Hilton Honors extends points expiry and reduces qualification requirement for 2021

We’re seeing programmes now getting into the next stretch of extending loyalty perks for members. Back in March 2020, Hilton Honors became the first hospitality loyalty programme to extended benefits for their members in the wake of travel being grounded due to Corona Virus. Now, there is another set of Hilton Honors Programme Extensions for members. Hilton Honors have implemented several new program adjustments to 2020 and 2021 policies.

Hilton Honors Programme Extensions

Hilton Honors Status Extensions

Hilton Honors is Extending Status to March 31, 2022, for Silver, Gold and Diamond members that were set to downgrade in 2020 (status earned in 2018 for the year 2019) or 2021 (status earned in 2019 for the year 2020). Everyone gets to keep their status till March 2022 now. Hilton had already extended status by one year earlier.

Hilton Honors won’t expire points until December 31, 2021, at least. Usually, Hilton Honors points expire after 12 months of inactivity.

Hilton Honors have Reduced Status Qualification Requirements by 50 per cent across all tiers, including stays, nights and Base Points in 2021, to allow members to achieve status in half the time.:

  • To earn Silver status, a member must complete 5 nights, 2 stays or 12,500 base points.
  • To earn Gold status, a member must complete 20 nights, 10 stays or 37,500 base points.
  • To earn Diamond status, a member must complete 30 nights, 15 stays or 60,000 base points.

And, as previously announced, all 2020 nights will automatically roll over to the 2021 calendar year to help Hilton Honors members upgrade their tier status even faster.

Hilton Honors have also Lowered the Milestone Bonus Night Threshold to begin at 20 nights in 2021 (was previously 40 nights) to align with new Gold status qualification and allow members to earn rewards faster. Gold members will earn 10,000 Bonus Points for 20 nights stayed and will continue earning the additional 10,000 Bonus Points every 10 nights above that level in a calendar year. At 60 nights, a member would still earn the additional Milestone Bonus of 30,000 Bonus Points.

Hilton Honors have reduced their Gifting Status Night Threshold to the new Diamond status night qualification. Diamond members who stay 30 nights in 2021 will be able to gift Gold status (was previously 60 nights) or 60 nights to upgrade the gift to Diamond status (was previously 100 nights).


This is great news for everyone who is a Hilton Honors loyalist or is planning to become one. Hilton Honors is being very generous in these testing times, and this generosity would hopefully not be forgotten once travel is back full speed.

What do you think of the Hilton Honors programme extensions?

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