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Hilton Honors points aren’t exactly the most valuable rewards currency based on the value of their points for redemptions. But there’s actually a lot of value that can be had with these points — you just have to know how to utilize the program.
This article will show you much these points are worth and different ways that you can earn Hilton Honors points and maximize their value with the best redemptions.
You’ll also see how to avoid wasting your points on bad redemptions.
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How much are Hilton Honors points worth?
Any points valuation is going to be inherently variable and/or subjective to a degree.
With that said, you will find that Hilton honors points are usually worth around 0.5 cent per point.
However, that valuation can change quite a bit depending on the property or rewards that you are redeeming your points for.
I’ll show you a number of examples below that illustrate how to get maximum value for your Hilton honors points as well as how to avoid getting poor value.
Bur first, let’s go over some different ways that you can earn Hilton Honors points.
How to earn Hilton Honors Points
There are many different wats to earn Hilton points but I’ll focus on some of the most lucrative options that are also some of my favorite.
Hilton credit cards
There used to be both Citibank and American Express Hilton credit cards.
However, now only American Express issues Hilton credit cards. The good news is that there are a number of very solid Hilton credit cards issued by Amex.
The Hilton Ascend offers the following features:
- 75,000 Hilton Honors points when you spend $2,000 or more in purchases within the first 3 months
- An additional 25,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points after you make an additional $1,000 in purchases within your first 6 months
- 12X Hilton Honors Bonus Points at hotels and resorts in the Hilton portfolio worldwide
- 6X Hilton Honors Bonus Points at U.S. supermarkets, U.S. restaurants, and U.S. gas stations
- 3X Hilton Honors Bonus Points on all other eligible purchases
- 10 free priority pass lounge passes
- One Weekend Night Reward at a hotel or resort in the Hilton portfolio after spending $15,000 in purchases in a calendar year
- Automatic Hilton Honors Gold status
This is a great way to quickly earn up to 100,000 Hilton Honors points with the welcome offer alone. But note that you also get Hilton Honors Gold status, which will allow you to earn more points when you stay at Hilton properties.
The Ascend also allows you to earn 12X Hilton Honors points at Hilton hotels, which is very good.
You can read more about the card here.
- 100,000 points after spending $4,000 in the first 3 months
- 14X Hilton Honors Bonus Points at hotels and resorts in the Hilton portfolio worldwide
- 7X Hilton Honors Bonus Points on flights booked directly with airlines or amextravel.com, car rentals booked directly from select car rental companies and at U.S. restaurants
- 3X Hilton Honors Bonus Points on other purchases
- Complimentary Hilton Honors Diamond status
- One weekend night at any hotel or resort in the Hilton portfolio (upon opening account and on account anniversary)
- Weekend night after spending $60,000 on the card within a calendar year
- Unlimited Priority Pass membership
- $250 airline incidental fee statement credit
- $250 Hilton resort statement credit
- $100 on property credit at Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts and Conrad Hotels & Resorts when booking the exclusive Aspire Card package
If you don’t mind paying a hefty annual fee for a credit card, the Hilton Aspire credit card is probably the best Hilton card you can get.
While the annual fee is $450, it comes with several different travel credits that easily offset the annual fee and provide you with great perks. One of the best perks of the Hilton Aspire card is that it offers you Hilton Diamond status.
Diamond status will offer you perks like a freak breakfast, lounge access, upgrades, late checkout, and a allow you to earn a 100% bonus on your earnings for stays at Hilton properties.
You can read more about this card here.
Hilton Small Business Card
- 75,000 Hilton Honors points after you spend $3,000 within 3 months of card opening
- 25,000 additional Hilton Honors after you spend an additional $1,000 within 6 months of card opening
- 12X on Hilton purchases
- 6X on select business and air travel purchases
- 3X everywhere else
- Automatic Hilton Honors Gold Status
- Upgrade to Diamond Status by spending $40,000 on eligible purchases on your Card in a calendar year
- Free weekend night after spending $15,000 in a year
- No foreign transaction fees
- $95 annual fee (not waived)
If you’re in the market for a small business credit card, the Hilton business credit card is not a bad option.
Earn from hotel stays
The most common type of way to earn Hilton points is to earn them when you stay at Hilton properties.
You will always earn 10 base points for most of your Hilton stays but you will also earn bonus points on top of those depending on the level of elite status that you have (or don’t have) with Hilton.
