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The so-called ‘status cliff’ is approaching rapidly. There are literally millions of business travellers about to lose status in their preferred hotel and airline programmes due to reduced 2022 travel.

In the hotel sphere, it seemed that the schemes had decided to draw a line. Whilst Hilton Honors had reduced its qualification requirements for 2023, IHG and Marriott did not. No scheme had been offering bonus elite nights since Spring either.

Hilton Honors has now broken ranks. Will other schemes follow?

You can register for double elite nights here. This stacks with the current ‘double points’ promotion which will run alongside it – you can register for that here.

Hilton double elite nights promotion

What is the new Hilton Honors promotion?

It is very simple.

From yesterday (11th October) until 31st December, you earn two elite nights for every night spent in a Hilton Honors hotel.

You must register before your stay – well, before check out technically, so if you spent last night in a Hilton then do it now! – via this page.

If you have already renewed your status for 2023, these bonus elite nights will roll over into 2023 along with your existing ‘spare’ nights.

As a reminder, Hilton Honors has already reduced its thresholds for status for 2023:

  • Silver: 7 nights, 3 stays or 17,500 base points
  • Gold: 28 nights, 14 stays or 52,500 base points
  • Diamond: 42 nights, 21 stays or 84,000 base points

It is important to note that you do NOT receive ‘double stays’ credit – it is only your number of nights which are doubled.

You have always been able to qualify for Diamond for 2023 by doing 21 one-night stays during 2022. The difference now is that you would also qualify for Diamond by doing one consecutive 21 night stay, since that would now double up and count as 42 elite nights.

As usual with Hilton, existing bookings count. You don’t need to rebook anything to earn double elite night credits.

Reward nights also count for double elite night credit.

Based on a similar offer run during the pandemic, I think that day rooms will also count.

Hilton double elite nights promotion

Remind me about the existing Hilton Honors promotion ….

The ‘other’ Autumn promotion works like this.

You receive double Hilton Honors base points on all stays, plus an extra 2,000 bonus points on stays with a Monday to Friday checkout, between 6th September and 31st December.

You can register for this offer here, if you haven’t already done so.

Conclusion

If you thought that you weren’t going to be able to renew your Hilton Honors status for 2023, even with the reduced thresholds, you now have another shot at it.

What will Marriott Bonvoy and IHG One Rewards do now? I will, on current plans, just scrape into Platinum with Marriott Bonvoy for next year (I will end the year on 52 nights on current plans) but I have zero chance of retaining Titanium at 75 nights.

IHG One Rewards now requires 70 nights for its new Diamond Elite tier level.

These numbers look a bit chunky in the face of Hilton offering Diamond for 42 elite nights, and awarding double elite night credits for the last 11 weeks of the year.

If Hilton is panicking about having a low number of elite members next year, due to the slow pick up of travel in Europe and the virtual shuttering of Asia, then Marriott and IHG must be in a similar position. Perhaps Marriott and IHG have decided to ‘thin the herd’ – although it is debatable whether their real customers, ie the hotel owners, will be happy if there are fewer elite members around.

You can register for the new ‘double elite night credits’ promotion here.


How to earn Hilton Honors points and status from UK credit cards

How to earn Hilton Honors points and status from UK credit cards (June 2024)

There are various ways of earning Hilton Honors points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.

Do you know that holders of The Platinum Card from American Express receive FREE Hilton Honors Gold status for as long as they hold the card?  It also comes with Marriott Bonvoy Gold, Radisson Rewards Premium and MeliaRewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Did you know that the Virgin Atlantic credit cards are a great way of earning Hilton Honors points? Two Virgin Points can be converted into three Hilton Honors points. The Virgin Atlantic cards are the only Visa or Mastercard products in the UK which can indirectly earn Hilton Honors points and they come with generous sign-up bonuses. You can apply here.

You can also earn Hilton Honors points indirectly with:

and for small business owners:

The conversion rate from American Express to Hilton points is 1:2.

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which can be used to earn Hilton Honors points

(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.)

Comments (99)

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  • meta says:

    Marriott will probably run another double elite night promo in early 2023 like they did this year. Most people (re)qualified that way. I certainly did.

    IHG has been running fast track options, so I don’t think they’ll do anything much.

    • krys_k says:

      I hope so. I’m on 140 nights so far this year but won’t hit Ambassador I don’t think. Would be good to hit Titanium quickly next year and have it in back pocket. It’s been very good to me in the places I stay. Always an upgrade to top room, and where there are suites, have got those.

      • Harry T says:

        You must be staying in Thailand or something if you haven’t hit 20k USD spend on 140 nights.

        • Matt says:

          I assume they’re not 140 real nights – I was in a similar position last year but luckily status was extended.

          • krys_k says:

            Poland and Birmingham. Rarely over £80pn much cheaper back in the year.

    • Blair Waldorf Salad says:

      I wouldn’t bank on Marriott repeating the double nighrs spring promo. The H&V double nights promo might be the best we get. I’ve booked on that direction to secure Titanium early.

  • Josh says:

    Presumably the double nights applies to the status match, too

  • BJ says:

    Hotel managers will not be happy, according to one I spoke with recently there are simply far too many Gold and Diamond members to meaningfully managed their expectations.

    • Can says:

      Especially in the US…

      • meta says:

        Upgrades are now more or less automatic, but don’t expect anything more than one category upgrade in popular destinations and that’s only if you haven’t already booked the highest category the hotel has made available in the upgrade pool. It could be just an executive room.

