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Can you believe that New Year’s 2021 is less than two months away? To help you prepare your travel plans for next year, Hilton Honors is extending its point expiration dates and other loyalty perks. Here’s a quick glance at what’s ahead.

Use the Hilton Honors loyalty extensions to visit The Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas Lounge. Photo: Hilton

Hilton Honors Points Don’t Expire

The Hilton Honors points won’t expire until December 31, 2021. Hilton points usually expire after 12 months of not earning or redeeming Hilton points.

Related: Don’t Forget Your Travel Rewards & Airline Miles Expiration Rules

Hilton Honors Elite Status Extension

Silver, Gold, and Diamond loyalty status set to downgrade in 2020 or 2021 now expires on March 22, 2022.

Accelerated Hilton Honors Loyalty Status

Hilton is reducing the requirements by 50% to achieve Hilton Honors Silver, Gold, and Diamond status in 2021.

For 2021, you can climb the loyalty status tier by reaching these milestones.

  • Silver: 5 nights, 2 stays or 12,500 points
  • Gold: 20 nights, 10 stays or 37,500 points
  • Diamond: 30 nights, 15 stays or 60,000 points

As soon as January 1, 2021, comes, you’re already halfway to reaching the next Hilton Honors loyalty tier.

Gifting Hilton Honors is Easier for Diamond Members

Hilton Honors Diamond status members will have an easier time gifting Gold status to friends and family. In 2021, you only need to stay 30 nights to gift Gold status (previously 60 nights).

Staying 60 nights in 2021 lets Diamond members upgrade the Gold status gift to Diamond status. This gift level usually requires 100 nights.

Benefit Extensions for Hilton Honors Credit Cards

There are also two benefit extensions for the Hilton Honors American Express Credit Cards:

Depending on which card you hold, you can hold automatic Hilton Honors Silver, Gold, or Diamond status. You also enjoy these two card benefit extensions.

Learn more: Hotel Rewards Credit Cards

Bonus Points Purchase Rewards Count as Base Points

Any bonus points you earn on card purchases count as base points for Elite tier qualification and Lifetime Diamond Status.

Normally, the base points on all purchases (3 points per $1) count toward these Elite status achievements. Your purchase rewards also help you accumulate Hilton points that you can redeem for award nights.

Redeem Free Weekend Night Certificates on Weekdays

Any free weekend night certificates that you earn in 2021 expire on December 31, 2022. You also have the ability to redeem these certificates for any night of the week. Many properties in the Hilton Honors portfolio accept free weekend nights, so it can be easy to redeem this night quickly on your first Hilton stay of 2021.

Also, any free weekend night certificate with a 2020 issue date expires “on the previously communicated terms.” If you still have a free night, see when it expires so you don’t let this benefit go to waste.

Related: Best Hilton Honors Credit Cards 2020: Huge Offers, Up to 150,000 Points!

Summary

These Hilton Honors benefit extensions can be a breath of fresh air as you make tentative 2021 travel plans. Not having to stress about expiring points or elite status until 2022 is a good start. Reducing the elite tier qualifications by 2021 and the Hilton Honors American Express credit card benefit extensions help leisure and business travelers who travel regularly but not as often as before.

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