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Hilton HHonors ‘fixed miles’ option now no longer available

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The Hilton HHonors option of earning ‘Points and Fixed Airline Miles’ ended on January 6th.  This change was originally announced last November.

‘Points and Fixed Airline Miles’ was a generous deal for short stays, especially overnight stops in cheap properties.  Both Virgin Atlantic and, back in the day, BMI allowed you to earn 1,000 miles.  British Airways offered 500 Avios.

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You now have only two collection options at Hilton Family properties:

“Points and Points” – you will receive 10 Hilton HHonors points per $1 plus a bonus of 5 points per $1

“Points and Variable Miles” – you will receive 10 Hilton HHonors points per $1 plus 1-2 airline miles per $1

You can set your earnings preference in your Hilton HHonors profile, and you can change it from stay to stay.

  • For BA Avios, the airline rate is 1 mile per $1
  • For Iberia Avios, the airline rate is 15 miles per $10 (so don’t credit to BA!)
  • For Virgin Flying Club, the airline rate is 2 miles per $1

The rates for other airlines can be found here.

I tend to value a Hilton point at 0.3p.  You might do better, possibly 0.5p if you can get ‘cash and points’ for your chosen hotel when you redeem, but not all hotels offer that.  On that basis, I would suggest:

An Avios collector is better off taking ‘Points and Points’ in Iberia as I do not value 1.5 Avios (1.2p-1.5p) higher than 5 Hilton points (1.5p or more with ‘cash and points’).

A Virgin collector is probably better off taking ‘Points and Variable Miles’, as I would value 2 Flying Club miles (1.5p-2p) higher than 5 Hilton points (1.5p) unless you were confident of getting ‘cash and points’ redemptions.

This change is not the end of the world – Hilton remains, after all, the only programme where you can collect points and airline miles.

You also have the option to not take any airline miles at all and earn a larger number of Hilton points instead, although since they were devalued it is debatable if you want to build up those too much. 

Hilton lost a lot of friends back in February 2013 when it unveiled a massive devaluation of the Hilton HHonors programme.  Prices of rooms at top properties jumped from 50,000 points to a maximum of 95,000 points …..

How to earn Hilton Honors points and status from UK credit cards

How to earn Hilton Honors points and status from UK credit cards (February 2024)

There are various ways of earning Hilton Honors points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.

Do you know that holders of The Platinum Card from American Express receive FREE Hilton Honors Gold status for as long as they hold the card?  It also comes with Marriott Bonvoy Gold, Radisson Rewards Premium and MeliaRewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Did you know that the Virgin Atlantic credit cards are a great way of earning Hilton Honors points? Two Virgin Points can be converted into three Hilton Honors points. The Virgin Atlantic cards are the only Visa or Mastercard products in the UK which can indirectly earn Hilton Honors points. You can apply here.

Virgin Money is offering double points on spending until 14th April (£5,000 cap) to new customers when you apply for the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard. Click here to learn more.

You can also earn Hilton Honors points indirectly with:

and for small business owners:

The conversion rate from American Express to Hilton points is 1:2.

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which can be used to earn Hilton Honors points

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

Comments (16)

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  • Luke says:

    Still waiting on the 1000 bonus points for iPhone app bookings

    • where2travel says:

      Other brands have tracked okay for me in the last month or so.

    • Rob says:

      No idea. I will have a look at this. If it is only Hilton brand stays, I will put the HFP affiliate link back on the home page, as that works for all brands.

  • kevino says:

    Use Iberia as your partner, and you get 15 per $10 spend.

    For stays costing over $20, you get more avios than using BA.

    Remember that the changing of choice can be done after check out on the same day, and will still work.

  • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

    1. Has anyone had any miles land in their Iberia account from Hilton recently? I haven’t had anything since October

    2. Is anyone else’s Honors stay tracking completely out of whack? It’s gone back to showing my 2013 activity.

    • What's the Point says:

      Andrew – I had 2 Hilton stays post to my Iberia account last week. They were for stays in December. They posted on the same day as a E-survey transfer happened. Which leads me to believe its a human being actually transferring points into Iberia Plus.
      Why doesn’t that surprise me!

    • Volker says:

      Same here, Andrew. Last credit happened in October 2013, but Hilton website quotes Iberia miles for later stays correctly. IHG stay on 22 December has posted to Iberia already – nearly didn’t notice it because it was such a tiny amount, but that’s a different story…

    • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

      #2 my stay tracker is correct now

    • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

      #1 Had ~10k Avios land in my IB account overnight, so looks like they ran a batch job.

  • K says:

    Back in the day?? Ergh…

  • Don says:

    Hi, so for those looking to collect Avios your advice is to collect HHonors points only and then convert to Iberia? Surely it’s the same deal as before on higher value longer stays given the 1.5 per $1 for IB.

    • Rob says:

      No, not to convert to Iberia later – you should never transfer Hilton points to miles, the rate is awful. I was suggesting you’d get a little more value taking ‘all points’ and then redeeming for free nights.

      Of course, for a one-off Hilton stay you should take the miles, no point leaving a pile of orphan Hilton points sitting around waiting to expire.

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