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

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.

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.

Marriott Rewards & Starwood Preferred Guest

Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest let 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)

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 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’s not something you can count on.

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.

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. IHG got totally ignored…? They allow earning points (elite qualifying as well) for at least 2 rooms by the way but I’m not sure about the high limit. Only one room will receive elite S/N credit though.

  2. Ben,
    I don’t know if you really need to be too concerned about the 100 night program since Marriott will probably be doing away with it.

  3. @ Santastico — I assume because they only want to award stay credits if you’re actually paying for a stay and responsible for driving the decision, rather than just picking up bonus points for a colleague who doesn’t care about loyalty programs.

  4. This is where qualifying on spend (i.e., base points) is important. While one gets stay/night credit for only one of 2 rooms under the HH program, one is eligible to get elite qualifying base points for up to two rooms (provided that both are put on the same folio paid by the HH member). I always qualify on base points so that occasionally I would pick up the tab for a second room occupied by family/friends who do not care about earning HH stay/night/base point credits.

  5. @Lucky: How about if you pay cash? Believe me but I know people that like to pay cash and not use a credit card. I then assume Hyatt won’t credit any points if that is the case.

  6. A stay of five nights at the Darwin Hilton last year resulted in a transfer from the Exec/Lounge floor for my two rooms to a suite and adjoining Exec room after the second night (they were sold out prior to then, with the suites already sold out). Although only mine and my partner’s room/suite were technically eligible for breakfast as a Diamond, they proceeded upon check-out to comp the second room’s breakfast (we had quite happily paid something like AU$20 a day for them to have brekky with us too), and allowed us all the buffet rather than just a continental. Was, and still am, pleasantly astounded.

    As you say quite wisely though, Ben; just go with the flow and expect nothing.

  7. Marriott –

    I have a monthly, long-term rate at one location for work that I never check out of. When I go somewhere for the weekend and book another Marriott property, I always get points for both even though I’m still checked in at the other location.

  8. I took the family to South Africa and stayed at the Sandton Hilton and the Cape Town Doubletree.

    In both cases we received two upgraded rooms (Exec Floor in Sandton). In both cases I received credit for two stays and two nights each.

    Don’t know if we were ‘just lucky’ or it was part of my Diamond status. It was appreciated.

  9. Lucky, as a Hyatt Explorist, I had absolutely no trouble last month using two of my four Club Upgrades to upgrade two rooms at the Grand Hyatt Washington DC. I’m pretty sure that it’s official policy to allow the use of Club Upgrades on multiple rooms, as long as the member is in one of the rooms

  10. One point of clarity is when one has overlapping stays. Just stayed at a HGI and my wife did for another location. We were meant to stay together, but I had to go on business that same night in different location. Wife stayed with original plan and was authorized to check in. Normally system will only recognize one of the stays and only give you stay, point and point credit for that one location. Called Hilton Diamond desk and explained and they very helpful and post both manually with all points and 2,500 Lufthansa miles for each stay. Have to call them though!!

  11. What about Starwood bookings for the year made prior to the Marriott-Starwood merger? Are they grandfathered into some policy that still lets you accumulate multiple elite night credits for each room?

  12. If I get the aspire card do the authorized user get diamond as well?(that would solve the elite recognition problem with Hilton)?

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