Update: Hilton discontinued the Shop-to-Earn Mall on September 1, 2018. We’ll update if they launch a replacement.
Want to earn even more Hilton Honors points simply by online shopping? Just a few extra clicks and you’re on your way. Yep—it’s that easy!
This article will outline everything you need to know to use the Hilton Honors Shop-to-Earn Mall to earn extra points on purchases you’re already making!
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How to Log In
To earn Hilton Honors points for online shopping purchases, customers must first log in to the Hilton Honors Shop-to-Earn Mall.
If you’re already a Hilton Honors member, you don’t need to create a new or separate login; use the account you already have when logging in.
If you are not an existing Hilton Honors member, you will need to join Hilton Honors by creating a new account. Simply fill in a quick form and you’re done! Plus, it’s free to sign up.
Depending on your status, click the “Join Hilton Honors” or “Log in” button; you will either see a pop-up or be directed to a new page to continue.
Basics of Using the Program
Once you’ve successfully logged in to the portal, you can browse merchants and special offers. While the portal itself doesn’t look as modern as some of the others, it works similarly.
As you can see in the first photo above, there is a small toolbar at the top to help navigate by merchants and bonus points. You can browse merchants from A-Z or search for a specific one by name.
On the left-hand side of the homepage, there are offer filters and category filters like apparel, food and drink, health and wellness, etc.
Clicking on a specific retailer will take you to a new page that shows the current offer for points per dollar and whether any special offers are activate. Additionally, you can read a brief a description of the company, merchant location, currency, and purchase conditions.
In order to receive bonus points for shopping online, you must click the gold “Shop Now” button. You will then be redirected to the merchant’s site where you can shop as usual.
Your purchases are automatically tracked by Hilton via cookies, so make sure they’re enabled on your browser or you won’t earn your points!
Once a qualifying purchase is made, Hilton Honors states it could take up to 90 days for points to appear in your account depending on the specific merchant’s policy. Also, if you’ve made travel-related purchases (including hotels and rental cars), the points will only appear after the travel segment has been completed. Even then, customers can expect the points to reflect in their accounts up to 90 days post travel.
Shoppers should also be aware that there is no way to retroactively apply bonus points at this time. That means you must go through the shopping portal first to receive your points!
Hilton Honors doesn’t seem to offer special promotions like a number of other portals.
They do, however, make it easy to see which merchants are offering bonus points per dollar at any given time. Simply click the “Bonus Points” tab in the top toolbar, and you’ll see all merchants offering a bonus above their usual earnings ratio.
For example, at the time of this writing, Bed Bath & Beyond was offering 6 points per $1 instead of their usual 3 points per $1. You can also see that they clearly state when the bonus expires.
While the Holton Honors Shop-to-Earn Mall doesn’t have the breadth of some popular airline portals in terms of available retailers, there are still literally hundreds of merchants to choose from.
At the time of writing, these were some of the better earning rates being offered:
- TurboTax: 11 points per $1
- The Vitamin Shoppe: 9 points per $1
- Kiehl’s: 6 points per $1
- StubHub: 5 points per $1
- FedEx Office: 4 points per $1
- … and many more
Using Credit Cards to Earn Extra Points
There are plenty of credit card options that can help you earn Hilton Honors points. However, while you can transfer Membership Rewards, you will generally get much better value from them by transferring to airline partners instead of Hilton.
American Express Hilton Honors Cards
|CREDIT CARD||CARD INFO|
|Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card|
|Hilton Honors American Express 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.
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. This is our favorite card for getting into 1,200+ airport lounges worldwide (including Priority Pass) and we get about $1,500+ in value from the card every year. |
Plus, get 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 fees). 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 $2,000 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 HUGE welcome bonus of up to 100,000 points. |
We get ~$1,250+ in value per year by leveraging many of the benefits & perks and that more than offsets the annual fee. It's also a card we use for larger transactions ($5k or more) as it earns unlimited 1.5X points.
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.|
If you’re a Hilton Honors points collector, you should certainly be using the Shop-to-Earn Mall!
Need new business cards? Cash in on the Vistaprint offer and feel your points multiply with each card you hand out.
Want to send a bit of cheer to a loved one? Buy flowers through the portal and earn some cheer for yourself.
In reality, it only takes a few extra clicks…and if you’re using an optimized credit card, you’ll rack up those points in no time!