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Hilton’s Daily Credit in Lieu of Elite Breakfasts

Last month, I wrote about the new daily credit replacement for the Hilton Elite (Gold and Diamond) breakfast offering which is going to be instituted in July and run through the end of the year (unless it’s extended, I guess?).

In that post, we were guessing on some details, but those have been fleshed out and confirmed.

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As a refresher, this daily credit replaces the breakfast offering for elites. You can use the credit for breakfast if you’d like, but if you aren’t a breakfast person, you can use it for any other on-site F&B. This is being rolled out in the US only at this time.

Hilton has now confirmed the daily amount by brand and which markets have an additional credit amount for being high-cost markets. This chart covers the amounts by brand.

*Select markets include the cities of Boston, Chicago, District of Columbia, New York City, San Francisco, Key Largo, Key West, the County of Los Angeles and the state of Hawaii.

Some commentary from me, and then I’ll include their FAQ below.

Is This a Good Change or Bad Change?

The answer is really going to be “that depends.”

In April, at the Waldorf Astoria Grand Wailea in Maui, we were given $20 per person and that wasn’t enough to cover breakfast. If the new credit is indeed per person, that extra $10 actually would have pretty much covered things.

However, I can’t think of a full service Hilton where $12 or even $15 pp will cover an entire breakfast.

Now, if you aren’t a breakfast person, this credit is great news! You can use it on lunch or dinner or a snack.

If you obsess over large free breakfast spreads, this won’t be enough to replace that. But some hotels offer better breakfasts than others and with this, you decide.

Now, if lounges begin reopening this year, you could wind up with the best of both worlds as a Diamond member wherein you can have breakfast in the lounge and also have your F&B credit.

So, while initial Internet outcry was that this is awful, it’s really not bad news – although some customers may be disappointed.

Frankly, a lot of the time, I’d rather not feel tethered to my free breakfast and head right out of the hotel, grabbing something cheap at a Starbucks or similar. This gives me more flexibility to use my benefit. However, at some mid-tier and higher hotels, this is likely to be a downgrade to the currently provided breakfast.

That said, it’s frequently only internationally where I’m really wowed by an elite breakfast offering, and international hotels aren’t (yet) affected by this change.

FAQ – Hilton Elite (Breakfast) Credit

The Daily Food & Beverage Credit will be applied automatically to your bill for any eligible purchases charged to your room prior to checkout.

Gold members can choose to receive the Daily Food & Beverage Credit or Bonus Points as part of their Hilton Honors MyWay benefits. Diamond members will receive both the Daily Food & Beverage Credit and 1,000 Bonus Points at all brands listed above except for Hilton Garden Inn, where Diamond members can choose between the credit or 750 Bonus Points. Visit your MyWay profile to select your preferences before your next stay.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What hotels will offer the Hilton Honors Daily Food & Beverage (F&B) Credit?

The Hilton Honors Daily F&B Credit will be available to Gold and Diamond members at all of Hilton’s luxury, full-service and lifestyle properties as well as all Hilton Garden Inn hotels in the United States, replacing the existing MyWay complimentary Continental Breakfast benefit. The brands include Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, LXR Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Signia by Hilton, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Curio Collection by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Motto by Hilton and Hilton Garden Inn.

2. When will the Hilton Honors Daily F&B Credit begin?

The Hilton Honors Daily F&B Credit will be available to Gold and Diamond members at all of Hilton’s luxury, full-service and lifestyle properties as well as all Hilton Garden Inn hotels in the United States beginning in July 2021.

3. What members will receive the Hilton Honors Daily F&B Credit?

The Hilton Honors Daily F&B Credit will be provided to all Gold and Diamond members that select the F&B Credit as their MyWay benefit in place of the existing complimentary Continental Breakfast offered through the MyWay benefit structure. The credit will be provided to the Hilton Honors member and one additional guest registered to the same room for each night of their stay. The credit is per person (up to two people) in one guest room per stay.

Members can check their Hilton Honors status and make changes to their MyWay benefits by logging in to their account online at HiltonHonors.com or Hilton Honors mobile app.

4. What will the Hilton Honors Daily F&B Credit values be for each Brand Category?

Hilton Honors Gold and Diamond members that select the F&B Credit as their MyWay benefit will receive a $10 F&B Credit per night when staying at Hilton Garden Inn, a $12 F&B Credit per night at full-service and lifestyle properties, and a $25 F&B Credit per night at luxury properties. A $15 Daily F&B Credit will be provided at full-service and lifestyle properties located in the cities of Boston, Chicago, District of Columbia, New York City, San Francisco, the County of Los Angeles and the state of Hawaii.

For reference, please find the full list of participating brands below.

  • Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts
  • LXR Hotels & Resorts
  • Conrad Hotels & Resorts
  • Signia by Hilton
  • Hilton Hotels & Resorts
  • Curio Collection by Hilton
  • DoubleTree by Hilton
  • Tapestry Collection by Hilton
  • Canopy by Hilton
  • Motto by Hilton
  • Hilton Garden Inn

5. Does the Daily F&B Credit impact Hilton’s brands that offer all guests complimentary breakfast?

Guests staying at Hilton’s brands that offer complimentary breakfast to all guests will continue to receive this offering. The Hilton Honors Daily F&B Credit does not apply to the following brands: Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton and Home2 Suites by Hilton.

