Macquarie Bank’s Hilton Honors Visa Platinum credit card will be withdrawn from the Australian market as of May 1 2019, after previously being made unavailable to new applicants from last year.
All existing cardholders will be transitioned over to Macquarie’s Rewards Black credit card at their current annual fee, with all purchases settled on the account from May to earn Macquarie Rewards points rather than Hilton Honors points.
Macquarie Rewards points can be cashed in for gift cards with a number of brands, but importantly, cannot be converted into airline frequent flyer points or hotel loyalty points, including with Hilton Honors.
Alternatively, cardholders can ask to be migrated over to the Macquarie Black Visa with Qantas Points card instead – providing one Qantas Point per $1 spent up to $4,000 per month, halved thereafter – but at an annual fee of $299.
Whichever option is chosen, the complimentary Hilton Honors Gold or Diamond status currently provided by the Hilton Honors credit card will come to an end, but with plenty of time remaining to make the best use of it.
In an email sent to cardholders by Macquarie, the bank notes that Hilton Honors will extend the validity of any current Gold or Diamond status earned through this credit card until March 31 2021, “to say thanks for your loyalty”.
That means you’ll continue enjoying perks like complimentary daily breakfast and room upgrades for another two years – and executive lounge access for Diamond members until the same date – before needing to qualify for Hilton status under your own steam.
However, as of May 1 2019, additional Hilton Honors benefits associated with the credit card will no longer be available, such as the ability to earn ‘reward weekend night certificates’ based on card spend.
Any certificates awarded before that date will be honoured until the expiry date shown on the certificate, and any Hilton Honors points sitting in your account will also remain valid, subject to the usual points expiry rules of Hilton Honors.
As part of the changes, Macquarie Bank will also remove the 3% international transaction fee from all of its Macquarie-branded credit cards, for purchases made from July 1 2019.
This includes the Macquarie Bank Rewards Black and Platinum Visas, the Macquarie Black and Platinum Visas with Qantas Points, and other cards like the bank's Rate Saver lines, Macquarie Bank has confirmed to Australian Business Traveller.
Hilton has no other branded credit cards in Australia, although Hilton Honors points can continue to be earned on credit card spend via the American Express Membership Rewards program.