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Spotlight! A Comprehensive Guide to Hilton Honors -

Spotlight!

A Comprehensive Guide to Hilton Honors

January 18th, 2019

So far on Wandering on Points we’ve touched based on the major players in the Canadian market in terms of loyalty/rewards programs.  With that said, I’d like to draw upon another rising star if you will, one that doesn’t get much attention due to the somewhat lack of ability to earn reward points here in Canada – that program is none other than Hilton Honors. 

  

 

Bells & Whistles  

  • 16 brands, 5000 locations, 100 countries and territories  
  • 4 Membership Tiers 
  • Redeem points for Free Nights and Experiences, Transfer to Airline Partners
  • Elite Rollover Nights 

 

 

 

Member Tiers & Benefits 

 

Elite Status 

Elite Status in the Hilton Honors program consists of 4 tiers: 

Member, Silver, Gold, Diamond   

 


 

Member: Automatic status upon enrolment in Hilton Honors 

  • Earn 10 points/$1 spent on stays (5 points at Tru and Home2) 
  • Digital Check-In 
  • Complimentary standard internet access in room and lobby. 
  • Late Check-Out 

 

 

Silver : 4 Stays or 10 Nights 

  • 20% bonus on all the Hilton Honors Base Points you earn.  
  • 12 points/$1 spent (6 points at Tru and Home2) 
  • Digital Check-In 
  • Complimentary standard internet access in room and lobby. 
  • Late Check-Out 

Plus 

  • 5th night free on reward stays 
  • 2 Free bottles of water per stay at select properties 

 

 

Gold: 20 Stays or 40 Nights or 75,000 Hilton Honors Base Points 

  • 80% bonus on all the Hilton Honors Base Points you earn.  
  • 18 points/$1 spent (9 points at Tru and Home2) 
  • Digital Check-In 
  • Complimentary standard internet access in room and lobby. 
  • Late Check-Out 

Plus 

  • 80% bonus on all the Hilton Honors Base Points you earn. 
  • 5th night free on reward stays 
  • 2 Free bottles of water per stay at select properties  
  • Choose your “My Way Hotel Benefits” for each property including but not limited to, free upgrades, free breakfast, bonus Hilton Honors Points, etc. 

 

 

Diamond: 30 Stays or 60 Nights or 120,000 Hilton Honors Base Points 

  • 100% bonus on all the Hilton Honors Base Points you earn.  
  • 20 points/$1 spent (10 points at Tru and Home2) 
  • Digital Check-In 
  • Complimentary premium internet access in room and lobby. 
  • Late Check-Out 

Plus 

  • 100% bonus on all the Hilton Honors Base Points you earn. 
  • 5th night free on reward stays 
  • 2 Free bottles of water per stay at select properties  
  • Choose your “My Way Hotel Benefits” for each property including but not limited to, free upgrades, free breakfast, bonus Hilton Honors Points, etc. 

 

 

 

 

Extra Hilton Honors Benefits 

 

Milestone Bonuses 

Hilton Honors members will earn 10,000 bonus points on every tenth night once you’ve reached at least 40 nights in a calendar year. In addition,  Diamond members will earn another 30,000 points after 60 nights in a year. 

 

 

 

Elite Rollover Nights 

At the end of the year, any nights above and beyond the requirement will be rolled over to the next year giving you a head start towards the next elite tier. 

Example: If you reach Silver status after completing 10 nights, but end the calendar year with 30 nights, 20 nights will roll over into the following year. This gives you a jump-start on earning Gold status in the new calendar year and you’ll only need 20 more nights to attain Gold. 

 

 

Elite Status Gifting 

If you reach a certain amounts of nights in a year, you can gift either Gold or Diamond Status to anyone you want. This status will remain for 365 days from the date the gift was applied. 

 

Stay 60 nights in a calendar year = Gift Gold status to another person 

Stay 100 nights in a calendar year = That same person will automatically be upgraded to Diamond Status. 

 

 

Pay with Points and Money

Hilton makes free night redemptions easy with the ability to pay with all points or a combination of points and cash.  
 

 

 

 

Earning Points 

 To be completely honest, earning Hilton Honors points for us Canadians is pretty hard to do.  Aside from actually staying in Hilton Hotels, there are extremely limited ways to earn points in the program. 

 

For those of you who do have paid Hilton stays, here is a glimpse of the earning potential.   

 

Until recently, the most notable way to earn Hilton Honors points was a direct transfer from Amex Membership rewards at a ratio of 1,000 MR: 1000 Hilton Honors points.  That option was removed a few months back in 2018.

 

That said, there is a large earning potential in the states since Amex launched 4 Hilton branded credit cards back in 2018 which offer pretty amazing signup bonuses.  We’ll save getting into the US credit card market for a later post… 

 

 

 

 

Redeeming Points 

 

Free Night Awards 

Compared to other hotel loyalty programs such as Marriott, Hilton doesn’t have a redemption chart which outlines how many points you need for a specific category of hotel.  

Hilton moved away from this model a few years ago and have since adopted a variable redemption which takes into account the hotel, the location, the room type, as well as the date of your stay.  And if that wasn’t confusing enough, redemption rates are also affected by peak and off-peak periods. 

Free nights start at 5,000 Hilton Honors points and max out at 95,000 for standard reward stays.   

As an added bonus (and something Marriott doesn’t currently do) when you redeem points or certificates for a free night at properties with resort fees, you are not required to pay the resort fee! 

 

Points Pooling

Hilton allows you to pool points with up to 10 other people (family or friends) for free. 

For example, if a group or friends or family members want to take a trip together and they don’t have enough points to cover their stay, you can combine points from multiple accounts into a single account for free. 

 

  

When redeeming points for free nights, you will benefit from: 

  • Access to 5000 locations around the world 
  • Ability to book using cash and points 
  • 5th night free 
  • No blackout dates 

 

In addition to hotel stays, you can still redeem points for Experiences such as meet and greets with your favourite band, cooking lessons with world-renowned Chefs and many more.  You’ll also be able to cash in points for vacations and car rentals should you so desire. 

 

Lastly, you’ll also be able to transfer points to airline partners.  The list includes more than 40 worldwide airline partners.  Here is the list of available partners below: 

 

Aspirational Properties

Grand Wailea
Conrad Koh Samui
Conrad Maldives
Conrad Bora Bora

 

 

 

To be quite honest, in the Canadian Miles and Points market, Hilton rarely if ever gets mentioned due to the lack point earning avenues.  With the recent discontinuation of Amex MR transfer to Hilton Honors, earning points is pretty difficult.  

That said, if you ever do find yourself with a stash of points, including Hilton into the mix alongside Marriott can prove to be quite a great experience given their global footprint. 

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