In 2019, Hilton and Marriott announced that they would be extending elite status for any member who earned it in 2019, through February 2021; effectively erasing the year marked by the pandemic. That meant that when you resumed your travels, you would enjoy the same benefits you did before, and be encouraged to continue staying with the brand.
Now, that offer has been extended through February 2023 for Marriott and March 2023 for Hilton! That means that if you were an elite member in 2019, you haven’t had to stay an additional night before 2023 and to retain that elite status. No action is required on your part to take advantage of this promotion.
If you carry the AMEX Platinum Card, you enjoy continuous Gold elite status with both Hilton and Marriott, but if you have stayed enough nights in addition to that, this promotion should matter to you. What remains to be seen is the impact that this promotion will have on space available perks, such as room upgrades, when so many customers will carry elite status for the next year.