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Hilton Honors has once again been the first major hotel chain to announce its plans for 2022. The news is especially good for members already enjoying elite status, but who have been struggling to pick up elite nights or stays this year…
Elite Status Extension
All Hilton Honors members with elite status will see their current level of status extended until 31 March, 2023.
This applies to everybody… including those of us who received a reprieve back in 2020.
However, if you are looking to upgrade your level of elite status, you are still free to qualify for that higher level of status using the reduced requirements for 2021.
Reduced 2022 Requirements
Hilton Honors elite status won’t be quite so easy to achieve in 2022. You will require:
- Diamond status – 42 nights, 21 stays or 84,000 base points
- Gold status – 28 nights, 14 stays or 52,500 base points
- Silver status – 7 nights, 3 stays or 17,500 base points
HOWEVER, ALL nights you accumulate in 2021 will roll over to 2022. (for the avoidance of doubt, stays and base points will NOT roll over)
Pre-COVID, Hilton Honors members earned 10,000 points for every 10 nights above 40 in a calendar year. During 2021, you can start earning Milestone Bonuses at 20 nights.
In 2022, however, you will start earning Milestone Bonuses at 30 nights.
If you struggle to keep your points from expiring, rather than aim for elite status, you will be glad to find out that Hilton Honors is extending the validity of your points until 31 December, 2022.
The Bottom Line
Hilton Honors has surprised me with the generosity of its elite status extensions. Clearly the company believes that it attracts additional business from travellers who don’t necessarily spend dozens of nights per year in hotels, but are definitely attracted by the perks offered by hotel chain elite status (such as free breakfast, at least outside of the US).
And the travel hacker in me looks forward to picking up Diamond status in 2021 with a couple more stays this autumn, and then I’ll get to roll over those nights to 2022, so that I can renew Diamond status rather easily next year.