Hilton’s made a lot of changes to its loyalty program as of late. In the end of April, Hilton Honors added a brand new benefit for its members–the ability to pool points with other Hilton Honors members. You don’t even need to share the same address!

This is super convenient if a friend or family member needs some more points for a specific redemption. You could pool your points with them now, and get them to share points back with you once they have more. It does not appear as if the points you’re pooling have to to be tied to a specific reservation you’re both a part of.

Rules for Pooling and How it Works

  • Qualifications for pooling: you must be an active member who’s had a Hilton Honors account for at least 30 days. You also must have a minimum points balance of 1,000.
  • Each “pool” (group of people sharing points) is limited to eleven people, you + ten others, however a person can be a member of as many pools as they like.
  • Pooled points can be used for anything normal points are used for, including free night awards, Points &Money Rewards, experiences available on the Hilton Honors auction platform, Hilton Honors Shopping Mall, etc.
  • The minimum transfer when pooling is 1,000 points, and the maximum is 500,000 Points into a pool in a calendar year. The cap of points a member can receive in a calendar year is 2 million.

It shouldn’t take more than 24 hours for points to show up in your account once they’re shared with you.

How to Pool

  1. Sign into your Hilton Honors Account online.
  2. Click here (to get there yourself from your account, on the left-hand side of the screen, click My Points > More Ways to Use Points > Pool Points)
  3. Fill out the name and email of whoever you want to pool your points with.

You should receive a confirmation email that looks like this:

The person you invite should also receive a confirmation email, through which they can access the points pool:

Want to Jumpstart Your Balance For Pooling?

That’s easy to do at the moment as both American Express cards co-branded with Hilton have sky high bonuses–the highest we’ve ever seen. Both are available only through May 31 (this coming Wednesday).

The Hilton Honors Card from American Express is offering 80,000 bonus points after spending $2,000 in the first three months. It has no annual fee.

The Hilton Honors Surpass Credit Card from American Express is offering 100,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 in the first three months. It has a $75 annual fee. This card just introduced a brand new retention bonus as well: A Free Weekend Night Certificate you’ll receive right after your cardmember anniversary.

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Sign up for both now and you’ll earn at least 195,000 Hilton points after spending $5,000 total in the next three months, enough for…

  • 48 free nights at [prior] Category 1 Hiltons (5,000 points per night if you maximize the fifth night free benefit)
  • 23 free nights at [prior] Category 2 Hiltons (10,000 points per night if you maximize the fifth night free benefit)
  • 11 free nights at [prior] Category 3 Hiltons (20,000 points per night if you maximize the fifth night free benefit)

Bottom Line

It’s now easier than ever to freely share your Hilton points. It’s also really easy to earn a lot of Hilton points. If you’re planning a vacation in the near future, I’d check out Hilton properties in your destination(s) to see if Hilton points can help you save big.

Before diving into the Hilton Honors program, I recommend reading There are Two Opposite Strategies to Maximize Hilton (Hilton Reserve vs. Points).

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