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Back in 2017, Hilton completely revamped the Hilton Honors program from a tired and somewhat lackluster loyalty program into one full of unique features with valuable perks that members love. The program also moved to dynamic award pricing, where the price reflects the seasonality of the hotel industry. Award prices drop in the low season and rise in the high season, much like the equivalent cash price.
At the same time, Hilton introduced innovative new features like the Points + Money Slider, Points Pooling across multiple accounts, and removed our least favorite grammatical gimmick: the double ‘H’ in Honors.
Here are nine things we love about the Hilton Honors rewards program.
- Hilton's Points Pooling Feature Rocks
- Get the Best Mid-Tier Elite Status for Under $100
- Spend Your Way to Diamond for $40K (Or Get It Free With a Card!)
- Solid Budget Redemptions Around the World
- Get the 5th Night Free on Award Redemptions
- Hilton Honors Promos
- Points + Money Slider Offers Solid Value
- Gifting Your Status to Friends and Family
- Free Night Reward With Incredible Value
- Final Thoughts
Hilton's Points Pooling Feature Rocks
Hilton's points pooling feature is a well-thought-out highlight of the program, allowing family and friends to combine their Hilton Honors points. Each pool can have up to 11 members, and each member can send 500K points per year and receive up to 2 million points annually. To combine points, you must be an active member of Hilton Honors and must have been a member for at least 30 days. Plus, you need a minimum of 1,000 points to participate.
Get the Best Mid-Tier Elite Status for Under $100
Hilton Honors Gold is the best mid-tier elite status available, offering complimentary breakfast and space-available upgrades at Waldorf Astoria, Conrad, Curio, Hilton, and DoubleTree properties, based on availability. Additionally, you’ll receive every fifth night free on award stays. Hilton Gold is also one of the easiest hotel statuses to achieve. The hard route involves 20 stays, 40 nights, or 75K base points. However, Honors Gold is awarded as a perk on several rewards cards.
Enroll for complimentary Gold status with these cards:
- Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card
- The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card
- The Platinum Card® from American Express
- The Business Platinum Card® from American Express
Additionally, the Hilton Honors American Express Card offers complimentary Hilton Honors Silver status with a fast track to Gold status after spending $20K in a calendar year.
Enrollment is required for select Amex benefits.
Spend Your Way to Diamond for $40K (Or Get It Free With a Card!)
The Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card offers complimentary Hilton Honors Diamond status — the top tier — as a built-in perk. Alternatively, if you don't want to pay a premium annual fee, put $40,000 of spending on the Hilton Surpass or Hilton Business Card in a calendar year. In this case, you'll earn Hilton Diamond status, which would typically take 30 stays, 60 nights, or 120K base points — a substantial investment.
Above what you get with Gold status, Diamond members get a 48-hour room guarantee, express/late checkout, and guaranteed lounge access (where available). Plus, they're eligible for upgrades to suites at check-in.
Enrollment is required for select Amex benefits.
Solid Budget Redemptions Around the World
Hilton has a huge footprint, including budget hotels in places you may not suspect available at prices that are too good to pass up. Current welcome offers on Hilton credit cards could provide enough points for six nights at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Orlando (using the fifth night free), right outside the front of Universal Studios and the perfect base for a long weekend exploring Florida’s theme parks.
Hilton offers multiple credit cards to help you unlock redemptions, including the following welcome bonuses:
Additionally, American Express became the sole provider of Hilton Honors co-branded credit cards.
- Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card: Earn 180,000 Bonus Points after you use your new Card to make $6,000 in eligible purchases within the first 6 months of Card Membership.
- Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card: Earn 170,000 Hilton Honors bonus points after you spend $3,000 in purchases on the Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card in the first 6 months of Card Membership
- Hilton Honors American Express Card: Earn 100,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points after you spend $2,000 in purchases on the Card in the first 6 months of Card Membership.
- The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card: Earn 130,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 in purchases on the Hilton Honors Business Card within the first three months of Card Membership.
These Amex co-branded cards are the fastest way to amass a healthy balance of Hilton points. They offer significant new cardmember welcome offers and tangible benefits, for a relatively small (or no) annual fee. If more than one member of your household takes advantage of these offers, you can pool the points into a single account to redeem for a one-of-a-kind holiday!
Get the 5th Night Free on Award Redemptions
Another reason to love Hilton Honors is that elite members get the fifth night free on award stays. And it's not hard to get status, considering even the Hilton Amex confers Silver status. That means this benefit offers incredible value while being extremely accessible.
The fifth night free doesn't technically offer your fifth night free. Instead, you receive a discount equal to the average cost of a night across a five-night reservation.
Hilton Honors Promos
The number of points required for Hilton’s high-end properties can be a little deceiving. When you factor in how fast you can accumulate Honors points, plus Hilton’s regular promos, earning enough points for luxury redemptions is a breeze.
Points + Money Slider Offers Solid Value
The Hilton Honors revamp also introduced a new Points + Money Slider, which has turned out to be one of its better additions. Does it lower the cost of every stay? No, and in the case of redemptions subject to a resort fee, even adding the smallest amount of cash to the slider can add the resort fees in full to the cost of your reservation. The value of the Points + Money Slider differs between properties and dates.
We’ve found value in all kinds of points and cash combos, with some of the best value found in Hilton’s mid-range hotels. Not only can this tool lower the cost of your reservation, but if you have plans to stay at a particular hotel and don’t quite have the required points, you can use the Points + Money Slider for any combo that works for you financially.
Gifting Your Status to Friends and Family
Once a Diamond Elite member reaches 60 nights in a calendar year, they can gift Gold status to a friend or family member. If you reach 100 nights in a calendar year, you can gift Diamond Elite status to a friend or family member. Diamond Elite members can gift one Gold and one Diamond Elite status per year, assuming you stay for the required amount of nights. Once you have reached the required nights for gifting status, you will receive a claim code by email and instructions on how to gift your status. The gifted status lasts for 365 days from the date it was gifted.
Free Night Reward With Incredible Value
While most other award programs put limits on the use of their free night rewards (valid only up to x number of points or only at certain hotel categories), Hilton Honors does no such thing — an updated benefit we absolutely love. You can use a Hilton Free Night Reward for nearly any property at any price point. There are a few limitations, but these don't apply to most stays. This means you can use your free night for something as goal-worthy as the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi or the Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal.
Thanks to its 2017 update, Hilton Honors transformed itself into one of the best hotel programs for mid-range redemptions, and the Honors program now counts some stellar features that we really love. The points pooling feature allows you to combine points with up to 10 other accounts to reach your travel goals, and the super-achievable Hilton Gold status can get you free breakfast and your fifth night free on award stays.
Did your favorite Hilton Honors perk not make the list? Let us know what it is in the comments below.
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