Do Hilton Honors Points Expire?

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Points earned in the Hilton Honors program expire in an account with no eligible activity in a 12-month period. To ensure you know about any points potentially expiring, add your Hilton Honors accounts to your AwardWallet profile.

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How To Prevent Hilton Honors Points from Expiring

To keep your Hilton Honors points from expiring you need to have some form of eligible activity which includes:

These Methods DO NOT Prevent Expiration

Like most hotel programs, you can expect your Hilton Honors points to expire when an account is dormant or doesn’t otherwise have some form of eligible activity to consider the account active.

Which Credit Cards Can You Use to Keep Your Account Active?

There are four Hilton co-branded credit cards from American Express that you can use to keep your Hilton Honors account active:

Keeping An Account Active is Easy

Keeping hotel rewards active is quite easy. You don’t need to stay at a Hilton to keep your account active – just be sure you review all the options before you let your points expire. Conveniently, there are plenty of options available, most of which will cost you little to nothing in price, time or effort.

Reinstating Hilton Honors Points

On December 13, 2017, Hilton added terms covering reinstatement of points, backdated to March 1, 2017. The language is:

Hilton Honors members can reinstate up to 1,000,000 expired Hilton Honors Points. Only Points balances that have expired in the previous 18 months are eligible for reinstatement. Only one reinstatement transaction is permitted per Hilton Honors account. Email address is required and will only be used for transaction and marketing communications related to this purchase. Points reinstated do not count towards elite tier qualification. and Hilton Honors reserve the right to terminate this reinstatement program at any time.

Check out our post on reinstating Hilton Honors points; as of April 2, 2018, Hilton has updated their terms and conditions and we're not sure if points reinstate is still an option.

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  • Do you know if Hilton will restore expired points?

    • Hilton does not have an established policy to reinstate forfeited points, however, as a one-time exception, and under specific circumstances, they will review requests and sometimes issue reinstatement offers.

  • I would think that an e-Rewards or e-Miles redemption for HHonors points would reset the clock as well, no?

  • DaWoodMan1 says:

    It’s super easy to keep your Hilton account active! Dining, shopping, staying… but even then the no effort necessary method of holding a no annual fee hilton credit card is definitely the easiest way!

  • Jinyoung Park says:

    I have the Citi Hilton card that doesn’t have an annual fee and use the card once a year to keep the points alive.

  • I have the no fee Hilton Honors card by American Express which does the HHHHHHonors ): of keeping the points alive.

  • I’m lucky enough to stay regularly enough with Hilton not to worry about the points expiring, but if for some reason I was to stay less the shopping portal would be a fantastic way of keeping the points alive.

    It is just a shame that most of the other chains don’t have a shopping portal as I’ve had points expire in some of them for lack of activity. For the other chains that offer an option airline miles instead of hotel points, I’ll usually choose the airline miles because at least I can pool them and I’ll always have enough activity not to worry about them expiring

  • Hmm I thought the expiry period was 24 months but I guess I was wrong.
    Thanks for the post!

  • I just use e-miles. Click on a couple of links and you end up getting maybe 1000 points a year or so

  • ADAM PARSONS says:

    Use shopping portal or transfer va points over to HH.

  • I try to use the shopping portal at least once every twelve months and have made a mental note for years to shop around Labor Day for all of my accounts that face possible expiration deadlines. Works for me: Labor Day = Portal Shopping Day.

  • Jamesdinct says:

    I have a ton of Hilton points. Staying at a Double Tree tomorrow and just checked in to see if there was a Hilton points multiplying promo happening right now. Since my stays are often booked through a trade show parter they don’t always qualify for points to keep my account active. Glad I saw this post, I need to make sure I keep these points from expiring!

  • Good looking out. My Hilton points are about to expire in 2 months. Need to figure out what to do with them!

  • Does e-miles point transfer count?

  • I use my Amex Hilton to charge $1 every 3 months or so.

  • I have the HH card and stay a few times a year. I find the redemption of points to be hit or miss. Depends on if it is high season or really desirable resort

  • In my experience, Hilton is good as well in terms of reminding you before the points are due to expire.

