Hilton Will Count Every Elite Night This Year Towards Qualifying For Status In 2021

Delta offers rollover miles so flying this year will count towards status next year, with current status already extended. Extended status isn’t a disincentive to fly Delta.

Now, IHG and Hilton roll over nights above and beyond what you used to qualify for status, a benefit Marriott killed in 2018.

Hilton has now updated their rollover nights program along the lines that Delta announced: all nights earned in 2020 will count towards earning elite status in 2021 for your 2022 elite level.

Elite rollover nights provide a faster way to earn elite status. Starting at Silver, at the end of the calendar year, any qualifying nights in excess of those required to qualify for your elite status level will be counted toward your elite status qualification for the following calendar year (January 1st to December 31st). UPDATE: All nights earned from stays in 2020 will automatically be carried over to the 2021 calendar year.

If you already stayed 10 nights in January and February, 2020 those nights will start off yuor elite earning next year. If you stay 5 more nights this year you’ll begin 2021 with 15 elite nights.

Hilton Diamond isn’t much better than Gold, since they still haven’t rolled out confirmed suite upgrades. And Gold is mostly a giveaway level, available with the mass consumer card. It’s valuable for breakfast, and outside of Asia that’s mostly it.

That makes it easier for Hilton to inflate its elite ranks. However the move does put pressure on other programs to at least consider matching.

Since Marriott gave members half the elite nights needed for their current status level I don’t expect them to bring back rollover nights, though it’s a good way to incentivize travel. (Like Marriott, Southwest Airlines gave members partial credit towards elite status and companion pass.)

And since Hyatt gave out extra qualifying miles for spend on their credit card, and already gives out incremental rewards for every 10 qualifying nights I don’t see them matching (though wish they would!).

That leaves IHG as the most likely to follow suit, since like Hilton their elite status is of limited (and even less) use.

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Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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  1. “Hilton Diamond isn’t much better than Gold”

    @Gary — As usual, you are confused. It is the Hyatt Globalist status that is no better than HH Gold…really. Just compare the benefits on your own, with an open mind and you will see that you are just confused.

    “Hyatt gave out extra qualifying miles for spend on their credit card, and already gives out incremental rewards for every 10 qualifying nights…”

    So what? You do know *now* that Hilton does give out incremental rewards for every 10 stays, including the ability to gift Gold at 60 nights and Diamond at 100 nights, and every award night counts toward these milestones, don’t you?

    When the WoH Globalist starts getting the single most valuable perk in hotel loyalty — 5th award night free — it may begin to be a competitive elite status. Until then, it is just an expensive status that’s put on a pedestal by self-anointed “travel gurus” whose record of getting things wrong is so vast, one wonders why anyone continues to listen to them.

  2. @DCS: “As usual, you are confused. It is the Hyatt Globalist status that is no better than HH Gold…really. Just compare the benefits on your own, with an open mind and you will see that you are just confused.”

    And yet again, DCS cannot allow anyone to have an opinion that differs from his own, and must resort to personal attacks instead of a real rebuttal.

    Grow up.

  3. @toomanybooks sez, incredulous:
    ““It is the Hyatt Globalist status that is no better than HH Gold“

    WTH?”

    It seems like it’s again time for the canonical list of HH Diamond benefits. [***] Indicate [Aspire] Diamond perks not available to [Surpass] Golds:

    — elite rollover nights
    — Yuge footprint
    — guaranteed *premium* wifi [***]
    — guaranteed free continental breakfast on the ‘continent’; free FULL breakfast almost everywhere else, optionally in the restaurant, and not just in the Club or Executive lounge
    — guaranteed upgrade to the Executive floor when there is one [***]
    — unlimited complimentary suite upgrades based on availability [***].
    — late checkout with no time limit, based on availability [hint: request late checkout at check-in!]
    — put Diamond status on hold [***]
    — C+P awards ‘on steroids’, i.e., unlimited
    — a $250 resort credit [***]
    — a $250 airline credit [***]
    — no resort fee on award stays
    — “Diamond Force” when the chips are down [***]
    — 5th award night free
    — Annual weekend night reward for use at ANY category hotel [***]; gotta spend $15K to get this one as a Gold.
    — an additional free night certificate for use at ANY category hotel after spending $60K [***]
    — 10K bonus points after reaching 40 nights, and…award nights count!
    — 10K bonus points every 10 nights after reaching 40 nights with NO CAP
    — 30K additional bonus points at 60 nights [one earns Diamond so not a Golds perk]
    — ability to gift Gold status at 60 nights and to gift Diamond at 100 nights [ibid]
    — ability to pool points with up to ten (10!) people; obviates need to transfer points.
    — Priority Pass lounge access.
    — industry-leading 14X for on-property spend paid with the Aspire [***]
    — 100% elite bonus points on base points [***]


    It depends on what the meaning of “no better than Gold” is

    G’day.

  4. Just because HH Gold gets free breakfast does not make it the same as HH Diamond. What it does is it makes HH Gold competitive with WoH Globalist, the program’s only status that’s worth anything, hence the confusion about HH Diamond being the same HH Gold, when the difference between the two is vast [refer to the canonical list above].

    G’day.

  5. I think it’s funny that DCS has to pad his list with credit card benefits (that would not otherwise be available to a Diamond but for having the Amex Aspire) in an effort to make Diamond look better.

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