How to Use Hilton Honors Dining to Earn More Points

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Earning the number of Hilton Honors 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 Hilton Honors points is by signing up for its dining rewards program.

Today we’ll walk you through the Hilton Honors Dining program and show you how to easily earn extra points when you dine out.

How to Join/Log in and Program Basics

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.

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Some basic information is required to set up your Hilton Honors Dining account. Image Credit: Hilton Honors Dining
Hilton Honors Dining Program Sign Up
You need to create login information and link your Hilton Honors number. Image Credit: Hilton Honors Dining

You’ll also need to link a credit card to your profile to complete your registration. The credit card linked to your account must be the credit card that you pay for restaurant meals with. 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.

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You can earn 2 to 8 points per $1 as a Hilton Honors Dining program member. Image Credit: Hilton Honors Dining

The number of bonus points you earn depends on whether you opt-in to emails and how often you dine. You can earn 2 points per dollar if you don’t choose to receive emails, but opting in raises your bonus to 5 per dollar. If you opt-in to emails and dine 11+ times within a calendar year, you will earn 8 points per dollar!

Introductory Bonuses

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New member bonus. Image Credit: Hilton Honors Dining

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!

Example Restaurants

As mentioned above, the number of points you will earn will not 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 searching for restaurants near Seattle, WA, the website listed 110 restaurants within 30 miles. Most of the restaurants listed are smaller local restaurants, but there are a number of chain restaurants as well.

Hilton Honors Dining Results Seattle
There are around 110 restaurants where you can earn bonus Hilton Honors points near Seattle, WA. Image Credit: Hilton Honors Dining

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
  • Papa John’s

Using Credit Cards to Earn Extra Points

Points earned through the Hilton Honors 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 Honors points, you should consider using a card that earns Hilton Honors 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

Recommended American Express Cards (Personal)

The Platinum Card® from American Express - There's currently a new welcome bonus offer of 75,000 Membership Rewards Points after spending $5,000 on purchases in your first 6 months of Card Membership. Plus, earn 10x points in the first 6 months on eligible purchases at U.S. Gas Stations and U.S. Supermarkets (on up to $15,000 in combined purchases).

This is our #1 card for accessing 1,300+ airport lounges worldwide (including Priority Pass). We leverage ~$3,000+ in benefits and perks from the card every year. Terms Apply. For rates and fees of the Amex Platinum Card, click here.
American Express® Gold Card - We love using this card as it earns 4x points at restaurants worldwide, including takeout and delivery, and 4x points at U.S. supermarkets (up to $25,000 per calendar year; then 1x. Terms Apply). There's no better card in our opinion if you eat out and/or shop at supermarkets regularly; and you'll have access to many benefits and perks.

With a welcome bonus of 60,000 points after you spend $4,000 in your first 6 months, it's a strong choice. For rates and fees of the Amex Gold Card, click here.

If you’re a business owner, there are numerous Amex business credit cards to choose from.

Hilton Honors Cards

Hot Tip: Check out our comparison of the benefits and perks of each Hilton Honors credit card for more details.

Final Thoughts

By joining Hilton Honors Dining and linking a credit card, you can easily be on your way to earning more Hilton Honors points for very little additional effort.

Pairing this program with a credit card that earns a category bonus for spending at restaurants (or earns more Hilton Honors points for every purchase) is a no-brainer!

Using these strategies, you’ll be well on your way to redeeming Hilton Honors points for your next stay.


The information regarding the Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card was independently collected by Upgraded Points and not provided nor reviewed by the issuer. 

For rates and fees of the Hilton Honors Surpass Card, click here.
For rates and fees of the Hilton Honors American Express Card, click here.
For rates and fees of the Hilton Honors American Express Business Card, click here.


Frequently asked questions

Does it cost anything to join Hilton Honors Dining?

No, it is free to join Hilton Honors Dining.

Is there a limit to the number of Hilton Honors points I can earn through Hilton Honors Dining?

There is no limit to the number of points you can earn through the Hilton Honors Dining program.

When will bonus points be added to my Hilton Honors account?

Bonus points will be added to your Hilton Honors Dining account within 5 days of your visit. The points will post to your Hilton Honors loyalty account and be available for redemption within 6 to 8 weeks.

How many Hilton Honors points will I earn in the Hilton Honors Dining program?

You can earn between 2 and 8 bonus points per dollar spent, depending on whether you opt in to emails and how many times you dine each year.

Do I have to do anything to claim the points?

As long as the credit card you use to pay for your meal is registered to your account and you have dined at a participating restaurant, you will be awarded the points automatically. There is nothing else you need to do.

Caroline Lupini

About Caroline Lupini

Caroline Lupini always enjoyed traveling, but it became her goal to do as much as possible after a 3-week trip around Europe in 2011. In March 2014, Caroline left her job and embarked on nearly full-time travels.  As a frequent traveler, frequent flyer miles have played a large role in planning her trips. Caroline has enjoyed discovering the ins and outs of how to maximize different types of miles, hotel points, and transferable points currencies.

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11 comments

  1. I am joining Hilton Dining but I am already a member of Delta Dining, and will be registering the same credit cards. What happens if I dine at a restaurant that belongs to both programs? Do I get points in each? Or does the restaurant or someone else decide? Or are restaurants not allowed to be in both programs? The article mentions Buca di Beppo, which is also listed in the Delta dining program, but there could be different location branches of the chain participating differently.

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    • Hi Jim, thanks for your question. According to the Rewards Network terms and conditions (the company that runs the Hilton Dining program), you will receive points in the last program for which you registered. Although restaurants can participate in more than one program, your credit card can only earn in one. https://www.idine.com/terms.htm

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  2. Pat Fleming May 31, 2019

    I have joined Hilton dining rewards, registered my credit card, opted in to emails, dined at my first location, but can not find where to write my review. Please point me in the right direction.

    Thanks.

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  3. Are you only able to ‘link’ one card to the program. What if I want to use a different card than the one I ‘linked’. Seems very limiting.

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  4. Point Collecting March 29, 2020

    When reading the T&C’s I came across this, “You authorize the applicable Payment Card Network (as defined below) to share with us Registered Card purchase or return transaction information, such as the time, date and amount, at Participating Merchants.” Also, “can be monitored for eligibility to earn rewards.” Does that mean that every purchase you make with the card is available for them to see or just the Participating Merchants? I’m curious as to how they delineate which purchases are their “merchants”, and if your other purchases are sold to third parties.

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  5. Does anyone know if the dining would still be rewarded if you ordered delivery through grubhub, ubereats, etc at one of the listed restaurants? Thanks!

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    • Hi Liv,

      The Hilton Dining program only applies when you dine in at the restaurant or take out. It does not apply to food delivery services.

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  6. Michele Robey January 20, 2021

    Can you join Hilton Dining from the UK and are there participating restaurants in UK?
    I cant seem to find any way to join from the UK?
    Thanks

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