I Just Transferred 80,000 Amex Points Into 216,000 Hilton Points- Maldives Here I Come?

by on December 29, 2012 · 33 comments

in American Express, Hilton, Virgin Atlantic

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I just decided to take advantage of the Membership Rewards 35% transfer bonus to Virgin Atlantic (which expired tonight!) by transferring 80,000 Amex points into 108,000 Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles, which posted instantly.
Amex to VirginVirgin Atlantic allows you to transfer miles into Hilton points at a generous 1:2 ratio, but you have to call them to get it done.

Number: 1-800-365-9500
Hours : 08.30am – 11:00pm seven days a week (assuming Eastern time)

Hit option 4 and then 1. I had to wait about 15 minutes so it may be better to call during regular business hours when there are more phone reps staffed.

From what I’ve read transfers can take a couple weeks, so I would not recommend waiting until the last minute to transfer. You can book Hilton standard rooms and then switch them to points stays once the points hit your account. Hilton phone reps may say that it isn’t guaranteed, but I’ve done that in the past with no issues.

Please comment below if you’ve had any Virgin Atlantic to Hilton transfers and how long it has taken to hit your account. As mentioned the 35% Amex transfer bonus to Virgin Atlantic ends tonight, but sometimes Amex keeps the transfer bonus active longer, which may happen since tomorrow is a Sunday, but I wouldn’t bank on it!

I just got Hilton Diamond status from my Citi Hilton Reserve card (plus two free weekend nights), so I look forward to using my Hilton points and newly achieved status in 2013! I’m thinking a Conrad Maldives (from 37,500 points a night and free breakfast, wine, fruit and happy hour for Diamond members) trip may be in my future!
Conrad MaldivesWhile Amex points aren’t generally great for hotel stays, I think 13,888 Amex points for a $625 room in the Maldives is a pretty great deal- even if it isn’t an over-water bungalow. Has anyone had any recent experiences at this property?

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  • AKold

    I used 3 credit card applications in 1 churn and $5000 spend to accumulate 223,000 Hilton points. I’d rather do that than part with 80K Amex points (and have to rely on a transfer bonus).

  • thepointsguy

    Nice- which three cards did you get?

  • AKold

    The Bank of America and Bank of Hawaii Hawaiian Airlines cards (35K each for $1k spend transferred 1:2 to Hilton = 140K Hilton for $2k) + the Hilton no-fee Amex for 65K after $3K spend (additional 18K points since I did that spend at grocery/drugstores for 6x).

  • Matt

    I have a rez here coming up in March 4 night Axon. They offer a OWB upgrade at the following rate: King Water 139 per night, King Superior Water 219.

    Also – as a lowly gold I get the same, but different bennies as a Plat here.

    Whale Sharks here I come!

  • lycidas1

    So it looks like Gold and Plats get the same benefits at the Conrad Maldives? Except Plat gets sparkling wine, Gold receives no carbonation. And, btw, I’m planning my own trip to MLE from SYD, and it looks like it’s actually cheaper to get to MLE from N. America with Skypesos than SYD-MLE is. Weird. May try to fly *A on that one.

    Anyway, can we get a post ranking the best first/business class within each alliance (or does such a thing already exist)?

  • Matt

    Be grateful for your bubbles, think of us poor unentitled folk who get flat wine…

    For your route Singapore is best, but be warned you cannot get the nice new Sing Biz/First with *A so no joy there.

  • lycidas1

    I’m a lowly Gold too, so we’ll have to shake up our bottles of wine if we want bubbles. Bummer about SQ availability on the A380. I’m sitting on a bunch of UA and DL miles, and trying to decide the best use of them between travelling back to the States from SYD and/or exploring Asia and Oceania. The Maldives and Japan are high on the list.

  • MileValue

    I think you can only transfer V Atlantic miles in increments of 5k, so this is 210k Hilton points as a stand alone transaction, though if you have some other V Atlantic miles sitting around, you’ll get value.

  • Wolfgang

    Does Hilton allow sharing of points among family members? Wife has 95k and I have 140k. So combined we’re ok for MLE but if we can’t combine then need to quickly transfer Amex.

  • Pacifico

    I’ve been traveled Maldives seven times, and the 8th will be coming next Easter.

  • Pacificohk

    I’ve been traveled Maldives seven times, and the 8th will be coming next Easter.
    Conrad Maldives Rangali Island definitely one of the best resort I’ve ever stay. If you would pay upgrade for Overwater Villa type, I strongly recommended you upgrade to Retreat Water Villa. Other than the villa is bigger size. Because Spa Retreat area is located in main island and the lagoon of the Spa Retreat area is much becautiful than other Water Villas which is located at small island (Rangali).
    I am just curious will you stay other resort in this trip? seems I’ve never find any way the redeem W Retreat Maldives, they seems only open Sheraton Full Moon for SPG redeemption.

