Hilton Honors guide: The best ways to earn and use Hilton Honors points

Robin Ratcliff
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Hilton Honors guide

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Hilton Hotels is one of the world’s oldest hotel brands and – with more than 5,100 properties in more than 103 countries – one of the largest. Since the Hilton Hotel network includes some very nice properties in a lot of locations around the globe, joining the Hilton Honors program and accruing Hilton Honors points might be an item on your itinerary.

What is Hilton Honors?

Hilton Honors is the loyalty program of Hilton Worldwide – a multinational hotel company that encompasses a broad portfolio of hotels and resorts, ranging from midlevel brands such as Hampton Inn, to luxurious Conrad and Waldorf Astoria hotels.

Hilton Honors gives you a large number of ways to earn points that you can redeem for free nights at Hilton Hotels. Thanks to Hilton’s massive hotel network, your travel options with the Hilton Honors program are immense. But, the program’s points are inflated and won’t take you as far as many of its competitors.

There are other upsides to the Hilton Honors program, however, including its elite benefits. Read on to see if the Hilton Honors can take you where you want to go:

Hilton Honors program overview

 
Type of currency Hotel points
Average point value 0.5 cent
Credit cards Hilton Honors, Hilton Honors Ascend, Hilton Honors Aspire, Hilton Hhonors Business
Redemption options Hotel nights, Points & Money, car rentals, cruise certificates, on-property rewards, Amazon merchandise, donations
Minimum required to redeem 5,000 points for a rewards night
Do rewards expire? Yes – if your account is inactive for more than 12 months.
Blackout dates/travel restrictions None. If a standard room is available, you can book it.
Hotel brands Waldorf Astoria, Conrad, Hilton, DoubleTree, Embassy Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton, Canopy, Curio, Tru, Homewood Suites, Home2 Suites
Hotel coverage Excellent. 5,100+ properties in 103+ countries.
Transfer options
  • Transfer points to other Hilton members in 1,000-point increments, up to 6 times and up to 100,000 points per year.
  • Transfer to 43 airline partners. Transfer ratio is poor. 10:1 for most partners.
Best for
  • Travelers who prefer staying with chain hotels and want a large hotel network
  • Midlevel travelers who want good hotel perks
  • Travelers who prefer flexibility in redeeming their hotel points
  • Travel hackers looking for a program with a lot of opportunities to earn bonus points
  • Hilton loyalists

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Updated: 11-16-2018