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Pros & Cons
Points can expire if your account remains inactive for more than 12 months
Members can no longer earn hotel points and airline miles for the same stay
Free nights at higher-end hotels require a large number of points
Ease of Earning Free Night1.0
No. of Hotels> 4,000
With the Hilton Honors program, you can earn points by staying at any Hilton property at participating brands 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.
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The Hilton Honors program is divided into four membership levels: Member, Silver, Gold and Diamond.See details about how membership works
The Fine Print
- Hilton Honors rewards are generally valid for one year from date of issue and do not cover taxes or other fees.
- Qualifying stays are those booked directly through brand websites, the Hilton Honors mobile app and reservation call centers, or via preferred corporate travel partners and approved travel professionals.
- Bonus points do not count toward your member status.
- Honors members must pay in 1,000-point increments with a minimum of 5,000 points when paying with Points & Money Rewards.
- You can exchange Honors points for miles or convert miles into Honors points at no extra cost with the brand's airline and rail partners, which include Hawaiian Airlines and Amtrak, among others.
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