Hilton Honors Points Transfer
Use the Hilton Honors Program to top off your miles with Hilton's 40+ airline partners. Details on transferring Hilton Points to and from your account.
You can transfer Hilton Honors Points to over 40 different airline partners to top off your favorite frequent flyer programs. You can also earn Hilton Honors Points by transfer rewards earned in partnering programs directly to your Hilton Honors account.
This page will cover transferring Hilton Points to and from your Hilton Honors account as well as breakdown Hilton's transfer partners.
Hilton Transfer Partners
Hilton Honors Points can be transferred to over 40 airlines as well as the Amtrak Guest Rewards program. This is best used to top off your allows you to easily top off your frequent flyer or rail rewards accounts in the case that you're short a few rewards of a redemption.
For most partners, your Hilton Honors Points will transfer at a 10:1 or 10:1.5 ratio meaning you'll earn 1,000 or 1,500 miles for every 10,000 Hilton Honors Points you transfer. While this sounds like a terrible ratio compared to other hotel rewards programs, you have to keep in mind that you can earn as many as 34 Hilton Honors Points per $1 spent at Hilton Properties just by having the Hilton Honors Aspire Card. So while it is not the best, it's fairly easy to earn Hilton Honors Points.
Hilton Transfer Partners Calculator
The Hilton Transfer Partners Calculator will calculate the transfer of Hilton Honors Points to Hilton's airline partners and Amtrak. You can enter any amount of Hilton Honors Points to see how many airline miles or rail rewards that will equal when transferred to the partner program.
Hilton Skyteam Alliance Airline Partners
Hilton Honors Points transfers to 7 airline partners that are part of the Skyteam Alliance. Those airline partners are:
- Aeromexico Airlines
- Air France-KLM
- China Eastern Airlines
- Delta Airlines
- Garuda Indonesia
- Saudi Arabian Airlines
The ratio for these transfers vary depending on the airline. Most are 10 points for 1 airline mile. You're better off using other reward programs such as Membership Rewards or Marriott Bonvoy to earn miles with these airline programs. Delta Skymiles, in my opinion, are earned easiest through American Express Membership Rewards.
Hilton Oneworld Alliance Airline Partners
Hilton Honors Points transfers to 8 airline partners that are part of the Oneworld Alliance. Those airline partners are:
- American Airlines
- British Airways (Avios)
- Cathay Pacific
- Japan Airlines
- Malaysia Air
- Qantas Air
- Qatar Air
For those based in the U.S., American Airlines AAdvantage Miles cannot be earned by any of the major bank programs that allow you to transfer points. Your best bet for building your AAdvantage Miles outside of flying AA and using AA Credit Cards is to use Hilton and Marriott to top off your account.
Hilton Star Alliance Airline Partners
Hilton Honors Points transfers to more than 10 different airlines partners that are part of the Star Alliance. Those airline partners are:
- Air Canada
- Air New Zealand
- All Nippon Airways (ANA)
- Asiana Airlines
- Ethiopian Airlines
- Eva Air
- Scandinavian Air (SAS)
- Singapore Airlines
- South Africa Airways
- Turkish Airlines
- United Airlines
If you're looking to earn United Airlines Miles, you will want to focus more on Chase Ultimate Rewards and Marriott Bonvoy. Chase transfers at a 1:1 ratio and Marriott transfers at a 3:1 ratio. Marriott also has a partnership with United which allows those with Marriott Titanium Status to receive complimentary United Silver status and those with MileagePlus Premier Gold to receive Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite Status.
Hilton Honors points transfers to many other airlines that are not part of an alliance. Most noticeable are:
- Alaska Airlines
- Virgin Atlantic
There's also a few airlines that Hilton transfers to that you can't earn through other U.S. programs such as Philippine Airlines and AirAsia Big.
Compare Transfer Partners
The tables below compares Hilton's transfer partners against several other top programs including Marriott, Hyatt, and AMEX.
