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  • Writer's pictureMatt Tannenbaum

The Ultimate Guide to Hilton Hotels

The Hilton Brand is one of the largest hotel brands in the world. There are over 7,000 properties in over 95 counties giving you endless options to choose from. There are 19 different brands within the Hilton Portfolio from affordable options to world class luxury property. Here is the ultimate guide to help you understand the Hilton Brand.


pink sunset sky over the beautiful pool and fountains at the Grand Wailea
The Waldorf Astoria Grand Wailea in Maui. Photo courtesy of Hilton


HILTON HONORS


Hilton’s loyalty points system is called Hilton Honors and it is free to sign up! Earn points for every dollar spent on property and earn loyalty status for every night booked! Being loyal to a hotel is one of the best things you can do to help you get free perks or rooms!




HILTON LOYALTY STATUS


Hilton Honors Silver status is earned after four stays or spending 10 nights in a calendar year at a Hilton Property. This status gives you 20% bonus points for every stay as well 15% off discounts at spa.


Hilton Honors Gold status is earned after 20 stays or 40 nights in a calendar year at a Hilton property. This status gives you daily food and beverage credits and room upgrades! Plus, you can earn 80% bonus points for every stay helping you earn more points to get free rooms quicker.


Pro Tip: You can get this status for FREE with the Hilton Honors Surpass Card (see below)


Hilton Honors Diamond Status is the top tier status and is earned after 30 stays or 60 nights in a calendar year at a Hilton Property. This status gives you room upgrades (including suites), executive lounge access, premium wi-fi, and 100% bonus points for every stay. This status can be free when you sign up for the Hilton Amex Aspire Card. Use the referral code below for the highest available sign up bonus available.




BOOKING HILTON PROPERTIES


The best way to book a Hilton Property is with a Hilton co-branded credit card with American Express. There are a few credit cards available that provide amazing perks like earning loyalty status, earning free rooms for future award travel, or enjoying free services on property!


I always recommend booking with the The Hilton Honors Aspire Card as it comes with a huge sign up bonus good for free rooms right away. Additionally, you get automatic top tier Diamond Status plus other amazing perks like:

  • $400 in annual Hilton Resort Credits

  • $200 in Flight Credits,

  • Free CLEAR membership to skip the lines at the airport

  • FREE night reward each year which can be used at their most luxurious hotels in the Hilton Portfolio.

Additionally, if you spend and meet the thresholds you can earn another free nights as well when meeting the spending threshold.




BOOKING HILTON PROPERTIES FOR FREE WITH POINTS


As a Hilton Honors member you can book properties for FREE! Here are some tips and tricks to help you get maximum value when booking free rooms!


Book 5 Nights for the price of 4!

You get one night free when booking a stay for 5 nights. This is THE best value for booking. It is best practice to only book rooms when staying for 5 nights.


Book Free Rooms only at top tier properties!

Save your points and only use your points when booking the best premium properties. You get way more value points per dollar when using points at luxury properties. For 85,000 points you can get a free night at the Waldorf Astoria in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico valued at over $2,000 a night. This is much better value than booking a property for 20,000-30,000 points per night at a room that can be booked for less than $200.


Buy Points with Caution!

If you need points you can buy points at Hilton.com directly. These typically don’t offer the best value but are good if you need to top off your account to get a free stay!


Use Hilton Credit Cards!

Sign up bonuses and daily spending with a Hilton Credit card is the best way to score a free room! The Hilton Honors Aspire Card also gives you a free night which can be added to extend your stay!




HILTON BRANDS


There are 19 different brands in the Hilton Portfolio. Find out more about each brand!


LUXURY GETAWAYS


There are 3 different top tier luxury brands in the Hilton Portfolio.


Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi. Photo Courtesy of Hilton

The Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts is considered the most luxurious and iconic with 32 hotels located across 15 different countries. These are some of the most iconic resorts with unforgettable spas, dining, and timeless luxury and service.


LXR Habtoor Palace Dubai. Photo courtesy of Hilton

LXR Hotels & Resorts has 9 hotels across 7 countries. These resorts have more of a boutique resort feel in the world’s most alluring locations.


Conrad Punta de Mita. Photo courtesy of Hilton

Conrad Hotels & Resorts has 44 hotels in 22 countries. These properties are smart luxury where business and pleasure intersect and are known as affordable luxury options in city and resort destinations world wide.


LOCAL ESCAPES


There are 3 different brands providing immersive stays in the best neighborhoods perfect for the adventurous traveler.



Canopy by Hilton is a newer brand with 37 hotels in 10 counties bringing a vibrant boutique hotel feel. These properties are aimed toward younger travelers and located in trendy neighborhoods and offering elevated food, beverage, and dining services.



Tempo by Hilton is a new brand to the family with stylish and contemporary lifestyle properties. They have wellness rooms designed to help you power up the day with peloton bikes in the room!


Check out my full hotel review of their first property- Tempo Times Square - New York City



Motto by Hilton has three hotels in the US with centrally located properties focused on reasonably priced accommodations with less traditional lodging in a one of a kind experience.


PREMIUM ESCAPES


Signia in San Jose. Photo courtesy of Hilton

Signia by Hilton is a new brand of premier hotels with two destinations in the US. These are in popular urban and resort destinations. These are great properties for meetings and event capabilities as well as premium wellness and dining.


Hilton Hotels & Resorts is the largest of the brand with 600+ hotels in 95 countries. This is the generic and big brand in the portfolio but also has stand out and iconic properties like the Beverly Hilton.



DoubleTree by Hilton has 649 hotels and resorts across 51 countries but is best known for their amazing chocolate chip cookies. Best for business and leisure travelers, this property is great for people who don’t necessarily care about top tier luxury and seeking more about the adventure.


CURATED COLLECTIONS



Curio Collection by Hilton has 133 hotels in 34 countries and appeals to passions travelers seeking local discovery in a boutique hotel collection.


Check out my full hotel review of a the Zachari Dunes Curio Property in Southern California.




Tapestry Collection by Hilton has 90 hotels in 12 countries with a boutique brant with unique properties and design. This is perfect for a traveler who doesn't want the same cookie cutter appearance time in and time out.


SUITE COLLECTIONS



Embassy Suites, Homewood Suites, and Home2Suites are big brands in the portfolio that offer multiple bedroom suites, kitchen, and a home away from home feel for extended stays.




ELEVATED ESSENTIALS



Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, and Spark by Hilton are all fun and upscale accommodations in a more affordable environment. These are great budget friendly properties with locations all over the world.



VACATION OWNERSHIP


Hilton Grand Vacations is a Timeshare based company for long and extended vacations featuring upscale spacious suites with fully equipped kitchens. There are 169 resorts including amaIng vacation destinations like Hawaii and Mexico.






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