- 20% bonus once you reach Silver status
- 80% bonus once you reach Gold status
- 100% bonus once you achieve Diamond status
For example, Hilton diamond members will earn an additional eight bonus points for every dollar that they spend on Hilton properties for a total of 18 points.
Hilton Honors promotions
When it comes to hotel promotions, Hilton is usually at the top of the game. They offer many different promotions throughout the year that allow you to ramp up your earnings.
In the past, we’ve seen promotions that allow you to earn 54 Hilton Honors points per dollar spent!
That’s highly impressive.
You just need to remember to register for these promotions when they come around.
Registration is usually very easy and only takes a couple of seconds so there really is no reason to not do it even if you have no Hilton stays planned in the future.
Transfer points from American Express
You can also transfer your points from American Express.
I do not recommend doing this because the value that you lose is pretty significant and it is usually not a very good deal.
I’ll show you why.
If you value American Express points at 1.8 cents per point then 1,000 Membership Rewards is worth $18. But if you transfer those 1,000 Membership Rewards to Hilton, you end up with 2,000 Hilton points.
At a valuation of .5 cent per point, then that’s an exchange of $18 of value for $10, so you can see why it’s not always a good idea.
However, there are times when you just need to top off your points and transferring your points into Hilton can make a lot of sense. This is especially true if you’re booking a stay at a top property.
So it is good to at least be aware of this option even though you probably will not be using it very often.
Earn from shopping
You can earn Hilton points when doing your everyday shopping at the Hilton Honors shopping portal.
You simply log-in to the portal and then find an online store and then click through to that store and you can earn Hilton points for your purchases. The products and prices would be the same so there’s really no drawback.
However, I’d encourage you to read my article on shopping portals and to check out CashBackMonitor to make sure that you’re getting the best return.
That’s because other portals like the Chase Shopping Portal could be more worth your while.
Hilton Honors Dining
You can also earn Hilton Honors points when you dine out.
Here are the earning rates:
- Earn 8 Bonus Points per $1 when you dine 11 or more times in a year, and opt in for email notifications from Hilton Honors Dining.
- Earn 5 Bonus Points per $1 when you dine 10 or less times in a year, and opt in for email notifications from Hilton Honors Dining.
- Earn only 2 Bonus Points per $1 when you don’t opt in for email notifications.
You can also earn Hilton honors points whenever you have a rental car purchase.
Earn 500 Hilton Honors Bonus Points on every qualifying rental. Plus save on everyday low prices and earn an additional 500 bonus points for every day during your qualified rental, up to 5,000 bonus points.
Earn 500 Hilton Honors Bonus Points on every qualifying rental. Plus save on everyday low rates and earn an additional 500 bonus points for every day during your qualified rental, up to 5,000 bonus points
National Car Rental
Earn 500 Hilton Honors Bonus Points on every qualifying rental. Plus save up to 25% and earn an additional 500 bonus points for every day during your qualified rental, up to 5,000 bonus points
Book through Cruises for Hilton Honors, and earn Bonus Points based on the length of your cruise.
|Length of cruise||Hilton Honors Bonus Points earned|
The number of Hilton points were acquired for a free night stay is going to vary depending on the type of property you are staying at and also the time of year you are trying to book your free night for.
How many Hilton points needed for a free night?
Reward stays start as low as 5,000 points per night and go up to 95,000 per night, so there’s a huge difference between the cheapest Hilton properties and the most expensive one.
I would say to expect to pay 40,000 to 60,000 per night for a mid-tier property in a major city on average but there can be pretty wild fluctuations in certain parts of the world where top properties can go for pretty cheap.
If you search long and hard enough, you’ll be surprised what you might find. You can use Awardomatic to try to find hotel properties within your price range.
5th night free
To get the most from your Hilton points you should highly consider trying to take advantage of the 5th night free which is available to Hilton Silver, Gold, and Diamond members.
This is one of the easiest ways to maximize the value of your points.
Free night certificates
Also, note that it is possible to get free night certificates from Hilton credit cards which can be used at even the top tier properties. So these certificates are essentially worth 95,000 Hilton points.
For that reason, you don’t want to use these certificates for cheap properties unless they would otherwise go to waste.
Hilton Honors Points award chart?
Hilton does not publish an official award chart with categories any longer.
Instead, they offer a form of dynamic pricing where the award prices will fluctuate throughout the year.
The old award chart can still give you an idea of how the prices are structured.
The prices still stay within a window but those price windows are even wider now for the most part.
