This is a superb guide to the Hilton Honors frequent flyer program. It's enough to read this article about the basics of getting started with Hilton Honors and the various advanced play methods.
I've written a lot of Hilton tips in the past, so here's a summary and an overview.
Hilton Honors Hotel Overview
Official website: http://www.hilton.com/
Founded in 1919 in Texas, USA, by Conrad Hilton, Hilton Worldwide is a division of the Hilton group of companies headquartered in the United Kingdom. It currently operates and manages approximately 5,000 hotels and resorts worldwide.
Hilton currently has 17 hotel brands under its umbrella, including.
Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts
Conrad Hotels & Resorts
Hilton Hotels & Resorts
Curio, A Collection by Hilton
Embassy Suites Hotels
Hilton Grand Vacations
Canopy by Hilton
LXR Hotels & Resorts
DoubleTree by Hilton
Hilton Garden Inn
Hampton by Hilton
Home2 Suites by Hilton
Homewood Suites by Hilton
Signia by Hilton
Tapestry Collection by Hilton
Tru by Hilton
Motto by Hilton
Hilton Honors Advancement Review
Official website: https://www.hilton.com/en/hilton-honors/
Hilton's frequent flyer program is called Hilton Honors. Once you join the program, you can earn points and room nights (SNP: Stay, Night, Point) for eligible purchases (room, dining, etc.) at Hilton properties. The primary use of points is to redeem free nights, and the immediate use of room nights is to upgrade or upgrade to a premium membership.
The Hilton HHonors frequent flyer program is one of the most playable programs among the major hotel groups. The main benefits are.
High-speed points return
Hilton Honors members earn extra points when they stay and spend, and the rewards are very high.
The quarterly bonus points campaign is compelling, often two or three times the bonus points campaign.
Gold and Diamond cards are rewarded with up to 1,000 Myway points for stays at different hotel brands.
Milestone rewards of 10,000 bonus points per 10 nights per year for stays of 40 or more.
Privileged membership benefits
In addition to the points rewards mentioned above, our premium members can enjoy complimentary breakfast, room upgrades, and executive privileges for Gold members and above.
Easy to upgrade/retain
In addition to the regular SNP upgrade, Hilton also has a long-term Status Match program, which requires only ten nights for Gold and 18 nights for Diamond, as well as the Visa Stay 2 Go Gold program.
Hilton Honors Premium Membership Levels
There are three levels of Hilton Honors membership: Silver, Gold, and Diamond.
Newly registered members are generally referred to as Whiteboard. Although there are no excellent benefits for whiteboard members, it is better to register first if you plan to stay at Hilton hotels. One is late check-out, and the other is free for the 2nd guest (which comes in handy when staying in Japanese hotels).
Privileged membership benefits
Official website: https://www.hilton.com/en/hilton-honors/member-benefits/
The treatment of Hilton premium membership is still very conscientious, gold card or above has a breakfast guarantee, basically killing all hotel groups. And the difference between Gold and Diamond is not very big. The main benefits include.
Silver card: late check-out, extra points bonus, 5th night free for standard award stays.
Gold card: complimentary breakfast in all hotels; free room upgrade to the highest executive room; executive treatment after promotion to the executive room (access to executive lounge).
Diamond Card: Complimentary breakfast at all hotels; complimentary room upgrade to the highest One-Bedroom Suite; executive treatment guaranteed.
Note: You need to book through official channels to receive the treatment, not third-party websites.
Conditions for Premium Membership Upgrade/Protection
Premium membership can be upgraded or guaranteed within a calendar year by meeting the following conditions (Stay, Night or Point).
Silver: 4 completed stays, or 10 completed nights
Gold: 20 stays, or 40 nights, or 75,000 tiered points
Diamond: 30 stays, or 60 nights, or 120,000 points
A "calendar year" is defined as January 1 to December 31. Tiered points are base points, and bonus points based on base points do not count.
To earn SNPs, you need to be aware of the following.
You must book through official channels to earn SNP, e.g., official website, official mobile app, etc. SNP cannot be made by booking through third-party websites such as Ctrip, Agoda, Booking, etc., 1 stay is 1 stay.
A stay is defined as 1 stay in the same hotel, regardless of the number of nights from check-in to check-out, and only 1 stay if you check out on the same day.
Points redeemed for stays can also earn Stay and Night.
For multiple rooms booked during the same Stay, only 1 room can be counted as a qualifying room night.
In addition, there is no downgrading by level for failure to keep your status. For example, if you are a Diamond this year, but your Stay this year is only up to Silver standard, then you will be downgraded to Silver directly the following year.
The way to upgrade quickly
You can only obtain regular upgrades by staying at a hotel unless you are a travel party. Otherwise, it will cost you a lot of money. However, there are other ways to achieve quick upgrades, which is why Hilton Honors are so playable.
Status Match (upgradable to Gold and Diamond)
Visa Stay 2 Go Gold (can be upgraded to Gold)
MVP Fast Track to the Gold campaign (upgradable to Gold)
Hilton designated partner company employee Fast Track campaign (can be upgraded to Gold, Diamond)
Amex co-branded credit card (U.S. members only)
American Express Centurion Credit Card Direct Match Hilton Gold Card
Diamond members who have stayed for 60 nights can give a Gold card to a friend or relative, and those who have stayed for 100 nights can give a Diamond card to a friend or relative.
You can click the link above to the related article to see the details of the quick upgrade.
Status Match is a prevalent fast upgrade method, but very few hotel groups have long-term open Status Match. Except for Marriott's Status Challenge, only Hilton remains, so Hilton is still more generous.
After successfully applying for Status Match, you can get upgraded by completing the challenge. You can upgrade to Gold Card by completing 10 nights (10 nights) within 90 days and to Diamond Card by completing 18 nights (18 nights) within 90 days. The challenge level is available for the duration of the challenge (90 days).
Visa Stay 2 Go Gold is more violent than Status Match, and you can upgrade to Gold by completing 2 stays, with a minimum of 2 nights. Although it is only available to Infinite (top tier) and Royal Seal (sub-top tier) cardholders, this is the lowest cost and fastest way to upgrade to Hilton Gold.
Overall, it is still straightforward to upgrade Hilton Privilege membership, and the relegation is similar to other groups or a little easier. After all, Hilton still retains the calculation by Stay.
Validity of Premium Membership
Within a calendar year, you will immediately be upgraded to the next level after meeting the upgrade requirements. The validity period is the remainder of the upgrade year, plus the next full calendar year. The validity period can be almost two years if the upgrade is obtained at the beginning of the year.
In addition, Hilton will typically give an additional three months for the expiration date. For example, if you upgrade to Gold in May 2019, the validity of this Gold card would be the remainder of 2019 + the full year 2020 + January, February, and March 2021.
Hilton Honors Lifetime Membership
If you are a true fan of Hilton and only stay at Hilton wherever you go, then stay and stay, and you may get a Hilton lifetime diamond membership.
The requirements to obtain a Lifetime Diamond Membership are 10+ years of Hilton Diamond status (may be non-consecutive) and 1,000 nights of paid accommodations.
Even if you stay at a cheap hotel every time, it will cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars or more to earn a lifetime membership. The only people who can afford to spend money and time are the high-end business travelers or the wealthy class.