Hilton HHonors Rewards Program

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The Hilton HHonors rewards program is a great option for business travelers. With the broad range of Hilton hotels and locations around the world, as well as extensive options for earning and redeeming points, Hilton HHonors is worth signing up for.

Pros

  • Over 4,600 hotel locations worldwide
  • 50 airline partners (if you want to use your points on flights instead of hotels)
  • Ability to transfer miles to family, friends, or charitable organizations
  • Multiple credit card partners
  • Multiple membership levels, which are good for frequent travelers
  • Free WiFi for HHonors members
  • Rewards include hotels, golf, car rentals, cruises, entertainment parks, shopping, dining, and more

Cons

  • Once you make a reservation you need to print out and bring your reward confirmation ID with you. It's easy to forget this extra step.
  • Make sure to read the fine print so you understand certain kinds of bonuses and milestones you need to hit to reach each status level.

Earning Points

HHonors gives business travelers lots of ways to earn points. The most basic is simply by staying at Hilton (or one of the Hilton family) hotels. Travelers can earn points at over 3,500 Hilton hotels.

The program also features a Double Dip feature, which allows travelers to both earn HHonors points, as well as airline miles, in either a fixed or variable amount. For example, with fixed airline miles you can earn up to 500 miles per stay, while variable miles provide one mile for each dollar spent.

The basic rate is 10 points for each eligible U.S. dollar charged to your room for stays at all participating Hilton, Conrad, Doubletree, Embassy Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, and Hilton Grand Vacations Club hotels.

Hilton has multiple levels for its Premium members. Silver status requires four stays or 10 nights within one year and provides a 20 percent bonus and other rewards; Gold status requires 20 stays, 40 nights, or 75,000 base points and provides an 80 percent bonus; and Diamond status requires 30 stays, 60 nights, or 120,000 base points and provides a full (100 percent) bonus.

Travelers can also earn HHonors points in a number of other ways, including car rentals, credit cards, cellular services, shopping, dining, and even rail travel. For example, car rentals (Alamo, Avis, Budget, Europcar, National, Sixt, and Thrifty) can earn points, although you may need to stay at a Hilton hotel to accrue car rental points.

Redeeming Points

The program also gives business travelers plenty of ways to redeem points, from the usual hotel stays to special experience rewards.

Redeeming points is easy. Simply visit the HHonors Rewards page, select the reward category (hotels, experience rewards, gold rewards, car rentals, cruises, entertainment parks, or shopping & dining). From there, the website will detail your options. For example, standard hotel rewards are divided into different categories based on the type of hotel you want to stay at. Rewards start at 7,500 points for basic hotels in category one and go up to 50,000 points for hotels in category seven. Special hotels like the Waldorf Astoria brand have high season and low season options.

VIP-level members can also take advantage of VIP-only rewards.

Once you’ve booked your reward, HHonors will send you a reward certificate and ID number. You’ll need to print out that certificate and present it at check-in or when you use your reward.

Signing Up

Like most travel programs, signing up for Hilton HHonors is easy. Just visit the website, create a username and password, and select your contact options. After that, you’ll receive an email with membership details and program information. Once you have your account, you’ll want to set up your Double Dip earnings style by choosing to earn either extra HHonors points per stay, or a variable or fixed amount of airline miles.