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Hilton Honors Review: The BEST Hotel Rewards Program for Casual and Prolific Travelers

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Hilton is one of the largest hotel chains in the world, with one of their 15 Hilton hotel brand locations nearly everywhere you’d want to visit. Hotels range from upscale places like Conrad and Waldorf Astoria, to your budget-friendly Hampton Inn and Homewood Suites.

The Hilton Honors hotel rewards program is your key to redeeming free award nights, and where you’ll earn credit toward Hilton elite status each time you stay at one of their 5,600+ hotels in over 100 countries. Making Hilton your go-to hotel chain can earn you a lot of Hilton Honors points — and get you award stays faster than you might imagine. In fact, Hilton is my hotel chain of choice.

But Hilton doesn’t have an award chart, which makes it hard to know how many points you need for an award night. Many folks criticize Hilton for overcharging across the board. As it stands, Hilton doesn’t do anything the other big hotel chains don’t already do themselves.

Though the award rates are inflated, so are the earnings! I believe Hilton status is the best and easiest to access elite status of any hotel chain. Earning Hilton Honors points is worth it for any casual traveler or road warrior. I’ll share everything you need to know in this Hilton Honors review.

In this Hilton Honors review, I’ll help you decide if you should collect Hilton points and show you how the program works. (Photo courtesy of Hilton)

Hilton Honors Review

The biggest thing to know about using Hilton Honors points is there’s no official Hilton award chart, and award prices vary based on location, time of year and demand.

So if you’re the kind of traveler who likes to visit the most popular destinations at peak times, you’ll likely pay more for an award room — but there are no hard and fast rules, and variations abound. To get an idea of what you might pay for a specific hotel, you can check the Hilton Points Explorer Tool, which shows you the most and least you can expect to pay for a standard award room at a specific property.

While at first glance rates might seem like a lot, when you break down how many points you earn from your Hilton elite status, regular stays, credit card spending and Hilton’s near-constant promotions, the deal gets a lot better.

Hilton Gold elite status is easy to get for free, and includes free breakfast every time you stay at Hilton hotels. (Photo by Harlan Vaughn/Million Mile Secrets)

Plus, Hilton Gold elite status gets you free breakfast at every Hilton hotel — no complicated chart to remember! In my opinion, this is the best elite status of any hotel loyalty program (and team member Joseph agrees with me). You can get it for free just by having the right Amex Hilton credit card.

And seriously, Hilton showers you with points every time you turn around. Here’s more about the program.

How to Earn Hilton Honors Points

Here’s our guide on how to earn Hilton Honors points. I’ll summarize it for you here.

1. Stay at Hilton Hotels

You’ll earn a set number of points per dollar spent on your Hilton hotel stay (not including taxes) depending on your elite status level and which brand you stay with:

Status LevelPoints Earned at Most Hilton BrandsPoints Earned at Tru and Home2 Suites Hotels
General Member10 points per $15 points per $1
Silver Elite12 points per $16 points per $1
Gold Elite18 points per $19 points per $1
Diamond Elite20 points per $110 points per $1

To earn Hilton points on your stay, you need to book directly with Hilton, through a corporate travel portal or with a travel agent.

Booking through third-party websites like Expedia or Orbitz (including credit card travel websites like Chase Ultimate Rewards Travel and Citi ThankYou Travel Center) will not qualify for Hilton Honors points.

2. Use a Hilton Credit Card

Amex issues four Hilton credit cards — three personal cards and one small business card. Using these cards on daily purchases is a super easy way to rack up Hilton points that much faster.

Keep in mind, you can only earn the welcome bonus on each Amex card once per person, per lifetime.

Hilton Honors American Express Card

Apply Here: Hilton Honors American Express Card

Read our review of the Hilton Credit Card

For a limited time through August 28, 2019, the Hilton Honors American Express Card comes with 90,000 Hilton points after you spend $2,000 in eligible purchases within the first three months of account opening. You’ll also get:

  • 7 Hilton points per dollar spent directly at any Hilton portfolio hotel or resort
  • 5 Hilton points per dollar at US restaurants, US supermarkets and US gas stations
  • 3 Hilton points per dollar spent on all other eligible purchases on your card
  • No foreign transaction fees (See Rates & Fees)
  • Access to statement credits when taking advantage of an Amex Offer
  • Complimentary Hilton Honors Silver status
  • Hilton Honors Gold status after you spend $20,000 on eligible purchases in a calendar year (free breakfast at Hilton hotels, room upgrades when available and more)
  • Terms apply