        • Harry T says:

          I’ve never had an automatic upgrade!

        • BJ says:

          Hotels can override the automatic upgrades as John suspected, and this explains Harry’s experience.

          • meta says:

            My experience is different.Since It was only one time when I wasn’t automatically upgraded and that was when the hotel was genuinely full.

    • MT says:

      I have had the same complaint from many Marriott GM’s. Hotels in less popular place are fine, but the ones who actually offer benefits to Elites are finding it impossible to keep them all happy and costing them a fortune, thus they have had to reduce the offerings. Essentially status has been devalued so now even top tier is worth very little.

      • His Holyness says:

        There’s always going to be competing interests. Put rates up. It’s that simple. No one is forcing them to take a loss.
        At Hilton the standards are so low the costs cannot be high. The vast majority of UK Hilton’s are dumps.

  • Neil says:

    Great article, registered for rollover purposes. Typo in final sentence – there.

  • NigelthePensionerr says:

    If i was a corporate travel manager, do you know how offering double points on branded hotel stays would affect my policy decisions? Not one iota!

  • Newbie says:

    Does this also count towards things such as the milestone bonuses and the 70 nights required to gift diamond?

    Also I am currently staying in a hilton hotel (checked in on the 9th) and will chdck out on 14th. Have just registered, should I expect to receive double for this?

    • VerdantBacon says:

      If I check-in before October 11, 2022, or check-out after December 31, 2022, do I still earn credit for that stay?

      Members can check-in prior to Oct 11th but they will only receive credit for nights completed starting the night of Oct 11th – Dec 31st only.

      From the T&Cs

      • BJ says:

        Generally, promotions are usually applied based on whether they are active on check out date. In this case though I cannot see that you would not get the double elite nights for each night during the promotion.

      • Ziggy says:

        Yes. The T&Cs are clear. Nights consumed during the promotion dates will earn double elite night credits regardless of check-in or check-out dates.

  • Nick says:

    Will the double nights count towards diamond lifetime status?

    • Chancer says:

      Logically they must do, as they count in all other ways. I had about 50 such double nights in 2020; I will send off an email to enquire what my lifetime nights total is, and will be able to work it from that. May take a day or two though before I can report back…

      • Save East Coast Rewards says:

        I’ve found the best way to get your lifetime totals is to use the live chat. They used to say they had to submit a request for you and then you’d receive them by email in a few days but the last few times I asked they were available instant. That’s how I verified these bonus nights (last time they ran this offer) counted.

    • Save East Coast Rewards says:

      They do. I checked last time this promotion was run

  • BuildBackBetter says:

    Hilton needs to expand its footprint. Far too many hotel groups – hope we see more consolidation.

    • blenz101 says:

      Where do you think they are lacking?

      And isn’t the competition good for the consumer? IGH and Marriott are are the only other real game in town.

      • meta says:

        Hilton lacks luxury footprint. The only luxury hotels in their portfolio are WA and LXR and they’re not everywhere.

        • Harry T says:

          Agreed, Marriott is far superior for luxury properties.

        • Chancer says:

          Don’t you class Conrad as a luxury brand?

        • Stu_N says:

          There are Conrads as well but not many of them either.

        • Can says:

          Luxury?!? They even lack standards in premium level.
          I never forget, when I was really really new to this “hobby” I did a mattress run at Hilton Croydon and actually spent the night.
          Imagine. They call that landfill a Hilton.

          • blenz101 says:

            Agree the core Hilton brand is all over the place. Comparing the Hilton Leeds or Croydon compared to the Hilton Palm Jumeriah couldn’t be further apart.

            A good clear out or refurbishment of their hotels under the Hilton brand would certainly be welcomed.

          • John says:

            You must not have stayed in many UK Hiltons then, most of them are like Croydon

        • blenz101 says:

          Well not every city/resort can support a WA or Conrad. In key destinations there has always been a Hilton brand property in my experience.

          Perhaps Hilton can take out a Starwood style chain but can’t think of any global brand which would fit the bill. Made you thinking mandarin oriental or Taj maybe?

    • Blair Waldorf Salad says:

      Hilton are very lacking in decent options in France, Italy (bar ultra expensive WA and LXRs in Rome/Sardinia) and Greece (just the 2 Curio island hotels IIRC).

      • blenz101 says:

        Try the WA Versailles.

      • Can says:

        They didn’t have any hotel in Nice last time I checked. But their paris portfolio has got much better.
        There is an average doubletree in Olbia.

        • Rob says:

          A lot of Curio’s are quietly being added with minimal publicity – always worth checking.

          • Chancer says:

            Beware: breakfast entitlement for diamond/gold is continental breakfast only at Curio branded hotels!

          • meta says:

            Most Curios are not luxury and are inconsistent in service. They also quite often deny benefits so you have to argue with them. I actively try to avoid them. These are independent hotels which pretend to be five-star, but usually aren’t. That’s why they need Hilton to market them as such. There might be exceptions to the rule though.

        • PJJ says:

          There is one being built in a new shopping complex next to the Nice Railway Station

      • Save East Coast Rewards says:

        There’s whole regions of Italy without a Hilton presence. Emilia-Romagna where I live has no Hilton properties, apparently there used to be an HGI in San Lazzaro (near Bologna) but that’s something else now. I’d have hoped for one of their 5 star brands in Milan at least but nothing yet. As Rob mentioned there’s a few interesting Curo hotels popping up. I’m staying in one now

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