Which hotel schemes let you earn points and credit for multiple rooms?

Two readers have emailed me recently about IHG’s new Accelerate promotion.  (If you are looking at where to book hotel stays over the Summer, Accelerate is the most generous offer for most people.)

Both wanted to know if it was possible to book multiple rooms at the same property on the same night and have them all count as qualifying nights for Accelerate.

I thought it was worth running through the policies of the major chains when you book multiple rooms.  Note that, in all cases:

All rooms must be booked in your name, and

You must occupy one of the rooms

IHG Rewards Club (Holiday Inn, HI Express, Crowne Plaza, InterContinental etc)

Let’s start with IHG Rewards Club, as that was what started this discussion in the first place.

Can you ‘qualifying nights’ credit for multiple rooms per night?  No

Can you earn points for multiple rooms per night?  ‘Yes’ in the US and Canada (maximum 9 rooms per night), ‘No’ elsewhere

The terms and conditions of IHG Rewards Club are here if you want to check the wording.  See clause 9.

When it comes to Accelerate, it is usually better to credit each room to a different IHG account anyway.  Accelerate usually offers a generous bonus for your first stay during each promotional period, so if you have multiple rooms you should credit each to a different IHG account.  You can be creative here – if you have one room for you and your partner and another for your kids, book a room each under your name and that of your partner.  The hotel won’t know who is sleeping in each room and your partner gets the credit for the 2nd room.

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Starwood Preferred Guest (Sheraton, Westin, St Regis, W, Aloft, Luxury Collection etc)

Starwood has the most generous multiple nights policy if you are looking for stay credit.

Can you ‘qualifying nights’ credit for multiple rooms per night?  Yes, up to three rooms per night

Can you earn points for multiple rooms per night?  Yes, up to three rooms per night

The SPG terms and conditions are here.  See clause 2.1.

This can be a very easy of earning elite status with Starwood, which you can now match into Marriott Rewards status.  It is also an easy way of picking up nights if you are struggling to requalify – book yourself three rooms for a weekend at one of Sheraton hotels at Heathrow (often as low as £45 per room per night) and you’re sorted.

Sheraton Gateway Toronto

Hilton Honors (Hilton, Conrad, Hampton, Doubletree, Waldorf-Astoria etc)

Hilton Honors has a decent policy but you need to be aware of the small print:

Can you ‘qualifying nights’ credit for multiple rooms per night?  No

Can you earn points for multiple rooms per night?  Yes, up to two rooms per night, but ONLY if the bills for the two rooms are merged into one bill at check-out.  This only applies if you earn points from your stay – if you earn airline miles instead, you can only earn these on one room.

The Hilton Honors terms and conditions are here.  See clause 5 under ‘Accrual of Points’.

I came a cropper here a couple of years ago at an Embassy Suites, because the hotel had already prepared the bills the night before and I forgot to merge them.  Whilst my name was on both rooms I only received points for one of them.  Luckily the Hilton contact centre took pity on me and credited the additional points, but you shouldn’t rely on this.

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Marriott Rewards  (Marriott, Moxy, Renaissance, Delta, The Ritz-Carlton etc)

This is what Marriott Rewards offers:

Can you ‘qualifying nights’ credit for multiple rooms per night?  No

Can you earn points for multiple rooms per night?  Yes, up to three rooms per night

The Marriott Rewards terms and conditions are here.  Click on ‘Earn Points’ to bring up the relevant section – it is in Clause 1.

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge

Club Carlson  (Radisson, Park Inn, Park Plaza)

Club Carlson has an indentical policy to Marriott Rewards:

Can you ‘qualifying nights’ credit for multiple rooms per night?  No

Can you earn points for multiple rooms per night?  Yes, up to three rooms per night.  Note that the rules say “credit for multiple rooms must be requested at or before the time of check-in”.

You can clarify this in the Club Carlson terms and conditions here under Clause 3 / a / i.

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World of Hyatt (Andaz, Hyatt branded chains)

World of Hyatt also has the same rules:

Can you ‘qualifying nights’ credit for multiple rooms per night?  No

Can you earn points for multiple rooms per night?  Yes, up to three rooms per night

The World of Hyatt terms and conditions are here.  See clause 1.8.

Conclusion

Starwood Preferred Guest is the only programme where you can earn status more quickly via qualifying nights, or trigger night-based bonuses, by booking multiple rooms.

Of course, for programmes where you can also earn status via earning base points, you would still get nearer the next tier by merging multiple rooms into one bill.

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

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Comments

  1. barry cutters says:

    Exactly
    Use IHG for your own room, and hotels.com for others

  2. Especially good when they are have a double rewards promotion on.

    • Perhaps I should have proof-read that before posting! Anyway, managed to get a free night on a short multiple room trip this way.

  3. OT any tricks to add club carlson a/c to Amex rewards, getting the same error as Starwoods!
    thanks