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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?

This is a topic that is close to my heart.  My children are now too big for rollaway beds or sharing a sofa bed, so our default hotel option is now two separate (connecting if possible) rooms.  You can be sure that I am looking to maximise my rewards from these two rooms.

I thought it was worth running through the policies of the major chains when you book multiple rooms.

Can you earn IHG Rewards Club points on multiple rooms on the same night?

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 One Rewards

Let’s start with IHG One Rewards.  Historically IHG only allowed multiple rooms to count in the US and Canada.  It has now extended this globally – the last few exceptions (mainly Latin American countries) were removed when IHG One Rewards launched earlier this year.

The only places where you can’t earn points on multiple rooms are InterContinental Alliance resorts, which primarily means the Las Vegas hotels linked to IHG.

Can you earn IHG One Rewards ‘qualifying nights’ credit for multiple rooms per night?  No

Can you earn IHG One Rewards status qualifying base points for multiple rooms per night?  No

Can you earn IHG One Rewards redeemable points for multiple rooms per night? Yes, up to NINE rooms per night

The terms and conditions of IHG One Rewards are here if you want to check the wording.  See clause 35.

Can you earn Accor Live Limitless points on multiple rooms?

Multiple room rules with Accor Live Limitless

Accor has the most restrictive policy of the major chains on the face of it, in terms of number of rooms you can earn on (no more than two), but actually it is the best choice if you want to earn status:

Can you earn Accor Live Limitless ‘qualifying nights’ credit for multiple rooms per night?  No

Can you earn Accor Live Limitless status qualifying base points for multiple rooms per night?  Yes, up to two rooms per night

Can you earn Accor Live Limitless redeemable points for multiple rooms per night?  Yes, up to two rooms per night

The Accor Live Limitless terms and conditions are here (PDF).  See paragraph 7.2 under ‘Eligible Expenses’.

Remember that Accor lets you earn status based on either nights or spend (€10 gets you 25 status qualifying points at most brands).  Whilst you don’t earn ‘nights’ credit for booking two rooms on the same night, the points you earn from both rooms are counted towards qualifying for status via spend.

If you regularly book two rooms when you stay at a hotel, Accor is the ONLY programme which allows both rooms to count towards earning status.

I currently have top-tier Diamond status in Accor Live Limitless following a stay at the Fairmont Royal Pavilion in Barbados last year.  We booked two rooms and spend from both counted towards status.

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 earn Hilton Honors ‘qualifying nights’ credit for multiple rooms per night?  No

Can you earn Hilton Honors status qualifying base points for multiple rooms per night?  No

Can you earn Hilton Honors redeemable points for multiple rooms per night?  Yes, up to four rooms per night, but ONLY if the bills for the rooms are merged into one bill at check-out

I came a cropper here a few 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.

Hilton has an extra benefit in your favour – if you have Hilton elite status, you receive your status bonus on ALL of the rooms and not just the points earned from the room you occupy.

The Hilton Honors terms and conditions are here.  It is under ‘Accrual of Points’.

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 earn Marriott Bonvoy ‘qualifying nights’ credit for multiple rooms per night?  No

Can you earn Marriott Bonvoy status qualifying base points for multiple rooms per night?  Not applicable – you can only earn Marriott Bonvoy status via nights, not base points

Can you earn Marriott Bonvoy redeemable 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.d

Radisson Heathrow Hotel entrance (2)

Multiple room rules with Radisson Rewards

Radisson Rewards has an identical policy to Marriott Bonvoy:

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

Can you earn Radisson Rewards status qualifying base points for multiple rooms per night?   Not applicable – you can only earn Radisson Rewards status via nights, not base points

Can you earn Radisson Rewards redeemable 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 4 / 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 earn World of Hyatt ‘qualifying nights’ credit for multiple rooms per night?  No

Can you earn World of Hyatt status qualifying base points for multiple rooms per night?  No

Can you earn World of Hyatt redeemable 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.

Accor Live Limitless is the only programme which allows the base points you earn from a second room to count towards elite status.

The good news is that you can earn redeemable points in many schemes by crediting multiple rooms to your account, even though (Accor aside) they won’t help you earn status any quicker.

