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Hilton HHonors Points

Overall Score 3.5-stars
No. of Hotels in Network More than 1,000
Brand Diversity 4.0-stars
Geographic Coverage 5.0-stars
Ease of Earning Free Night 2.0-stars
Additional Benefits 3.0-stars
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Points

With the Hilton HHonors program, you can earn points by staying at any Hilton brand property and by making everyday purchases with the Hilton HHonors-affiliated credit card. Cash in your points for room upgrades, free nights or airline or rail miles.

Earning Points

For every dollar spent on your room (including room charges like telephone calls and room service), you'll receive 10 reward points, known as base points. You can earn these points by staying at any participating Hilton-affiliated properties, such as Waldorf Astoria, Conrad, Doubletree by Hilton, Embassy Suites and Hilton Garden Inn. In addition to base points, you can also earn bonus points, airline miles or rail rewards with the three "My Way Earning Style" options: Points & Points, Points & Variable Miles or Points & Fixed Miles. You'll earn more bonus points by renting vehicles from Hilton's car rental partners, which include Alamo, National Car Rental and Avis. If you're a Hilton HHonors Citi, Visa or American Express credit card holder, you're eligible to earn bonus points for every dollar spent on everyday purchases. The number of bonus points earned per dollar spent is determined by the credit card you choose. If you're short the points needed to receive a free night or room upgrade, you can purchase points on the Hilton HHonors website.

Using Points

You can use Hilton HHonors base and bonus points to pay for a standard room at any Hilton or Hilton-affiliated hotel or resort. The number of HHonors points needed to cash in on Standard Room Rewards depends on the Hilton hotel, the type of room you choose and your reservation. You can combine HHonors points and money (known as "Money Rewards") to pay for a room, but these reservations are subject to blackout dates. You can also use your points to upgrade from a standard room to a premium room. Below are the numbers of points needed for one free night in a selection of popular business and leisure destinations:

Destination No. of hotels Calculated cost of least expensive room (in points) Calculated cost of most expensive room (in points)
New York City 22 60,000 230,268
San Francisco 3 60,000 60,000
Chicago 13 40,000 60,000
Dallas 5 30,000 40,000
Miami 7 30,000 60,000
Paris 1 80,000 80,000
London 26 20,000 70,000
Bahamas 1 40,000 40,000
Tokyo 3 50,000 80,000

The calculated costs shown above are based on booking searches conducted by U.S. News Travel on May 31, 2013. We analyzed room rates for one-night stays arriving Saturday and departing Sunday four weeks from the research date.

Because of Hilton's partnerships with airlines like United Airlines, Delta Air Lines and American Airlines, Hilton HHonors members can convert HHonors points to airline miles, depending on the chosen My Way Earning Style option.

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