This card has no annual fee. (See Rates & Fees)

Hilton Honors American Express Surpass Card

Apply Here: Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card

Read our review of the Hilton Surpass

 

For a limited time until August 28, 2019, the Hilton Honors American Express Surpass Card (formerly called the Hilton Honors American Express Ascend Card) comes with 130,000 Hilton points and a weekend night certificate after you spend $4,000 on purchases within the first four months of account opening. The card also comes with:

  • 12 Hilton points per dollar spent directly at a Hilton portfolio hotel or resort
  • 6 Hilton points per dollar in eligible purchases at US restaurants, US supermarkets, and US gas stations
  • 3 Hilton points per dollar for all other eligible purchases on your card
  • A weekend night reward after spending $15,000 on purchases in a calendar year
  • Access to statement credits when taking advantage of an Amex Offer
  • Complimentary Hilton Gold elite status (bonus points, free breakfast at Hilton hotels, room upgrades when available, etc.)
  • Earn Hilton Diamond status if you spend $40,000 in a calendar year (valid through the end of the next calendar year after it’s earned)
  • 10 free airport lounge visits each year once enrolled in complimentary Priority Pass Select membership. Each guest you bring counts as one of your 10 free visits
  • No foreign transaction fees (See Rates & Fees)
  • Terms apply

This card has a $95 annual fee. (See Rates & Fees)

Grab an Amex Hilton Card to ramp up your Hilton points balance for a stay at the Waldorf Astoria Grand Wailea in Maui. (Photo by Jasmin Baron/Million Mile Secrets)

Hilton Honors Aspire Card from American Express

Apply Here: The Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card

Read our review of the Hilton Aspire

The Hilton Honors Aspire Card from American Express comes with 150,000 Hilton points after spending $4,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening. You’ll also receive a weekend night certificate when you open your card, and every year upon account renewal. The card also comes with:

  • 14 Hilton points per dollar spent directly at participating Hilton hotel or resort (highest earning rate of any Hilton card!)
  • 7 Hilton points per dollar on eligible purchases at US restaurants, flights booked directly with airlines or amextravel.com and car rentals booked directly from select car rental companies
  • 3 Hilton points per dollar for all other eligible purchases on your card
  • Unlimited free Priority Pass lounge visits (enrollment required)
  • Complimentary Hilton Diamond status (100% bonus on base points, upgrades, late check-out and more)
  • Up to $250 per calendar year in credits for incidental fees charged by your selected airline
  • Up to $250 in statement credits each year of card membership for eligible purchases at participating Hilton Resorts
  • Up to $100 in credit for qualifying charges at participating Waldorf Astoria Hotels and Resorts and Conrad Hotels and Resorts when you book a two-night minimum stay with your card at HiltonHonors.com/AspireCard or by calling Hilton Honors at (855) 292-5757
  • Earn an additional weekend night reward after you spending $60,000 on eligible purchases within a calendar year
  • Access to statement credits when taking advantage of an Amex Offer
  • No foreign transaction fees (See Rates & Fees)
  • Terms apply

This card has a $450 annual fee (See Rates & Fees). Team member Jasmin has this card and stacked the $250 annual resort credit with two Amex Offers to save $550 on her family’s stay at the Waldorf Astoria Grand Wailea.

The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card

Read our review of the Hilton Business Credit Card

The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card also has a limited-time offer until August 28, 2019. You can earn 130,000 Hilton points and a weekend night certificate after you spend $5,000 in eligible purchases in the first four months of account opening. The card also gives you:

  • 12 Hilton points per dollar spent directly with Hilton hotels and resorts
  • 6 Hilton points per dollar spent on select business and travel purchases (including wireless phone services from US providers, US purchases for shipping, US gas stations US restaurants and more)
  • 3 Hilton points per dollar everywhere else
  • Access to statement credits when taking advantage of an Amex Offer
  • Complimentary Hilton Gold status (Late checkout, free breakfast, complimentary upgrades, bonus points)
  • Hilton Diamond status after you spend $40,000 on eligible purchases on your card in a calendar year (you can earn an upgrade to Hilton Honors Diamond status through the end of the next calendar year)
  • A weekend night reward after spending $15,000 in purchases on your card in a calendar year
  • A second weekend night reward after spending an additional $45,000 in purchases on your card in the same calendar year ($60,000 in total purchases in a calendar year)
  • Priority Pass Select membership with 10 free visits each year (enrollment required). Each guest you bring counts as one of your 10 free visits
  • NO foreign transaction fees
  • Terms apply

There’s a $95 annual fee with this card.