Hilton vs Marriott Transfer Partners
Hilton Honors and Marriott Bonvoy shares more than 25 different airline partners. There are 13 programs in which Hilton transfers to that Marriott does not. While Marriott is the better program for transferring points due to the 3:1 ratio and bonus points per 60,000 points transferred, Hilton can still be useful to top off your frequent flyer account.
Hilton vs Hyatt Transfer Partners
Hilton and Hyatt shares 20+ airline partners, but there is still 20 partners that Hilton transfers to that Hyatt does not. Hyatt does have the more favorable transfer ratio, but it's easy to earn large amounts of Hilton Honors points. When it comes to hotel spend with each brand, both programs are around the same in terms of transferring points to partners.
Hilton vs AMEX Transfer Partners
American Express Membership Rewards is the only major (U.S.) bank that transfers directly to Hilton Honors. Points can be transferred to Hilton at a 1:2 ratio meaning 1 point will give you 2 Hilton Honors Points. Membership Rewards Points are worth an easy 1 cents each when redeemed directly with AMEX, through transferring them can get you significantly more value. If you don't find transferring Membership Reward Points to airlines to be worth it, transferring them to Hilton could be an option. Hilton Honors Points average around 0.6 cents meaning there's some value to be had if you enjoy staying at Hilton Hotels.
Hilton transfers to almost 30 airline programs that the American Express Membership Rewards Program does not. Though this will generally not be of great value, it allows you to top off airline programs that you would not normally be able to reach. This could be an option if you're a few miles shy and the cost of earning more miles outweighs the loss in value of the transfer.
How To Transfer Hilton Honors Points
Transferring Hilton Honors Points to airline miles and rail rewards programs is pretty easy to do. Before you're able to transfer Hilton Points, you'll need to add airlines or Amtrak to your list of preferred travel partners. You can do this under Hilton - My Preferences. You can enter as many partners as you want and I recommend doing so to save time in the future for when you need to make a quick transfer. Do note that you will need the membership number for each program you add so have those handy.
Once you've added at least one partner, you'll be able to transfer Hilton Honors Points. You can get started on transferring Hilton Honors Points following these steps:
- Head to Hilton's Points Exchange page.
- Select Use Points to get miles.
- Select a transfer partner from the list and the exchange rate. Hit Next.
- Review the request, agree to the terms, and confirm the transfer.
Depending on the program, you should see the transferred points reflected in your airline frequent flyer or Amtrak Guest Rewards account.
Transfer Points To Hilton Honors
Along with the ability to transfer your Hilton Honors Points to partners, you can also transfer rewards to your Hilton Honors account. This allows you easily build your Hilton Honors Points using partnering programs and their credit cards. Typically, the Hilton Credit Cards will be your best choice for earning Hilton Honors Points when compared to transfer partner credit cards. You can use the Best Credit Cards For Hilton Points tool to test that hypothesis by entering your spend and letting it list the best credit cards for earning points with Hilton based on that spend.
Transfer Points To Hilton Calculator
The Transfer Points To Hilton Calculator will calculate the transfer of points to your Hilton Honors account. Enter any amount of Hilton Honors Points to see how many points/miles you would need to transfer from the partner programs to equal the amount you entered.
Membership Rewards Points
AMEX Membership Rewards Points can be transferred directly to Hilton Honors Points at a 1:2 ratio. This means that every 1,000 AMEX Points you transfer will give you 2,000 Hilton Honors Points. This is a great way to earn additional points across categories that Hilton's own credit cards may not cover such as general travel offered on the AMEX Green Card.
How To Transfer AMEX Points To Hilton Honors
You can transfer Membership Rewards Points to Hilton Honors with the following steps:
- Go to AMEX's website, enter you User ID and Password, and select Membership Rewards in the drop down. Log In.
- Select Transfer Points from the tabbed options and click View All.
