Hilton was founded in 1919, and now has a portfolio of close to 5,000 properties, with nearly 1 million rooms, situated in over 100 countries. It is currently the largest hotel chain in the world by rooms and international presence.
The Hilton chain has 13 brands, split into 5 distinct groups. Many of these brands are predominantly in the North American market.
- Conrad Hotels & Resorts
- Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts
- Hilton Hotels & Resorts
- DoubleTree by Hilton
- Embassy Suites by Hilton
- Curio, A Collection by Hilton
- Hilton Garden Inn
- Hampton by Hilton
- Homewood Suites by Hilton
- Home2 Suites by Hilton
- Tru by Hilton
- Canopy by Hilton
- Hilton Grand Vacations
The loyalty program for Hilton is Hilton Honors. It is a four-tiered system.
This level is the entry-level membership. For simply enrolling in the program you gain access to guaranteed Hilton Honors discounted rates, digital check-in, complimentary in-room and lobby internet access at select properties, late/express checkout and no charge for double occupancy.
The first earned level comes after 4 stays or 10 nights. In addition to the Blue-tier benefits, you can expect a 15% bonus on points earned, your 5th night free on a reward stay of 5 nights or more, complimentary access to the fitness centre and two bottles of water per stay at select properties.
Reaching Gold requires 20 stays, 40 nights of earning 75,000 base points. In addition to previously mentioned benefits, you can expect a 25% bonus on points earned and in many cases a space-available upgrade to a preferred room or a certain amount of bonus points per stay.
Diamond membership requires 30 stays, 60 nights or 120,000 base points. In addition to previously named benefits, you can expect a 50% bonus on points earned, a 48-hour room guarantee and an upgrade or access to the executive floor/lounge.
Lifetime Diamond status is available to members who have earned Diamond status for at least 10 years, and completed at least 1000 paid nights.