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Hilton HHonors Program: Review of the Rewards

PrintFor frequent travelers who are brand loyal, joining a hotel rewards program is a great way to earn free nights, airline miles, and more. The Hilton HHonors Program offers several levels of membership that can pay off for guests who want to get something more from their hotel stays.

Enrolling
Starting an HHonors account is simple and free. Guests can enroll online through the HHonors website or at any Hilton-brand hotel front desk.

Blue Status
The HHonors program has four levels of rewards: blue, silver, gold, and diamond. Blue status is achieved merely by opening up an account. Blue membership allows guests to save their room preferences for a quicker check-in experience; guests at this level are also eligible for late or express check-out.

Silver Status
After four stays or ten nights at a qualifying Hilton hotel, Blue members are bumped to Silver status. At this level, the rewards include all options available to Blue status members, as well as a 15% elite status bonus. With this bonus, Silver members earn 15% more points on each of their stays, allowing them to accumulate points more quickly. Members can earn a free fifth night by staying five consecutive nights or more. At this level, members can access health clubs for free. At the beginning of their stay, Silver members receive two free bottles of water at participating Hilton chains.

Gold Status
HHonors program members earn Gold status by staying 20 times in one calendar year or booking 40 nights in a Hilton hotel. At this level, members receive all of the rewards available to Blue and Silver members, and the elite status bonus is increased to 25%. Hilton provides Gold members complimentary in-room and lobby wireless internet access at Waldorf Astoria, Hilton, Conrad, DoubleTree, Embassy Suites, and Hilton Grand Vacation locations. Gold members also have the option of checking in early online at select hotels. Different brands within the Hilton Hotel company provide specialized rewards for Gold members; a few are listed below. For a complete list, visit the HHonors website.

  • Hilton Garden Inn: members receive 750 points per stay or free hot breakfast for up to two people.
  • Homewood Suites: members receive 250 points per stay or two bottles of water and Pepperidge Farm cookies.
  • Waldorf Astoria hotels: members receive a free room upgrade (when available). They can choose to receive up to 1,000 points per stay or a free in-room movie.

Diamond Status
To achieve Diamond status, HHonors members must stay 30 times in one year or 60 nights. At this level, members receive a 50% elite status bonus and are guaranteed to get a room if booked within 48 hours of arrival. Much like the Gold level rewards, Diamond rewards vary within the Hilton hotel brands, and include these options:

  • Doubletree Hotels: members earn 1,000 bonus points per stay, get access to the Executive Floor Lounge, receive a hot breakfast, and are automatically upgraded to a preferred room.
  • Embassy Suites: guests earn 1,000 bonus points per stay or three snacks per day.
  • Hilton Grand Vacations: members receive 2,000 bonus points per stay.

For more Diamond status rewards, visit the HHonors Program website.

Points Redemption
Once a member at any level has accumulated points, he or she can redeem them for a variety of rewards, including free nights at a Hilton property, free golf packages, or upgrades. The points can also be converted into travel miles through one of Hilton’s partners, a group that includes British Airlines, Amtrak, Air China, Delta and United. The points can also be redeemed for a cruise or for a free or reduced rate car rental through Avis, Budget, Alamo and more. Members can also use their points to purchase items through the HHonors online shopping portal.

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