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13 ways to earn more Hilton Honors points

Aug. 27, 2022
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It has become easier to earn Hilton Honors points over the years. The hotel chain partners with American Express to offer cobranded Hilton credit cards and periodically runs lucrative hotel promotions. Even though Hilton Honors points aren’t as valuable as other hotel points, you can still get substantial value if you know how to maximize your Hilton redemptions.

But with so many ways to earn these points, it can be hard to remember all your options. We’ll highlight some of the best ways to earn Hilton Honors points as you work toward planning your next award trip.

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Earn Hilton points through hotel stays

The Tiamo bar at the Hilton Conrad Bengaluru. KATIE GENTER/THE POINTS GUY

Hilton Honors is a hotel loyalty program. So, as you’d expect, you can earn Hilton Honors points when you stay at Hilton properties worldwide. Your earning rate depends on several factors, including:

At most Hilton properties, you'll earn 10 points per dollar spent on room rates and other eligible charges (excluding taxes and fees). However, you'll only earn 5 points per dollar spent at Home2 Suites by Hilton and Tru by Hilton.

Additionally, Hilton Honors elites earn an additional points bonus on each stay. The higher your status tier, the more points you’ll earn:

  • Silver: 20% bonus.
  • Gold: 80% bonus.
  • Diamond: 100% bonus.

Hilton MyWay benefits

Gold and Diamond members can also earn additional bonuses at certain brands with the program’s MyWay benefits. The MyWay benefit varies by brand, and mid- and upper-level elite members must choose between earning extra points and other welcome amenities when staying with some brands.

The potential bonus earnings are minor at some brands. For example, as a Diamond member, you can choose 100 bonus points per stay or one bottle of water and one snack item when staying at Home2 Suites.

But the earnings are more significant at other brands. For example, a Diamond member would earn 1,000 bonus points per stay at brands like DoubleTree and Signia. At these brands, the bonus points are on top of other MyWay perks like room upgrades and daily food and beverage credits at U.S. hotels, or continental breakfast at non-U.S. hotels.

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If you are a Gold or Diamond member, you can see (and select) your MyWay benefits on Hilton's website.

Related: Which hotel has the best free breakfast? TPG ate 10 meals to find the winner

Earn bonus points through Hilton promotions

Like most hotel programs, Hilton frequently runs promotions that award bonus points to its Hilton Honors members. These offers make it even easier to earn Honors points on paid stays. For example, Hilton members could earn triple points on stays longer than three nights when we published this story.

Keep an eye on Hilton’s promotions page for an up-to-date list of promotions. You can also visit your promotion page on Hilton's website to see any targeted offers, verify your registration and track your progress. We recommend enrolling in all of them — after all, you never know when you may need a last-minute stay at a Hilton property.

Related: These promotions will make your next hotel stay more rewarding

Earn Hilton points with credit cards

Hilton Cancun. BENJI STAWSKI/THE POINTS GUY

American Express currently offers several cobranded Hilton Honors credit cards, including three personal cards and one business card. These cards can be an excellent way to earn Hilton points on travel and everyday purchases.

New card members may be eligible to earn a welcome bonus; here’s a closer look at the current offers:

The information for the Hilton Aspire card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Related: Choosing the best Hilton Honors credit card for you

Transfer points from American Express Membership Rewards

Hilton Playa Del Carmen. BENJI STAWSKI/THE POINTS GUY

You can transfer American Express Membership Rewards points to Hilton Honors at a 1:2 ratio. In other words, you can turn 1,000 Membership Rewards points into 2,000 Hilton Honors points. But, we don’t necessarily recommend transferring your hard-earned Membership Rewards points to Hilton Honors unless you have a particular high-value redemption in mind.

Our reasoning is simple: TPG currently values Membership Rewards points at 2 cents, while Hilton points are worth just 0.6 cents each. This means that you’re effectively losing 0.8 cents per point in value, not to mention missing out on some terrific sweet spots with the Membership Rewards program.

Similar to buying points, you might want to take advantage of a Membership Rewards transfer bonus if you plan on booking an expensive hotel with Hilton Honors points. That's why TPG contributor Sarah Hosteler transferred 225,000 American Express Membership Rewards to Hilton Honors to top off her account to book the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi. By doing so, Sarah booked a $2,200 overwater bungalow on points getting 3.8 cents per Amex point. That’s 90% higher than TPG’s valuation of 2 cents each.

Related: Redeeming American Express Membership Rewards for maximum value

Pool Hilton points

Hilton Honors allows you to freely share points with up to 10 people. This is useful if you combine points for a family vacation and want the balance in one place. Your spouse might have enough points for a two-night award stay, while you may only have enough for a night. Combining balances to book stays under a single reservation is very useful.