6. How does the Hilton Honors Daily F&B Credit work?

Prior to arrival, members will be notified by email of the new Daily F&B Credit and can login to their Hilton Honors account online or through the Hilton Honors app to select their preferred MyWay benefit for their next stay – the Hilton Honors Daily F&B Credit or Hilton Honors Bonus Points.

Upon hotel check-in, the members status will be confirmed, and they will be informed by the front desk staff and/or the Hilton Honors app (if they choose to use it) about the Daily F&B Credit including which on-property outlets are participating. Each day of their stay, the Hilton Honors member will charge their eligible F&B purchases to their room, and the credit will be automatically applied to their total bill for those F&B purchases charged to their room.

7. Will the Hilton Honors Daily F&B Credit accrue across days?

The Hilton Honors Daily F&B Credit is provided to the member (and up to one additional guest registered to the same room) for each night of their stay and will not accrue to the following day.

8. How does the Hilton Honors Daily F&B Credit work for a 1-night stay? Would a member receive two credits (for check-in and check-out day) or one credit?

Hilton Honors Gold and Diamond members receive one Daily F&B Credit for each night of their stay, consistent with the current complimentary Continental Breakfast benefit. For a one-night hotel stay, a Hilton Honors member would receive one Daily F&B Credit; the member may use the credit on the day of arrival or day of departure.

9. What F&B outlets can the Hilton Honors Daily F&B Credit be utilized?

The Hilton Honors Daily F&B Credit can be utilized at all participating F&B outlets on-property, including the market/grab-and-go and in-room dining/room service, where applicable, plus participating third-party outlets. The Daily F&B Credit cannot be utilized for any non-F&B related spend, such as the room rate, spa or gift shops.

10. Can members use the Hilton Honors Daily F&B Credit on alcoholic beverages?

The Daily F&B Credit may be used to purchase alcoholic beverages, subject to state and local laws.

11. Will members receive the Hilton Honors Daily F&B Credit on day rate reservations, such as WorkSpaces by Hilton?

Like the current elite continental breakfast benefit, the Hilton Honors Daily F&B credit will not apply to day-rate reservations.

12. Will members receive the Hilton Honors Daily F&B Credit on rates/packages that include F&B, such as the Breakfast Included rate?

Yes, members that select the F&B Credit as their MyWay benefit will receive the Hilton Honors Daily F&B credit on Points eligible rates including specific food & beverage packages.

13. Will members booking with a group such as a meeting or conference receive the Daily F&B Credit?

The Hilton Honors Daily F&B Credit benefit is provided to members, based on their MyWay selection, on Points eligible rates and reward nights.

14. Can the Hilton Honors Daily F&B Credit apply to taxes and gratuity?

The Hilton Honors Daily F&B Credit can be applied to taxes and gratuity.

15. How do members add/register a guest to the reservation?

When booking the reservation through preferred Hilton channels, such as online at Hilton.com or the Hilton Honors app, members should ensure they indicate the total number of people staying in the room to receive up to two Hilton Honors Daily F&B Credit allowances.

16. Will the Hilton Honors member receive an additional Daily F&B Credit for double occupancy?

The Daily F&B Credit is intended to cover up to two guests, which includes the Hilton Honors member and one additional guest registered to the same room (on one room per stay).

17. Can the Hilton Honors Daily F&B Credit be utilized across multiple outlets within a day?

The Hilton Honors Daily F&B Credit can be utilized across multiple outlets within one day. It will be automatically applied against all eligible F&B charges made within that timeframe, up to the total daily credit value.

18. If members do not have F&B charges, can they apply the Hilton Honors Daily F&B Credit to the total folio?

The Hilton Honors Daily F&B Credit was created to replace the current complimentary Continental Breakfast benefit to provide guests with more dining-related flexibility, so the F&B Credit can only be applied to eligible F&B charges billed to the member’s room.

19. Some members may utilize the hotel restaurants or bar areas for meetings, dinners, etc. without staying at the hotel. Does the Hilton Honors member have to be staying at the hotel to receive the F&B credit?

Hilton Honors members, even if utilizing hotel facilities such as a restaurant or bar area, must be a registered guest of the hotel to receive the Daily F&B Credit.

20. Will members receive the Hilton Honors Daily F&B Credit on redemption/reward stays?

Yes, Hilton Honors Gold & Diamond members that select the F&B Credit as their MyWay benefit will receive the Daily F&B Credit on hotel reward stays, both reservations booked with all Points or Points & Money.

21. Will members receive the Hilton Honors Daily F&B Credit at All-Inclusive properties?

Like the current elite Continental Breakfast benefit, the Hilton Honors Daily F&B Credit will not be offered at all-inclusive properties.

22. Does this benefit apply to guests checking-in in July onward, regardless of booking date? Or will guests who booked before the announcement continue to receive the continental breakfast benefit?

The Hilton Honors Daily F&B Credit benefit will apply to Gold and Diamond members that select the F&B Credit as their MyWay benefit with reservations that include nights on or after July 1st, regardless of when they booked.

23. If a member selects Points over the Daily F&B Credit on a reservation with a registered guest, do they receive double Points?

The Hilton Honors Bonus Points selection via MyWay Benefits is a one-time bonus per stay, regardless of the number of guests.

24. Can a guest make a change to their MyWay benefit mid-stay to receive the Daily F&B Credit?

No, Hilton Honors members should make their MyWay benefit selections prior to check-in/arrival in order to receive the Daily F&B Credit.

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