My favourite hotel loyalty programme has been the Hilton HHonor’s programme over the last 8 years.

My first experience was in 2007 staying at the Tokyo Hilton. It was then that I started learning about this particular programme. When I first started – I had no idea that Hilton had promotions every 3 months to increase your points. We stayed 10 nights at this hotel costing me more than $3000. If I had only known back then what I knew now – I would have been more strategic in my hotel planning to maximise my points.

So for those 10 nights at the Hilton – I was able to accumulate around 30,000 Hilton points. So I then looked at what I could redeem it for. Back then the Conrad Hong Kong only required 40,000 Hilton points to redeem for 1 night. I thought – sweet! The Conrad Hong Kong averages around $500 a night and is a high end hotel. I only need 10,000 points!.

We then stayed at the Hilton Angel Hotel in London 3 weeks later – so was able to earn another 10,000 points from the stay. So I now had enough points to redeem 1 night at the Conrad Hong Kong!

The majority of people in this world would have no clue about joining up for loyalty programmes. The common perception is that it just requires too many points for it to be worthwhile.

With 40,000 points – I thought I was onto a real winner. But as I researched more deeply into this programme – as stated above – I could of earnt possibly more than 100,000 Hilton points had a taken advantage of the different promotions and strategies on offer.

The Hilton has 4 status levels – depending on how many nights, stays and money you spend. They are effectively the following:

  1. Blue
  2. Silver
  3. Gold
  4. Platinum
  5. Free breakfast for 2
  6. Room upgrade where available
  7. Free wifi
  8. Executive Lounge access in some hotels
  9. 25% bonus points earned on stays.

When you begin your journey – you start of with as a Blue Hilton status member. Don’t really get much here.

After 10 nights of staying at Hilton Hotels (or 4 stays) – you can reach Silver. Still not much advantage here. The only plus is the 15% extra Hilton points you receive.

Now the sweet spot is the Hilton Gold status. This can be obtained in either 40 nights, 20 stays or by obtaining 75,000 points. This is equivalent to spending nearly $7,500 USD.

The Gold status entitles you to the following:

The Diamond Status requires you to stay 60 nights, 30 stays or 120,000 base points. This is equivalent to around $12,000 USD.

With this status – the only difference between this and the Gold status is the guaranteed executive lounge access and 50% bonus points earned.

Most people (including myself) only strive to get the Gold status as the Diamond does not provide that much more value.

Stay tuned for my next blog post as I’ll explain how you can fast-track yourself to Hilton Gold status!

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