Earning the number of Hilton points you need for your next hotel stay can take quite a while, but there are strategies that can help you earn points even faster. One of the easiest ways to earn extra points is by signing up for Hilton’s dining rewards program.
Today I’ll walk you through the Hilton dining program and show you how to easily earn extra points when you dine out.
How To Join/Log in & Basics of Using the Program
Hilton Honors Dining requires you to enter basic information about yourself, link your Hilton Honors number, and create a login for the dining rewards program.
You’ll also need to link a credit card to your profile to complete your registration. Don’t worry, you won’t be charged for anything.
Linking a card is required so the program can automatically track when you dine at a participating restaurant. Every time you use your linked card at a program restaurant, you will earn bonus points based on the cost of your meal (including tax and tip).
You don’t need to do anything extra to earn bonus points! It all happens behind the scenes.
The number of bonus points you earn depends on whether you opt in to emails and how often you dine. You can earn 2 bonus points per dollar if you don’t choose to receive emails, but opting in raises your bonus to 5 points per dollar. If you opt in to emails and dine 11+ times within a calendar year, you will earn 8 bonus points per dollar!
There is usually an extra introductory bonus to reward new members for joining the program and dining a certain number of times within a specified time period.
The current bonus available is good for 1,000 bonus points after visiting a participating restaurant and spending at least $25 within 30 days of joining the program. You will also need to review the restaurant within 30 days of dining.
In the past, this bonus has gone as high as 2,000 Hilton Honors points. It might not make sense to wait for a higher bonus, however, since you’ll be missing out on many valuable points every time you dine!
As mentioned above, the number of points earned doesn’t vary by restaurant. Whether you’re having a fancy meal or a quick bite, just use your linked credit card and you’ll earn bonus points as long as you are dining at a participating restaurant.
When I did a search for restaurants near Seattle, WA, the dining portal listed 168 restaurants within 30 miles. Most of the restaurants listed are smaller local restaurants, but there are a number of chain restaurants as well.
While there were a few chains listed, there aren’t many. Keep in mind that not every location for a chain will be participating. Here are a few examples of the chain options:
- Edible Arrangements
- Buca di Beppo
Using Credit Cards To Earn Extra Points
Points earned through the Hilton Dining program are in addition to any credit card points you might be earning for normal spending
If you are mainly interested in earning Hilton points, you should consider using a card that earns Hilton points directly, or a card that earns American Express Membership Rewards points that can be transferred to Hilton.
Below is a list of cards that earn these reward currencies.
American Express Membership Rewards Cards
Hilton Honors Cards
|Loyalty Program||Credit Card|
|Hilton Honors Loyalty Program||Hilton Honors™ Card from American Express|
|Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card from American Express|
|Citi® Hilton Honors™ Visa Signature® Card|
|Citi® Hilton Honors™ Reserve Card|
By joining Hilton Honors Dining and linking a credit card, you can easily be on your way to earning more Hilton points for very little additional effort.
Pairing this with a credit card that earns a category bonus for spending at restaurants (or earns more Hilton points for every purchase) is a no-brainer! Using these strategies, you’ll be well on your way to your next award redemption.