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Hilton’s new ‘points pooling’ feature is now live

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Hilton Honors has now launched the latest of the new features that were promised during the scheme relaunch in February – points pooling.

See here at hilton.com for details.

This is, very simply, a way of allowing up to 10 people to transfer their points to you without charge. 

Whilst you have always been able to pay to transfer points to someone else, the fee meant it rarely made sense.

In theory, pooling is designed to allow groups of family or friends to merge their points in order to do a joint redemption.  The example Hilton is using is pooling points to redeem for a suite which may be a better deal than two people individually redeeming for standard rooms.

In reality, there are no restrictions on how pooled points can be used.  You can use them for anything, even a non-room redemption such as airline miles, or indeed not use them at all in the short term.

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This has a few implications:

there is no excuse any longer for having your Hilton points expire – you can just move them to a family member

it is worth badgering family or friends who may be doing a one-off Hilton stay to sign up to the programme, because they can transfer their points to you afterwards

this is a partial solution to the problem of Hilton only allowing you to earn points from two rooms per stay – if you need 3+ rooms, you can now book the rest in the name of someone else and then pool those points with your own afterwards

it presumably lets you get around the cap on the number of Hilton points you can buy each year, as you can buy via a friend or family member and then pool those points with yours

it lets you transfer points from a member without status to a member with status, in order to receive status benefits when booking redemption nights

You can transfer a minimum of 1,000 points into a pool with an annual maximum of 500,000 points.  The total amount of points that you can receive via pooling is 2,000,000 per year.

Overall, I can only see positive benefits from points pooling.   You can find out more on this special page of hilton.com here.

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Comments

  1. I’m glad the feature is here, but I was hoping for more of a BAEC Household account style pool, versus free transfers in increments of a thousand. I’m going to have 915 orphan points in my wife’s account, and no way of topping them up. Ah well, I’ve now got 2000 in my account that I didn’t have before.

    • No way of topping them up? Hilton credit card purchase? Virgin transfer? Amex MR transfer? Surely you must have one of those three options at your disposal!

    • Funtime says:

      Hilton Honors Shop-to-Earn Mall

  2. OT but still Hilton

    Do all stays count towards Gold requalification nights/stays or just fully-earning ones? My corporate deal with Hilton doesn’t earn points on stays, only on incidentals (long story), but I do several nights a year and wonder if these will enable me to keep Gold…

  3. Having just joined Hilton Honours last month, I booked 2 stays and pre paid for them as a Hilton Honours member. However every time I receive a communication from Hilton, it shows my balance as NIL. I assume that after I have arrived and booked in to the hotel, my points will show after departure? Can anyone let me know if I am correct in this assumption please?

  4. What's the Point says:

    A great development by Hilton.
    Nice to say that for a change regarding a Loyalty Scheme.

  5. O/T – Has anyone ordered the £29 (half price) DONALD RUSSELL steak pack Amex offer? If so, might you recommend it? Thanks

  6. If a couple (both Honors Gold) are staying 4 nights in a Hilton hotel, can they maximise points by booking alternate nights in each name? (changing rooms each night as necessary)

    Am guessing this would be frowned upon even if it were possible.

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