Which Hotel Programs Let You Earn Points & Elite Nights For Multiple Rooms?

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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

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

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 AccorHotels

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

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

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

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.

Bottom line

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?

Comments
  1. Lucky,
    Its been over a month since you posted the last review of an airline. These sorts of posts might be interesting to a few people who read your blog, but most of us come for the reviews. We don’t care the El Al is adding a flight to Orlando, or that its the last day for the Southwest credit card offer. To the people who will inevitably say “don’t read if you don’t care:” I didn’t. But I’m also visiting the blog less and less since the content isn’t interesting, and that’s something Lucky should be aware of.

  2. Unfortunately I need to agree with Blackhole. This kind of posts is uninteresting. I come here for the flight reports which helps me to make my own choices in cases where I have options. And sometimes destination reports.
    This kind of items about milking the loyalty programs are boring. Loyalty programs are OK to feed some points into that you earn anyway. Strategies to maximize the points tapping as in this example is just too greedy for me and I won’t do it.

  3. Thanks for posting this! I found this very interesting and have been scouring the internet for this information for a while. We travel several times a year with large groups and typically reserve three to 10 rooms five or six times a year. We have found in practice that only IHG rewards us for all of the rooms. The result? IHG always gets our business when their room rates are in line with other hotels. We just reserved 10 rooms at a Marriott hotel (because the rate was significantly less than the closest IHG hotel) and we only received points for one room (you have to request that they credit you the points for two other rooms after you check out). I just don’t understand this practice. If the point of a rewards program is to incentivize users to choose that brand over another, and if the points would have been awarded to anyone paying the regular rate for that room anyways, why *wouldn’t* a loyalty program want to give points for every room?? I’m so glad that you have posted in black and white showing that IHG is clearly the best hotel for group travel (however, I’m a little confused why you didn’t state this in the article…at points for only 3 rooms, World of Hyatt doesn’t compare to IHG). We have found that reserving multiple rooms at IHG and using our IHG-branded Visa to pay for it has resulted in hundreds of thousands of points a year and Spire Elite status. We can then reinvest those points back into rooms for our groups, enjoy Spire Elite benefits, and occasionally use the points to stay at luxury Intercontinental Hotels that we otherwise could never have afforded.

  4. I enjoy the article for being the go to booking guy among friends. As much as I look forward to TRs, first two commenters should get over themselves.

  5. This post is very interesting… makes me money potentially. As vs. hearing about the details of BungaBunga Air flight I will never take.

    Personally I like both, and realize sometimes we will get one more than others.

  6. Ron, this isn’t about “milking” anything. This is about getting properly rewarded for loyalty. If I pay for nine rooms at the regular rate (not the reduced or group rate), why shouldn’t I get points for each of those rooms? If anyone is being “greedy” in this case, it’s the hotels. Imagine going to a department store and seeing T-shirts on sale. You decide you want 5 but when you get to the register they say, “sorry, only the first one is on sale. You’ll have to pay full price for the other 4.” Obviously not the same scenario, but you get the point. And we’re not talking about buying out their inventory here (on average, hotels have 115 rooms meaning 3 rooms is just 2.6% of inventory). There’s no reason (besides *corporate* greed) not to give rewards for rooms purchased at the regular rate.

  7. I recently booked two rooms at the Hotel at Avalon just north of Atlanta. I had to do a little workaround because I wanted two beds in my room for my wife and our two boys and one bed in the other room for my mother in law. When I tried booking both at the same time I had to either chose both rooms with one bed or with two…I couldn’t spit it. In the end I just made two separate bookings with my SPG card and got 4 elite nights. I’m going in that direction for future bookings!

  8. Lucky, this is a great post and gives good consolidated info for multiple hotel programs. On the redeeming side, there are various programs offering 4th night free benefit. Do you know of any program which offers some kind of benefit if you are redeeming multiple rooms? (2 rooms/night for 2 nights as opposed to 1 room/night for 4 nights). You are essentially redeeming same number of points in both cases.

  9. I appreciate posts like these because I can send them to friends who are just getting into the points game or who travel with groups and want to make it more beneficial for themselves….without personally have to walk them through it. At the end of the day, hotels want to make sure they are giving value to folks who stay in their hotels…not just folks who are running “travel agencies.” As a solo leisure traveler who has a travel department that books work travel my I appreciate this. I can’t just book loads of hotel rooms for my teammates and put it under my number and get all my elite nights/points in a few months.

    @ItsAllAboutThePoints, if you booked 10 rooms at a Marriott, wouldn’t this qualify for some type of group booking or rewarding event? Were you unable to work a deal with the hotel to earn points for each room in the group?

  10. A question specifically regarding Marriott Bonvoy! How would they ascertain the payment has been made by the member or why would they care? As long as my friend using the second room pays for the room and doesn’t want to use earn points, Marriott shouldn’t have an issue in giving me the points without elite nights.

  11. Love this post..traveling with a family of 4 which included two teenagers, I am always booking two hotel rooms. This does get expensive and I want the most return on my spending. I am gold with Hilton and my husband is with IHG. So now learning that IHG doesn’t offer more in Europe (where we live) I will stick to Hilton. My question; with Hilton and there transferable points between accounts (husband a basic member), would it be better to do two separated bookings with Hilton (one under my name and the other under hubby) or just have both reservations under my name? What would get me more bang for my buck point wise.

  12. So, I guess if I book more than one room at IHG or more than two rooms at Hilton, I do not get any points for the extra rooms that I booked and paid under the same portfolio? So, for example my third room at Hilton or my second room at IHG would be useless in the case of not earning anything??? I guess for those extra rooms, I only earn the rewards on my credit cards? This is useful new information for me. Thanks @ Lucky.

  13. This post is great! I frequently book multiple rooms for my large family and want to book with a loyalty program where I can maximize earning points. Excellent research!

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