The information for the Hilton Honors American Express Business Card has been collected independently by Million Mile Secrets. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

3. Transfer Amex Membership Rewards Points to Hilton

Hilton is an Amex Membership Rewards transfer partner. You can transfer your Amex Membership Rewards points directly to Hilton at a 1:2 ratio, and sometimes, you’ll even get a bonus when you make a transfer.

This option is best when you’re just shy of an award stay, as you’ll typically get better value with other transfer partners. Note you must transfer in 1,000-point increments.

 

Top off your Hilton account with direct transfers from Amex Membership Rewards.

You can earn Amex points with these cards:

CardWelcome bonus & minimum spending requirements
The Business Platinum® Card from American Express
Ends December 4, 2019: Limited Time Offer - Up to 100,000 Amex Membership Rewards® points

50,000 Membership Rewards points after spending $10,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of opening your account, plus earn an extra 50,000 Amex Membership Rewards points after spending an additional $15,000 on qualifying purchases within the first 3 months of opening your account. Terms Apply.
American Express®️ Green CardReceive up to $100 in statement credits toward any eligible purchase from Away. Offer ends January 15, 2020. Plus, earn 30,000 Amex Membership Rewards® Points after you spend $2,000 on purchases in your first three months of account opening. Terms apply.
The Blue Business® Plus Credit Card from American ExpressNo welcome bonus
The Platinum Card® from American Express
60,000 Amex Membership Rewards® points after spending $5,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of opening your account. Terms Apply.
American Express® Gold Card35,000 Amex Membership Rewards® points after spending $4,000 in purchases in the first 3 months of account opening. Terms Apply.
American Express® Business Gold CardEarn 35,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $5,000 on eligible purchases with the Business Gold Card within the first 3 months of Card Membership. Terms Apply.
Business Green Rewards Card from American Express15,000 Amex Membership Rewards® points after spending $3,000 in eligible purchases within the first 3 months of opening your account. Terms Apply.
Amex EveryDay® Preferred Credit Card from American Express
15,000 Amex Membership Rewards® points after spending $1,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of opening your account. Terms Apply.
Amex EveryDay® Credit Card from American Express10,000 Amex Membership Rewards® points after spending $1,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of opening your account. Terms Apply.
The information for the Amex EveryDay Preferred Credit Card and Amex EveryDay Credit Card has been collected independently by Million Mile Secrets. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

4. Hilton Honors Points Pooling

Hilton lets you pool your points with up to 10 other people for award stays free of charge.

If you want to travel with your friends, Hilton lets you pool your points with up to 10 other people at no charge. (Photo by filadendron/iStock by Getty Images)

That’s a super cool benefit if you want to go somewhere with a group of friends, or extended family. You can transfer a minimum of 1,000 Hilton points at a time, and up to 500,000 Hilton points per calendar year. Any member can receive up to 2 million Hilton points per year.

5. Dining Rewards

When you link a credit or debit card to Hilton’s dining program, you’ll earn bonus Hilton points every time you dine at a participating restaurant — and there’s no minimum you have to spend.

Eat your way to your next Hilton award stay with dining rewards.

Plus, tax and tips earn points. It’s worth enrolling all your cards because you might see extra points in your account that you weren’t expecting — that’s the best!

6. Rent a Car From Alamo, Enterprise or National

You can earn 500 Hilton points every time you rent a car from Alamo, Enterprise or National. Plus, you’ll earn 500 more points for each day of your rental, up to 5,000 points.

This option is best if you don’t rent cars often, and would rather have the Hilton points as a reward instead of credit toward your next car rental.

7. Priority Pass Membership

You can earn up to 10,000 Hilton points when you purchase a Priority Pass membership, depending which plan you choose.

