I recently needed a hotel outside of Boston and remembered there was a Hilton Hotel right near my son's college. I went to the Hilton Web site to look at rates and discovered that Hilton has a Hilton Honors restaurant program that allows you to earn Hilton points every time you eat at a participating restaurant. I quickly signed up after seeing that several restaurants near my home and office are in the program. A few days after my trip, I discovered that one of the restaurants I went to in Boston was in the program and I earned some hotel points without even knowing it.

If you're interested in joining, go to www.hhonors.com. When you join Hilton HHonors Dining, you can earn up to eight HHonors Bonus Points for every dollar you spend at over 10,000 restaurants nationwide when you use a registered credit card linked to you Hilton HHonors account. You can link several credit cards so you can earn points whether the meal is a business expense or personal.

You can also earn an extra 1,000 HHonors Bonus Points as part of the New Member Bonus on top of the Bonus Points you earn by participating in their dining reviews.

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