This is good on the one hand because some prices are much lower but it’s a bit frustrating because you never really know exactly how much the cost of the award night is going to be.
The best Hilton Honors points redemptions
Finding the best Hilton redemptions is going to depend on a lot of subjective factors.
Preferences for things like location, price, dining, nearby attractions, service, suites, etc. are all too variable to list a definite top 10 list of Hilton properties in my opinion.
However, I’ve put together three charts below which show you a snapshot of some of the most premier Hilton properties.
You’ll be able to sort their cash prices, award prices, and cents per point earned on redemptions. This way, you can see which properties are offering some of the best value for redemptions (at least in terms of point value).
For example, the Conrad in Bora Bora had a cents per point rate of over 1 cent per point, which is great.
Generally, the more expensive the property, the more value you are going to get out of your Hilton Honors points.
Note that these charts only offer a thin slice of the prices which can fluctuate wildly depending on the season, so always look into what the prices might be for your specific time of travel.
The first table looks at Waldorf properties.
The average Waldorf hotel property costs $425 per night and Waldorf Hotels require on average 72,696 points. This results in getting an average value of .57 cents per point when redeeming Hilton Honors points at a Waldorf property.
|Average cash price:||$425.83|
|Average points price:||72,696|
|Average value per point:||0.57|
You can read more about the findings here.
|Waldorf Hotel Location||Price in Cash||Price in Points||Cents per Point|
|Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort||$244||46000||0.53|
|Boca Beach Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort||$484||80000||0.60|
|Boca Raton Resort and Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort||$376||70000||0.53|
|Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort||$745||95000||0.78|
|La Quinta Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort||$212||40000||0.53|
|The Reach Key West, A Waldorf Astoria Resort||$401||80000||0.50|
|The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel link||$290||53000||0.55|
|Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills||$913||95000||0.96|
|Waldorf Astoria Chicago||$418||80000||0.52|
|Waldorf Astoria Orlando||$423||80000||0.53|
|Waldorf Astoria Park City||$444||80000||0.55|
|El Conquistador, A Waldorf Astoria Resort (Puerto Rico)||$267||51000||0.52|
|Waldorf Astoria Bangkok||$339||64000||0.53|
|Waldorf Astoria Beijing||$324||77000||0.42|
|Waldorf Astoria Chengdu||$267||50000||0.53|
|Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund||$380||80000||0.47|
|Rome Cavalieri, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts||$580||80000||0.72|
|Trianon Palace Versailles, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel||$342||80000||0.42|
|Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam||$623||95000||0.66|
|Waldorf Astoria Berlin||$309||60000||0.51|
|Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian||$561||80000||0.70|
|Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem||$535||95000||0.56|
|Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah||$317||61000||0.52|
The next table looks at Conrad properties.
The average Conrad hotel property costs $352 per night and Conrad Hotels require on average 57,857 points per night. This results in getting an average value of .59 cents per point when redeeming Hilton Honors points at a Conrad property.
So while Conrad properties are on average cheaper than Waldorf properties, they actually offer more cents per point on redemptions since Waldorfs offered .57 cents per point in my prior analysis.
|Average cash price:||$352.03|
|Average points price:||57,857|
|Average value in cents per point:||0.59|
Hilton Curio Collection Prices
The next table looks at Curio properties.
The average Hilton Curio hotel costs $300 per night and Hilton Curios require on average 55,568 points per night. This results in getting an average value of .54 cents per point when redeeming Hilton Honors points at a Curio property.
