On July 1, 2021 Hilton replaced breakfast as an elite benefit at U.S. hotels with a daily food and beverage credit. This was temporary for 2021.
The concept is amazing (use the credit for a meal other than breakfast, use the credit for room service) but the amount was too low and didn’t cover the least expensive items in major cities. At some hotels it wouldn’t even cover a cup of coffee with tax if you tip (which is expected).
Two months ago I wrote that Hilton was extending the food and beverage credit. I had understood this would be announced at the same time as Hilton’s new advance upgrade process, which I broke the news about. But they didn’t announce it – until now. The food and beverage credit is extended “into 2022.”
One good piece of news here is that Hilton is increasing the credit at full-service brands. The credits, effective February 1, 2022, are:
- Waldorf, Conrad, LXR: $25/day ($50 for 2 guests)
- Hilton, Signia,,DoubleTree, Curio, Tapestry, Canopy, Motto: $15/day ($30 for 2 guests) but $18 / $36 in Boston, Chicago, District of Columbia, Key Largo, Key West, New York City and San Francisco, the County of Los Angeles and the state of Hawaii
- Hilton Garden Inn: $10/day ($20 for 2 guests)
That’s an extra $3 per person per day at Hilton, again still too low at many properties like in Miami or Philadelphia, but a marginal improvement that addresses member frustration.