Hilton appears to have done something that I don't recall it ever doing in the past - it has launched two very different points sales. Both sales allow customers to buy points at the lowest rate that Hilton generally sells its currency but while one only permits purchases of 80,000 points, the other Honors members to buy up to 160,000 points. Which sale have you been targeted for?
The pandemic is still with us, international travel is still fraught with issues and a lot of people are still not booking trips, so Hilton has decided that it's time for another set of measures to keep its more loyal guests happy. Elite status extensions, lower elite status qualification requirements for 2022, and a continuing freeze on points expirations are just three of the things announced by Hilton today.
We're now into the final quarter of 2021 so we're starting to see the various hotel loyalty programs unveiling the promotions that will take them through to the end of the year. Hilton's latest promotion is now open for registration and it's offering guests up to triple points on stays through 31 December.
Hilton's last points sale ended on 11 May but just a couple of weeks later the hotelier is back with a new points sale that's pretty much exactly the same as the last one...but that's a good thing. Once again, members can buy up to 320,000 points at 0.5 cents each and used tactically, those points could open up a world of great value redemptions.
Hilton's new big promotion for 2021 is now live and runs through 6 September. Unlike the promotion that recently ended, this promotion favors guests making longer stays over stays of just one or two nights so it's likely to favor the leisure traveler more than a lot of road warriors but, that being said, there are still plenty of bonus points up for grabs regardless of your length of stay.
At the beginning of last year, Hilton made a few small but customer-friendly changes to the terms and conditions of its Hilton Honors loyalty program but for reasons that are as yet unclear, these changes appear to have been rolled back.
The last time I recall seeing an Amex Hilton transfer bonus was back in September/October last year so it has been a while since we've seen that offered. Right now, however, a new Hilton Amex transfer bonus has appeared in targeted accounts, and just like in October the best bonus on offer appears to be 40%.
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.
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.