to earn points, which makes it easy to get to your next free night sooner.

  • Earn the welcome bonus. After joining the Hilton Honors program, you’ll receive 1,500 bonus points on your first hotel stay, then an additional 3,000 bonus points after crossing off two stays total (not to be confused with first-year welcome bonuses offered by many Hilton-branded credit cards).
  • Stay at Hilton hotels. You’ll earn base points for every dollar you spend at Hilton hotels. You can also earn bonus points every time you stay, depending on your elite status level.
  • Use a Hilton Honors credit card. American Express offers several co-branded credit cards that earn Hilton Honors rewards. If you use one for your everyday spending, such as at grocery stores, gas stations and for online shopping, you can earn Hilton Honors points with every purchase.
  • Ride with Lyft. You can link your Hilton Honors and Lyft accounts to earn up to 3X points on Lyft rides and 2X points on shared Lyft rides.
  • Join Hilton Honors Dining. You can earn points to eat at restaurants around the world with Hilton Honors Dining. Just search for restaurants near you, pay with the credit card you’ve registered with Hilton Honors Dining and earn points.
  • Rent a car. Hilton Honors partners with Alamo, Enterprise and National, allowing you to both earn points and receive a discount on your rental.
  • Earn Hilton milestone bonuses. As a Gold or Diamond tier member, you can earn bonus points when you reach certain milestones each calendar yea

There’s more than one way to spend the points you’ve earned, including:

  • Free nights at Hilton properties. The best and most obvious way to use your Hilton Honors points is for free stays at Hilton hotels.
  • Redeem for exclusive experiences. If you have some points to burn and want to try something new and exciting, you can use your Hilton Honors points for Hilton Experiences.
  • Pay for Lyft rides. If you have enough points in your Hilton account, you can convert them to Lyft credits to use whenever you need them.
  • Transfer points to airlines. Hilton is partnered with more than 30 global airlines, including Delta and United. You can transfer your Hilton Honors points to the partner’s loyalty program if you need some extra miles to book a reward flight.
  • Shop with points. You can use your Hilton Honors points to shop online through either the Hilton Honors Shopping Mall or Amazon.
  • Book a rental. Hilton Honors points will transfer to Hilton’s rental car partners, allowing you to use them to reserve a car while you’re traveling. Alamo, Enterprise and National all accept the hotel’s points.

Elite Status

For 2022, Hilton Honors has continued to provide flexible requirements for elite status. For example, if you earned elite status in 2021, you’ll be able to keep that status through March 31, 2023.

Status levelRequirementsBenefits
MemberSign up for a Hilton Honors membershipHilton Honors discount ratePoints toward free nights, travel partners and moreNo resort fees on reward staysDigital check-in and check-outChoose your roomDigital keyFree Wi-FiAccess to Hilton Honors Experiences
Silver7 nights, 3 stays or 17,500 base pointsAll of the Member benefits, plus:20% bonus points on staysFifth night freeFree bottled waterElite Rollover NightsAll-inclusive spa discount
Gold28 nights, 14 stays or 52,500 base pointsAll of the Member and Silver benefits, plus:80% points bonus on staysSpace-available room upgradesDaily food and beverage credit (U.S. only) or continental breakfastMilestone Bonuses
Diamond42 nights, 21 stays or 84,000 base pointsAll of the Member, Silver and Gold benefits, plus:100% bonus points on staysExecutive lounge accessSpace-available room upgradesDiamond status extensionPremium Wi-Fi48-hour room guaranteeElite status gifting
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