Hilton Honors has today made changes to the Terms and Conditions governing the points earnings in the loyalty program effective January 9, 2020.
These changes are mostly positive for extended points validity, points earnings for incidentals, and number of rooms. The only negative is the earnings for Hilton or hotel employees.
You can access Hilton T&Cs here.
Here are the changes:
1. Points Expiry Change
Points now expire 15 months after inactivity up from previous 12.
2. Points Earned For Incidentals
Members can now earn points for incidental spent at Hampton, Tru, Homewood Suites, and Home2 Suites. Previously, you would only collect for the room rate.
3. Earning Points For Multiple Rooms
Members can now earn points for up to FOUR rooms from previous TWO.
Note that elite members will receive tier benefits only for the MEMBER + 1 regardless of the number of rooms.
4. Maximum Number Of Base Points Removed
There is no longer a maximum spend that can earn points. Members were before eligible for up to 100,000 base points at Canopy, Curio, Tapestry, Tru, Homewood Suites, Home2 Suites, and Waldorf Astoria Jeddah.
5. Points & Money Rewards
Money-part of the Points & Money rewards is eligible to earn points.
6. Hilton Employee Points Earning
Hilton or hotel employees are NOT eligible to earn points when traveling for business on behalf of the chain/hotel.
The 12-month points expiry is rather short period and good that Hilton Honors has decided to extend it to 15. Why do they need to expire in the first place beyond balance?
It has always been confusing that there is a maximum number of points earned at specific brands and that incidentals have not been part of eligible spend. Members can also now earn points and bonuses for up to FOUR rooms, but elite benefits are valid maximum of two people (member + 1).
Hilton Honors employees earn points and stay/night credits for their deeply discounted leisure stays. They now, however, don’t receive anything when traveling for corporate or hotel-designated business trips.