Get up to 50% More Hilton Honors Points With Targeted Amex Transfer Bonus

Feb 5, 2019

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American Express is offering some cardholders the option to transfer Membership Rewards points to the Hilton Honors program with a slightly increased ratio. According to reports, targeted cardholders can get anywhere from a 10%-50% transfer bonus for converting Membership Rewards points to Hilton Honors points.

Several readers have reported seeing a transfer bonus ranging from 1:2.2 to 1:3. As of January 2018, the standard Amex to Hilton transfer ratio is 1:2, so if you’re targeted for the 1:3 bonus, you’ll get 50% more Hilton Honors points than usual. There is no end date set for this transfer bonus promotion, so you’ll want to act sooner rather than later if you’re considering it.

Keep in mind that Amex and Hilton often offer transfer bonuses for cardholders. So, if you’re targeted for the 10% bonus, it could be worth waiting for a higher bonus to come along. Of course, if you’re close to a redemption and it makes sense for you, any bonus is better than no bonus.

As a general rule, Membership Rewards points are better redeemed for airline transfers than for Hilton stays, since TPG values Hilton Honors points at just 0.6 cents per point. That being said, there are specific cases where this transfer bonus could be particularly valuable for your upcoming travels, especially since resort fees are waived on award stays.

If you weren’t targeted for this Amex transfer bonus, one of the best ways to earn Hilton Honors points and score elite status is by signing up for one of Hilton’s cobranded Amex cards. The issuer increased its welcome bonuses on all its Hilton cards across the board, beginning at 75,000 points  (after spending $1,000 in the first three months) for the basic, no-annual-fee Hilton Honors American Express Card, and topping out at 150,000 points on the premium Hilton Honors Aspire Card from American Express (after spending $4,000 in the first three months). These offers are worth between $450 and $900 based on TPG’s latest valuations, and are one of the best card options for frequent Hilton customers, earning between 7x-14x points per dollar at Hilton properties. Furthermore, all Hilton credit card members enjoy complimentary elite status, even cardholders with the no-fee Hilton card.

Featured image of Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort and Spa by Darren Murph / The Points Guy.

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