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.
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
- OK Cashbag
- SriLankan Airlines
- Thai Airways
Full details of these changes are on this page of hilton.com.
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.
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:
- American Express Gold (20,000 bonus Amex points)
- American Express Rewards Credit Card (10,000 bonus Amex points)
and for small business owners:
- American Express Business Gold (20,000 bonus Amex points)
- American Express Business Platinum (40,000 bonus Amex points)
The conversion rate from American Express to Hilton points is 1:2.
(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.)