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.


Hotel offers update – August 2022:

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

Want to buy hotel points?

  • Hilton Honors is offering an 80% to 100% bonus when you buy points by 18th September 2022. The annual limit is doubled to 160,000 points plus your bonus. You can buy here.
  • Marriott Bonvoy is offering a 25% bonus when you buy points by 15th September 2022. You can buy here.

Comments (15)

  • Stuart says:

    It’s a shame the Hilton don’t offer more benefits since they are the only scheme where you can guarantee connecting rooms when booking

  • ianM says:

    Timely article, although it’s been run before. Hilton online chat refused me points under the current bonus double miles promo, because they said the promotion only applied to the room the primary member was in. I’ve appealed by email cos I think this is wrong, it should be based on base points earned.

  • Scallder says:

    Re IHG, recently had a stay where I’d booked 4 rooms on night 1, 3 rooms on night 2 and 3 rooms on night 3. 1 night on day 1 was cash, all remaining 9 were on points.

    Had 10 nights credited to my account so whilst T&Cs might state multiple rooms don’t count to qualifying nights, it seems they do

  • allycat says:

    +1 for hotels.com at the bottom of the article. If you are lucky enough to be able to arrange hotel bookings for work colleagues like I have, you can build up a lot of nights booked and free nights as a result. Also make sure you book through hotels.com/britishairways to pick up avios to your account on all their bookings. I have just redeemed 7 hotels.com nights worth around £1300 against 7 nights in Grenada at new year, bringing the hotel down from £2300 to around £1000. YMMV.

    • dougzz99 says:

      I’ve always been pro hotels com, but have slightly changed my view. You’ve missed out on 7x £300/night rooms in reducing the cost by a little over half. The ideal way to burn nights is where the value matches.
      But the bigger issue for me is that 3rd party bookings seem to guarantee the oldest nastiest rooms at chain hotels.

      • allycat says:

        As I said, YMMV. Out of the 70+ nights booked over the past few years for myself & family and a number of colleagues, I can’t think of any dodgy rooms received in the big chains, across Hilton, Marriott, Hyatt. Because of our work locations it is hard to be loyal to one chain and build up enough nights in one programme to make it worthwhile to being loyal to one brand. Hence the benefit of hotels.com rewards. There were a couple of dodgy rooms in independent Fawlty Towers type establishments in remote locations but I don’t think that was related to being a 3rd party booking. I also get that matching earning & burning rates is a good idea but in this case I have cashed in £1300 of value (mainly earned via work expenses so basically free to me) at a beachfront hotel in peak season in the caribbean, so I’m happy with that. If I could have driven up the average hotels.com reward night value to £300 then it would have been great for me but not so much for our P&L at work!

    • Chas says:

      I didn’t realise that you could book rooms for other people from your account. Good to know – thanks.

  • Holly says:

    I’ve never collected hotel points before as I don’t do business travel, so apologies for the ignorance but, going to NY later this year for a week and having to book 2 rooms – for Hilton, do the 2 rooms need to booked separately to make the bookings count towards (even though I appreciate the bills will need to be merged) or they can they be done on the same booking? I really want to maximise this spend!

    • Rob says:

      Can be booked separately.

      • PaulC says:

        Can they be booked on the same booking and do they need to be booked separately to maximise points? I’m booking two rooms tonight for end of August.

        • PaulC says:

          Or not and*

          • Rob says:

            All that matters is that you book directly via Hilton (not Expedia, Hotels.com etc) and that you combine the two bills at check-out. It doesn’t matter if you make one booking or two separate bookings as long as both are made from your account and are in your name.

  • Concerto says:

    The strange thing is, I have always received qualifying nights credits for multiple room bookings with IHG, even on award stays.

  • Jim Lovejoy says:

    The Hyatt terms and conditions state ” The Member will earn Base Points for each of the rooms, but the Member will only earn Tier-Qualifying Nights (defined in Appendix B) for one (1) room.” But practically since for most people it’s much harder to qualify on base points (Globalist 60 nights or 20,000 usd), the ability to earn base points on up to 3 rooms won’t get you elite status.

  • George says:

    What about GHA Discivery?

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