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50% bonus for Hilton transfers from Citi ThankYou (10,000 ThankYou = 20,000 Hilton)

by on Fri November 22, 2013 • No Comment

Hilton HHonorsCiti ThankYou points don’t get a lot of attention among serious mile and point earners because they lack a big feature: the ability to transfer the points into multiple airline and hotel programs.

That started to change earlier this year when Hilton HHonors was quietly added as a transfer partner for holders of the Citi ThankYou Premier and Prestige cards.

Unfortunately Hilton points aren’t worth all that much on their own – a bit less than half a cent each in many cases, while ThankYou points are worth 1.25 – 1.3 cents depending on whether you have the Premier (1.25) or Prestige (1.3).

But for the first time this month Citi has been offering a special transfer bonus when you send ThankYou points to your Hilton HHonors account.

For every 10,000 ThankYou points you transfer, you’ll get an extra 5,000 HHonors point bonus. Without the promo transfers from ThankYou to HHonors get a 50% bump. So with the promo you get double the number of ThankYou points as Hilton HHonors points:

With promo:

  • 10,000 ThankYou points = 20,000 Hilton HHonors points
  • 20,000 ThankYou points = 40,000 Hilton HHonors points

Without promo:

  • 10,000 ThankYou points = 15,000 Hilton HHonors points
  • 20,000 ThankYou ponits = 30,000 Hilton HHonors points

Is this worth it?

With HHonors points worth about 0.4 cents each, and you earning double the HHonors points, then each ThankYou point is worth about 0.8 cents when transferred. That’s not a great deal since you get 1.25 cents in value by booking any hotel or flight via the Citi ThankYou Rewards center online.

However you might find it a good deal if you have a bunch of HHonors points already and want to top them off for an award. A t ypical urban Hilton hotel like the Hilton in San Francisco will run about 50,000 points a night, or 20,000 points + $85 if you use ‘cash and points.’ With rooms there running around $200 or so a night that’s about half a cent a point in value, or one cent in value for your ThankYou points since you are getting double the number of HHonors points as the number of ThankYou points that are deducted from your account.

Below is all the fine print from Citi. The deal is good through 12/31/13 and there is no limit to the number of points you can earn via the bonus. Just note that while the base transfer is immediate, the limited time promo bonus points won’t post to your HHonors account immediately – they can take up to 30 days.

You can transfer your points online at

  1. 0/31/13-12/31/13 — Promotion Terms and Conditions:
    Offer is valid for Points Transfers completed between 10/31/13 and 11:59ET 12/31/13. “Extra” refers to Hilton HHonors™ Bonus Points received through the offer in addition to the base redemption rate of 1 ThankYou Point to 1.5 HHonors Bonus Points. The Extra 5,000 Hilton HHonors Bonus Points will be received for exact multiples of 10,000 ThankYou Points transferred. There is no limit to the number of ThankYou Points you can transfer or Extra Hilton HHonors Bonus Points you receive during the promotion period. The Extra Hilton HHonors Bonus Points will be posted to your Hilton HHonors Member Account within 30 business days. See for complete ThankYou Points Transfer Terms and Conditions. Must be a Hilton HHonors™ member and must register your HHonors number in advance through to participate in this promotion. HHonors Bonus Points do not count toward elite tier qualification. Hilton HHonors Points required for a reward night vary based on the category of hotel and whether the reward night is redeemed at a location during a peak or off-peak period. Visit Rewards to see the number of points required to book rewards stays at each category level. Reward nights and Bonus Points are defined by HHonors in the HHonors program Terms and Conditions. Hilton HHonors membership, earning of Points & Miles™ and redemption of Points are subject to HHonors Terms and Conditions. Visit for complete program Terms and Conditions. ©2013 Hilton Worldwide.
  2. If you have a Citi ThankYou® Premier Card account or a Citi Prestige® Card account, you may transfer your available qualifying ThankYou Points to Hilton HHonors Bonus Points, subject to the following minimum and incremental points requirements, by using the Points Transfer feature of ThankYou Rewards. Each transfer must include a minimum of 1,000 ThankYou Points and any additional amount must be in increments of 1,000 ThankYou Points. In order to transfer ThankYou Points from your ThankYou Member Account into Hilton HHonors Bonus Points, you first must have set up your ThankYou Member Account with a user name and password either through the ThankYou Service Center or and also your Hilton HHonors Member Account with a user name and password through
  3. Upon completion of a transfer, the resulting Hilton HHonors Bonus Points can be posted only to your Hilton HHonors Member Account.


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