Paying for a Priority Pass membership to access lounges like the Air France/KLM lounge in Toronto isn’t a good deal, because you can get airport lounge visits for free with the right credit card. (Photo by Jasmin Baron/Million Mile Secrets)

But before you do this, please consider opening the right credit card instead — because buying a membership is usually not a good deal.

8. Plan an Event at a Hilton Hotel

Hilton has a program for event planners that lets you earn 1 Hilton point per dollar spent when you book a block of rooms or meeting space at a Hilton hotel. There’s no minimum you have to spend, and you can earn up to 100,000 Hilton points per event.

9. Exchange Amtrak Points, Hawaiian Miles or Virgin Atlantic Miles

While it’s possible to exchange points or miles from other loyalty programs for Hilton points, I recommend using them instead for award trips, because you’ll usually get much better value that way.

Here are the transfer ratios if you decide to swap your points or miles from other programs for Hilton points.

That said, if you have a small number of points or miles in your account and know you won’t use them, you could trade them in and boost your Hilton balance.

10. Buy the Points You Need

One last option is to simply purchase the points you desire (login required).

You can purchase up to 80,000 Hilton points per calendar year at a rate of 1 cent per point.

If you want more points fast, you can always buy them.

I only recommend doing this if you’re close to having enough points for an award stay, or if you know you’ll get more than 1 cent per point in value when you redeem them — that’s rare, but is possible in some cases.

What Are Hilton Honors Points Worth?

Speaking of Hilton points value, there’s no set worth. It varies every time you redeem them, and how you choose to spend them.

That said, it’s typical to achieve about 0.5 cents in value from each point. I’ve seen it go close to 2 cents per point, especially when you factor in the fifth night free on all award stays for elite members (more on that in a sec).

Hilton points are worth about 0.5 cents each, but it can vary a lot.

In the example shown here, you can see how the points rates fluctuate and are directly tied to the cash cost of the room. With taxes and fees considered, this is a typical example of what to expect when you redeem your Hilton points — each point is worth around 0.5 cents no matter which night you choose.

How to Use Hilton Honors Points at Hotels

Read our post on how to use Hilton Honors points

1. Award Nights at Hilton Hotels

There are currently 15 Hilton hotel brands (with more expected in the future):

When you perform a search on Hilton.com, you’ll see hotels from every brand included in your results, if they’re available. You can filter if there’s one you prefer (I really like DoubleTree hotels!).

Select “Points” to see how many you’ll need for an award and filter based on your preferences.

You can also filter to only show hotels that allow pets, have a restaurant or lounge on-site and much more.

How Many Points Do You Need for an Award Night?

Hilton does not have an official award chart, and how many points you’ll need changes daily, based on the cash price of the stay. That said, every hotel will cost between 5,000 points per night at the low end, all the way up to 95,000 points per night for a standard room.

You’ll occasionally see other room types, like suites and premium rooms, listed for more than 95,000 points per night.

If a room is available, you’ll see it listed as a standard room reward — in this example, each point is worth about 1 cent.

If you have a trip in mind, the best way to predict how many points you’ll need is to see what the average price is for most days and then aim to earn that many. The Hilton Points Explorer Tool is helpful to set expectations as well.

I’ve seen most US hotels listed at 50,000 or 60,000 points per night. You can sometimes do much better in other countries, like Chile, Mexico, Poland and other places in Europe.

2. Fifth Night Free on Award Bookings

If you have Hilton elite status, you can get the fifth night free on any Hilton award stay of five consecutive nights. Depending where you go, this can present huge savings.

Plus, you can instantly get Hilton elite status with any of the Amex Hilton cards listed above. In particular, the fee-free Hilton Honors American Express Card gets you Silver elite status.

With any Hilton elite status, you’ll get the fifth night free on your award stays.

Note that to get the fifth night free, all five nights have to be available with a standard room reward. You can get a maximum of four nights free on a single stay, meaning you can book up to 20 consecutive nights with this benefit.

This is one of my favorite Hilton perks. Lots of us don’t want to spend five nights in the same place, but if your travel plans work out and you can book this award, you can realize big savings and get more value per point.

3. Points & Money Redemptions

Make an award booking with Hilton points, then proceed to the checkout screen.

You’ll find the Points & Money option when you check out.

There, you’ll find an adjustable slider that allows you to use as many or as few points as you wish.

