Get a 50% bonus on American Express transfers to Hilton Honors – but is it worth it?

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American Express emailed a lot of HFP readers yesterday with an attractive transfer bonus.

Between 21st November and 21st December, they will receive a 50% bonus on Membership Rewards transfers to Hilton Honors.  The rate increases from 1:2 to 1:3.

This is very good.  I value a Hilton Honors point at 0.33p.  Because you can use Hilton points to part-pay cash bookings at roughly this level, even if you can’t get a standard redemption room, there is a floor beyond which the value won’t fall.

With the transfer bonus, you are getting around 1p per Amex Membership Rewards point.  This is as good as it gets, and puts Hilton Honors transfers on a par with Radisson Rewards (usually 1:3 with a similar 0.33p per point value) and frequent flyer mile transfers (assuming 1p per mile of value).

The bad news is that the offer appears to be targeted.  I didn’t get it (I have transferred to Hilton Honors before) and neither did my wife (no previous Hilton transfers).  I have done a speculative 200 point transfer and will report back, but if you didn’t get the email you should assume that you are not getting the bonus.

If you DID get the email then it is well worth considering.  It isn’t a knockout deal – as I said, it simply moves Hilton onto equal footing with Radisson and the airlines – but it is also as good as you’ll see for an Amex redemption.

American Express Membership Rewards to Hilton Honors transfer bonus

How to earn Hilton Honors points via UK credit cards

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Hilton Honors points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Hilton Honors points.  That page is regularly updated with the latest special offers and will still be accurate even if you are reading this article months after publication.

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  1. OT: Marriott/SPG redemptions. Trying to do a multi night redemption at a Sheraton. No matter the combination of nights it tells me “Sorry, this hotel is not accepting redemptions”. Yet same dates work when booking single nights. So I have booked all 5 nights as singles, and intend to contact Marriott to get the bookings linked up and get the points back for my 5th night free! All very odd and hopefully not cynical… can anyone shed any light?

    • I have seen this with Marriott/SPG properties when trying to book a 5 night stay as well several times, there must be some sort of extra space requirement to allow the free night (in their system anyway)

  2. Rob – Regarding 50% Hilton Honors transfers, the fine print on my offer email says “Minimum transfer is 1,000 Membership Rewards points”
    Not sure 200 points would work then…
    I only had the email but the transfer page still says 1:2

    • I think we’ve agreed it is now targeted.

      • Ruben Pritchard says:

        I called Amex about the 3:1 conversion offer and they said that it was actually an offer that you had to save to your card to get it, with a limited number of slots.
        There is no information within the targeted email to imply that it was an offer you had to save to your card.
        Did anyone actually see this offer on their card?

  3. I transferred 200 MRs and only got 400 honors 😞

    • I thought it was min 1k transfer and up to 90 days for bonus though, even if eligible? (I didn’t receive email so haven’t tried)

  4. Hi all, slightly off topic but I’m new to points collecting, and wondering about the referral bonus for the Amex gold rewards card. I got my card in the summer and have just referred my wife for the card – she’s been approved and now has hers. Can she add me as her supplementary cardholder to help her reach the spending bonus, or would that invalidate it as I already hold an Amex? Thanks!

  5. What's the Point says:

    Has anyone that was targeted with the Hilton offer had their bonus points appear yet?

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