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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.
Elite Status Extensions
All Hilton Honors Elites are now guaranteed to keep their current status through 31 March 2023 after Hilton confirmed today that all elite statuses would be extended for the third time.
At the time of writing, the Hilton website doesn’t appear to have been updated to reflect today’s announcement but, presumably, an update will be made in the coming hours.
Lower Status Requirements For 2022
Ordinarily, this is what Hilton’s elite status requirements look like:
- Silver – 10 nights or 4 stays or 25,000 base points
- Gold – 40 nights or 20 stays or 75,000 base points
- Diamond – 60 Nights or 30 stays or 120,000 base points
In July 2020, Hilton announced that all elite nights earned in 2020 would roll over into 2021 and in October 2020 the hotelier announced that it would reduce the status qualification requirements for 2021 by 50% across all tiers.
In 2022, earning Hilton elite status won’t be quite as easy as it has been in 2021 but the status requirements are still going to be noticeably lower than they normally are:
- Silver – 7 nights or 3 stays or 17,500 base points
- Gold – 28 nights or 14 stays or 52,500 base points
- Diamond – 42 Nights or 21 stays or 84,000 base points
These targets represent a 30% decrease on the targets set outside of a global pandemic.
Milestone Bonus Targets Reduced For 2022
Not only has Hilton lowered the thresholds for elite status in 2022 but it has also lowered the milestone bonus requirements (albeit not by as much as the thresholds were lower in 2021). In 2022 these are the targets that guests will be set:
- Earn 10,000 bonus points after earning 30 elite nights (40 nights usually required)
- Earn 10,000 bonus points for every 10 elite nights earned after 30 elite nights
- Earn a one-time bonus of 30,000 points after earning 60 elite nights (no change from normal).
Elite Nights Will Roll Over
As happened last year, all Hilton elite nights earned this year (2021) will be rolled over and will count towards the 2022 elite status qualification thresholds. Importantly, nights that were rolled over from 2020 into 2021 will not be rolled over into 2022 so only nights earned in 2021 will roll over.
Elite Status Gifting Threshold Lowered
In 2022, Hilton Honors Diamond elite members will be able to gift Gold status to an Honors member of their choice when they earn 40 elite nights (usually 60 elite nights) and this elite status can be upgraded to Diamond status when 70 elite nights are earned (usually 100 elite nights).
Note: In 2021, Gold staus can be gifted at 30 elite nights and it can be upgraded to Diamond status when 60 elite nights are earned.
Hilton Honors Points Expirations Extended
- On 12 March 2020 Hilton said that it was pausing the expiration of all points scheduled to expire between then and 31 May 2020.
- On 25 March 2020 Hilton confirmed that all points expirations would be frozen through 31 December 2020.
- On 27 October 2020 Hilton announced that no points would expire before 31 December 2021.
Today, Hilton has confirmed that points expirations will continue to be paused and that no points will expire before 31 December 2022.
Hilton Honors Amex Benefits Extended
- All points earned by spending on Amex co-branded Hilton Honors cards (including bonus points) will continue to count as Base Points on eligible purchases through 31 December 2022. These points will count toward Elite tier qualification, including Lifetime Diamond Status.
- All Free Weekend Night Reward certificates issued in 2021 and 2022 will be useable on any night of the week.
Note: Any unexpired Free Weekend Night certificates as of 31 December 2021 will expire in accordance with their previously communicated terms.
Hilton Honors is the first of the major hotel loyalty programs to take the decision to extend elite statuses past 2022, to lower elite status thresholds for qualification next year, and to extend a number of other key measures taken earlier in the pandemic.
For those of us in the US and with access to the Hilton co-branded credit cards that automatically bestow elite status on the cardholder, these measures aren’t necessarily going to be seen as a big boost for next year. For everyone else, however, today’s announcement from Hilton will probably be very good news indeed.