[News] American Express Improves Membership Rewards Transfer Ratio to Hilton Honors!

 

The American Express Membership Rewards program (click me) has 20 transfer partners, including 17 airline partners and three hotel partners. I don’t find these three hotel transfer partners — Choice Privileges, Hilton Honors, and Starwood Preferred Guest — to be especially valuable. Up until now the transfer ratios for those three partners have been as follows:

  • Membership Rewards to Choice Privileges at 1,000:1,000
  • Membership Rewards to Hilton Honors at 1,000:1,500
  • Membership Rewards to Starwood Preferred Guest at 1,000:333

It appears there’s an improvement with Membership Rewards to one of the hotel transfer partners. Right now transfer ratio to Hilton appears to be 1:2, which means that 1,000 Membership Rewards points can be converted into 2,000 Hilton Honors points. There’s no language suggesting this is a limited-time offer.

However, even with this improved transfer bonus, this still isn’t how I’d use my American Express Membership Rewards points. Basically I think Hilton Honors points are worth under 0.5 cents each, and Membership Rewards points are way more valuable than Hilton Honors points even with this improved ratio. So you’re still getting less value per point by transferring Membership Rewards points to Hilton Honors. 

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