  • Denise

    I stayed at the Conrad Maldives in March. The stay was booked with Hilton points (37,500 points per night) and the airfare was using AMEX points, business class on Singapore. I’m actually repeating the trip again in February :) Because the Conrad lets you earn points on a points stay, I earned enough points to go back again. The Conrad is a lovely property and the Singapore Airlines service was great.

    The benefits for a Honors Diamond are not quite as good as, say, the Hilton Sydney, or Conrad Dublin, or anywhere else for that matter. No upgrades unless you pay the upgrade fee. But the breakfast is a $75 per day per person value.

  • Myoldfakeemailaccount

    Thanks for posting, TPG. And thanks for the clarification MileValue about 5k increments. I transferred 26k AMEX MR points into 35.1k Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles. Will only end up with 100 orphaned miles.

  • Heather @ pass the dressing

    So should I take the plunge or wait for the never-coming DL bonus? Anyone have suggestions?

  • Jacob

    I’ve transferred VS miles to HHonors points twice now in the last year. Both times took about a week. No complaints here.

  • Webazoid

    isn’t it gold w/ the citi hilton card? how’d u get diamond unless u’ve already spent 40k on it.

  • Heather @ pass the dressing

    Pulled the trigger being that there’s only 40 minutes or so left for this deal. Watch tomorrow there’s a 100% DL bonus lol. I plan to use them in Rome.

  • Gary Liu


    I looked up the rates for March and the cheapest redemption rate is 400k? lol How did you get the 37,500 rate?

  • Denise

    I’m a Diamond member so when I’m logged in I get a slightly better rate than when I’m not logged in. In March my rate was 37,500 points per night and my reservation for February 2013 is also 37,500 per night. It wasn’t difficult and there was open availability so I’m not sure why you aren’t seeing the same.

  • Rick

    Denise, how do you earn points on a points stay at the Conrad? I stayed at the Conrad HK using AXON but didn’t see any points credited to my account. Thanks!

  • Sue

    I just stayed there at the end of October. It is a fabulous property. I used AXON award for 4 nights and 1 upgraded to an overwater bungalow for 2 nights for about $250 per night. Definitely worth the money. This property is extremely expensive. Our cheapest meal was room service (a sandwich and a local fish dish, no alcohol) for about $100. Everything is priced in US dollars. Also, most dinners, without booze run about $250. It cost $498 per person for the sea plane ride from Male.

  • Kevin G

    @pacificohk – You actually can book the W Maldives using SPG points, but need to call a Platinum concierge to do the redemption, as it is a “villa only” resort and apparently not bookable online. I was looking into this exact redemption for a March or April trip but was somewhat stopped in my tracks as the point requirements are crushing. Low season/high season 90K/105K per night for a Beach Oasis and 120K/140K per night for an Ocean Oasis. Yes, PER NIGHT. I really want to stay at this property but a 7 night redemption would clean me out and I find SPG points difficult to earn. I plan to look closer at the Conrad or move some UR points to do the Park Hyatt. Maybe a mix of properties, but I have no idea how practical it is to move between the islands.

  • Greg

    So is it to late to do this now?

  • No2rain

    Had an exquisite stay at the Conrad Rangali Island (Maldives) this May. 10 nights on points (Diamond).

    This is my favourite property and I have visited since the 90′s when it was a Hilton – then during the renovations when the original island was completely rebuilt and then again recently.

    I also love the Conrad Bali but this island is so so much more than Bali – especially if you love walking into the water to snorkle right from your room.


  • 13njensen

    hadn’t found much use for my AMEX MR points, so i transferred 76k (i think) to Virgin Atlantic. Got 101k flying club points which posted immediately, and just got off the phone after transferring them to HHonors. She mentioned it would take about 30 days so i’ll keep an eye on it for when they post. Brings my total to around 350HHonors points. No plans on what to do with them.

  • 13njensen

    hadn’t found much use for my AMEX MR points, so i transferred 76k (i think) to Virgin Atlantic. Got 101k flying club points which posted immediately, and just got off the phone after transferring them to HHonors. She mentioned it would take about 30 days so i’ll keep an eye on it for when they post. Brings my total to around 350HHonors points. No plans on what to do with them.

  • Sam

    Who did you email to get those upgrade rates?

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  • Gopackgo66

    I stayed at the Conrad Rangali Hilton Maldives last year. Over the top property. Even the float plane you take to the island was great. One thing, EVERYTHING is expensive. We spent over $9000.00 on food, drink and scuba excursions. Being a diamond member will get you the $100 per person buffet for free.
    One thing, you must eat dinner at the under water restaurant. 7 courses but really worth it.

  • Booksinpa

    Phenomenal property. Just returned……

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