Monday, May 28, 2012

Hotel Program Point Conversion Partners

Each of the hotel loyalty programs have multiple partners that allow for earning points or transferring to partners. Car rental partners are fairly common but the few total points involved in car rental transactions generally wouldn't push me to one program or another.

Aside from credit card earning opportunities, Hilton is the only program I am aware of which allows transfers from American Airlines miles here at a rate of 6,000 miles to 10,000 HHonors points. While this 1 air mile to 1.67 HH is generally less than the minimum 3 HH/$1 you get from Amex Hilton spending, it's still a decent enough transfer rate than you usually find.  Also, Hilton allows transfers from the points programs at Virgin Atlantic and Hawaiian Airlines at a rate of 1 mile to 2 HH which is pretty decent!

On the flip side however, you might need airline mileage top up from time to time and Starwood's transfers (at a 1:1 ratio) for a number of major carriers makes this program very valuable.  Here, I've done an analysis on airline transfer partners.

But aside from this, it appears the program with the easiest way to easily get additional hotel points via a conversion from other partners is the Hilton HHonors program.

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