Hilton & Lyft Partnership: Earn & Redeem Points

Hilton & Lyft Partnership: Earn & Redeem Points

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In May 2019, Hilton and Lyft launched a partnership. It’s always great when ride sharing apps develop relationships with other travel providers. It’s a natural connection, given that frequent travelers probably use ride sharing apps more than the average person.

In this post I wanted to recap everything you need to know about this partnership, as some aspects of it have changed since it launched.

Earning Hilton points for Lyft rides

With the Hilton & Lyft partnership, it’s possible to earn Hilton Honors points for your Lyft rides. Those who link their Hilton Honors and Lyft accounts at hiltonhonorslyft.com will automatically earn points whenever they take a Lyft ride in the United States and Canada. The earnings structure is as follows:

  • Earn three Hilton Honors points per dollar spent on Lyft rides
  • Earn two Hilton Honors points per dollar spent on Lyft shared rides
  • You can earn points for up to $10,000 of Lyft spending per year
Earn Hilton Honors points for Lyft rides

Points should post within 24 hours of an eligible ride. Personally, I value Hilton Honors points at ~0.5 cents each, so to me this is the equivalent of a 1.5% return on most Lyft rides, and a 1% return on shared rides.

Redeeming Hilton points for Lyft rides

In addition to being able to earn Hilton Honors points for Lyft rides, you can also redeem Hilton Honors points for Lyft rides.

Redeem Hilton Honors points for your Lyft rides

The bad news is that it’s not a good deal… at all. You can redeem Honors points for Lyft credits in certain denominations, and no matter which one you choose, you’re paying about 4.5 Honors points per cent of Lyft credit.

Redeeming Hilton Honors points for Lyft credits isn’t a good deal

That means you’re getting ~0.22 cents of value per Hilton point using this method, which is a bit less than half of my valuation of Hilton points. So I wouldn’t recommend redeeming this way.

Should you earn Hilton points or Delta miles with Lyft?

Hilton Honors isn’t the only travel company to have a partnership with Lyft. Most notably in the United States, Lyft also has a partnership with Delta SkyMiles, and accounts can be linked at deltalyft.com. This partnership offers the following mileage earning potential:

  • Earn two Delta SkyMiles per dollar spent on US airport Lyft rides
  • Earn one Delta SkyMile per dollar spent on all other US Lyft rides
  • There’s no limit on how many SkyMiles you can earn with this partnership

Back in the day it was possible to double dip, and earn both Delta SkyMiles and Hilton Honors points with the same rides. However, in mid-2021 this practice ended, and you now have to choose one or the other. You can select your preferred partner earning program in the “Rewards” section of the Lyft app. Otherwise it just defaults to whichever program you registered with first.

Personally I value Delta SkyMiles at 1.1 cents each, so I consider the Hilton Honors partnership to be a better deal. The only exception would be if you exceed the $10,000 Hilton Lyft limit, or if you have a lot of airport rides.

Take advantage of the Chase & Lyft partnership

Chase and Lyft have a partnership, whereby several cards offer bonus points on Lyft spending. Through March 31, 2025, the following Chase credit cards are offering bonus points on Lyft rides:

To take advantage of this, just add your eligible Chase card to your Lyft profile, and use it to pay for rides. There’s no limit on how many bonus points you can earn, and this can be stacked with earning Delta miles or Hilton points.

If you don’t have one of those cards, make sure you’re using one of the best cards for ride sharing purchases. For example, the American Express Green Card (review) offers 3x points on travel, while the World of Hyatt Credit Card (review) offers 2x points on ride sharing.

Bottom line

It’s always great when you can earn bonus points for things you might do anyway, which is why these partnerships are so great. While I would never redeem Hilton Honors points for Lyft rides, I absolutely enjoy earning points for these rides.

Earning an extra 3x Hilton Honors points per dollar spent on Lyft rides, plus earning 10x Chase Ultimate Rewards points by paying with the Chase Sapphire Reserve, is a pretty great combination.

Have you used the Lyft & Hilton partnership yet?

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  1. Tennen Gold

    @Ben - "Personally I value Delta SkyMiles at 1.1 cents each, so I consider the Hilton Honors partnership to be a better deal."

    Uh... can't you have the best of both worlds by switching between Hilton and Delta, depending on the ride type? IIRC, you posted about it (or perhaps some other blogger did), too. As long as you switch before the ride, it should stick.

    Airport rides - use Delta
    Non-airport, non-shared rides - use Hilton
    Non-airport shared rides - use either

  2. CXTraveller New Member

    Ben, I'm confused with your math when comparing Delta SkyMiles and Hilton Honors Points:

    3x HH Points per US$1 spent on Lyft @ 0.5 cent per HH Point;
    That's 3x 0.5 cent = 1.5 cents per US$1 spent on Lyft
    2x SkyMile per US$1 spent on Lyft @1.1 cent per SkyMiles
    That's 2x 1.1 cent = 2.2 cents per US$1 spent on Lyft

    So how does HH having a better deal than Delta SkyMiles???

    1. CXTraveller New Member

      Nevermind, I missed the airport ride versus all other rides. You are correct!

  3. DCS Diamond

    I've been making a killing with this for a long time: sign up for the Chase Lyft benefit (10x UR points); link the HHonors account with Lyft account; make CSR the default card for Lyft rides; earn 10x UR points and 3x HH points on every Lyft ride.

  4. D3kingg Guest

    I enjoy getting Lyfted while earning Hilton Honors points.

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Tennen Gold

@Ben - "Personally I value Delta SkyMiles at 1.1 cents each, so I consider the Hilton Honors partnership to be a better deal." Uh... can't you have the best of both worlds by switching between Hilton and Delta, depending on the ride type? IIRC, you posted about it (or perhaps some other blogger did), too. As long as you switch before the ride, it should stick. Airport rides - use Delta Non-airport, non-shared rides - use Hilton Non-airport shared rides - use either

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CXTraveller New Member

Nevermind, I missed the airport ride versus all other rides. You are correct!

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CXTraveller New Member

Ben, I'm confused with your math when comparing Delta SkyMiles and Hilton Honors Points: 3x HH Points per US$1 spent on Lyft @ 0.5 cent per HH Point; That's 3x 0.5 cent = 1.5 cents per US$1 spent on Lyft 2x SkyMile per US$1 spent on Lyft @1.1 cent per SkyMiles That's 2x 1.1 cent = 2.2 cents per US$1 spent on Lyft So how does HH having a better deal than Delta SkyMiles???

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