Hilton Honors Dining

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With Hilton Honors Dining, you can earn extra points at participating restaurants.

Sign up for a Hilton Honors Dining account and link your favorite credit cards for restaurant purchases to earn points. Then, when you swipe one of those cards at a participating restaurant, you’ll automatically earn extra Hilton Honors points. These points are in addition to regular points or miles you’d earn with your credit card, so make sure you link a card that earns bonuses on dining purchases for the highest points earned on eating out.

After signing up for Hilton Honors Dining, opt in for email notifications. Doing so will give you “select member” status and let you earn 5 Hilton points per dollar spent at participating restaurants. If you opt out of receiving emails, your earning rate will drop to just 2 points per dollar spent. While your privacy is important, giving your email address is a small price for earning an extra 3 points per dollar spent — especially if you dine out a lot.

Finally, if you dine with Hilton Honors Dining 11 times a year, you’ll be upgraded to the service’s VIP status tier. This boosts your earning rate to 8 points per dollar spent at participating restaurants. You can keep VIP status indefinitely by dining with the program 11 or more times each year.

Related: 10 of the most generous airline and hotel dining rewards programs

Earn Hilton points through travel partners

Like most loyalty programs, Hilton Honors has a suite of partners that you can use to earn even more points. You can use these partners to boost your Hilton account balance on everyday activities; here’s a look at some additional ways to earn Hilton points.

Earn Hilton points with Hilton Events

Planning a wedding, corporate function or other events at a Hilton hotel? Add your Hilton Honors number to your event, and you’ll earn 1 Hilton point per dollar spent on events up to $100,000. This may not sound like much, but it can give you huge returns if you’re planning an expensive multiday corporate event.

Earn bonus points with Lyft

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You can earn bonus Hilton points whenever you hail a Lyft at the following rates:

  • 3 points per dollar on Lyft rides.
  • 2 points per dollar on shared Lyft rides.

These earnings are capped at $10,000 in total Lyft spending every year, and they’re in addition to the points you’d earn with a credit card like the Chase Sapphire Reserve or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (which offer extra points on Lyft purchases through March 2025).

Unfortunately, you can no longer stack this with Lyft’s Delta partnership. In many cases, you might be better off selecting Delta SkyMiles as your Lyft earning partner, particularly if you do many Lyft rides to U.S. airports that earn 2 SkyMiles per dollar.

You can link your Hilton and Lyft accounts here.

Book a rental car

You can also earn Hilton Honors points when renting a car through Alamo, Enterprise or National. When you book your rental through the Hilton portal, you’ll receive 500 Hilton Honors per day, up to 5,000 points — not bad if you’re already renting a car.

You may not earn car rental rewards when booking through the Hilton Honors portal. Further, you can’t use corporate codes when renting cars through Hilton. So shop around to ensure you find the best deal.

Transfer Virgin Atlantic points to Hilton

By contacting Flying Club, you can transfer Virgin Atlantic points to Hilton Honors at a 2:3 ratio.

This means you can convert 10,000 Virgin Atlantic points into 15,000 Hilton points. While this may seem like an attractive ratio on paper, we advise against this transfer because you’ll usually lose value. TPG's valuations peg the value of Virgin points at 1.5 cents per point, meaning you’d lose 0.6 cents per point in value when transferring your points to Hilton.

Related: How I’m spending 4 million Hilton Honors points

Buy Hilton points

Hilton Resorts World Vegas. BENJI STAWSKI/THE POINTS GUY

Another way to boost your Hilton Honors balance is by purchasing points. Generally speaking, buying points or miles is a poor value proposition, as you usually need to pay an excessive amount. However, it could make sense with certain programs and circumstances.

For example, Hilton recently ran a 100% points purchase promotion that lowered the price to 0.5 cents apiece, slightly below TPG's valuations. At this rate, it may make sense to purchase the points outright for a specific redemption, especially if the cash rate is sky high.

Related: 8 ways to maximize Hilton Honors redemptions

Bottom line

Hilton Honors points are some of the easiest hotel points to earn. Not only can you rack up a nice stash of points from hotel stays and promotions, but its extensive suite of cobranded credit cards provides valuable earning opportunities. Use a combination of the methods above to rack up hotel points for your next hotel stay at any of Hilton’s nearly 6,000 worldwide properties.

Additional reporting by Kyle Olsen.

Feature photo of the Hilton Santa Monica Hotel and Suites by Bill Fink/The Points Guy.

