Hotel elite status can be both vastly overrated and extremely useful depending on which level and which program we're taking about and people's opinions can vary quite significantly. But, as a rule, having status is better than not having status at all so a lot of people reading this blog will go to varying degrees of effort to maintain their hotel status from year to year. But wouldn't it be nice not to have to renew your status year in, year out?
Hilton Honors has been one of the more active loyalty programs when it comes to keeping its members happy with confirmation that elite statuses have been extended through March 2022, confirmation that points expirations have been paused through December 2021, and that elite status requirements for 2021 have been slashed by 50%. As if that wasn't enough, Hilton has also now made it incredibly easy to earn its top-tier Diamond status.
Just 18 days after its last points sale ended, Hilton is back with another points sale in which it's offering a 100% bonus. This sale ends at 23:59 ET on 5 March so you have a reasonable amount of time to make some plans and to decide if you should buy points at just 0.5 cents each - a rate at which, if you hold Hilton elite status, will allow you to book 5 nights at some of Hilton's most luxurious properties at a cost of just $1,900.
As seems to happen at the beginning of every year, the Hilton Honors website and app don't appear to be showing travelers the number of nights that they have rolled over from the previous year, their current progress to elite status, or their progress to the next milestone reward, but a Loyalty Lobby reader appears to have found a workaround that may help some readers get around this issue.
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Hilton Honors has announced that from next week it will be extending a "one-time opportunity" to its Diamond and Lifetime Diamond Elite status holders which will allow them to gift status for one year to a family member or friend.
With occupancy rates at record lows, hotels are looking for more ways to bring in some much-needed cash and this is why we've seen the likes of Hyatt and Marriott encouraging customers to treat their properties as home offices as well as places to relax. Hilton is now getting in on the act too and it has just launched a new promotion which is offering Hilton Honors members 10,000 bonus points after they complete their first 'WorkSpaces' booking.
Back at the beginning of September, American Express launched the first two transfer bonuses we had seen in months. The first of the transfer bonuses is an offer that most people would do well to avoid (Marriott), while the second offer (this one) is definitely worth a closer look but you'll have to be quick as the deal expires in under 4 day's time.
Hilton has just announced a number of adjustments to its loyalty program that should bring smiles to a lot of faces - from further status extensions and reduced status thresholds through lower targets for milestone bonuses to extended benefits for Hilon co-branded American Express cardholders, there's quite a lot of good news here.
Hilton has been running its current points sale since the end of July but there are just 3 days left to make the most of the deal on offer. Hilton Honors members are being given a 100% bonus on all purchases of 10,000 points or more which, as usual, values Hilton's currency at 0.5 cents/point. With most of Hilton's best properties around the world operating with super-low occupancy rates, award availability and pricing is excellent which means that this sale can be used to book some amazing stays.