Real World Machine values Hilton Honors points at 0.6 cents (USD) each. By our calculations, this makes Honors points less valuable than Accor, IHG, Hyatt, Marriott, Starwood, and Wyndham points, as equally as valuable as Best Western points, and more valuable than Choice Privileges and Club Carlson points.
Measured as a reward points rebate for non-elite members, the Honors program rebates you 9.0%, in the form of points, for your spending on room rates, exclusive of taxes but inclusive of incidentals at full-service brands, with Hilton Worldwide. Those at the top elite status level, which is Diamond, get a 12.0% points rebate. On a related note, Hilton Honors Diamond elite status is worth $2,926.
If you are looking to calculate how many Hilton Honors points you can earn on an upcoming stay, check out the Hilton Honors Point Calculator. In addition, if you are looking to compare Money-Only versus Points-Only versus Points & Money rates to figure out the best rate for an upcoming stay at a Hilton Honors hotel, check out the Hilton Honors Comparison Calculator.
Update: The Hilton Honors program changed on February 1, 2017 (including being renamed from HHonors to Honors)…a change which may ultimately affect the value of Honors points.
How Did We Calculate the Value?
The value of one point is determined primarily by the point cost to redeem Honors points towards room nights. Award night redemption costs are are based on 20 destinations…10 domestic and 10 international. For consistency, the same cities are used to compare multiple hotel groups when determining point value.
The valuation also factors in the variety of redemption options, the size of the Hilton’s network, and the availability of awards. Hilton does very well on all three of these factors.
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First, Hilton’s 12+ brands offer a variety of amenities and luxuriousness at different price points for points redemption, from the high-end Waldorf-Astoria and Conrad luxury brands, to family-friendly brands like Embassy Suites and Hampton Inn, to extended-stay brands like Homewood Suites and Home2Suites. Whether you traveling by yourself, with your significant other, or with family using your award nights, there is likely a Hilton brand to match your style and number of traveling companions.
Hilton also has an extremely strong presence in the United States and a decent global footprint, particularly in North America, Europe, East Asia, and the Middle East. Hilton has the fifth greatest number of properties and the second greatest number of rooms of any hotel group in the world.
Finally, award availability at most Hilton Worldwide properties tends to be pretty good. While there are a few resort locations that artificially limit award availability by designating almost all of their rooms as something other than “standard” rooms, most properties have ample award inventory available for booking. Honors members with any elite status (Silver, Gold, or Diamond), can also take advantage of the “fifth night free” benefit, wherein the member pays points for four award nights and receives the fifth award night during the same stay for free.
Want to see more? You can check out our full table of the value of one point, and the average rebate percentage (in points) per dollar spent, for leading hotel groups like Accor, Best Western Carlson Rezidor, Choice, Hyatt, IHG, Marriott, Starwood, and Wyndham along with airline, rail, and rental car travel providers.