Edited by: Keri Stooksbury
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The beginning of a new month typically means new transfer bonuses, and American Express has just launched a transfer bonus to Hilton Honors aimed at those thinking of hotel stays for November and beyond.
Let’s take a look at the details of this bonus!
Hilton Honors Transfer Bonus
Typically, you can transfer Amex Membership Rewards points to Hilton Honors at a 1:2 ratio, which means you’ll get 2 Hilton Honors points for every Amex Membership Rewards point you move over to the program.
Now, thanks to this offer, you can get 2,600 Hilton Honors points for every 1,000 Membership Rewards points you transfer — a bonus of 30%. This offer is valid through December 31, 2023, so if you’re interested, make sure you transfer your Amex points to Hilton Honors before that date.
Keep in mind that this is a targeted offer, so you may not see it offered in your American Express account.
Is It Worth It?
Amex Membership Rewards points are some of the easiest to earn through cards like The Platinum Card® from American Express and American Express® Gold Card. And they’re the most valuable flexible points around, worth 2.2 cents apiece according to our valuations. This means you’ll likely lose value when you transfer points to Hilton.
However, transferring Amex points over to Hilton can make sense if you need to top off your account balance for a specific Hilton redemption or if you have a short, inexpensive stay.
There are more than 6,000 hotels spanning 6 continents in Hilton’s portfolio. But it doesn’t use an award chart like some chains do (Hyatt, for example). Instead, Hilton uses variable award pricing, which means the number of points you may spend can vary by day. Sometimes, that can work in your favor.
Hot Tip: We value Hilton Honors points at 0.5 cents apiece. Use our points and miles valuations to determine whether it’s better to use points or cash for a given hotel stay.
For example, if you found yourself short a few thousand points before booking a stay at The Gates Hotel South Beach – a DoubleTree by Hilton in Miami (with nights starting at 45,000 Hilton Honors points), a 30% transfer bonus can actually be a pretty good deal. Otherwise, it doesn’t make sense to completely drain your balance of Amex points to transfer to Hilton.
Even though we’ve seen this Amex-to-Hilton bonus before, it’s always a nice surprise. If you have a Hilton redemption coming up soon, using some of your Amex points (at a 30% bonus) could be a decent deal, depending on the property you’re looking at.
Otherwise, you may want to save your Amex points for even better transfer partners, like Air Canada or Virgin Atlantic. Either way, if you are targeted for this offer, remember to transfer your points over to Hilton before December 31, 2023.
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UP's Bonus Valuation
This bonus value is an estimated valuation calculated by UP after analyzing redemption options, transfer partners, award availability and how much UP would pay to buy these points.