How To Calculate Hilton Honors Points

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Get the details on how to earn Hilton Honors Points staying at Hilton brand hotels. Calculate how many points you can earn based on your Hilton spend.


When it comes to earning points, Hilton makes it very easy. They offer a great amount of points per $1 spent on stays, offers significant bonuses for having Hilton Honors status, and has very high-earning bonus categories on their Hilton Honors credit cards for Hilton spend. This gives Hilton Honors members the capability to earn up to 34 points per $1 spent at Hilton brand hotels which averages out to around a 20% return if you can redeem your Hilton Honors Points for at least 0.6 cents each.

Getting Started & Things To Note

While there are many ways to earn Hilton Honors Points, the primary method of earning points will be staying at Hilton brand hotels. Before I dive into how to calculate Hilton Honors Points, I'll cover the steps you need to take to ensure you're able to earn them.

Sign Up For A Hilton Honors Account

You will not be able to earn Hilton Honors Points from any source without a Hilton Honors account. You can sign up for a free Hilton Honors account in a few easy steps and it only requires a few pieces of information from you.

  1. Go to Hilton.com.
  2. Click Join in the top upper-right corner of the page.
  3. Enter your name, phone number, email, and address.
  4. Create a password to use for your account.
  5. Click Join.

After you join, you'll be given your Hilton Honors membership number in which you will want to make note of. You'll need this number for signing into your account, signing up for promos, and much more.

Book Direct With Hilton

Booking hotels through online travel agencies (OTAs) such as Expedia or Hotels.com will not earn you Hilton Honors Points. You will also not receive credit towards elite status with Hilton and your benefits will generally not be honored if you do have status. In order to earn points and to ensure that you receive benefits when staying at Hilton, you will need to book directly through Hilton. This means using the Hilton.com website, booking their mobile app(s), or booking your stay over the phone.

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Hilton would prefer if you booked directly with them.

Hilton Brand Hotels

In order to book earn Hilton Honors Points on hotel bookings, you will have to book stays (direct) at Hilton brand hotels. Hilton's flagship brand is 'Hilton Hotels & Resorts', but they do own many other brands. You can stay at any of the following Hilton Brand to earn Hilton Honors Points:

  • Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts
  • LXR Hotels & Resorts
  • Conrad Hotels & Resorts
  • Canopy by Hilton
  • Hilton Hotels & Resorts
  • Curio Collection by Hilton
  • Embassy Suites by Hilton
  • DoubleTree by Hilton
  • Tapestry Collection by Hilton
  • Hilton Garden Inn
  • Homewood Suites by Hilton
  • Motto by Hilton
  • Hampton by Hilton
  • Home2 Suites by Hilton
  • Tru by Hilton
  • Hilton Grand Vacations

Do note that some of Hilton's brands may have their own website outside of Hilton.com. These website are branches of Hilton and you'll still be able to earn Hilton Honors Points when booking through them.

How To Calculate Hilton Honors Points

Hilton Honors Points earned on stays at Hilton brand hotels are based on spend. Points earned will consist of base points, bonus points from elite status, and points earned using Hilton credit cards.

Hilton Honors Base Points

Hilton Honors members earn points at a base rate of 10 points per $1 spent at a Hilton brand hotel. You will earn these points on the base rate of the hotel and any other eligible room charges made to the hotel including room service and telephone calls. You will not earn base points for taxes, fees, or surcharges.

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You will earn base points on the room rate only.

When booking a hotel room through Hilton, they will break it down into Total Room Charge, Total Taxes, and Total For Stay. You will earn base points on the Total Room Charge. So if the total room charge for your stay is $179.38 (see picture above), you would earn 1,794 Hilton Honors Points. This is calculated by multiplying the total room charge by the base rate of 10 points per $1 spent (and rounding to the nearest point). Below are a few more examples based on cost per night.

How To Calculate Base Rate
Hilton Honors
Cost Per Night Nights Stayed Points Earned
$80 3 Nights
= ($80 * 10) * 3
2,400 Points
$150 5 Nights
= ($150 * 10) * 5
7,500 Points
$235 4 Nights
= ($235 * 10) * 4
9,400 Points

As with just about every hotel loyalty program, note that you will only earn Hilton Honors Points on paid hotel stays. You will not earn points on award/free nights since the base rate for the stay would be $0. You will still earn points on any other eligible room charges though.

Hilton Honors Elite Points

Earning Hilton Honors elite status will give you the ability to earn more points on paid stays at Hilton brand hotels. Elite status with Hilton is based on the number of nights, stay, or base points you earn per calendar year at Hilton brand hotels. The table below lists the requirements for earning Hilton Honors status on stays at Hilton hotels.

Hilton Honors Elite Status Requirements
Based per calendar year
Elite Tier Requirements Bonus Points
Member Signing Up No Bonus
Hilton Silver 4 Stays or 10 Nights 20% Bonus
Hilton Gold 20 Stays, 40 Nights, or 75,000 Base Points 80% Bonus
Hilton Diamond 30 Stays, 60 Nights, or 120,000 Base Points 100% Bonus

For those who want to experience Hilton Honors elite status perks that can't acquire status based off those requirements, Hilton's credit cards offers complimentary elite status for merely having the card. Do note that the majority of the cards have an annual fee, so you'll want to make sure having the card is your wallet is worth the perks and benefits you'll be receiving.