  • As this Possibility is not written about -> do transfers from E-Rewards count as a “eligible activity”?

  • the no fee card is okay, but if you spend 10k on the citi card with a fee. you get a free room at pretty much any hilton property including waldorf and conrad properties

  • I have had the no fee card for years. I am debating upgrading the card to a fee based one but the 1 free weekend night doesn’t seem like a great incentive. I have tried to have them award me bonus points for upgrading the same as I would get applying as a new customer but as of yet no-go. For now I am going to go for status match to Gold based on my Hyatt status.

  • What about if you are gold through Amex? Do you even have to spend?

  • I’m new to hotel rewards programs and their credit cards. Beside Starwood, is there any hotel program that you can transfer for frequent flier miles?

    • Steve, in fact most every program out there allows you to transfer to airlines — it’s just that SPG is the only one that does a ratio of 1:1 with most airlines.

    • Please bear in mind that transfers usually lose a lot of value in comparison to what you would get if you redeemed points in original progam.

  • Kevin Davis says:

    I also find that making a purchase via Hilton Shopping is good as well.

  • I didn’t know I could shop through my Hilton credit card. Trying it out now! thanks!

  • erewards is what keeps me topped up.

  • Like others mentioned. You can also add survey programs to helping to keep the account active.

  • Thank you for the heads up on this! I am always looking around on my Hilton page when my points expire. It’s awesome to have this on AwardWallet! I did not know that they did the shopping too. Not bad to just buy points though. Does anyone know where they post when your points expire on their own Honors page? Is it the usual 6-8wks for credit for the shopping and dining?

    • Karen, I don’t know of a place where Hilton posts this. AwardWallet calculates expiration based on activity within your account. Typically you can expect up to 8 weeks for points to post from online shopping and dining portals. Sometimes they post sooner but there is no guarantee.

  • What are some good uses for 315,000 Hilton points? Is there good bang for points outside the US?

  • I try to keep my eye on the ball regarding expiration dates of my Hhonors points. Admittedly, sometimes it falls off of my radar, so I, for one, really appreciate an article like this one. Inspired by it, I am moving my Hilton cc to the front of my wallet this week and will make sure I give it some action.

  • Gotta do some small transfer or something every so often to keep them alive!

  • I just received 500 points for listening to a Hilton timeshare pitch.

    I also transferred 1000 Citi TY points to top up my account for an award, so I am good for another 12 months. The TYP transfer represents a pretty lousy exchange rate to be honest, but they were courtesy points from Citi due to a problem I had with the website so I considered them to be free 🙂

  • Another way to keep them alive right now is to open thanksagain account – they have 2 quizzes for 100 points each – and transfer them till the end of 2017

  • what if you book an award & then cancel? Would that reset the expiry date?

  • Expiring points are in my view a double edge sword for airlines and hotels. My family have 4 KLM accounts from a business class flight in August 15. They recently wrote to me to say they would expire which was disappointing. however when I looked into travel plans for 2017 I noted we have several opportunities to actually fly KLM but all of them were just after the points expired. As a result I changed my plans to avoid KLM and they lost around £3000 in revenue and I lost 10,000 among a family of 4.
    It seems short sighted to have a very short period before expiration, BA allow 36 months which seems altogether more sensible.

  • Michael Paul says:

    For what it’s worth, I just called Hilton and they told me that they use 15 months as the calculation for when your points expire. Not sure if this number varies between different cardholders/agreements, but that’s the number they’re holding us to.

  • very helpful, thanks

  • HH can be linked to Amazon and HH points can be used for shopping on Amazon in any denomination I choose. If I use HH points to pay for $1 on my next Amazon purchase, will this reset my HH account for another 12 months?

  • cece camara says:

    Howie, I just tried the 1.00 amazon purchase so hopefully will let you know. But I have an additional question. So if award wallet only uses stays to track when my points expire…and since Hilton does not post your expiration date in my online account…I assume the only way to find out for sure whether this worked or not is to call them after a day or two and find out when my points expire? (the 500 points have already been deducted)
    As an aside, I think it is ridiculous that they don’t post that info on my account page!!