This generally isn’t a good use for your points, but can be helpful if you:

  • Don’t have many points in your account
  • Just want to use them up
  • They’re about to expire

Other Ways to Use Hilton Honors Points

1. Transfer Hilton Points to Airline Partners or Amtrak

Hilton partners with 41 airlines, and you can transfer your Hilton points to airline miles, or to Amtrak points.

In most cases, you’ll get 1,000 airline miles for every 10,000 Hilton points you transfer, and it’s generally not a good idea to use your points like this.

For most airline partners, you’ll get 1,000 miles for every 10,000 Hilton points.

Considering the low transfer ratio, you’ll need a huge amount of Hilton points for a meaningful award flight. You’ll usually do much better to use Hilton points for award stays at Hilton instead.

2. Hilton Experiences

Hilton has an auction site where you can bid or redeem your points for concerts, sporting events, culinary experiences and much more.

Hilton Experiences is your key to unique bidding opportunities.

3. Rent a Car

You can redeem Hilton points for an Alamo, Enterprise or National rental car at this portal.

I wouldn’t recommend using Hilton points for car rentals.

This generally won’t be a stellar deal, but it’s another option.

4. Shopping

You can redeem Hilton points at a rate of 0.2 cents each when you shop on Amazon, or at the Hilton Honors Shopping Mall (only for non-US residents) where you’ll get similar (or worse) rates.

I don’t recommend using your Hilton points like this in any capacity, unless you just want to get rid of them.

5. Gift, Pool, Transfer or Donate

If you want to send your points to someone else, you can gift them, pool them together or transfer them, all in the name of booking that next award stay. The good thing is there are no fees for any of these options and you can send your points to anyone.

You can use any of these options provided the other member has had any activity on their account within 30 days after enrollment, or after 90 days of registration without any activity.

Or, you can donate your points to any of 1,000s of organizations. Donations start at 4,000 Hilton points.

Hilton Status

1. Status Levels

Hilton Honors is divided into three different status levels. You start off at the Member level when you sign-up, which gets you access to member-only rates, mobile check-in and free points transfers.

To earn higher Hilton status you’ll need to meet the following requirements in a calendar year:

  • Hilton Silver Elite – Four stays or 10 nights
  • Hilton Gold Elite – 20 stays, 40 nights or 75,000 Hilton Honors base points
  • Hilton Diamond Elite – 30 stays, 60 nights or 120,000 Hilton Honors base points

Once you earn an elite status level, it will be valid for the rest of the calendar year you’ve earned it, and all of the following year. So if you earn status in 2019, it will be valid of the rest of 2019 and all of 2020.

Again, you don’t need to earn status the hard way. All of the Amex Hilton cards come with some level of elite status. For example, you can earn automatic Gold status with the Hilton Surpass, or automatic Diamond (top-tier) status with the Hilton Aspire.

2. Elite Rollover Nights

If you find yourself caught between status levels, you’ll get to keep your current status for the remainder of the calendar year (and all of the next year).

And when the next year arrives, any extra stays or nights you earned will roll over to give you a head start on requalifying.

Hilton lets you roll over any excess stays or nights to the following year.

Hilton is the one of the only hotel loyalty programs that offer this perk (the other is IHG). It’s really handy if you find yourself close to earning the next level up.

3. Hilton Status Benefits

Here’s what you can expect to receive as a Hilton Elite:

Here’s a breakdown of everything you get as a Hilton elite status member.

Here are a few notable benefits:

  • As long as you have a loyalty number, you’ll never pay resort fees on award stays
  • Everyone can get a late checkout as long as they register
  • Gold and Diamond elite members get free breakfast at all Hilton hotels
  • Diamond elite members always get Executive Lounge access, even if they don’t get a space-available upgrade
  • Diamond elite members can book a room within 48 hours and have a guarantee of accommodation
  • Diamond elite members can gift elite status to anyone else (Gold elite status after 60 nights, and Diamond elite status after 100 nights)

Also, as a Diamond elite member, I noticed there were extra award rooms available to me, even when the hotel was “sold out” or no other standard award rooms were available. This seems to be an “unofficial benefit,” but I’ve used it a time or two with great success.

Hilton Honors Program FAQs

Now I’ll answer the most common questions about Hilton points and Hilton elite status.

Are Hilton Honors points worth it?

