How To Earn Elite Status in 2021…

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With autumn now upon us, you have less than three months to renew or upgrade your hotel chain elite status. If you haven’t been paying much attention to your progress or the general requirements, here’s a quick ‘cheat sheet’ for you…

Earning Status via Stays / Nights

Hilton Honors

Hilton Honors has already extended the current level of status of its members until March 31st, 2023. (click here for details)

If you are thinking about upgrading your level of elite status, you will need:

  • Gold status – 10 stays, 20 nights or 37,500 base points
  • Diamond status – 15 stays, 30 nights or 60,000 base points

If you had some Hilton nights in 2020, those nights have all rolled forward into 2021. To be clear, ONLY nights have rolled over, not stays or base points.

To further tempt you, ALL nights that you stay in 2021 will roll forward to 2022. Again, NOT stays or base points…

World of Hyatt

  • Globalist status – 30 nights or 50,000 base points
  • Explorist status – 15 nights or 25,000 base points

Marriott Bonvoy

Marriott has NOT changed the requirements for earning elite status in 2021, except for an adjustment to the spend needed to achieve Ambassador status.

  • Platinum status – 50 nights
  • Titanium status – 75 nights
  • Ambassador status – 100 nights + $14,000 of pre-tax spend

What Marriott has done (as it did in 2020) is add complimentary elite nights to members’ accounts, based on the status earned in the previous year. You will have already received:

  • Silver members received 5 complimentary elite nights
  • Gold members received 13 complimentary elite nights
  • Platinum members received 25 complimentary elite nights
  • Titanium members received 38 complimentary elite nights
  • Ambassador members received 50 complimentary elite nights

IHG Rewards

  • Platinum status – 30 nights or 30,000 elite qualifying points
  • Spire status – 55 nights or 55,000 elite qualifying points

Bottom line

Hilton Honors might not offer the very best elite status benefits (if everybody is elite… then nobody is), but it certainly makes it easy to become and remain a top-tier Diamond member.


  1. Munch says

    Currently I have 30 nights this year including 14 rollover nights. As the new target for qualification in 2022 is 42 days to retain Diamond until March 2024 do I need 12 more nights or 26 nights completed by the end of 2022?

    • Craig Sowerby says

      The 14 rollover nights you currently have will be discarded. Therefore 16 nights will roll over to 2022, leaving you needing 26 nights for Diamond renewal.

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