    • cece, AwardWallet doesn’t only use stays to track when you points expire – we look at all eligible activity.

      • cece camara says:

        OK- so after my amazon purchase, Award Wallet now shows that my points don’t expire for 12 more months (award wallet also shows the 500 points deducted)…so apparently this expiration date change is due to the points activity.
        But, on Oct 19th you said you did not think that using a small amount of points on an amazon purchase would reset the clock…yet award wallet shows it did. Since there is no way for me to confirm this on my Hilton online profile I have emailed them to find out when they show my points expire to confirm this is correct…stay posted and I will be back with the confirmation.

  • I can now confirm it worked – used 1.00 worth of Hilton points (500) on my recent amazon purchase and it extended my expiration date for a year…only days short of losing them.

  • David Spilkia says:

    It seems the shopping portal is no longer available to you if you live in the United States

  • Does pooling your points with someone else count as an activity that extends the expiration?

  • Can anyone recommend the best option to extend HH points for non-US based members please? International shipping costs usually rule out a shopping portal and the Amazon option (which I could use for a Kindle purchase) seems like por value.

  • Thanks Howie, seems like the best option, now that cece has confirmed a low cost purchase works.

  • jamesdinct says:

    I just bought a $5 amazon e gift card. I used a $5 virtual reward card I got for doing an online survey for $4.99 worth of the purchase. I then used 5 HH points to pay for $0.01 worth of the purchase. I am going to see if this will qualify as activity to extend my points expiration date. Unless someone has already proven that it will not? Please update me if so, I will just go back and spend the aforementioned $1 to do so. I will update the thread when I find out.

  • jamesdinct says:

    It looks like activity is activity, no matter the increment. I called in and was given the thumbs up. I think I will call back once more in a couple days just to verify as I have a pretty large quantity of points. However it appears that it’s not the size of the ship but the motion of the ocean in this case.

  • emceebrooks says:

    Yes, I just did this. I purchased a $5 Gift Card at Amazon, sent it to my wife, used 100 Hilton points to cover $.20 of the Gift card. They charged my Credit Card $4.80 and my Hilton Hhonors account 100 points– extending it for another year. Great idea!

  • jamesdinct says:

    It does indeed worK, I called again and had this confirmed. Thanks!

  • Thanks for the idea. I just bought a $1 amazon GC (5 HH points and $0.99 CC)

  • I bought points in June 2018 and yet have received an email telling me that a bunch of my points expire in October !

  • Samuel Rhoades says:

    Like the $1 Amazon card idea. Thanks

  • Thanks! I just used the Amazon trick. 🙂

  • Hello. Does transferring points from one family member to another family member keep it active? Thanks. Oh, and what is the Amazon trick?

    • Transferring to a family member does not extend expiration. Amazon trick: use 1 Hilton point as a part of your purchase (as a form of payment) and it’ll extend the life. Pay the rest with your credit card on file.

  • Andy Bryant says:

    I bought 5,000 points in the promotion in July this year, and I can see the points increase in my balance, it isn’t showing in the all-points-activity report on, so Awardwallet thinks my points will expire in 3 months.

    Any idea what’s going on, or how I might fix it?

  • Does using points for a hotel room count as activity to keep the account active and prevent the points from expiring?

    • Based on what Hilton says, yes. Based on what I see, it appears as though it’ll extend expiration only after the stay has occurred. So the stay appears to need to occur prior to the expiration.

  • Award Wallet now points to Hilton terms which states the only valid actions to keep points from expiring are donation, purchasing points, earning points and stays. Spend is not included. So are there any data points about this, is amazon or other spend still working?

  • I tried Hilton last week at Amazon. The points deducted but no activity showed up. Could this method be dead?

  • Just tried shopping portal; United States not an option for shopping region from drop list. Went to E-Rewards, select Hilton and only option is a link to join Hilton Honors.

  • Just login to my account in Account Overview and below “Ways to use your Points” there is the statement: “Points expire after 15 months of inactivity” Is it something new?

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