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 2021)
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 Gold and MeliaRewards Gold status. We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.
The Platinum Card comes with a limited time bonus of 60,000 Amex points (converts to 120,000 Hilton Honors points) until 2nd November 2021.
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.
You can also earn Hilton Honors points indirectly via American Express Gold, the American Express Rewards Credit Card and – for small business owners – American Express Business Gold and Business Platinum.
(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.)