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