This is Hilton’s basic point earning structure. With Hilton HHonors, you can earn both hotel points and airline miles for the same eligible stay at Hilton Worldwide's 10 distinct brands. Hilton offers a double dip component of their program where a guest may choose to earn HHonors points and frequent flyer miles or HHonors points and then bonus HHonors points in lieu of airline miles. Choose your personal Double Dip Earnings Style from three rewarding options: HHonors Points and Variable Miles Earn 10 HHonors Base Points + 1 airline mile per eligible U.S. dollar spent HHonors Points and Fixed Miles Earn 10 HHonors Base Points per eligible U.S. dollar spent + 500 miles per stay (100 miles per stay at Hampton Inn and Homewood Suites.) HHonors Points and HHonors Points Earn 10 HHonors Base Points + 5 Bonus Points per eligible U.S. dollar spent I opt for HHonors points and bonus HHonors points as you will earn more points this way on a multi night stay than selecting airline miles, but this is a matter of one's personal preferences, so select points and miles if you need frequent flyer miles. With regards to benefits, they are best for stays at Doubletree, Hilton, and Conrad hotels, especially at international locations. Embassy Suites, Homewood Suites, and Hampton Inns generally just award 250-750 bonus HHonors points per stay. Waldorf hotels may offer varying benefit levels depending upon location and hotel policy. Hilton’s Gold status offers an excellent value for its members. Silver: Awarded after 4 stays or 10 nights in a calendar year. · Earn a 15% bonus on all HHonors Base points. · Complimentary Health Club Privileges. · Gains you access to reduced multi night award stays aka GLON starting at 6 nights. There are also AXON awards for 4 nights or more which also have reduced points requirements for HHonors American Express cardholders, but one may have to call HHonors to find them. The elite awards apply to all elite levels. Further information is found here http://hhonors1.hilton.com/en_US/hh/landing/VIPOnly/index.do To find VIP rewards, go here: http://hhonors1.hilton.com/en_US/hh/landing/VIPOnly/index.do Then click the Go to Search link near the bottom of the page, and you are prompted to login to your HHonors account. Once logged in, do a search by entering dates, city, and country, but leave the reward category selected as View All. The results found will then show the discounted VIP rewards in the results of the search. Please note, Waldorf discounted awards may not appear, so you have to call HHonors to check for them. Please note that the hotel brands with Executive floors and lounges are Doubletree, Hilton, and Conrad, but not every hotel will have Executive floors, but this should not deter one from staying at Hilton branded hotels. The Waldorf Grand Wailea is one of the most impressive hotels I have ever visited. The really stellar international Hiltons may offer you a choice to have breakfast in the Executive lounge or at the full spread buffet. Gold: Earned with 16 stays, 36 nights, or 60,000 base points in a calendar year. With Gold status, one receives free internet worldwide, while Marriott only guarantees it in the US. · Complimentary Health Club Privileges. · Earn a 25% bonus on all HHonors Base points · The biggest benefit is an upgraded room or an upgrade to a room on the Executive floor if space is available. If there is no Executive lounge or one does not receive an upgrade to the Executive floor, then the room is upgraded and free breakfast is also provided. Diamond: Earned with 28 stays or 60 nights or 100,000 base points. · Earn a 50% bonus on all HHonors Base points. · Guaranteed access to the Executive Lounge regardless of which floor your room is located. If there is no Executive floor, one receives a room upgrade to the best available upgrade and free breakfast is also provided. · Complimentary High-Speed Internet Access. · Complimentary Health Club Privileges. · Diamond force stay makes reservations availability guaranteed to Diamond Members when reservations are made before midnight hotel local time, 48 hours prior to intended arrival. This can even be done for award stays! There are some exclusions such as seasons of the year or special events. One can also call the Diamond desk even when award space may not show availability, and the Diamond desk will contact the hotel on your behalf to see if a paid reservation or award reservation, which may even be a VIP-GLON multi night award stay, can be redeemed. There is also the option to earn status via American Express Hilton HHonors credit cards. With the Hilton American Express Platinum card, one can earn Gold status by spending $20,000 in a calendar year, and this card has no annual fee. With the Hilton HHonors Surpass card, one receives Gold automatically for the first year, and this card has a fee of $75 per year, but one can also earn staus with an annual calendar year expenditure $20,000 for Gold and with $40,000 for Diamond status. By using a Hilton AMEX card to pay for your stays, you will really increase your HHonors account balance. With the basic Hilton HHonors card, one earns 6 HHonors points per dollar spent at drug stores, grocery stores, phone and internet providers, and most importantly at Hilton branded hotels. With the Surpass card, one earns 9 poitns per dollar spent at Hilton branded hotels. Latly, one receives an extra 500 bonus points for each reservation made online with a Hilton HHonors AMEX card.