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TPG reader Sarah messaged me to ask about Ultimate Rewards transfer partners:

“I just signed up for the Chase Ink Plus business card to get the 60,000 point sign-up bonus, but I’m a Hilton fan. Is there any way to transfer Ultimate Rewards points to Hilton, and can I reach Diamond status that way?”

Chase Ultimate Rewards points transfer 1:1 to all of the program’s hotel, airline and rail partners, but Hilton isn’t one of them. However, you could transfer to Virgin Atlantic at a 1:1 ratio, and then transfer to Hilton at a 1:1.5 ratio (for every two Flying Club points you get three Hilton points). For instance 60,000 Ultimate Rewards points would become 60,000 Virgin Atlantic miles, which would then translate to 90,000 Hilton points.

That transfer through Virgin Atlantic may sound like a good deal, but it’s really not. Don’t do it! Chase Ultimate Rewards points are much more valuable than Hilton HHonors points. With 90,000 Hilton points, you may be able to get one night at a top-tier property, or sometimes not even that. However, 60,000 Ultimate Rewards points transferred to Hyatt would get you two nights at one of the brand’s top properties around the world. So, while Ultimate Rewards isn’t the best option if you’re strictly devoted to Hilton, Chase has other hotel partners that may offer better value:

  • Hyatt Gold Passport
  • IHG Rewards Club
  • Marriott Rewards
  • The Ritz-Carlton Rewards
You'd be much better off transferring your Chase UR points to Hyatt and staying in a top-tier property for two nights
You’d be much better off transferring your Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Hyatt and staying in a top-tier property for two nights.

If you do transfer to Hilton, those points will not count toward Diamond status. The easiest way to earn elite status is to get the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve card, which gives you two free weekend nights at any Hilton in the world, and comes with automatic Gold status. You can also earn Diamond status when you spend $40,000 on the card in a calendar year. Otherwise, you better start spending nights in Hilton hotels, because that’s the only other way to earn status.

Also remember that right now you can buy Hilton HHonors points with a 100% bonus, meaning they’ll cost you 0.5 cents apiece. You can buy 90,000 Hilton points for $450, so I would recommend doing that and saving your Chase points for a more valuable redemption.

If you have any other questions, please tweet me @thepointsguy, message me on Facebook or send me an email at info@thepointsguy.com.

Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card

This card’s sign-up bonus of two free nights can be worth as much as 190,000 points if you redeem them at top-tier properties like the Conrad Maldives, and it also confers automatic Gold status and the ability to earn Diamond status through spending.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 2 weekend night certificates good at select hotels and resorts within the Hilton Portfolio after you make $2,500 in purchases within 4 months of account opening*
  • Earn 10 Hilton HHonors Bonus Points per $1 spent on hotel stays within the Hilton Portfolio*
  • Earn 5 Hilton HHonors Bonus Points per $1 spent on airline and car rental purchases*
  • Earn 3 Hilton HHonors Bonus Points per $1 spent on all other purchases*
  • Enjoy the benefits of HHonors Gold status as long as you are a cardmember*
  • No foreign transaction fees on purchases*
  • Travel with ease and enjoy global acceptance with your Citi chip credit card
Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
15.74% (Variable)
Annual Fee
$95
Balance Transfer Fee
3.00%
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit

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