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If you want to build Hilton HHonors points in a hurry, you are in luck as they have possibly the largest number of options when it comes to earning points via credit card sign-ups (and spending). Unlike some other hotel chains that only buddy up with one credit card company, Hilton has co-branded Amex and Citi cards. On top of that, you can also get their points from some other not-as-obvious credit card sign-ups.
HHonors points are admittedly not my favorite type of hotel points, as I think many of their redemption options are less than stellar. It isn’t unusual to see Hilton hotel rooms that can be purchased for $100 – $150 going for 40,000 – 50,000 points per night. That is a bunch of points for an average hotel room, but that is somewhat balanced with how easy HHonors points can be to earn. They also do have some properties where using points is a very good value, and that is why I have started to build my own HHonors points stash. Our plan is to use Hilton points to stay in the Maldives for 4-5 nights, which can be done easily by just obtaining a few Hilton cards. Basically, Hilton points are a very good type of point to build if you have a strategic use in mind.
As a result of a new limited time offer I wrote about where you can receive up to 65,000 HHonors points via the no annual fee Hilton Amex, I was asked if I could do a post comparing the different Hilton credit card offers. Ask and you shall receive – here is a list of the various Hilton credit card offers I am aware of today.
Hilton Specific Offers:
Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Card:
Sign-up bonus: Two free weekend nights at a Hilton property (weekend is defined as Friday, Saturday, or Sunday night)
Annual fee: $95
Other notable perks: Gold status for as long as you have the card; access to GLON awards; free weekend night annually after spending $10,000; can potentially use “two browser trick” to get two cards and two sign-up bonuses.
Sign-up bonus: 65,000 HHonors points (40,000 HHonors points when you spend $750 in the first three months, and then an additional 25,000 bonus points when you spend $3,000 in the first six months)
Annual fee: None
Other notable perks: Silver status for as long as you have the card; access to AXON and GLON awards
Sign up bonus: 60,000 HHonors points (40,000 bonus points after 1st purchase and an additional 20,000 points after spending $3,000 within 3 months)
Annual fee: $75 (not waived the first year)
Other notable perks: Gold status the first year and then Silver status for as long as you have the card; access to AXON and GLON awards
Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature Card:
Sign-up bonus: 40,000 or 50,000 HHonors points (FT thread on 50K offer where offer terms are not displayed but seems to work for others, or the offer for 40K points after spending $1,000 in four months that is linked above with displayed terms)
Annual fee: None
Other notable perks: Silver status for as long as you have the card; access to GLON awards; can potentially use “two browser trick”
Non-Hilton Specific Offers Where the Points Can be Transferred to Hilton:
American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card:
Sign-up bonus: 25,000 Membership Reward points after spending $2,000 in three months; earn 15K bonus points when you spend $30,000 within one calendar year
Annual fee: None the first year; $175 in subsequent years
Transfer process: As I pointed out in this post, you can transfer Membership Reward points directly to Hilton at a rate of 1,000 MR points to 1,500 HHonors points. However, you can transfer from MR to Virgin Atlantic at a 1:1 ratio. You can then transfer from Virgin Atlantic to Hilton at a 1:2 ratio. That means if you transferred the 27,000 Membership Reward points you would have after hitting the spending requirement to Virgin Atlantic and then to Hilton, you would have 54,000 HHonors points. If you wanted to go directly from Membership Rewards to HHonors then you would have 40,500 HHonors points.
The Enhanced Business Gold Rewards Card® from American Express OPEN:
Sign-up bonus: 50,000 Membership Reward points after spending $5,000 in three months
Annual fee: None the first year, $175 in subsequent years
Transfer process: These Membership Reward points can be transferred into up to 110,000 HHonors points as detailed below. One-day offers for 75,000 points with a $10,000 spending requirement have been coming around every couple months this year. The same transfer process applies as with the Amex Premier Rewards Gold card. By going through Virgin Atlantic, you can end up with 110,000 Hilton points after meeting the spending requirement.
Sign-up bonus: 25,000 points after first purchase and adding authorized users AKA 50,000 HHonors points
Annual fee: $90 annual fee
Transfer process: Transfer the points 1:2 to HHonors
Sign-up bonus: 35,000 Hawaiian Airline miles (20,000 bonus Hawaiian Airlines miles after first purchase and 15,000 bonus Hawaiian Airline miles after spending $1,000 within 4 months)
Annual fee: $79
Transfer process: Transfer the points 1:2 to HHonors. There are some problems that have been reported where Hawaiian does not allow you to transfer points in from a third party and then out to Hilton. However these points are not transferred in from a third party, so it should be fine. You can also do this exact same offer with Bank of Hawaii.
If you wanted to do a big Hilton specific churn, you could easily rack up enough HHonors points for a blow-out hotel stay by hitting one or two of these offers from each of the three banks. I’m sure someone out there has done just that! Even you want to take it even a step further, you technically could also go from Chase Ultimate Rewards to Amtrak to Hilton, but there are some caveats to that one, so just read Lucky’s post if you want more info. I prefer to leave my UR points as UR points and utilize some of these other opportunities for Hilton points.
What offers did I leave out? Have you done a Hilton churn yourself? Where do you like to spend Hilton points?
Disclosure: I do receive a commission if you approved for some of the cards listed in this post using my affiliate link. Each represents the best respective offer of which I am aware. As always, thanks for your support.