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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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  • RCHammer says:

    Nice timing! Stayed in a Hilton last night and about to check out in a hour or so. Thanks HfP!

  • Alan says:

    Shame it’s only double nights and not double stays.

    • John says:

      That would be way too easy. And it was effectively double stays or better in 2020

    • YB says:

      Why does this matter? Double nights will always be at least the same as double stays, as each stay must have at least one night.

      • Ryan says:

        Some people will have an imbalance year to date whereby they require less stays than nights to hit Diamond target again. So double nights is not the same as double stays. Like me… 🙁

  • Tom says:

    I’d take more bonus points any day of the week…

  • Chris Cannon says:

    Great timing and justifies why I always read HfP before getting up. Stayed in Hilton Metropole Brighton overnight and have just registered ahead of checking out. Already qualified for 2023 so roll over nights for 2024 really welcome. Thanks Rob

    • Save East Coast Rewards says:

      How’s the refurb going there? I stayed there for the London to Brighton bike ride in June and I was on one of the refurbished floors which were fine. The main lifts were closed for refurbishment but when I looked around one of the refurbished floors the cleaner had the door open to one and it looked very dated. I think the refurb was due to be finished about now

      • TGLoyalty says:

        Still selling quite a few of the old unrefurbished room categories so a way to go I guess

        Were the public areas / reception refurbished too? They needed it.

        • Save East Coast Rewards says:

          It looked like they were doing the area around reception when I stayed, hopefully that is done now. When I was walking along one of the unrefurbished floors I noticed a lot of the varnish had came off the doors where those stupid cleanstay stickers had been placed on the doors during covid. Those stickers on the doors were the most pointless gimmick ever

          • JohnTh says:

            Major refurb of pool area ongoing this month, gym still open – shame as is my preferred Hustle venu as love a swim afterwards.

          • TGLoyalty says:

            Yes an awful gimmick which wasn’t worth the mess as everything still wasn’t clean enough ie the remote controls

  • DevonDiamond says:

    Not great timing as I’ve done 6 nights in Hilton in the last fortnight but no more planned now till the new year – but win some lose some in this game

    • Blair Waldorf Salad says:

      How close are you to a status tier though? With the promos, the sums need adjusting and a day rooms stay might be cost effective.

      • Rob says:

        Especially with 2k bonus points for midweek stays, plus double points.

        Self-employed? Charge it as office hire.

    • DevonDiamond says:

      Day rooms aren’t an option for me. I’m Diamond anyway until 2024 I think.

  • Vit says:

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

    Thanks Rob. Just want to double check that I just need to register and not need to cancel then rebook?

    • Rob says:

      Correct

    • Save East Coast Rewards says:

      Then when he answers you can ask again to triple check? 😂

      • Vit says:

        😀 😀 haha sorry for using my engineer’s nature here and for the record, triple check is not uncommon and still there is error somewhere in my work.

  • Paul says:

    I re-qualified for 2023 Diamond via a 50,000 point stay at a 5000 points a night hotel over the summer. I booked a 12 night stay while staying in a nearby resort.
    I took a taxi from my resort on my first day on Bali and was entirely upfront with the hotel that I would not be staying there. I went to the room, used the key, touched nothing and left in the same taxi. Check out was automatic at the end of the stay. Best use of 50,000 point ever in my view

  • John says:

    Well not really useful for me, since

    1) I’ve already requalified with exactly 42 nights across 2021 and 2022.

    2) Only nights beyond 42 in 2022 will roll over, so I would need to stay another 20 (i.e. now 10) nights before anything rolls over

    3) Lifetime total is something like 200 so don’t really care about that. If I was at 970 I would certainly go for it.

    4) If I stay 8 (now 4) nights I will get 10000 points milestone bonus. Not worth bothering with unless a Hilton is the best option. Would rather postpone Hilton until 2023 since I will now need 30 stays to count for 2024’s status.

    5) I’m pretty close to 40 nights with IHG so will aim for that instead. And anyone who wanted to be IHG diamond has had the opportunity to do so with 15 nights, so I don’t think IHG needs to do anything else.

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