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Hilton Honors adds nine new airline partners, drops 11 and improves the transfer rate on two

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Tomorrow, 2nd April, sees a number of big changes at Hilton Honors, primarily the scrapping of ‘points and miles’.   I will recap the key issues on Monday.

That is not new news.  What is new news is that Hilton is also making big changes to its list of airline transfer partners.  A lot come in, a lot go out and a couple see their transfer rates improved.

Whilst you can no longer earn airline miles from your stays, you CAN still convert your Hilton Honors points into airline miles. 

Hilton Honors airline transfer partners

Starting tomorrow, Hilton has nine new airline partners:

Air Asia – 10,000 Hilton points = 2,000 Air Asia Big points

Asiana Airlines – 10,000 Hilton points = 1,000 Asiana Club miles

China Eastern – 10,000 Hilton points = 1,000 China Eastern miles

Emirates Skywards – 10,000 Hilton points = 1,000 Emirates miles

Eva Air – 1,000 Hilton points = 100 Eva Bonus miles 

FinnairPlus – 5,000 Hilton points = 1,000 FinnairPlus miles

Garuda Indonesia – 10,000 Hilton points = 1,000 GarudaMiles

SAS EuroBonus – 8,000 Hilton points = 1,000 EuroBonus points

Turkish Airlines – 10,000 Hilton points = 1,000 Miles&Smiles miles

As a reminder (nothing has changed) for the two UK airlines:

British Airways Executive Club – 10,000 Hilton points = 1,000 Avios

Virgin Atlantic Flying Club – 10,000 Hilton points = 1,500 Flying Club miles

In addition, Lufthansa Miles & More and Singapore Airlines Krisflyer have improved their earning rate:

Miles & More – 5,000 Hilton points = 625 Miles & More miles (was 500 previously)

Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer – 4,000 Hilton points = 500 KrisFlyer miles (was 400 previously)

The following are no longer Hilton transfer partners as of tomorrow:

  • Air Baltic
  • Air China
  • China Southern
  • Czech Airlines
  • Gulf Air
  • JetBlue
  • Multiplus
  • OK Cashbag
  • SriLankan Airlines
  • Thai Airways
  • TopBonus

Full details of these changes are on this page of

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

How to earn Hilton Honors points and status from UK credit cards (September 2023)

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

30,000 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.

SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard is doubled to 30,000 Virgin Points (45,000 Hilton Honors points) if you apply by 2nd October. You receive 15,000 Virgin Points with your first purchase and a further 15,000 Virgin Points if you spend £3,000 within 90 days. Apply here.

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 (23)

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  • GenghisForPresident says:

    There was a comment on here the other day that said Hilton gives you status benefits based on date of booking, not date of stay. For example, if I am Diamond now and drop to Gold in May 2018, I could book some stays for 2019 and get Diamond benefits when those stays come around. Is this true? Is this what other people have experienced?

    • Rob says:

      I have experienced this too but it is not policy, more to do with their IT which seems to track status by booking date. I am sure the hotel can refresh the data but many don’t. Only a guess though ….

      • GenghisForPresident says:

        Thanks Rob – Happy Easter. Sounds like it is not worth the risk.

    • J says:

      Good idea worth a try because I had a similar thing where I had done a status match to diamond so jumped from silver to diamond but they still had me down as silver when I checked in.

    • George says:

      This is only indicative of one hotel’s IT system (Doubletree Leeds) but I had a complimentary Diamond status expiring on the day of my one-night stay (which, turns out hard-lands you to Silver afterwards) and what happened was that I was greeted as a Diamond, extended all the courtesies and benefits (including free breakfast), but, on check-out the following day I was asked to pay for the breakfast. After I said that I was told that the breakfast would be complimentary for Diamond members, the staff member checked a few things on his computer and said, ‘don’t worry, I’ll deal with it’ and merrily saw us off.

      So that hotel did refresh the database on that particular time…

      • Lady London says:

        I’m glad you shared this experience with the Doubletree Leeds. This means I’ll definitely have them in mind for my next stsy in Leeds. Such decent commonsense fair behaviour by a hotel should be rewarded with further business wherever possible!

    • RussellH says:

      A couple of years ago now my partner gold IHG Gold benefits due to a booking made when she still had that status, bus used some months after her status had lapsed.

  • Mark says:

    I have useless amounts of Thai airways and air Asia miles kicking around its a shame we can’t conver them from miles to Hilton points!

  • J says:

    As I am a travel agent IHG works so much better for me because I earn points from travel agent rates whereas Hilton you do not. I am therefore going to transfer my remaining Hilton points to Virgin then transfer them to IHG.

    • Genghis says:

      But Sir, the Holiday Inn is much better than the brand new Hampton next door…

      • Lady London says:

        Haha. Had many of those conversations with travellers at a bank I worked in. The bank’s expenses incurred by staff were an even higher percentage of revenue than was usual in investment banking, and subsequently they had to be acquired by another bank.

        • Mr(s) Entitled says:

          They had to be acquired just becauses of expenses? Which investment bank?

          Geez, we bought Bear Sterns but that was just because it was cheaper than buying their building in NY.

    • TripRep says:

      Really, sounds such a poor conversion rate.? I guess if you only have a handful you don’t mind, think I’d use them up for a HH redemption first, even using part pay option.

  • Jon says:

    Is anyone else finding Hilton’s web site (and especially the booking pages) has become impossibly slow recently?

    • TripRep says:

      Works fine for me, my own quibble is the phone app doesn’t allow flexible dates yet.

      I have found Hilton update their DB at 2-3am EST so balance info isn’t always available.

  • TripRep says:

    Speaking of fragrance on flights…

    Another gem that you might of missed which should of been an April Fool…

  • Graham Walsh says:

    Another Virgin one

  • Paul says:

    Do point from the Hilton credit card count towards status?

    • Alex says:

      Silver for holding. Gold for £10,000 spend in a calendar year. Otherwise no

  • meta says:

    O/T but Hilton related. Anyone has experience of checking in through app? I can see that I’ve been upgraded, but I am not sure whether I should check in as I need to put my Hilton CC on file instead of Platinum to get extra 2500 points for first four stays?

    • TripRep says:

      used it a few times, often actually phoning the hotel to discuss room options and points earning prefs + selected CC

      • meta says:

        Thanks for sharing your experience.

        • Genghis says:

          Most of the time I’ve got a better upgrade by waiting and checking in at the hotel.

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