You will earn Hilton HHonors points only when you book directly from Hilton. What does that mean? That means only when you book through Hilton.com, Hilton direct booking line, Hilton hotel, you are allowed to earn HHonors points. If you book from online third party travel agency such as expedia.com, booking.com, priceline.com, you are not able to earn rewards points.
Two Types of HHonors Points
There are two types of HHonors Points: HHonors Base Points and HHonors Bonus Points. The HHonors base points will count toward your qualification for elite status; the bonus points can only be added to your total points for redemption.
Two Way to Earn Rewards
Hilton HHonors offer members two ways to earn rewards: “Points & Points” or “Points & Miles”. When choosing “Points & Points”, you will earn base points plus bonus points on the dollar you spend in Hilton Hotels and if you choose “Points & Miles”, you will earn base points plus miles on the dollar you spend.
When enroll the HHonors rewards program, don’t forget to choose either “Points & Points” or “Points & Miles” in “My Way Earning Style Option” in your profile, otherwise, you will lose your bonus points or miles and only earn base points.
Here are the steps you can follow to secure your bonus points or miles:
1. Enroll to Hilton HHonors – this is easy, just follow the instructions.
2. In account overview, choose “Edit Preferences”;
3. In “preference” page, under “MYWAY EARNING STYLE PREFERENCES” click “change earning style”, you will see the following screen;
4. In “choose a my way earning style” page, you can find there are 2 earning options: points & points, points & miles, choose your preferred option style.
If you spend a lot of time in flight, then the Points & Miles Earning Style is right for you. If you want to maximize your points to earn free hotel rewards nights as soon as possible, then you should choose Points & Points as your earning style. You are not able to earn “miles & miles” instead of “points & miles”. However, HHonors points can be transferred to airline miles. Also, you can change your preferred earning method directly in the settings of your Hilton HHonors account any time you change your mind.