Check your account: Hilton elite nights posting for 2022, alongside other major programs

Jan 11, 2022

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Editor’s note: This story has been updated with the latest information. Hilton nights have begun to post into accounts as of Jan. 11, 2022. 


It’s one of my least favorite times of the year: Seeing my status levels reset to zero come January every year. It’s a reminder that the hamster wheel of status chasing never really ends.

But there are some bright spots. Rollover credits, miles or free credit card nights courtesy of some of our favorite programs like World of Hyatt and Hilton are here.

In fact, some of us at TPG and some readers have seen rollovers and credits — including Delta SkyMiles MQMs, Marriott Bonvoy, Hilton and Hyatt stay credits — hitting our accounts.

Consider this your annual reminder to check your accounts and make a plan.

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Delta SkyMiles

Scott Mayerowitz Delta Diamond 2021. (Screenshot courtesy Delta Air Lines)
Scott Mayerowitz Delta Diamond 2021. (Screenshot courtesy Delta Air Lines)

TPG’s Scott Mayerowitz flagged that his MQMs (Medallion® Qualification Miles) had already rolled over as of Jan. 2.

When I checked my account, I was thrilled to see that my MQMs had also already posted. And it’s not just MQMs above and beyond your earned status … it’s all of them going all the way back to 2020!

Clint Henderson Delta Platinum 2021. (Screenshot courtesy Delta Air Lines)
Clint Henderson Delta Platinum 2021. (Screenshot courtesy Delta Air Lines)

Rollovers were already one of our favorite perks of Delta Medallion status.

During the pandemic, Delta became even more generous. As you likely know, each year you have to fly a certain number of miles (MQM) or segments (MQS), and spend a certain amount of money (MQD) to reach each status tier.

Related: Everything you need to know about 2022 status rollovers

In a normal year, any extra MQMs earned beyond a specific status level would roll over to the next year. But since 2020, Delta has been rolling over all your MQMs. That’s right, all Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) from 2020 were rolled over to 2021 and all those were added to your MQMs from 2021 and are being rolled over to 2022 to qualify for 2023 Medallion Status.

So if you earned 246,153 MQMs combined in 2020 and 2021 as Scott did, you will see all those MQMs posting to your account. Scott had 101,081 MQMs in 2020 and 145,072 in 2021, which is how he got to more than 246,000 already this year.

Related: Delta extends elite status again

In my case, I earned 82,645 in 2020 and another 51,905 in 2021, which is how I ended up with more than 134,000 MQMs for 2022.

I still need to satisfy the spend requirement during 2022 to get Diamond status ($9,000), but I’m already done with the MQM requirement.

If I simply want to keep my current Platinum status, I can either spend $6,000 or I can get a spend waiver by spending $25,000 on my Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card.

If you spend $25,000 in a calendar year on the card, Delta Air Lines waives the Medallion® Qualification Dollar (MQD) requirement for status at the Gold, Silver and Platinum levels. (To get the waiver for Delta Diamond status, you’d have to put $250,000 in spend in a calendar year on the card!)

It’s not just the Delta Reserve card that comes with that perk. If you spend $25,000 in a calendar year on the Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card ($250 annual fee; see rates and fees), you can also get the spend waiver for Silver, Gold or Platinum status.

Related: Why I’m keeping my Delta Reserve card

Delta had already said all current elites will see their status extended through Jan. 31, 2023, so don’t worry if you still don’t have any MQMs.

Marriott Bonvoy

Scott Mayerowitz Marriott Bonvoy 2021. (Screenshot courtesy Marriott)
Scott Mayerowitz Marriott Bonvoy 2021. (Screenshot courtesy Marriott)

More good news comes courtesy of Marriott Bonvoy. Scott’s elite nights just for holding two Marriott credit cards already arrived in his account.

These are bonus nights courtesy of holding a Marriott credit card that automatically awards you 15 elite night credits per year, per type of card.

In Scott’s case, he has a personal and a business Marriott card. If you have more than one Marriott personal card, you can only get 15 nights. But if you open a business card and a personal card, you can get up to 30.

Related: Getting 30 Marriott elite night credits via cards

This can provide a large boost toward Bonvoy elite status qualification, essentially lowering the requirements for Platinum status to just 35 actual nights, or in Scott’s case, just 20 actual nights.

Director of content for news and features at TPG, Andrea Rotondo also got her credit card nights posted. Talk about fast-tracked to status!

