Why Hilton’s Points Pooling Feature is One of our Favorite Hotel Benefits

Hilton's Points Pooling

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In April 2017, Hilton made several positive changes to their Hilton Honors loyalty program. The most notable of which is the addition of their points & money redemptions and the ability to pool your points with other Hilton Honors members.

In our opinion, Hilton’s points pooling feature is one of the most lucrative benefits offered by any hotel program. It is also one that you can easily take advantage of with the new increased welcome offers on the co-branded Hilton American Express suite of credit cards. Get more information about these cards and other travel rewards cards here. 

 

What is Hilton’s Points Pooling Feature?

With Hilton’s points pooling feature, Hilton Honors members now have the ability to combine the points in their Hilton Honors loyalty account with up to 10 other Hilton Honors program members. 

You must have a minimum of 1,000 points in your account to make a points pooling transfer and you can transfer a maximum of 500,000 points per calendar year. Additionally, Hilton caps members from receiving a maximum of 2,000,000 points per calendar year, which is quite generous.

What is our favorite part of Hilton’s points pooling feature? The process couldn’t be easier. You can transfer the points instantly by visiting this link while logged into your Hilton Honors account.

 

Hilton's Points Pooling

 

Use Hilton’s Points Pooling Towards a Fifth Night Free Redemption

Using Hilton’s points pooling feature makes the points you earn on the current welcome offer bonuses significantly more valuable. You can now combine welcome offer bonuses earned from friends, family, spouses or significant others into one Hilton Honors account and have enough points to take advantage of Hilton’s fifth night free on award redemptions benefit. 

Hilton offers elite members of their Hilton Honors program a fifth night free on all standard room redemptions. Just for holding the American Express Hilton Ascend card or the American Express Hilton Business card you receive Hilton Honors Gold status which allows you to take advantage of the fifth-night free redemption. Get more information about this card and other travel rewards cards here. 

 

Hilton’s Points Pooling & Fifth Night Free Benefit in Action

Let me give you an example of how this would work. If you and a significant other both sign up for the Hilton Honors Ascend card, you would each have roughly 109,000 Hilton Honors points after receiving the welcome bonus and meeting the minimum spending requirement. For holding this credit card, you would receive Hilton’s Gold elite status which unlocks the ability to earn a fifth night free on award redemptions. 

Using Hilton’s points pooling feature, you can combine these points into one account and would instantly have 218,000 Hilton Honors points. With 218,000 Hilton Honors points, you can book a 4-night stay at the Trianon Palace Versailles, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Paris France.

With Hilton’s fifth night free on award bookings benefit, you have just unlocked a free five-night stay with the welcome bonuses from two credit cards. It’s hard to argue with that kind of value.

Thrifty Tip: See our post on 5 Great Ways to Use Your Hilton Welcome Offer Bonus Points. 

 

Hilton's Points Pooling

A five-night stay will cost you only 216,000 Hilton Honors points

 

 

Current Welcome Bonus Offers on the Amex Hilton Credit Cards

Last week, American Express & Hilton increased the welcome offer bonuses on three of their co-branded credit cards. It is currently possible to earn up to 300,000 Hilton Honors points through three different credit card products. All of these limited time welcome offers are valid through June 27th, 2018 and you can find the details below.

 

 

 

  • Hilton Honors American Express Card: Earn 75,000 Points after spending $1,000 in the first 3 months. No Annual Fee. Get more information about this card and other travel rewards cards here. 

 

Bottom Line

Hilton’s points pooling feature unlocks a lot of possibilities when it comes to seeing more of the world for less. Just for holding the Hilton Honors Ascend or the Hilton Honors Business credit card, you can take advantage of the fifth-night free benefit on award bookings. This instantly makes your points 20% more valuable.

 

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2 Responses

  1. Jeff says:

    But do you need to have the same address (and/or be related) to the person in order to pool points?

    • Nick Serati says:

      You don’t which is what makes the benefit unique from other hotel loyalty programs. You can pool with any 10 Hilton Honors members. The same address and/or being related is not required.

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