We’re continuing to see loyalty programs extend status, points, and perks. Back in late March Hilton Honors announced several program extensions, and today we’re seeing even more of those. In no particular order, here’s what Hilton Honors members can expect:
Hilton Honors extending status through 2022 for everyone
Long story short, anyone who has status right now will continue to have status through March 31, 2022.
Back in March the following had been announced:
- Hilton Honors extended the status for those who earned it in 2019 (for the 2020 program year) through March 31, 2022
- Hilton Honors extended the status for those who earned it in 2018 (for the 2019 program year) through March 31, 2021
In other words, with this latest announcement those who had status in 2019 (earned in 2018) but were supposed to be downgraded are getting an additional one year extension. Clearly Hilton doesn’t want to lose formerly loyal guests.
Hilton Honors status is being extended for all
Hilton Honors reduces 2021 status requirements
Hilton Honors will lower elite status requirements by 50% for all tiers in the 2021 program. This means that the requirements for stays, nights, and base points, are all being reduced by 50%. This is in addition to all 2020 elite nights automatically being rolled over to the 2021 program year to give members a jumpstart on earning status.
With the 50% reduction in requirements:
- Hilton Honors Silver status will require five nights, two stays, or 12,500 base points
- Hilton Honors Gold status will require 20 nights, 10 stays, or 37,500 base points
- Hilton Honors Diamond status will require 30 nights, 15 stays, or 60,000 base points
Hilton Honors lowers Milestone Bonuses thresholds
Hilton Honors has a Milestone Bonuses feature, whereby you earn 10,000 bonus points for every 10 nights you’ve stayed in a calendar year, after 40 nights.
For 2021 you’ll start earning Milestone Bonuses after 20 elite nights, rather than after 40 elite nights. You’ll still earn 10,000 bonus points for every 10 nights (in other words, that’s not being reduced to every five nights).
Hilton Honors makes gifting status easier
Hilton Honors Diamond members who pass a certain number of elite nights are able to gift status to others. The requirements for that are being lowered for 2021:
- You ordinarily need 60 elite nights to gift Gold status to someone else, but will only need 30 elite nights in 2021
- You ordinarily need 100 elite nights to gift Diamond status to someone else, but will only need 60 elite nights in 2021
Hilton Honors is making it easier for members to gift status
Hilton Honors free night award certificates extended
All free weekend night reward certificates issued in 2021 can be used for any night of the week, and the expiration will be extended to December 31, 2022. Existing free night awards have largely already been extended and are valid any day of the week, so this latest change doesn’t apply to those.
This is a fantastic change, and will give members a ton of flexibility, especially for free night award earned with co-branded Hilton credit cards.
Hilton Honors Amex benefits extended
Base points earned on Hilton Honors American Express cards will continue to count as base points towards status on eligible purchases through December 31, 2021. In other words, spending on Hilton credit cards will count towards elite status, including lifetime Diamond status.
Hilton Honors points validity extended
Hilton Honors points won’t expire until December 31, 2021, at the earliest. Historically, Hilton Honors points expire after 12 months of inactivity (as of December 2021, Hilton Honors points expire after 24 months of inactivity).
Hilton Honors points won’t expire until 2022 at the earliest
It’s fantastic to see the extent to which Hilton Honors is extending perks, ranging from points validity, to status, to free night certificates.
Personally I earn Hilton Honors status through the Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card (review), which I consider to be well worth it. What I’m most excited about is the extension of free night certificates, including the elimination of the typical weekend requirement.
What do you make of these Hilton Honors program extensions?