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 Hilton points is by signing up for their dining rewards program.
Today we’ll walk you through the Hilton dining program and show you how to easily earn extra points when you dine out.
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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 searching for restaurants near Seattle, WA, the website listed 135 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
Recommended Amex Cards (Personal)
|The Platinum Card® from American Express - There's currently a welcome bonus of 60,000 points after spending $5,000 in your first 3 months, worth at least $600. |
This is our favorite card for getting into 1,200+ airport lounges worldwide (including Priority Pass) and we get about $2,700+ in value from the card every year.
The card can get you up to $200 in Uber credits annually ($15 per month and a $20 bonus in December) — and up to $200 in annual credit for airline incidental charges (e.g. baggage or seat selection fees). There's even a $100 Saks Fifth Avenue credit, annually. For rates and fees of the Platinum Card, click here.
|American Express® Gold Card - We love using this card as it earns 4x points at restaurants worldwide and 4x points at US supermarkets (up to $25,000; then 1x). There's no better card in our opinion if you eat out and/or shop at supermarkets regularly.|
With a welcome bonus of 35,000 points after you spend $4,000 in your first 3 months and a $100 airfare credit per year, for many this is an easy addition to your wallet. For rates and fees of the Gold Card, click here.
Recommended Amex Cards (Business)
|The Business Platinum Card® from American Express - Right now, there's a welcome bonus of up to 75,000 points. Earn 50,000 points after you spend $10,000 and an extra 25,000 after you spend an additional $10,000, on purchases within the first 3 months. |
We get ~$5,525+ in value per year by leveraging many of the benefits & perks.
This is the best business card for lounge access as you'll get into 1,200+ airport lounges worldwide. For rates and fees of the Business Platinum, click here.
|American Express® Business Gold Card - probably our favorite Amex business card because we earn 4x points across the top 2 select categories that we spend the most money in each month. The 4x points applies to the first $150,000 in combined purchases from these 2 categories each calendar year. This means you'll max out at a (whopping) 600,000 points per year. After that, you earn 1x. For rates and fees of the Business Gold Card, click here.|
|The Blue Business® Plus Credit Card from American Express - This is a simple card that earns you 2x points on any business purchase, up to $50,000 annually (then 1x). That makes for an easy 100,000 points per year! The card has no annual fee. For rates and fees of the Blue Business Plus, click here.|
Hilton Honors Cards
|CREDIT CARD||CARD INFO|
|Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card|
|Hilton Honors American Express Card|
|Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card|
|The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card|
Hot Tip: Check out our comparison of the benefits and perks of each Hilton Honors credit card for more details.
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 redeeming Hilton points for your next stay.