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:

  • Staying at a Hilton property on a points-earning eligible rate
  • Use a co-branded Hilton credit card to earn points.
  • Participate in the Hilton Dining Program and have a qualifying dine
  • Shop online through the Hilton Honors Shopping Portal
  • Transfer of points into a Hilton Honors account from an external program, such as American Express Membership Rewards or Citi ThankYou Points
  • Purchase Points ($10 for 1,000 points)

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. As an FYI, pooling your Hilton points does not count as a qualifying activity to extend their expiration.

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

There are four Hilton co-branded credit cards; two with Citibank and two with American Express that you can use to keep your Hilton Honors account active. They include:

Keeping An Account Active is Easy

Keeping a hotel rewards account 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.

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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.

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