- Find Hilton Honors and click Transfer Points (if you haven't linked your account, you'll need to do so. You will need your Hilton Honors Membership Number to do such).
- Enter how many points you would like to transfer from AMEX to Hilton.
- Verify your AMEX Card, accept the terms & conditions, and click Confirm & Transfer Points.
Amtrak Guest Rewards Points can be transferred to Hilton Honors Points at a 1:2 ratio. This means that every 5,000 Amtrak Guest Rewards Points you transfer will earn you 10,000 Hilton Honors Points. If you dabble with Amtrak and need to top off your Hilton Honors account, this is a good way to do so but just remember that Amtrak Points are worth an easy 2 cent each. So make sure you're devaluing your points too much or at least be aware of the big difference in value.
How To Transfer Amtrak Points To Hilton Honors
Transferring Amtrak Guest Rewards to your Hilton Honors account can be done in a few easy steps:
- Head to Amtrak's Hotels, Cars, and Cruises page.
- Scroll down to Hotels and find Hilton Honors. Click Show More.
- Click Redeem
- Select how many Amtrak Points you want to transfer to Hilton.
- Enter your Hilton Honors membership number
- Confirm the transfer.
Do note that it can take 6-8 weeks to transfer.
Diners Club International
Diners Club International U.S. members will be able to transfer Club Rewards Points directly into their Hilton Honors account. You'll receive 2,000 Hilton Honors Points for every 1,250 Club Rewards Points transferred. This exchange can be made on clubrewardsus.com.
Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles can be transferred to Hilton Honors Points at a 1:1.5 ratio. This gives you 15,000 Hilton Honors Points for every 10,000 HawaiianMiles you transfer. Hawaiian Miles are worth about 1.2 cents on average so this isn't too bad of a transfer option if you can squeeze good value out of your Hilton Honors Points.
How To Transfer HawaiianMiles To Hilton Honors
You can transfer HawaiianMiles to your Hilton Honors account by going to Hawaiian's Non-Flight Partners page, finding Hilton Honors, and clicking Redeem for Points. You can then submit a request via an online form to transfer your miles. You'll be prompted to log into your account before you start the request.
Virgin Atlantic Airways
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Miles can be transferred to Hilton Honors Points at a ratio of 1:1.5. This gives you 15,000 Hilton Honors Points for every 10,000 Flying Club Miles you transfer. Similar to HawaiianMiles, this is not a terrible transfer option if you can get good value from your Hilton Honors Points.
How To Transfer Flying Club Miles To Hilton Honors
In order to transfer your Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Miles to Hilton Honors, you will need to contact the Flying Club Helpline. Once you call, you will need to supply your Hilton Honors account number. Do note that the name on your Flying Club membership account must match and that your transfer can take up to 30 days
You can get the full details on the Virgin Atlantic-Hilton partner page.
Earning With Partner Credit Cards
For the handful of travel partners that allow you to transfer rewards to the Hilton Honors Program, you can use the credit cards of those programs to earn points with Hilton. This is done by running spend and earning sign up bonuses on partner credit cards to earn rewards and then transferring those rewards to your Hilton Honors account. This can help you build points a lot of Hilton Honors Points really fast.
All of the credit cards in the table below either earn Hilton Points directly or earn rewards with a program that has the ability to be transfered to the the Hilton Honors program. The earning rates for transfer partner credit cards are based on the transfer ratio when converting rewards to Hilton Honors Points.
As mentioned several times, if you're looking to earn Hilton Honors Points then your best best will be the Hilton Credit Cards. You can compare the Hilton credit cards based on spend if you're having trouble trying to figure out which will earn you the most points and best return.
The Hilton Honors Program is great for those who enjoy staying at Hilton Hotels. If you're able to build up lots of Hilton Honors Points, you'll have the ability to use those points for free nights or transfer them to over 40 different frequent flyer programs (and Amtrak). And if you need points you'll be able to transfer points directly to your account using top rewards programs like AMEX Membership Rewards.
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