Marriott Bonvoy qualifying elite nights chart
Screenshot courtesy of Marriott Bonvoy

Related: Marriott Bonvoy makes it easier to earn elite status and redeem points in 2021

You’ll find this 15 elite night benefit as a perk of the following cards:

The information for the Ritz-Carlton Credit Card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Related: Maximizing redemptions with the Marriott Bonvoy program

World of Hyatt

Hyatt Regency Maui. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
Hyatt Regency Maui. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

Qualifying nights courtesy of World of Hyatt are also now posting. A survey of TPG employees and folks in the TPG Lounge Facebook Group suggests many folks are getting them on Monday, Jan. 3. My colleague Victoria Walker was the first to notice the nights hit her account this morning. I got mine around 4 p.m.

Victoria Walker Hyatt credit card qualifying night credits. (Screenshot courtesy World of Hyatt)
Victoria Walker Hyatt credit card qualifying night credits. (Screenshot courtesy World of Hyatt)

 

Clint Henderson Hyatt credit card qualifying night credits. (Screenshot courtesy World of Hyatt)
Clint Henderson Hyatt credit card qualifying night credits. (Screenshot courtesy World of Hyatt)

You get five night credits in World of Hyatt just for holding the World of Hyatt Credit Card.

Back in October, Hyatt announced a new business card called the World of Hyatt Business Credit Card that sadly, does not get you five elite-qualifying nights in World of Hyatt.

So no matter how many Hyatt cards you have, you’ll only get five night credits. Still, we’ll take it. And keep in mind, you can earn two additional tier-qualifying nights for every $5,000 you spend on the personal card and five additional nights for every $10,000 you spend on the business card.

It gets you at least a little of the way toward the 60 nights you’ll need in 2022 for status next year. So far, Hyatt hasn’t reduced the qualification requirements for 2023 the way the company did last year.

Hilton Honors

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Oahu, Hawaii March 2021. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Oahu, Hawaii March 2021. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

All elite nights earned in 2021 will automatically count toward 2022 status qualifications. As of Jan. 11, we’re finally seeing rollover nights post to Hilton accounts.

(Screenshot courtesy of Hilton)

As a reminder, Hilton Honors reduced elite requirements again this year:

  • Silver status after seven nights, three stays or 17,500 base points
  • Gold status after 28 nights, 14 stays or 52,500 base points
  • Diamond status after 42 nights, 21 stays or 84,000 base points

Related: Hilton slashes elite requirements again for 2022

You can have Hilton status just by having the right credit card. In fact, I got top-tier Diamond status just by opening the Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card.

The information for the Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

The Aspire with Hilton Diamond status for as long as you have the card. While the card has a large annual fee of $450 (see rates and fees), there are other valuable inclusions like an up to $250 annual Hilton resort credit, up to $250 yearly airline credit and a free weekend night when you open the account and each year on your card anniversary.

Related: Top-tier Hilton status just by opening a credit card

Featured image of Waldorf Astoria Cancun courtesy of Hilton.

For rates and fees of the Delta SkyMiles Platinum Amex Card, click here
For rates and fees of the Amex Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant, click here
For rates and fees of the Amex Marriott Bonvoy Business, click here
For rates and fees of the Amex Hilton Honors Aspire card, click here

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card

Earn 90,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Offer ends 8/3/2022.

With Status Boost™, earn 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, up to two times per year getting you closer to Medallion Status. Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels, 2X Miles at restaurants and at U.S. supermarkets and earn 1X Mile on all other eligible purchases. Terms Apply.

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More Things to Know
  • Limited Time Offer: Earn 90,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Offer ends 8/3/2022.
  • Earn up to 20,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) with Status Boost® per year. After you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, you can earn 10,000 MQMs up to two times per year, getting you closer to Medallion® Status. MQMs are used to determine Medallion® Status and are different than miles you earn toward flights.
  • Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels.
  • Earn 2X Miles at restaurants worldwide including takeout and delivery in the U.S., and at U.S. supermarkets.
  • Earn 1X Miles on all other eligible purchases.
  • Receive a Domestic Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate each year upon renewal of your Card. Payment of the government imposed taxes and fees of no more than $80 for roundtrip domestic flights (for itineraries with up to four flight segments) is required. Baggage charges and other restrictions apply. See terms and conditions for details.
  • Enjoy your first checked bag free on Delta flights.
  • Fee Credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck® after you apply through any Authorized Enrollment Provider. If approved for Global Entry, at no additional charge, you will receive access to TSA PreCheck.
  • Enjoy an exclusive rate of $39 per person per visit to enter the Delta Sky Club® for you and up to two guests when traveling on a Delta flight.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • $250 Annual Fee.
  • Terms Apply.
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