#11 in Best Hotel Rewards Programs
With the Hilton Honors program, you can earn points by staying at any Hilton brand property and by making everyday purchases with a Hilton Honors-affiliated credit card. Cash in your points for free nights, airline or rail miles, experiences and more.
For every dollar spent on rooms and 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 property within brands like Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Curio Collection by Hilton and Hilton Garden Inn. If you stay at a Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton Homewood Suites by Hilton or Home2 Suites by Hilton hotel, in-room expenses do not qualify for base points earning. And at Home2 Suites by Hilton and Tru by Hilton properties, you will earn five to 10 base points for every dollar spent on room rates, depending on your membership level. No points are awarded for stays at any Hampton by Hilton hotel in China.
In addition to base points, you can also earn bonus points through promotional offers sent by email and shared on the Hilton Honors app and social media accounts. You'll earn more bonus points by converting accrued miles or points from affiliated airline and rail partners or renting vehicles from Hilton's car rental partners, which include Avis, Enterprise and National. If you have a Hilton Honors American Express credit card, you're eligible to earn bonus points for every dollar spent on hotel bookings and everyday purchases. The number of bonus points earned per dollar spent depends on the credit card you choose. If you're short on bonus points, you can purchase up to 80,000 points per year in 1,000-point increments on the Hilton Honors website.
You can use Hilton Honors base points to earn elite status. Base and bonus points may also be used to pay for a standard or premium room at any Hilton or Hilton-affiliated hotel or resort. The number of Honors points needed to cash in on room rewards depends on the Hilton hotel, the type of room you choose and your reservation. You can also combine Honors points and money (known as "Points & Money Rewards") to pay for a standard or premium room. The lowest number of points needed for a Points & Money reward stay in a standard room starts at 5,000 points per night. Below are the number of points needed for one free night in any room (ranging from standard rooms to premium rooms) in a selection of popular business and leisure destinations:
|Destination||No. of hotels||Cost of room in points|
|Honolulu||10||50,000 - 492,000|
|Paris||6||43,000 - 453,000|
|Orlando||44||20,000 - 176,000|
|New Orleans||16||21,000 - 144,000|
|Miami||25||22,000 - 202,000|
|Cancun||1||26,000 - 48,000|
|San Juan, PR||4||50,000 - 267,000|
|Los Angeles||40||30,000 - 190,000|
|Vancouver||2||40,000 - 115,000|
|New York City||61||20,000 - 352,000|
|Las Vegas||22||20,000 - 123,000|
|Chicago||22||27,000 - 387,000|
|San Francisco||19||40,000 - 273,000|
|Charlotte||38||19,000 - 216,000|
|Washington, D.C.||63||19,000 - 157,000|
|Houston||42||17,000 - 46,000|
|Toronto||14||30,000 - 125,000|
|Boston||26||27,000 - 462,000|
|Atlanta||43||20,000 - 130,000|
The calculated costs shown above are based on booking searches conducted by U.S. News on July 6, 2018. We analyzed room rates for one-night stays arriving Saturday and departing Sunday four weeks from the research date. Only hotels with room availability that sit within a 15-mile radius of each destination are reflected in the above chart.
Because of Hilton's partnerships with airlines like United Airlines, Delta Air Lines and American Airlines, Hilton Honors members can convert Honors points to miles to use for air travel. Additionally, Honors points may be used for cruise certificates and purchases made on Amazon and the Hilton Honors Shopping Mall website. Retail partners include Vera Bradley, Nike and Apple. Hilton Honors members can also transfer points to a friend or relative, redeem points for experiences like concert tickets and sporting events, use points for Hilton gift cards and donate their points to charity. Points can also be pooled with up to 10 other membership accounts to redeem room rewards and other perks.
You Might Also Like
World of Hyatt ...
The World of Hyatt program is geared toward business and leisure travelers who visit major cities within the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico and Asia. The Hyatt portfolio comprises more than 700 properties worldwide, with hotels concentrated in major U.S. destinations like Atlanta, Chicago, New York and San Francisco. The network of brands includes Hyatt Regency, Andaz, Park Hyatt and Grand Hyatt, among others. As a World of Hyatt member, you will accumulate points to use for free nights, room upgrades, airline miles, car rentals and dining and spa services. If you have a World of Hyatt Credit Card from Chase Visa, you can earn additional points for everyday purchases (including dining, flights and car rentals) and charges made at Hyatt hotels.
Marriott Rewards ...
The Marriott Rewards program accommodates both business and leisure travelers who visit major cities in the United States, Canada, Asia and Europe. As a program member, you will earn rewards points when you stay with one of 29 affiliated brands, including The Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis, Courtyard by Marriott, Westin, Renaissance and more. You can earn additional points by making purchases with one of Chase Visa's Marriott- or Ritz-Carlton-affiliated credit cards or one of American Express' Starwood-affiliated credit cards. In addition to hotel stays and room upgrades, you can redeem points for retail gift cards, cruise vacations, rental cars and unique experiences, such as concerts and sporting events. Plus, Marriott Rewards points can be used to pay for TSA Precheck applications, airport lounge access and flights through more than 40 airline rewards programs like United MileagePlus and Delta SkyMiles.
The United MileagePlus program is best for travelers based in major American cities and those who travel to destinations in Europe, the Middle East, Australia, Latin America and Asia. When you become a MileagePlus member, you can earn and use miles on United and its 35-plus airline partners like Singapore Airlines, ANA and Copa Airlines, many of which are part of the Star Alliance network. As a MileagePlus member, you'll accrue Premier Qualifying Miles (PQMs), Premier Qualifying Segments (PQSs) and Premier Qualifying Dollars (PQDs) each time you fly. Earn enough PQDs and PQMs or PQSs and you'll reach Premier status – MileagePlus membership levels for which you'll receive extra benefits. Additionally, you can earn miles on qualifying cruise vacations, car rentals and train fares, as well as on shopping, dining and other services. You can also earn miles for gas purchases at participating BP locations in the U.S. And since United partners with major hotel brands, including Marriott, Hyatt and IHG, you can earn rewards when you stay at properties worldwide. You may also redeem miles for flights, hotel stays, cruises, magazine subscriptions, destination experiences (think: sporting events and theater performances) and more. Choose to use one of four United MileagePlus credit cards from Chase Visa and you'll earn miles on flights and everyday purchases.