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 to see 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.

At the moment there’s a special bonus for Hilton Honors members who link their accounts to Lyft and take their first ride, so I wanted to cover that in this post, along with the basics of this partnership.

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 US 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 spend per year

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.

Limited time: earn up to 1,000 Honors points

Through the end of the year, those who haven’t yet used this partnership can earn up to 1,000 Honors points:

  • Earn 250 Hilton Honors points when you link your Hilton Honors and Lyft account
  • Earn 750 Hilton Honors points after your first ride

That’s a nice bonus, when you consider that it’s in addition to your normal points earning opportunities with Lyft. This could be especially useful if you’re like me and made the switch from Uber to Lyft in recent months, due to the Lyft Pink membership offered with the Chase Sapphire Reserve.

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.

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.

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.

Other opportunities to earn points with Lyft

While the partnership between Hilton Honors and Lyft is the first of its kind with a hotel group, Lyft has some other partnerships as well.

For example, you can earn 2x Delta SkyMiles per dollar on US airport rides, and 1x Delta SkyMiles per dollar on all other US rides.

What’s interesting is that there’s nothing in the terms restricting you from taking advantage of multiple partnerships, so you should be able to earn Delta miles and Hilton points from the same ride, for example.

Best credit cards for Lyft rides

When you’re paying for your Lyft rides, make sure you use a card offering bonus points on ride sharing or travel.

The best personal cards for this include:

The best business cards for this include:

Personally I use the Chase Sapphire Reserve due to the Lyft Pink membership that’s offered, which saves 15% on rides, and more.

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.

If you haven’t yet taken advantage of this partnership, at the moment you can even earn up to 1,000 bonus points for linking your accounts and taking your first ride.

Have you used the Lyft & Hilton partnership yet?

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  1. Anonymous

    For those mentioning expiring points / miles, joining the rewards network based dining programs will also keep the loyalty accounts active.

  2. AC

    For what it is worth my experience with this has been pretty bad. I linked my Lyft account to both Delta and Hilton since both offer points for Lyft purchases. With Delta I get the points posted almost immediately but I don't seem to ever get the points credited to my Hilton account. I've reviewed and confirmed the accounts are linked and all the numbers are correct.

    I have almost 500,000 Hilton points and more...

    For what it is worth my experience with this has been pretty bad. I linked my Lyft account to both Delta and Hilton since both offer points for Lyft purchases. With Delta I get the points posted almost immediately but I don't seem to ever get the points credited to my Hilton account. I've reviewed and confirmed the accounts are linked and all the numbers are correct.

    I have almost 500,000 Hilton points and more come every month between stays, promotions and my Hilton Amex Surpass card so I'm not really sweating not getting credit for Lyft. However, I wanted to let people know that it is very spotty IMHO if you get any credit on Hilton for using Lyft.

  3. GCW

    Hyatt and uber should partner up.

  4. DLPTATL

    I've had continued success double-dipping Delta and Hilton on Lyft rides since Hilton joined the fold. Sad to see Jetblue pull out of their partnership with Lyft as it was a good way to keep activity in my seldom-used Jetblue account (ATL based so limited options to fly them).

  5. Andy

    @Eric: Even if it wasn't limited to US/Canada, I don't think there are too many other markets in which Lyft operates.

    For a while, I had the Lyft app installed, but since I'm rarely travelling to US/Canada, I deleted it, because it's pointless to search a ride elsewhere ... Maybe there is an odd market they operate, but I haven't found it ...

  6. Keyser Soze

    I tried to link Hilton/Lyft and ran into procedural/automation problems. After talking with Hilton, they acknowledged “system” issues and said that new (website) code would go live in the next day or two. I’ll try again then.

  7. joe

    CF Frost, you don't have to choose where to credit. You can credit to both hilton and lyft at the same time

  8. Joe

    CF frost, you think that the moment you take a lyft or Uber that location data isn't already being sold to everyone on the planet?? It's probably sold before you even finish your ride.

  9. Steve_dd

    This makes me miss the old original SPG and Uber partnership

  10. relidtm

    @DLPTATL awesome I was just asking this didn't see your post I agree why not triple dip!

  11. relidtm

    I saw this on Reddit today and I saw you can do jetblue as well I thought it was delta or not.
    have you tried triple dipping @lucky?
    @CF Frost all the crossover lets you know where you are it's only so that people who dont care arent using your links across the country its the same TOS as Jetblue and Delta.

  12. Marsh

    Will keep my Hilton points from expiring but won’t be a game changer earning points. I’ll stick with Uber for the Amex credits but then use LYFT for the points with JetBlue Delta and now Hilton.

  13. DLPTATL

    I’ve been able to double dip on Delta and JetBlue which is great for airport trips. Hopefully I can just add on Hilton to further stack the deal.

  14. CF Frost

    Wow, you have to agree to let Hilton know everywhere you travel in a Lyft in order to get these points. There is no data privacy opt-out that I could find. The terms and conditions seem pretty intrusive.

  15. CF Frost

    Why credit to Hilton over Delta? I'm really not clear on which one will be more rewarding.

  16. Ted

    Interesting that you selected Hilton and Uber as the keywords in the top photo. Seems a bit dismissive of Lyft, don’t you think?

  17. Daniel M

    Lucky: Not sure it's worth praising the Lyft-Hilton partnership for being "global"/not restricted to US rides given that Lyft is only present in the United States and Canada.

  18. Anthony

    Lucky,

    Time to do a detailed post on Uber vs Lyft strategies for frequent users. I've gotten good value out of Uber's Rewards Program, but Lyft's partnerships may even be even more rewarding.

  19. Alonzo

    Awesome partnership, almost a 8% return if you stack 3% from the Reserve, points from Delta and Hilton. Coupled with the Mastercard benefits too!

  20. Eric

    On the landing page for this it says “US and Canada” so I don’t think it’s valid globally.

  21. Charles

    I have a decent chunk of Hilton points that were set to expire in a few months. This should save me from having to transfer points or redeem e-rewards. Great!

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Anonymous

For those mentioning expiring points / miles, joining the rewards network based dining programs will also keep the loyalty accounts active.

AC

For what it is worth my experience with this has been pretty bad. I linked my Lyft account to both Delta and Hilton since both offer points for Lyft purchases. With Delta I get the points posted almost immediately but I don't seem to ever get the points credited to my Hilton account. I've reviewed and confirmed the accounts are linked and all the numbers are correct. I have almost 500,000 Hilton points and more come every month between stays, promotions and my Hilton Amex Surpass card so I'm not really sweating not getting credit for Lyft. However, I wanted to let people know that it is very spotty IMHO if you get any credit on Hilton for using Lyft.

relidev

triple dip im in!

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