When your Hilton Honors points expire, and how to stop it

I receive occasional emails from readers asking ‘How can I stop my Hilton Honors points from expiring?’ or ‘When do my Hilton Honors points expire?’. This series looks at the major hotel loyalty programmes and shows you how to keep valuable points intact.

If you need to refer to this article in the future, there is a link to it on our ‘Hotel Promos’ page in the Hilton Honors section.  This also includes details of current Hilton promotions.

About Hilton Honors

Hilton Honors is the loyalty scheme for a wide variety of hotel brands including Canopy, Conrad, Curio, DoubleTree, Embassy Suites, Hampton, Hilton, Homewood Suites, Home2 Suites and Waldorf Astoria.

When do Hilton Honors points expire?

According to the Hilton Honors terms and conditions here (clause 13):

“Members who do not have eligible activity as defined in a. – d. below in any 12 consecutive month period may be removed from the Program and are subject to forfeiture of all accumulated points. At the discretion of Hilton Honors, such Members may be permitted to remain in the Program and removed after five years of inactivity.

To keep accumulated Hilton Honors Points, the Member must take one of the following actions within a 12 consecutive month period:

a.  stay at a hotel within the Hilton portfolio pursuant to the terms herein
b.  earn Hilton Honors Points through any third party source of Hilton Honors Point accumulation, including a Hilton co-branded credit card, pursuant to its terms
c.  purchase Hilton Honors Points; or
d.  donate points through The Hilton Honors Giving Back Program”

What are my options to ‘earn HHonors Points through any third party source”?

The key point is that YOU DO NOT NEED TO STAY AT A HOTEL TO KEEP YOUR POINTS ALIVE. You simply need to have some earning activity go through your account.

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There are various ways of achieving this:

Earning points (I have only listed options suitable for UK readers):

Transfer American Express Membership Rewards points into Hilton Honors.  The minimum transfer is just 200 points which is worth 400 Hilton points.

Transfer points from Virgin Atlantic Flying Club into Hilton Honors.  The minimum transfer is 10,000 Virgin miles which is worth 15,000 Hilton points.

Buy any quantity of Hilton Honors points

Take out the free UK Hilton Visa card (my review is here) and spend on it.  The sign-up bonus on this card is excellent – a free night in any hotel when you spend just £750.

Credit an Avis, Budget, Europcar, Sixt, Alamo, Enterprise or National car rental to your account

Buy a Priority Pass for airport lounge access to earn 4,000 – 10,000 points

Earn points when using your mobile abroad via Travelling Connect (I wrote about it here) or One SimCard

Spending points:

Booking and cancelling a redemption room to create movement on your account does NOT count as activity under the terms above.  Under the rules I quoted above there is only one spending option which keeps your points alive:

Donate points to charity via The Hilton Honors Giving Back Program.  The minimum transfer is a steep 10,000 points.

Transfer points:

There is another alternative and one which I have used in the past.  You can transfer Hilton Honors points to someone else for a fee of $12.50 per 5,000 points – the form is here.  I would value 5,000 points at around £15 ($22.50) so there is some value in doing this rather than watching them expire.

You can also, as of 2017, pool your points with a friend for FREE.  This allows you to move them out of your account before they expire.  Details of points pooling are here.

It is slightly trickier to keep Hilton Honors points alive than with some other chains because you cannot simply book and immediately cancel a redemption night.  That said, it is still a relatively easy thing to do, especially if you have some Amex Membership Rewards points.

If the worst comes to the worst and your points are lost, Hilton has been known to reinstate them if you call.  This will usually require you to make a number of stays over the next few months – the points are not put back without some activity on your part.

If you want to track the expiry dates of all of your miles and points, I recommend signing up to AwardWallet for free.  It keeps all of your points balances, including non-travel loyalty schemes, in one place and updates them automatically.  If you pay for the premium version it also tracks your expiry dates and emails you when points are about to expire.

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

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Comments

  1. Chris Cannon says:

    Just as an aside, if you’re an HGVC owner, they never expire and you can also share your status, in other words by default, my wife has diamond status through my stays

  2. JamesB says:

    I understand we now earn points on money element of points and money bookings. However, old rules seem to still apply to old points and money bookings made before the recent scheme changes as my recent stay in Prague only attracted points on incidental expenditure. Thus, HFP readers holding old points and money bookings might find it worthwhile spending a few minutes on the maths to ascertain whether rebooting might make sense although I suspect this will be the case only rarely.

  3. Idrive says:

    I find the MR route is the best and quickest option if you find yourself in an expiration scenario. It worked well for both Hilton and Radisson.

  4. I had a non-qualifying stay (a hotels.com reward night) post to my account with zero points as expected. Does this count as ‘activity’?

  5. Mr Dee says:

    Rather a poor rate say for apple it seems to be 1 point per £ where the Avios shop is 5 Avios points and the Hilton points are worth a lot less. That being said its an option.