Hilton 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.  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

Hilton Honors airline transfer partners

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 hilton.com.

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Comments

  1. 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?

    • 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.

    • 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

    • 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.

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

    • 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.

  5. No bits today, so here’s an off topic that should be an April Fool, but isn’t…

    I’m normally a fan of Virgin, but thinking they have messed up their PR on this one, loads of passengers with allergies complaining…

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/sarahturner/2018/03/19/the-newest-ways-airlines-are-trying-to-improve-the-flight-experience-and-minimise-jet-lag/

  6. Graham Walsh says:

    Another Virgin one https://youtu.be/5xp7oJkzL4o

  7. Do point from the Hilton credit card count towards status?

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

  8. 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?

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