Different hotel loyalty programs have different policies as to how many points, elite qualifying stays, and elite qualifying nights you can earn if booking multiple rooms. In other words, if you often travel with family and book two rooms, can you receive elite credits and points for each of the rooms?
The rules vary by program, so in this post I figured I’d look at the policies of the major hotel loyalty programs, as they impact earning points and elite qualifying credit for multiple rooms (in the title of each section I’ve added a link to the terms & conditions):
Club Carlson lets you earn points for up to three rooms booked on the same reservation. However, you don’t earn elite qualifying nights for multiple rooms.
Hilton HHonors lets you earn base points for up to two rooms, assuming all eligible charges for both rooms are paid on one folio. However, you only earn elite qualifying stay and night credits for one room.
Hyatt Gold Passport lets you earn points for up to three rooms, assuming the member pays for all three rooms. However, you only earn elite qualifying night credits for one room.
IHG Rewards Club lets you earn points for up to nine rooms at properties in the U.S. and Canada. However, you only earn elite qualifying night credits for one room.
Marriott Rewards and Ritz-Carlton Rewards let you earn points for up to three rooms, assuming the member pays for all three rooms.
Starwood Preferred Guest lets you earn Starpoints for up to three rooms. On top of that, you can earn elite qualifying stays and nights for up to three rooms. In other words, if you make a four night reservation for three rooms at the same hotel, you’d earn three elite qualifying stays and 12 elite qualifying nights.
Basic things to be aware of across the board
This should go without saying, but across all programs:
- The member has to be staying in one of the rooms in order to qualify
- Only eligible stays qualify, the definition of which varies by program (for example, with Hyatt free night awards don’t count towards status, while with Starwood, they do)
- The stays have to be at the same hotel (in other words, you can’t generally earn points for stays at different hotels on the same night)
What about getting elite benefits for multiple rooms?
Technically you only receive elite benefits for one room, meaning the room being occupied by the elite member.
The one exception is when using Hyatt’s “Guest of Honor” benefit. With this, Hyatt Diamond members can redeem points for someone else, and that guest will receive Diamond benefits for the stay. However, this doesn’t work for cash or Points + Cash stays, and also there’s no need for them to stay with you. You can use the “Guest of Honor” benefit to book a stay for someone else even when you’re not traveling with them.
Aside from that, it very much comes down to the individual hotel. On paper hotels don’t need to honor elite benefits for multiple rooms, though in practice they often do. For example:
- During a recent Points + Cash stay at the Park Hyatt Vienna, the hotel upgraded the second room to a suite, and offered complimentary breakfast
- During a recent stay at the Le Meridien Munich, the hotel extended the SPG Platinum welcome amenity to both rooms, meaning we could receive breakfast for both rooms
So expect not to get elite benefits for multiple rooms (with the exception of Hyatt’s “Guest of Honor” perk), though don’t be surprised if you do.
The policies for how hotels handle multiple rooms greatly impacts how I book hotels. For example, the ability to earn elite stay and night credits for multiple rooms with Starwood really helps me with requalifying for Starwood 100-night Ambassador service, and means that I try to stay at Starwood properties when traveling with friends and family.
At the same time, if a stay is really important to me and I want to be sure I get elite benefits for all rooms, Hyatt’s “Guest of Honor” program is tough to beat.
What has been your experience with earning points and receiving elite benefits for multiple rooms? Do the various policies impact which hotel chain you stay at?