The Hilton Honors program has extended some benefits, including eligibility for Elite status, the period before points expire, and more, to 2022 and beyond for eligible members. The hotel’s loyalty program announced the new policies on September 15 as the number of coronavirus cases and travel continue to rebound.
Key points to remember
- Holders of Hilton credit cards and other members of the hotel rewards program can breathe a little easier, as the hotel brand has extended some key benefits through 2022 and beyond.
- For Hilton Honors members, the major change is that their points do not automatically expire after 12 months of inactivity, but will remain valid until December 31, 2022.
- One of the main benefits for Hilton credit card holders is that weekend free night rewards can now be used on weekdays.
How Hilton credit cardholders and other honorary members are benefiting from the changes
Hilton Honors Points aren’t the most valuable hotel rewards, but the recent announcement offers significant value to program members. Here’s a quick recap of what the hotel brand is doing for its members as the coronavirus pandemic continues its latest wave of infections:
- Extension status. Current Elite status members will retain their status until March 31, 2023.
- Suspend point expiration. Normally, Hilton Honors Points expire after 12 months of inactivity on your account. However, Hilton has suspended this process and members will keep their points until December 31, 2022, even if they haven’t earned or redeemed any in the meantime.
- Extend the nights of turning over. All qualifying nights members earn toward Elite status in 2021 will carry over to qualifying for 2022 Elite status.
- Extension of the advantages of the credit card. If you have a Hilton credit card with a free weekend night, you can now use it any night of the week, not just on weekends. Nights expire on December 31, 2022. In addition, your bonus points earned on qualifying purchases will continue to count towards Elite status qualification and Diamond status for life until the end of 2022.
The rewards program also made it easier for members to qualify for elite status for 2022:
- Money: Seven nights, three stays or 17,500 basis points.
- Gold: 28 nights, 14 stays or 52,500 basis points.
- Diamond: 42 nights, 21 stays or 84,000 basis points.
Stage bonuses have also been relaxed. For example, you will earn 10,000 bonus points once you reach 30 nights, 10,000 bonus points for 10 additional nights thereafter, and a one-time bonus of 30,000 points after reaching 60 nights.
Finally, once you’ve stayed 40 nights, you can gift Gold status to a friend, and you can upgrade that status to Diamond after you reach 70 nights.
What this means for Hilton guests
For the vast majority of Hilton Honors members, the only relevant detail from the latest announcement is that their points will not expire. If you have been hesitant to travel even though the industry has recovered somewhat, you can continue to wait until you feel comfortable.
If you are an Elite member of the Hotel Rewards Program, you don’t have to worry about doing anything to maintain your status for the coming year. Additionally, Hilton made it easier to maintain or even upgrade to a higher level of elite status next year.
For Hilton credit card holders, the change to use weekend nights at any time is a big benefit. Hilton Weekend Award Nights stand out because, with a few exceptions, you can redeem them at most of the 6,600 Hiltons in 119 countries and territories. With most other hotel credit cards, you are limited to lower category hotels.
Now that they can use the Weekend Rewards Night any night of the week, cardholders will have an easier time using them before the rewards expire at the end of 2022.