Hilton Honors Points: How to Use Them and How Much They're Worth

Hilton Honors points can be used for concerts, travel expenses, online shopping, and more.
5 minute read | 8/15/19Aug. 15, 2019
Couple checking in using their Hilton Honors points

The points you earn in the Hilton Honors loyalty program can easily be redeemed for free nights at participating hotels — but they can also be redeemed for many other uses as well, including other travel spending, concerts, and online purchases. Hilton Honors points are versatile, too, since you can transfer them to travel partners.

With so many options to redeem Hilton Honors points, it’s helpful to understand all the different ways you can use them. Fortunately, this guide will tell you everything you need to know about how to use Hilton Honors points — including how much Hilton Honors points are worth and how to maximize your point value.

6 ways to use Hilton Honors points

To help you decide how to best redeem your points, here are six possible ways you could use them — as well as some details on what each point would be worth when redeemed for a particular purchase.

1. Free nights at hotels and resorts

Points can be redeemed for free nights at a variety of hotels and resorts, including:

Canopy by Hilton Hilton Garden Inn Signia Hilton
Conrad Hotels & Resorts Hilton Grand Vacations Tapestry Collection by Hilton
Curio Collection by Hilton Home2Suites by Hilton Tru by Hilton
DoubleTree by Hilton Homewood Suites by Hilton Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts
Embassy Suites by Hilton LXR Hotels & Resorts
Hampton by Hilton Motto by Hilton

The value of points varies widely depending on the resort you choose to book, with nights costing anywhere from 5,000 to 95,000 points.

For example, a hotel room that costs $100 per night might have a cost of 20,000 points; this would make each point worth 0.5 cents when redeemed for that particular room. The Hilton Honors Points Explorer tool can help you determine how much a particular room costs.

2. Event credit vouchers

Hilton also allows you to redeem points for Hilton Honors event credits. These can be redeemed at any hotel within the Hilton Portfolio, including redemptions for future bookings or for spending at participating hotels. Event credit vouchers can be redeemed in the following increments:

  • $50 for 25,000 points
  • $100 for 50,000 points
  • $150 for 75,000 points
  • $250 for 125,000 points
  • $500 for 250,000 points

Event credits can be used for meeting room rentals, food and beverage services, booking guest rooms, or other event-related charges. Points are worth 0.2 cents when redeemed for event credit vouchers, based on voucher pricing.

3. Redemption experiences

Hilton allows you to redeem your points for once-in-a-lifetime experiences, such as music, sporting, cultural, or food events.

For example, you could spend 10,000 points to score two lawn seats to see Brad Paisley in Alpharetta, GA on Aug. 23, 2019. General admission lawn seats start at $28 each, making your points worth about 0.56 cents when redeemed for this particular experience.

The specific value of points will vary depending on the experience. You also have the option to participate in auctions, which means you could enter bids for unique experiences you couldn’t buy tickets to elsewhere.

4. On-property rewards

Hilton Honors points can also be used to have experiences on property. This means you can use your Hilton Honors points to redeem for spa treatments, fine dining, golf, and other amenities at Hilton and partner hotels anywhere in the world.

The number of Hilton Honors points required for an on-property experience varies depending on what hotel you use your points at and the time of year that you book your experience. For example, a tee time at the Boulder Resort & Spa in Arizona costs 25,000 points if you go during May through December. The cost of a tee time at the resort is $59 to $69 per person during these months, so points are valued at around 0.24 cents.

5. Transfer to travel partners

Hilton Honors points can be exchanged for points or miles with more than 40 travel partners, including:

Aeromexico ANA (All Nippon Airways) Qantas Airways
Air France-KLM British Airways Singapore Airlines
Air New Zealand Delta Air Lines Turkish Airlines
Alaska Airlines Emirates United Airlines
American Airlines Frontier Airlines Virgin Atlantic

The specific value of the Hilton Honors points will vary depending on which partners you transfer to and the cost of the flight you book, but the value is generally low.

For example, 10,000 Hilton Honors points would get you only 1,000 miles with Delta, United, and most other airlines. However, there are a few airlines, including American, that will give you 1,500 miles for 10,000 points.

6. Shopping at Amazon

Hilton Honors points can also be used to make purchases at Amazon.com. Simply link your Hilton Honors account with Amazon and choose rewards points to pay for your purchase.

When shopping at Amazon with Hilton points, 500 Hilton Honors points will get you $1 on Amazon.com. This makes points worth 0.2 cents when used to buy items from Amazon.

Hilton credit cards can help you earn points

As you can see, how much Hilton Honors points are worth depends on how you use them. You’ll likely get the best value if you use your points to book free nights, which makes sense since it’s a hotel rewards program. But you’ll need to shop around and use the Points Explorer to see which particular properties can be booked for the best value.

Transferring to airline partners, on the other hand, would likely provide the least bang for your buck. If you want to use your points to fly, you’d be better off looking for a credit card co-branded with an airline.

If you’re a regular Hilton guest and want to maximize the Hilton Honors points you can earn, it’s a good idea to check out Hilton’s co-branded cards. These cards allow you to earn Hilton Honors points for your everyday spending, including bonus points for stays at Hilton hotels and resorts, as well as for purchases at restaurants and gas stations. Our guide to Hilton’s three credit cards can help you to find the one that’s right for you.

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