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Hilton Honors

Hilton Honors is the second largest hotel loyalty program in the world after Marriott.  This program has over 112 million members and over 6,400 hotels worldwide across the 18 brands in its portfolio.


Hotel Website 

Loyalty Program 

Hilton Honors 

US customer service phone number

800 445 8667

Approximate point value 

0.3 cents per point 

Program accrual 

Usually 10 base points per dollar spent for hotel stays  + bonus points for status 

Points validity 

Points expire after 15 months of inactivity. 

Hotel Brands 

18 brands including Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Waldorf Astoria 

Membership Levels 

Member, Silver, Gold, Diamond 

Co-Branded credit card in the US

Hilton Honors American Express Surpass Card, Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card, The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card, Hilton Honors American Express Card

Credit card transfer partners 

American Express (1:2,  transfer within 24 hours)

Airline transfer partners 










Aeromexico - 25:6.5; Aeroflot* - 10:1.5; Aeroplan - 10:1; Alaska Airlines* - 10:1; American Airlines - 10:1.5; ANA All Nippon Airways - 10:1; Avianca* - 10:1; Asiana Airlines - 10:1; British Airways - 10:1; Cathay Pacific - 10:1; China Eastern Airlines - 10:1; Delta Airlines - 10:1; Ethiopian Airlines - 10:1; Etihad - 10:1; EVA Air - 10:1; Finnair* - 10:2; Air France / KLM - 10:1; Garuda Indonesia* - 10:1; Hainan Airlines - 10:4; JAL - 10:1; LATAM* - 10:2.6; Malaysia Airlines - 10:1.2; Philippine Airlines* - 10:1; Qantas Airways - 10:1.5; Qatar Airways - 10:1; Saudi Arabian Airlines - 10:1; Singapore Airlines - 8:1; Emirates - 10:1; South African Airways* - 10:1.5; Turkish Airlines - 10:1; United Airlines - 10:1; Virgin Atlantic Airways - 10:1.5; Virgin Australia - 10:1.5; Hawaiian Airlines* - 10:1.5; Air New Zealand Airpoints - 500:1; Icelandair Saga Club - 10:1; SAS EuroBonus - 8:1;

Transfer time - up to 30 days. 

*Effective June 15th, Hilton Honors Members will no longer be able to transfer Hilton Honors Points to airline miles with the following partners: Aeroflot, Alaska Airlines, Avianca, Finnair, Frontier Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, Hawaiian Airlines, LATAM Airlines, Philippine Airlines, & South African Airlines.

Our 2 cents..

If you have not enrolled in this program, you should! You don’t want to pass up free points when you stay at one of their hotels.  Although there are many ways to earn and redeem points, the only worthwhile uses are: accruing points from hotel stays and using them for free hotel stays. AmEx is the only Hilton Honors credit card transfer partner. I would not recommend transferring points from AmEx MR to Hilton as this would be a very poor use of AmEx membership rewards. The only time the transfer would make sense is when  you need to top up the account to obtain a specific Hilton reward. You can also pool points with others, so check on that first so you can save your AmEx points for something more valuable. I also would not recommend getting any of the Hilton co-branded cards unless you often stay at Hilton hotels and are planning to use them to pay for your Hilton hotel stays. Many cite Hilton status as one of the reasons to get the Hilton card, but if you hold American Express Platinum card you are automatically eligible for Gold Status at both Hilton Honors and Marriott Bonvoy (enrollment required).  I think your credit card spending would be more rewarding with one of the supercards.



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