Different hotel loyalty programs have different policies as to how many points, elite qualifying stays, and elite qualifying nights you can earn if booking multiple rooms. In other words, if you often travel with family and book two rooms, can you receive elite credits and points for each of the rooms?
The rules vary by program, so in this post I figured I’d look at the policies of the major hotel loyalty programs, as they impact earning points and elite qualifying credit for multiple rooms (in the title of each section I’ve added a link to the terms & conditions):
Hilton Honors lets you earn base points for up to two rooms, assuming all eligible charges for both rooms are paid on one folio. However, you only earn elite qualifying stay and night credits for one room. The distinction that you earn base points for up to two rooms is significant, though, since many people qualify for status with Hilton through spend, which takes into account base points.
IHG Rewards Club lets you earn points for up to nine rooms at properties in the U.S. and Canada. However, you only earn elite qualifying night credits for one room. Furthermore, outside those regions you can only earn points for one room.
Le Club Accor lets you earn points for up to two rooms, assuming all eligible charges for both rooms are paid for by the member. However, you only earn elite qualifying night credits for one room.
Marriott Bonvoy lets you earn points for up to three rooms, assuming the member pays for all three rooms. However, you only earn elite qualifying night credits for one room.
Radisson Rewards lets you earn points for up to three rooms booked on the same reservation, assuming the member is the registered guest on one of the rooms. However, you only earn elite qualifying night credits for one room.
World of Hyatt lets you earn points for up to three rooms, assuming the member pays for all three rooms. However, you only earn elite qualifying night credits for one room.
Basic things to be aware of across the board
This should go without saying, but across all programs:
- The member has to be staying in one of the rooms in order to qualify
- Only “eligible” stays qualify, the definition of which varies by program
- The stays have to be at the same hotel (in other words, you can’t generally earn points for stays at different hotels on the same night); note in some cases people have been able to get elite nights to post for different locations on the same night with a good explanation (i.e. you took a redeye to Europe and wanted to book a room there the night before so you’d be able to check in when you land)
What about getting elite benefits for multiple rooms?
Technically you only receive elite benefits for one room, meaning the room being occupied by the elite member.
The one exception is when using Hyatt’s “Guest of Honor” benefit. With this, Hyatt Globalist members can redeem points or free night certificates for someone else, and that guest will receive Globalist benefits for the stay. However, this doesn’t work for cash or Points + Cash stays, and also there’s no need for them to stay with you. You can use the “Guest of Honor” benefit to book a stay for someone else even when you’re not traveling with them.
Aside from that, it very much comes down to the individual hotel. On paper hotels don’t need to honor elite benefits for multiple rooms, though in practice they often do. For example, I’ve sometimes had Hyatt honor elite benefits on two rooms that I booked, even if neither are booked using “Guest of Honor.”
Similarly, back in the Starwood days I was typically offered welcome amenities for multiple rooms, meaning I could get breakfast for multiple rooms, though that wasn’t something you could count on, and isn’t relevant anymore.
So expect not to get elite benefits for multiple rooms (with the exception of Hyatt’s “Guest of Honor” perk), though don’t be surprised if you do.
Back in the day I loved Starwood Preferred Guest because they let you earn elite nights for up to three rooms, though sadly that’s not the case anymore, as Marriott maintained their own policy for the new loyalty program. That means no major hotel loyalty program lets you earn elite night credits for multiple rooms anymore.
So at this point I think World of Hyatt is the most differentiated program when it comes to booking multiple rooms thanks to “Guest of Honor,” but even that doesn’t offer elite qualifying nights for multiple rooms. Rather it’s just a way to get elite benefits for multiple rooms when redeeming points or free night certificates.
What has been your experience with earning points and receiving elite benefits for multiple rooms? Do the various policies impact which hotel chain you stay at?