Glancing through Boarding Area this morning, I saw two posts, one by Brian at the Gate, and another by Ric at Loyalty Traveler, announcing that you can get 1,000 Hilton Honors points by changing your login to a non-pin password. Neither post gave a link to an official Hilton source, so I went looking for it. I found the answer in Flyertalk, a post by Erin, Hilton HHonors FlyerTalk Ambassador (“as a thank you, if you proactively update your password between February 19, 2015, and March 8, 2015, you’ll receive 1,000 Hilton HHonors Bonus Points”).
1,000 Hilton Honors points is great, especially when all you have to do is sign on and change your password, something you’ll have to do in any event.
But, there’s another benefit. These new points will extend the expiration date of your points. Let me explain.
According to the Hilton website, “Hilton HHonors points do not expire as long as members remain active in the program. To keep an account active, members can stay at one of Hilton Worldwide’s hotels, or earn or redeem HHonors points within 12 months [or the member has a HHonors credit card]”.
In addition to actually staying at a Hilton brand hotel, there are a number of ways to keep points active, but you must do something at that 12 month point or risk losing your accrued points.
I like Hilton hotels a lot, but just haven’t stayed at any recently. I received notification from Award Wallet, that my HHonors points will expire in two months. (fyi, Award Wallet is a wonderful tool for storing all of your airline/hotel loyalty information – contact me if you want an invitation).
So, by updating my password now through March 8th, not only do I receive 1,000 points free, I also extend the life of my Hilton Honors points by 12 months.
NOTE: apparently Hilton is having some technical issues, so you might want to hold off on updating the password for a day or two. At 7:40 this morning, the Hhonors Ambassador to Flyertalk wrote this: