22 Changes to Hilton’s Airline Partners Starting Tomorrow

Via Head for Points Hilton is making changes to its airline partnerships effective tomorrow April 2. They are dropping a bunch of airlines (you’ll no longer be able to transfer points to these airlines), adding some, and changing the transfer ratio for a couple.

That’s not a lot of notice. In fact I reached out to Hilton about a rumor of one airline being dropped last week. They let me know it wasn’t being dropped. However they didn’t share the list of those airlines with relationships being severed at that time.

Here are the programs Hilton is dropping:

  • Air Baltic PINS
  • Air China PhoenixMiles
  • China Southern Sky Pearl Club
  • Czech Airlines OK Plus
  • Gulf Air FalconFlyer
  • JetBlue TrueBlue
  • LATAM Multiplus
  • OK Cashbag
  • SriLankan Airlines FlySmiLes
  • Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus
  • airberlin topbonus

Here are the programs Hilton is adding:

  • Air Asia Big: 10,000 Honors points -> 2000 Air Asia points
  • Asiana Club: 10,000 Honors points -> 1000 Asiana miles
  • China Eastern Eastern Miles: 10,000 Honors points -> 1000 China Eastern miles
  • Emirates Skywards: 10,000 Honors points -> 1000 Emirates miles
  • Eva Air Infinity MileageLands: 1000 Honors points -> 100 Eva Air miles
  • Finnair Plus: 5000 Honors points -> 1000 Finnair miles
  • Garuda Indonesia GarudaMiles: 10,000 Honors points -> 1000 Garuda miles
  • SAS EuroBonus: 8000 Honors points -> 1000 SAS points
  • Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles: 10,000 Honors points -> 1000 Turkish miles

In addition they are changing (improving) the transfer ratios for two airlines.

  • Lufthansa Miles & More: 5000 Honors points -> 625 Miles & More miles (was 500)
  • Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer: 4000 Honors points -> 500 Singapore miles (was 400)

Citi ThankYou transfer partners
Singapore Airlines Boeing 777 First Class

Hilton of course no longer offers ‘double dipping’. There are no more ‘earning styles’. You earn base points and elite bonuses, but not the extra points from “points and points” or “points and miles.” So the only way you receive airline miles is through transfers to airlines, not automatically as part of earning points for your stays.

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Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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  1. Adding Turkish – yey! There are no transfer opportunities to TK right now as far as I know. So great to have an opportunity to top off an account, although at a poor ratio.

  2. i thought the “OK Cashbag” entry had something to do with it being April 1. But no. There really is a loyalty program with that name. LOL

  3. At a negative 10 to 1 ratio on almost every partner, I can’t imagine that folks in the miles/points hobby would make this transfer unless they were just needing a small amount of points to achieve an award on one of the partner airlines.

  4. If any posts today talk about Hilton Diamond having truly best in class benefits you know it’s an April Fools joke

  5. It’s factual, but irrelevant. Hilton points are pretty worthless to begin with, but using them to transfer to airlines like exchanging to Venezuelan Bolivars.

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