When Do Hilton Honors Points Expire?

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Hilton Honors points normally expire 24 months from inactivity, but they can be extended whenever you have any sort of qualifying activities on your account such as earning points, redeeming points, or even purchasing points.

Waldorf-Astoria-Park-City Hilton
Photo: Waldorf Astoria Park City

Redeeming Hilton Honors Points

For the Hilton Honors program, redeeming your points for free hotel nights is the best value.

Unfortunately, Hilton does not publish an award chart so the cost to use your points varies based on several factors such as the demand for the hotel and the cash price for your chosen dates.

The price for a “standard room” is between 5,000 points for budget properties and 150,000 points for ultra-luxurious properties like the Waldorf Astoria Maldives.

Hilton also lets you book a “premium room”, which allows you to book suites, villas, and better rooms, but the price for these are much higher than standard rooms.

All Hilton Honors elite members (including Silver, Gold, and Diamond members) receive a fifth night free on award stays, which is a way to help save points on longer award stays.

Earning Hilton Honors Points

There are many ways to earn Hilton Honors points:

Stays at Hilton Hotels

You can earn 10x points at most Hilton Honors brands for up to four rooms on the same reservation. Stays at Home2 Suites and Tru earn 5x points.

Hilton Honors elite members earn an additional bonus of 20% for Silver, 80% for Gold, and 100% for Diamond.

Here is a summary of all the Hilton Honors brands:

Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts: A luxury brand known for its iconic properties and exceptional service.

LXR Hotels & Resorts: A collection of independent luxury properties.

Conrad Hotels & Resorts: A global luxury brand with a focus on contemporary design, innovation, and a commitment to offering personalized experiences.

Canopy by Hilton: An energizing, neighborhood hotel that is thoughtfully local, offering a comfortable stay.

Signia by Hilton: A premium brand that aims to transform the meeting and event experience.

Hilton Hotels & Resorts: The flagship brand offering full-service hotels and resorts in prime locations.

Curio Collection by Hilton: A collection of unique hotels, each with their own history and character in cities across the globe.

DoubleTree by Hilton: Known for its warm cookies at check-in and a welcoming sense of hospitality.

Tapestry Collection by Hilton: A collection of upscale hotels that caters to guests seeking reliability and value with a unique experience.

Embassy Suites by Hilton: An all-suite brand that offers free made-to-order breakfast and a complimentary evening reception.

Hilton Garden Inn: A brand focused on providing thoughtful amenities and services for the savvy business traveler.

Hampton by Hilton: Known for its quality, value, consistency, and service with a smile.

Tru by Hilton: A back-to-basics brand with a zest for life and a desire for human connection.

Homewood Suites by Hilton: An extended stay hotel offering spacious suites with full kitchens and separate living areas.

Home2 Suites by Hilton: A fresh take on extended stay hotels with eco-friendly practices and modern amenities.

Hilton Grand Vacations: A collection of high-quality vacation ownership resorts in renowned travel destinations.

Motto by Hilton: A micro-hotel with an urban vibe in prime global locations.

Tempo by Hilton: A stylish and contemporary brand designed for the modern traveler.

Hilton Honors Credit Cards

One of the best ways to earn a lot of Hilton Honors points is by opening a new Hilton credit card:

Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card: Earn 150,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points after you spend $6,000 in purchases on the Card within your first 6 months of Card Membership.

Hilton Honors American Express Card: bonus_miles_full

Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card: bonus_miles_full

The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card: bonus_miles_full

Zemi Beach House, LXR Hotels & Resorts
Photo: Zemi Beach House, LXR Hotels & Resorts

Hilton Honors Dining

You can also earn Hilton points when you join the Hilton Honors Dining program.

Just link any credit or debit card to your account, browse for restaurants, dine, and pay using your linked card.

The amount of points depends on if you subscribe to Hilton Dining emails and the amount you dine out:

  • Basic members earn 2x points if you don’t receive Hilton Dining emails.
  • Select members earn 5x points Bonus if you receive Hilton Dining emails.
  • VIP members earn 8x if you receive Hilton Dining emails and complete 11 qualified transactions in the calendar year.

Lyft Rides

Hilton Honors members can earn and redeem points on Lyft rides by linking their Hilton and Lyft accounts.

You can earn 3 Hilton points per dollar on Lyft rides (economy, luxury, and extra seats) and 2 Hilton points per dollar for shared rides.

Car Rentals

When you book a car rental from Alamo, Enterprise, or National you can earn 500 points per day, up to 5,000 points per rental.

Buy Hilton Honors Points

You can buy Hilton Honors points, which can be a good deal during a sale, allowing you to buy points for around 0.5 cents per point.

Complete Surveys

You can also earn Hilton Honors points by completing surveys via Guest Opinion Rewards.

Hilton Garden Inn
Photo: Hilton Garden Inn

Things That Won't Extend Your Points

Pooling your Hilton points with family and friends will not keep your Hilton points from expiring. 

Points pooling is when multiple people transfer points to a pool leader so they can come up with the required amount for award redemptions.

The pool leader is usually the person who has the highest Hilton elite status level so the other members will also benefit from the pool leader’s elite status benefits.

Comparison of Hotel Programs

Below are the points expiration policies of the major hotel programs, so you can see how Hilton compares to the competition.

Hotel Program Expiration Time
Accor Hotel Logo Accor 12 months
Best Western Best Western Never
Choice Logo Choice 18 months
Hilton Hotels Hilton 24 months
World of Hyatt Hyatt 24 months
IHG Hotels IHG 12 months
Marriott Hotels Marriott 24 months
Radisson Rewards Logo Radisson 24 months
Sonesta Logo Sonesta 24 months
Wyndham Logo Wyndham 18 months
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