|Average cash price:||$300.82|
|Average points price:||55,568|
|Average value in cents per point:||0.54|
|Hilton Curio Collection Locations||Cash price||Points Price||CPP|
|The Admiral Hotel Mobile, Curio Collection by Hilton||$140||27000||0.52|
|Redmont Hotel Birmingham, Curio Collection by Hilton||$210||40000||0.53|
|Boulders Resort & Spa, Curio Collection by Hilton||$206||39000||0.53|
|Hotel La Jolla, Curio Collection by Hilton||$288||60000||0.48|
|H Hotel Los Angeles, Curio Collection by Hilton||$251||64000||0.39|
|Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton||$527||95000||0.55|
|Juniper Hotel Cupertino, Curio Collection by Hilton||$270||60000||0.45|
|Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa, Curio Collection by Hilton||$177||33000||0.54|
|Madison Beach Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton||$556||80000||0.7|
|LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton||$454||70000||0.65|
|The Diplomat Beach Resort Hollywood, Curio Collection by Hilton||$325||70000||0.46|
|Waterstone Resort & Marina Boca Raton, Curio Collection by Hilton||$319||60000||0.53|
|The Partridge Inn Augusta, Curio Collection by Hilton||$181||34000||0.53|
|The Campbell House Lexington, Curio Collection by Hilton||$224||40000||0.56|
|Pier 5 Hotel Baltimore, Curio Collection by Hilton||$222||50000||0.44|
|Ames Boston Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton||$476||70000||0.68|
|Amway Grand Plaza, Curio Collection by Hilton||$288||40000||0.72|
|The Marquette Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton||$405||60000||0.68|
|Hotel Phillips Kansas City, Curio Collection by Hilton||$227||40000||0.57|
|St. Louis Union Station Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton||$212||40000||0.53|
|Hotel Saranac, Curio Collection by Hilton||$272||51000||0.53|
|The Renwick Hotel New York City, Curio Collection by Hilton||$213||53000||0.4|
|The Franklin Hotel Chapel Hill, Curio Collection by Hilton||$219||54000||0.41|
|The Porter Portland, Curio Collection by Hilton||$468||70000||0.67|
|The Logan Philadelphia, Curio Collection by Hilton||$267||60000||0.45|
|Hotel Alex Johnson Rapid City, Curio Collection by Hilton||$212||50000||0.42|
|The Highland Dallas, Curio Collection by Hilton||$233||58000||0.4|
|The Sam Houston, Curio Collection by Hilton||$271||50000||0.54|
|The Statler Dallas, Curio Collection by Hilton||$368||60000||0.61|
|The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center, Curio Collection by Hilton||$185||46000||0.4|
|The Darcy Washington DC, Curio Collection by Hilton||$310||58000||0.53|
|Anselmo Buenos Aires, Curio Collection by Hilton||$140||27000||0.52|
|Mahogany Bay Resort & Beach Club, Curio Collection by Hilton||$433||80000||0.54|
|Gran Hotel Costa Rica, Curio Collection by Hilton||$218||41000||0.53|
|Indura Beach & Golf Resort Curio Collection by Hilton||$211||40000||0.53|
|Jewel Dunn's River Beach Resort & Spa, Ocho Rios,Curio Collection by Hilton||$283||53000||0.53|
|Jewel Paradise Cove Resort & Spa Runaway Bay, Curio Collection by Hilton||$266||67000||0.4|
|The Fives Downtown Hotel & Residences, Curio Collection by Hilton||$325||70000||0.46|
|El San Juan Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton||$365||70000||0.52|
|Sanya Yazhou Bay Resort, Curio Collection by Hilton||$117||22000||0.53|
|West Hotel Sydney, Curio Collection by Hilton link||$318||48000||0.66|
|Grand Hotel des Sablettes Plage, Curio Collection by Hilton||$215||53000||0.41|
|Maison Astor Paris, Curio Collection by Hilton||$570||80000||0.71|
|Reichshof Hamburg, Curio Collection by Hilton||$271||40000||0.68|
|Reykjavik Konsulat Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton||$436||78000||0.56|
|Aleph Rome Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton link||$326||61000||0.53|
|La Bagnaia Golf & Spa Resort Siena, Curio Collection by Hilton||$225||50000||0.45|
|Gran Hotel Montesol Ibiza, Curio Collection by Hilton||$592||95000||0.62|
|Lincoln Plaza London, Curio Collection by Hilton||$347||65000||0.53|
|The Trafalgar St. James London, Curio Collection by Hilton||$479||70000||0.68|
|AlRayyan Hotel Doha, Curio Collection by Hilton||$228||42000||0.54|
Should I use Hilton points for Amazon?
Using your Hilton points for Amazon is generally not where you’re going to get the best value.
500 Hilton Honors Points equal one dollar on Amazon.com.
So that’s a value of 0.2 cent per Hilton Honors point.
That’s way less than the standard value of .5 cent per point and so I don’t think it’s worth using Hilton points for Amazon.
Should I purchase Hilton Honors points?
In most cases it is usually not worth it to purchase points.
However, there are some exceptions to this rule.
In this article, I talk about a lot of different scenarios where it is worth it to purchase points.
In a nut shell, purchasing points can make sense when you need to top-off your points or in other situations where it can be cheaper to purchase points to cover your hotel stay. (This usually happens where there’s a great promotion ongoing.)
