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Which hotel schemes let you earn points and night credit when you book multiple rooms?

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Is it possible to book multiple rooms at the same property on the same night, earn points from them all and have them all count as qualifying nights for elite status or for a promotion?

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, and

You must pay for all of the rooms

Multiple room rules with IHG Rewards Club

Let’s start with IHG Rewards Club, as IHG recently changed its policy.  You CAN now earn for multiple rooms in Europe and Greater China, alongside the US and Canada where it has always been possible.

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

Can you earn points for multiple rooms per night?  ‘Yes’ in the US, Canada, Europe, and Greater China (Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan) (maximum 9 rooms per night, InterContinental Alliance Resorts excluded), ‘No’ elsewhere

The terms and conditions of IHG Rewards Club are here if you want to check the wording.  See clause 21.

Earn IHG points on multiple rooms

Multiple room rules with Hilton Honors

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 four rooms per night, but ONLY if the bills for the two rooms are merged into one bill at check-out. 

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.

Earn Marriott Bonvoy points on multiple rooms

Multiple room rules with Marriott Bonvoy

Following the merger of Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest, this is what the combined Bonvoy programme 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

This is a change from the old Starwood Preferred Guest rules, which DID let you earn qualifying nights for up to three rooms per night.  People who were close to status would often book three nights at one of the Heathrow hotels over a cheap weekend!

The Marriott Bonvoy terms and conditions are here.  Click on ‘Earn Points’ to bring up the relevant section – it is in Clause 2.1.b

Earn Radisson Rewards points on multiple rooms

Multiple room rules with Radisson Rewards

Radisson Rewards has an identical policy to Marriott Bonvoy:

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 Radisson Rewards terms and conditions here under Clause 3 / a / i.

Earn Hyatt points on multiple rooms

Multiple room rules with World of Hyatt

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 in Appendix A.

Conclusion

Starwood Preferred Guest used to be the only programme where you could earn status more quickly via qualifying nights, or trigger night-based bonuses, by booking multiple rooms.  Following the merger with Marriott Rewards this is no longer possible.

There is now no major scheme which allows multiple rooms to count towards additional elite qualifying nights.  The good news is that, if you are pushing for elite status, you can qualify more quickly via elite qualifying points (as opposed to nights) in many schemes by crediting multiple rooms to your account.

PS.  It is also worth mentioning Hotels.com Rewards as part of this discussion.  Hotels.com Rewards gives you status AND free night credits for ALL rooms in a booking.  Book two rooms for five nights and that counts as the 10 nights required to earn a free night. You don’t even need to be staying – if you make a booking for a friend or relative via your Hotels.com account, you still get the credit.  The only downside is that the benefits of Hotels.com Rewards status are limited compared to having status with a major chain.

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Comments (14)

  • F1Flyer says:

    I’d add hotels.com rewards to this as well. Multiple rooms go towards your free nights.

  • Andrew says:

    Isn’t it now up to four rooms for Hilton? I believe it changed earlier this year?

    • Rob says:

      Yup, forgot that. Fixed, thanks.

      • EwanG says:

        I see you have now updated this, but it still says “…ONLY if the bills for the ***two*** rooms…” and best to remove the word “two”

  • Tony says:

    Off topic slightly but IHG are offering platinum status on only five nights. I spotted a registration link just before booking a stay this morning.

    • Rob says:

      It’s not clear if this is an error or not. Small print says you must work for a participating company AND book using that corporate code.

  • Concerto says:

    I was able to get multiple rooms count as nights towards status when I booked 2 rooms during a Pointbreak. So 3 nights gave me 6 qualifying nights. I didn’t expect it and only noticed much later on so it might have been a one off.

  • Hotel-User says:

    Did you forget Accor ?

    • EwanG says:

      Doesn’t get much love here because of the fixed value of points, although could still have been included.
      IME: Nights – no. Points – yes. (unsure of any limits)