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Airline and hotel loyalty programs are working to make life easier for elite members during these tough travel times. And Hilton is no exception. In March, Hilton Honors extended elite status through March 31, 2022. Now, Hilton Honors is updating policies around Elite Rollover Nights. The new changes will help elite members secure—or upgrade—their elite status through March 31, 2023!
How it Works
Typically, Hilton Honors members can rollover “unused” elite nights to count toward qualifying for status in the next year. For example, Hilton Honors members achieve Silver status after 10 qualifying nights. So, if you stayed at Hilton properties 15 qualifying nights in 2019, you would have earned Hilton Honors Silver status. In addition, you'd have rolled over 5 nights to jumpstart your qualification process for 2020.
Hilton Honors' new policy around Elite Rollover Nights allows members to count all 2020 qualifying nights earned in 2020 towards qualifying for 2021 status. So if you stay 15 qualifying nights in 2020, you will earn Hilton Honors Silver status, and you will start 2021 with 15 elite nights for status qualification.
In effect, Hilton is allowing elite members to maintain their existing status as well as giving all members a chance to elevate their elite tier status in 2021.
Hilton Honors Rollover Night Changes
This change to Elite Rollover Nights is currently valid for stays completed during the calendar year 2020: January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.
Elite Rollover Nights are typically only available to Hilton Honors Elites at the Silver, Gold, and Diamond Levels. That means that Hilton Honors Members with fewer than 10 qualifying nights aren't typically able to rollover elite nights. That's changing for 2020. According to the Hilton Honors Updates page:
“UPDATE: For 2020, ALL Members will be eligible to roll over all nights earned from stays in 2020.”
This is great news for those travelers who may be new to Hilton or those who may not have quite reached that 10-night threshold for Silver tier status. If you complete any qualifying stays in 2020, you could be well on your way to securing Silver elite status in 2021. As you can see below, Silver tier status comes with some nice perks, like 20% Bonus Points on stays. If you are in a position where you can elevate your status with the help of this update, even better!
Alternatively, if you earn 15 elite nights in 2020, you'll need just 25 more in 2021 to earn Gold status. That will score you free continental breakfast, space-available room upgrades, and 80% bonus points through March 31, 2023.
Hilton's top tier Diamond elite status requires 60 elite-qualifying nights. That might be too much for many travelers to get in one year. However, you might be able to accumulate 60 nights between 2020 and 2021. Alternatively, you can shortcut the whole process and just get the Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card—which grants cardmembers Diamond elite status as a benefit of holding the card.
- 14X Hilton Honors Bonus Points for each dollar of eligible purchases charged on your Card directly with a hotel or resort within the Hilton Portfolio
- 7X Hilton Honors Bonus Points on flights booked directly with airlines or amextravel.com, car rentals booked directly through select rental companies, and at U.S. restaurants
- 3X Hilton Honors Bonus Points for all other eligible purchases on your Card
Hilton Honors has been right in the mix with a lot of the big travel brands that are working to keep customers happy, even when travel is way down.
Earlier this year Hilton Honors announced that it was suspending the expiration of points and offering increased flexibility around new and existing reservations. This latest update to the Honors program is great news for those travelers who have been sticking close to home. It also gives us something to look forward to next year!
We sure do hope that travel gets easier sooner rather than later. At this point, we would be happy to earn our status the old fashioned way! That said, as the pandemic continues, we won't be surprised if this policy or others like it stretch into 2021.
Will you take advantage of rollover elite nights to reach or elevate your Hilton elite tier status?
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