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The Hilton Honors American Express Surpass card is great for earning and redeeming Hilton points. This card comes with decent perks if you're looking to become a loyal Hilton guest. Cardholders get complimentary Hilton Gold status, which includes a daily food and beverage credit (U.S. hotels only) or continental breakfast (non-U.S. hotels), a fifth night free when you book with points, a 80% earning bonus during stays and room upgrades to executive suites, when available. The Hilton Honors Amex Surpass card also grants you 10 Priority Pass Select passes a year, a complimentary weekend night reward, secondary car rental insurance and no foreign transaction fees.

Pros

  • 12x points on eligible Hilton purchases, 6x at U.S. restaurants, U.S. supermarkets and U.S. gas stations, 3x on all other eligible purchases
  • Hilton Honors Gold status with an upgrade to Diamond by spending $40,000 in a calendar year
  • Solid perks including 10 Priority Pass visits a year, secondary car rental insurance, extended warrant, return protection and theft and accidental damage purchase protection( Enrollment required for select benefits.)

Cons

  • No travel credits
  • No chart to redeem points at Hilton properties
  • Ties you to Hilton properties
  • Earn 130,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points after you spend $2,000 in purchases on the Card in the first 3 months of Card Membership.
  • Earn a Weekend Night Reward from Hilton Honors after you spend $15,000 on purchases on your Card in a calendar year.
  • Earn 12X Hilton Honors Bonus Points for each dollar of eligible purchases charged on your Card directly with hotels and resorts within the Hilton portfolio.
  • Earn 6X Hilton Honors Bonus Points for each dollar of eligible purchases on your Card at U.S. restaurants, at U.S. supermarkets, and at U.S. gas stations.
  • Earn 3X Hilton Honors Bonus Points for all other eligible purchases on your Card.
  • Spend $40,000 on eligible purchases on your Card in a calendar year and you can earn Hilton Honors Diamond status through the end of the next calendar year.
  • $95 annual fee.
  • Terms Apply.
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Rewards Rate

12XEarn 12X Hilton Honors Bonus Points for each dollar of eligible purchases charged on your Card directly with hotels and resorts within the Hilton portfolio.
6XEarn 6X Hilton Honors Bonus Points for each dollar of eligible purchases on your Card at U.S. restaurants, at U.S. supermarkets, and at U.S. gas stations.
3XEarn 3X Hilton Honors Bonus Points for all other eligible purchases on your Card
  • Intro Offer
    Earn 130,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points after you spend $2,000 in purchases on the Card in the first 3 months of Card Membership.

    Earn 130,000 Points
  • Annual Fee

    $95
  • Recommended Credit
    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    670-850
    Good, Excellent

Why We Chose It

The Hilton Honors American Express Surpass card is great for earning and redeeming Hilton points. This card comes with decent perks if you're looking to become a loyal Hilton guest. Cardholders get complimentary Hilton Gold status, which includes a daily food and beverage credit (U.S. hotels only) or continental breakfast (non-U.S. hotels), a fifth night free when you book with points, a 80% earning bonus during stays and room upgrades to executive suites, when available. The Hilton Honors Amex Surpass card also grants you 10 Priority Pass Select passes a year, a complimentary weekend night reward, secondary car rental insurance and no foreign transaction fees.

Pros

  • 12x points on eligible Hilton purchases, 6x at U.S. restaurants, U.S. supermarkets and U.S. gas stations, 3x on all other eligible purchases
  • Hilton Honors Gold status with an upgrade to Diamond by spending $40,000 in a calendar year
  • Solid perks including 10 Priority Pass visits a year, secondary car rental insurance, extended warrant, return protection and theft and accidental damage purchase protection( Enrollment required for select benefits.)

Cons

  • No travel credits
  • No chart to redeem points at Hilton properties
  • Ties you to Hilton properties
  • Earn 130,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points after you spend $2,000 in purchases on the Card in the first 3 months of Card Membership.
  • Earn a Weekend Night Reward from Hilton Honors after you spend $15,000 on purchases on your Card in a calendar year.
  • Earn 12X Hilton Honors Bonus Points for each dollar of eligible purchases charged on your Card directly with hotels and resorts within the Hilton portfolio.
  • Earn 6X Hilton Honors Bonus Points for each dollar of eligible purchases on your Card at U.S. restaurants, at U.S. supermarkets, and at U.S. gas stations.
  • Earn 3X Hilton Honors Bonus Points for all other eligible purchases on your Card.
  • Spend $40,000 on eligible purchases on your Card in a calendar year and you can earn Hilton Honors Diamond status through the end of the next calendar year.
  • $95 annual fee.
  • Terms Apply.
  • See Rates & Fees