Hilton Honors status extensions now run through to March 2022

All Silver, Gold and Diamond members gifted a further extension to their Hilton status, regardless of activity.

By David Flynn, October 28 2020
Hilton Honors status extensions now run through to March 2022

Hilton Honors is rolling out a second wave of status extensions beyond those first put on the table in March 2020.

Under the revisions announced overnight, all Hilton Honors members will now see their current status locked in through to March 31, 2022 – even if they fall short of the number of qualifying stays, or indeed don't chalk up a single night in a Hilton property.

(This was previously limited to Hilton Honors members who'd earned their status across 2019 for the 2020 'program year'.)

That generous status freeze translates to extra time to earn the following year's status: and once you're back on the road, you'll also find the status requirements have been cut in half for 2021. This covers stays, nights and base points.

  • Hilton Honors Silver status will need only five nights, two stays, or 12,500 base points
  • Hilton Honors Gold status will need only 20 nights, 10 stays, or 37,500 base points
  • Hilton Honors Diamond status will need only 30 nights, 15 stays, or 60,000 base points

Also halved is the threshold for each Milestone Bonus, which sees members pick up 10,000 bonus points for every 10 nights they stay in a calendar year after an initial 40 nights: for 2021, the flagfall drops to 20 nights.

As previously announced, all of your 2020 nights will be automatically rolled over to the 2021 calendar year for an added status jumpstart.

The use-by date for Hilton Honors points has also been pushed back to December 31, 2021 at the earliest, with a freeze on the usual expiry period after 12 months of inactivity.

In addition, all Hilton Honors free night award certificates issued in 2021 can be used as late as December 31, 2022.

Finally, status gifting – which enables some Hilton Honors Diamond members to give away complimentary Gold or Platinum status – will be easier, with the milestone for Gold gifting reduced from 60 nights to 30 nights, and Platinum from 100 nights to 60 nights.

Taken all together, this is an incredibly flexible set of status extensions which acknowledges the sad reality that most business travellers will remain grounded for many months to come. For more details, visit covid.hilton.com/#honors


David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

07 Feb 2015

Total posts 150

Good on you Hilton. My Colleague just go his Diamond status extended to March 31, 2022. In fact most major hotel chains have been very proactive and generous during this difficult time, EXCEPT Accor! Nothing about status extension, very restrictive cancellation options on existing bookings...very disappointed!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

04 Nov 2011

Total posts 359

Thanks Hilton, I was due to drop to Gold at the end of the month so relieved to have another full year of Diamond which will help with future travel planned for later in the year and next.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

17 May 2015

Total posts 78

Good news! When the dust settles and I start travelling again I will definitely remember which companies rewarded loyalty (Hilton is leading the pack) and which didn't (Accor is abysmal).

17 Jun 2020

Total posts 238

Take note Qantas. Especially given no international network until there is a vaccine (as per the AGM last week), and a limited domestic network.

06 Jun 2017

Total posts 45

Great news, like a lot of others haven't been able to use my Diamond status all year. Hopefully I'll be back in Hilton lounges at some point next year!

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

24 Jan 2018

Total posts 468

ALL Kudos to Hilton, great to know my hard earned Diamond status has been respected and protected - another reason I'm sticking with Hilton (their Executive Lounges are very good and 'very social' of an evening).

Hoping the McBains at Virgin 2.0 noticed this, their current 'generosity' could be improved.  

Very welcome news, Hilton can clearly see how this pandemic has impacted all of us. Moves like this will help keep this Diamond loyal to the brand.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

16 Mar 2016

Total posts 5

Sitting in the lobby bar at Adelaide Hilton as the lounge closed until the new normal

Have a drink and a canapés 

A very loyal diamond member who will remember the loyalty of Hilton 

Also a gold member with Accor

Over 50 nights already this year and will also remember  their very poor response or zero response 

Cheers Hilton


30 Jul 2015

Total posts 103

Hyatt and Marriott need to do the same.

23 Jul 2017

Total posts 77

Good for Hilton. This is fine for people who can travel to places where they can stay at Hilton hotels. My base Hilton is in New York. There's no way, as an Australian, I can travel there, even if I wanted. One day, if the virus spread in the USA stops, I can go back. Then again, I may be too health aware and/or too old to want to travel out of Australia.

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