All you have to do is run some simple math and usually it is pretty obvious that it would be better to purchase points and use them toward a stay versus just paying cash out right for that day.
Just make sure you’re getting the lowest rate. For example, a lot of people don’t know about special discount codes like the Hilton MVP program.
Hilton Points & Money Rewards
When Hilton recently overhauled its loyalty program, it introduced the new Points & Money Rewards.
This allows you to use a slider to determine a combination of points and cash that you’d like to use (1,000 Point increments). In the past, this was available for select properties, but now they’ve opened it up for all properties and for any combination of points and cash (in increment of 1,000).
You should always check to see if it is cheaper to utilize the Points & Money Rewards or if it is a better deal to just purchase points.
Something else to consider is that if you use points and cash, you will most likely have to pay resort fees. If you book entirely with points you can often avoid the resort fees but if you only book partially with points and cash you’ll probably have to pay the fee.
Hilton points transfer partners
You can exchange points and miles with over 30 participating airline, rail and mileage rewards programs worldwide.
But the downside is that the transfer ratios are not favorable. For example, for American Airlines, you can exchange 10,000 Hilton Honors points for 1,500 AAdvantage miles, which just isn’t an attractive option.
And for Delta, the conversion is even worse at 10,000 Hilton Honors points for 1,000 Delta miles.
So some of the transfer ratios are a little different but they are all generally not very good, so this usually is not a good idea from a value perspective.
Turn Hilton points into miles
You can click here to convert your Hilton Honors points into miles for the following program:
- Aeroflot Russian Airlines
- Air Asia BIG
- Air New Zealand
- Alaska Airlines
- American Airlines
- ANA (All Nippon Airways)
- Asia Miles (Cathay Pacific)
- Asiana Airlines
- Avianca Taca Airlines
- British Airways(AVIOS Points)
- China Eastern Airlines
- Delta Air Lines
- Ethiopian Airlines
- Etihad Airways
- EVA Air
- Flying Blue (Air France/KLM)
- Frontier Airlines
- Garuda Indonesia
- Hainan Airlines
- Hawaiian Airlines
- JAL (Japan Airlines)
- Jet Airways
- LAN PASS
- Malaysia Airlines
- Miles & More (Lufthansa/Swiss/Austrian Air)
- Philippine Airlines
- Qantas Airways
- Qatar Airways
- SAS Scandinavian Airlines
- Saudi Arabian Airlines
- Singapore Airlines
- South African Airways
- Turkish Airlines
- United Airlines
- Virgin Atlantic Airways
- Virgin Australia
Note: Southwest Airlines is NOT a Hilton partner
To exchange more than 100,000 points, call customer care at 1-800-4Honors or send an email to: hiltonhonors@Hilton.com
Turn miles into Hilton points
You can also make exchanges the other way — from a partner account to your Hilton Honors account.
You can make exchanges with any of the following travel partners:
• Hawaiian Airlines
• Virgin Atlantic
• American Express Membership Rewards
• Diners Club International Club Rewards
Pooling Hilton points
One of the best changes that Hilton recently made to its loyalty program is that it allowed its Customers to pool their points with other people.
This is fantastic since it makes it much easier to rack up the points needed for large redemptions. There are some specific guidelines for pooling points but they are not very strict at all.
Rule for pooling points
- Hilton Honors members can combine their points with up to 10 family and friends for no cost. (That means that a total of 11 individuals can pool their points together.)
- There is no limit to the number of pools you can be a member to.
- You can use pooled points for any type of award (even for things other than hotel stays).
- You can transfer a minimum of 1,000 points and a maximum of 500,000 Points into a pool in a calendar year.
- A member can receive up to 2 million points in a calendar year.
- To use points pooling, you must be an active member, be in the program for 30 days, and have a minimum Points balance of 1,000 Points.
Read more about pooling Hilton points here.
Do Hilton Honors Points expire?
Hilton honors points will expire in an account with no eligible activity in a 12-month period.
However, there are a lot of ways for you to prevent your Hilton points from expiring.
If you earn any Hilton points that will reset the clock. That means you can stay at a Hilton property, put spend on a Hilton credit card, earn points through the shopping portal, or transfer points in or out of your Hilton account.
So keep tabs on your points and make sure you keep some activity going on so you don’t lose your points.
If you have any more questions you can leave a comment below or you can reach out to Hilton by calling the Hilton Honors frequent guest program phone number at 1-800-548-8690.
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