Definitely. It’s my favorite hotel program.

It’s worth it if you can find a Hilton hotel where you usually travel, which is easy, or if you want to save up for an award stay. The award prices are high, but then again so are the earning rates.

Don’t let anyone tell you different!

How many points do you need for a free night at the Hilton?

On average, between 50,000 and 60,000 points for a free night at a decent hotel — and more at the upscale locations.

For some hotels, especially outside the US, you can find bargains between 5,000 and 10,000 points per night.

How much is 50,000 Hilton Honors points worth?

In the US, typically one or two award nights. At a top-tier hotel, not enough for a free night.

And at lower-end brands in other countries, between one and five award nights.

How long are Hilton Honors points good for?

Hilton points expire after 12 months of no activity in your account.

How much are Hilton Honors points worth?

You can expect a Hilton points value of about 0.5 cents each, give or take and depending how you use them.

Can Hilton points be transferred?

Yes, to anyone, for free. You can transfer up to 500,000 Hilton points per calendar year. Anyone can receive up to 2 million Hilton points per year.

What do Hilton Honors points get you?

Mostly free nights at Hilton hotels. There are other uses, but that’s by far the best way to redeem them.

How many Hilton Honors points is a lot?

I’d say once you have 200,000 Hilton points, you can start planning a week-long award trip in an upscale tourist area or popular destination.

What is 5,000 Hilton Honors points worth?

One award night at their lowest-tier hotels. Otherwise, not much, to be honest.

Bottom Line

Hilton’s biggest downside is their lack of a proper award chart and high points prices for award rooms at basic hotels. For this reason, lots of folks overlook Hilton and their fantastic elite status program.

The fact is, you can earn more points with Hilton elite status than with any other comparable program. The earnings on Amex Hilton credit cards, including the Hilton Honors American Express Card, Hilton Surpass Card, Hilton Honors Aspire Card from American Express and Hilton Honors American Express Business Card are also the best, bar none.

Plus, Gold and Diamond elite members get free breakfast at every Hilton hotel (along with lots of other perks). With over 5,600 hotels around the world, you can easily redeem your Hilton points for:

  • Award nights across 15 unique brands
  • Points & Money stays
  • Hilton Experiences

You can transfer your points to any other member for free, and Hilton also has elite rollover nights if you find yourself between status tiers.

Is Hilton a perfect loyalty program? Far from it. But for the serious traveler looking to earn and burn a lot of points on free hotel stays, the Hilton Honors program and Hilton points are among — if not the best — in the industry right now.

You can find out more about Hilton in these guides:

For rates and fees of the Hilton Surpass Card, please click here.
For rates and fees of the Hilton Amex Card, please click here.
For rates and fees of the Hilton Honors Aspire Card from American Express, click here.

Hilton Honors Aspire Card from American Express

Hilton Honors Aspire Card from American Express

  • Earn 150,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points with the Hilton Honors Aspire Card from American Express after you use your new Card to make $4,000 in eligible purchases within the first 3 months of Card Membership. Plus, enjoy a free Weekend Night Reward within your first year and every year after renewal.
  • Earn 14X Hilton Bonus Points when you make eligible purchases on your Card at participating hotels or resorts within the Hilton Portfolio.
  • Earn 7X Bonus Points for eligible purchases: on flights booked directly with airlines or amextravel.com, on car rentals booked directly from select car rental companies & at U.S. restaurants.
  • Earn 3X Hilton Honors Bonus Points for all other eligible purchases on your Card.
  • Enjoy up to $250 in Hilton Resort Credits on your Card each anniversary year, when you stay at participating resorts within the Hilton portfolio.
  • Enjoy complimentary Diamond status with your Hilton Honors Aspire Card.
  • $450 annual fee.
  • Terms Apply.
  • See Rates & Fees
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Wow, very long and thorough review, thanks. I have all three of the personal Hilton Amex cards, with the Aspire providing the top (Diamond) status/benefits and the Surpass offering the easiest path to earn another free weekend night certificate.

samanthajohnson

Great review, thank you so much for sharing this here. Picking a hotel loyalty program can be a very different decision for business travelers than it might be for leisure travelers. While the latter group is more likely to earn a majority of points from credit cards, business travelers tend to earn most of their rewards the old-fashioned way: through paid hotel stays. Like