HHonors is the rewards program offered by Hilton Hotels. If your main goal of your hotel program is to convert your points to airline miles, Hilton is far from your best option. However, if you want to accumulate points to spend a few days lounging on the beach at some Hilton property, then it should work just fine for you. Although the total mileage earnings are low compared to other properties, Hilton will let you earn BOTH points AND miles for your stay. They refer to it as “double dipping.”
>> For more details, read about how to earn Hilton points.
There are three ways to “double dip” your rewards, including the following:
HHonors Points and Variable Miles: With this option, you earn 10 HHonors points and 1 airline mile per eligible U.S. dollar spent.
HHonors Points and Fixed Miles: With this option, you earn 10 HHonors Base points per eligible U.S. dollar spent and 500 miles per stay (100 miles per stay at Hampton Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, Homewood Suites by Hilton, and Scandic hotels).
HHonors Points and HHonors Points: And finally, with this option you earn 10 HHonors Base points plus 5 bonus points per eligible U.S. dollar spent.
To use the “double dip” option, sign into your account and set your preferred Earnings Style. At the time of check in, you’ll need to present both your HHonors and airline frequent flyer number. If you change your mind, it’s easy enough to change your Earning Style.
Hilton offers partners ranging from Airlines to cellular service to dining out. Here is a complete list of participating HHonors partners.
As with most rewards programs, HHonors offers a rewards card. This one in particular is a Visa with no annual fee (which is much better than the pricey annual fees you’ll incur with airline mileage cards). Cardmembers earn 3 bonus points for each $1 spent at Hilton®, Conrad®, Coral by Hilton, Doubletree®, Embassy Suites Hotels®, Hampton Inn®, Hampton Inn & Suites®, Hilton Garden Inn®, Hilton Grand Vacations Club®, Homewood Suites by Hilton®, Scandic and The Waldorf Astoria Collection. For all other purchases, cardmembers will earn 2 Hilton HHonors bonus points for each $1 spent. To apply, visit the Hilton website.
Hilton is pretty generous in the redemption department, offering available to HHonors members. You can redeem your points for hotel stays, vacations, travel gear, car rentals, cruises, entertainment and experience rewards. Hilton is also offering an online Rewards Store where you can cash in your points for consumer goods. Experience Rewards are by far the coolest option of the bunch, offering once-in-a-lifetime opportunities like putting you in the cockpit of a fighter plane, behind the wheel of a stock car or in the midst of your very own, chef-provided, sushi & sake party. AWESOME!
The best feature HHonors offers to members is the opportunity to exchange points. The program will actually let you exchange hotel points for airline miles or airline miles for hotel points. So if you’re a little short of points for your vacation or you need some miles to get that ticket, you can swap them around to make it happen. Very cool.
Now, HHonors offers over 25 partners who exchange points to miles and new partners who exchange miles to points. No other hotel program offers this unique two-way feature!
You can also purchase, transfer or receive points from others, as needed.
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