At the beginning of the week, there was a rumor circulating that Hilton Honors may be in the process of withdrawing a benefit that is considered among the most valuable by its top-tier Diamond status holders but based on a recent update, those fears were unfounded.
At a time when almost nobody is traveling anywhere, it may seem a little odd to find a loyalty program offering a sale of its currency but there's probably a quite a bit of logic behind Hilton's decision to offer up a 100% bonus on Honors Points purchases made in the next two months.
Hilton Honors has today announced that it is extending the status expiration dates of all its elite members around the world and, in a surprise move, it has announced that this extension will also apply to elite members who were due to lose their status at the end of this month.
In the last week, we have seen a number of hotel chains introducing new customer-friendly policies in the light of the ongoing worldwide crisis (Hyatt delaying its award chart devaluation has been my favorite so far) and, following on from Wednesday's announcement that it's freezing points expirations, reviewing elite status targets and expanding the number of destinations at which change/cancellation fees are waived, Hilton has just introduced another nice policy change.
American Express has launched a new bonus of up to 50% for transfers between Membership Rewards and Hilton Honors made by 14 April 2020. Historically such transfer bonuses have been targeted and have ranged between 10% and 50% so you'll have to log in to your online account to see what bonus Amex has chosen to offer you.
Hilton has been running its first points sale of the new decade for well over a month and, as we have mostly come to expect, there has been a 100% bonus on offer on all purchases of 10,000 points or more. This offer expires tomorrow night so you don't have long to lock in the best rate that we generally see Hilton offer if you're in need of points to top up an account.
Hyatt may have just launched a targeted promotion in conjunction with American Airlines but Hilton is the first of the big hotel chains to announce an open-to-all promotion for 1Q 2020.
Back in May Hilton and Lyft announced a partnership that allows Hilton Honors members to earn points on the rides they book with the ridesharing service and today the partnership expands to allow riders to use Hilton Honors points for their trips instead of cash...but don't get too excited.
A few years back Hilton Honors decided that the practice of publishing award charts was a bad idea as it gave customers a lot more information than Hilton wanted to them to have, and although that's certainly not how Hilton framed their award chart elimination, that's certainly why you'll no longer find them on Hilton.com.
In May 2019 Hilton Honors and Lyft launched a new partnership under which Hilton Honors members can earn points towards future stays when they use the Lyft ridesharing service. Now Hilton is back with a new offer to tempt guests to link their Honors and Lyft accounts.