Hilton Honors Complimentary Status
Earn status with Hilton credit cards
Credit Card Status Offered Point Calculator
Hilton Honors Credit Card Silver Status Calculate Points
Hilton Honors Surpass (Ascend) Card Gold Status Calculate Points
Hilton Honors Business Card Gold Status Calculate Points
Hilton Honors Aspire Card Diamond Status Calculate Points

Now that you're aware of how to obtain Hilton Honors Status and know the bonus points you'll earn, lets take a look at how it factors into earning you more points on your Hilton stays. Hilton elite bonuses are based on the base rate and are in addition to your base points earned.

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Earn large amounts of Hilton Honors Points when signing up for Hilton credit cards.

In this example, lets use a total room cost of $150 for the stay. Remember that all Hilton Honors members receive 10 points per $1 as the base rate. So all members will receive at least 1,500 Hilton Honors Points for this stay. Based on your elite status, you will earn a certain percentage of bonus points on top of your base points.

Hilton Elite Status Points
Base Points Earned: 1,500
Elite Tier Elite Points Points Earned
Member
No Bonus
0 Elite 1,500 Points
Silver
20% Bonus
+300 Elite
1,500 * 0.20
1,800 Points
Gold
80% Bonus
+1,200 Elite
1,500 * 0.80
2,700 Points
Diamond
100% Bonus
+1,500 Elite
1,500 * 1.0
3,000 Points

With higher elite status, you'll start to really rake in the points. Just based on status alone, you'll see that Diamond members earn double the points of regular members. This means you'll be earning rewards such as free nights twice as fast.

Hilton Credit Card Points

In addition to earning Hilton Honors base points and bonus points from Hilton Honors elite status, you can earn even more points with a Hilton Honors credit card. Along with complementary elite status (which automatically earns you more points), you will be able to earn a very generous amount of Hilton Honors Points per $1 spent at Hilton properties as well as on other purchases. Points earned by using a Hilton credit card are added to your Hilton account every month once the statement for your card has ended. This will be visible on your Hilton account under All Points Activity.

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Earn large amounts of Hilton Honors Points when signing up for Hilton credit cards.

All of Hilton's credit cards are through American Express and the amount of points you'll earn from each card on Hilton spend ranges from 7 to 14 Hilton Honors Points per $1 spent at Hilton hotels. Each of these cards have their own list of benefits, but the most important part is that you'll have access to Hilton's 5th night free benefit which will save you some points on 5-day consecutive stays at their hotels.

For an example, we will assume a stay at a hotel that costs a total of $180. Since you'll be using Hilton Honors credit cards to pay for the entire stay and not just the total room charge, you will be earning Hilton Honors Points on taxes, fees, and surcharges as well. Depending on the card you use, you'll earn a certain amount of points on your $180 hotel stay:

Hilton Credit Card Points
$180 Stay
Credit Card Elite Points Points Earned
Hilton Honors Card
Complimentary Silver Status
7x Hilton 1,260 Points
Hilton Surpass Card
Complimentary Gold Status
12x Hilton 2,160 Points
Hilton Honors Business Card
Complimentary Gold Status
12x Hilton 2,160 Points
Hilton Honors Aspire Card
Complimentary Diamond Status
14x Hilton 2,520

As you can see, those with the Hilton Aspire earns double the points of those with just the Hilton Honors card. While that's great, you'll still want to make sure you have enough spend to justify having the Hilton Aspire Card versus picking up any of the other cards with lower-to-no annual fee.

Calculate Hilton Honors Points

Want to get an idea of how many points you will earn on your next Hilton stay? You can use the Hilton Honors Points Calculator below to estimate that amount. The calculator will take into account base spend (total room charge), elite status, and whether or not you use a Hilton honors credit card. Do note that this calculator only focuses on Hilton spend. If you want to calculate how many Hilton Honors Points you can earn spending on Hilton Honors credit cards in all categories, slide over to the Hilton Honors Credit Card Point Calculators.

Hilton Spend
Point Value
Status Points Earned Value of Points
Hilton Honors Earning
Member
Base Points
0 Points 0 Cash Value
Hilton Honors Silver Earning
Silver
20% Bonus
0 Points 0 Cash Value
Hilton Honors Gold Earning
Gold
80% Bonus
0 Points 0 Cash Value
Hilton Honors Diamond Earning
Diamond
100% Bonus
0 Points 0 Cash Value

Summary

Hilton gives it's members the ability to earn a significant amount of points through stays, elite status, and credit cards. Building up your Hilton Honors Points to use for solid redemptions as well as reaping the benefits that comes with Hilton Honors status can usually be worth the couple extra dollars saved from booking through a third party portal. If you're a frequent traveler you'll want to run the calculations and make sure you're getting the most out of your hotel stays.

If you're looking for more ways to earn Hilton Honors Points outside of Hilton credit cards, you can earn Hilton Points renting cars and dining at your favorite restaurants through the Hilton Honors Dining Program.


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