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Hilton's new U.S. Hotels Daily Food & Beverage Credit for Elite members thru 2021

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The most commonly posed question about the new food/beverage benefit, which is now extended through the end of 2022, is how it works for multi-night stays. Here's what we do & don't know:
  • The credit does not accumulate over the duration of your stay. For instance, if you stay for 2 nights at a $15/night property, you cannot use the benefit toward a single $30 purchase at one time.
  • Thus, the credit for a given day may only be used on that day. It expires afterward.
  • Unfortunately, Hilton has offered no clear explanation of what qualifies as a "day." (FAQ 24 purports to give an answer, but makes no sense.)
    • Some properties reportedly apply a "calendar day" rule. For a stay arriving Monday and departing Wednesday (two nights, ergo two credits), this means the credit is available only on Monday (first credit) and Tuesday (second credit), with no option for breakfast use on Wednesday.
    • Other properties don't use midnight as the cutoff, but instead allow use of a day's credit until the bar/restaurant closes, even if that occurs early the next calendar day (say, 1am). This interpretation also precludes use for breakfast on the day of departure.
      • Neither of these approaches makes logical sense, given that on a one-night stay the credit may be used either on day of arrival or day of departure, per FAQ 8.
    • A few properties reportedly use the standard checkin or checkout time as the dividing line: guest arriving Monday has until noon or 3pm Tuesday to use the first day's credit (or whatever the checkin/checkout times for that property are).


Official Hilton benefit statement (updated for 2022) with FAQ at end:

Through 2022, we’ll be offering Gold and Diamond members a Daily Food & Beverage Credit at our luxury, full-service, lifestyle and Hilton Garden Inn hotel brands in the U.S. This credit is offered as part of the Hilton Honors MyWay benefits, in place of the prior complimentary continental breakfast.

Starting February 1, 2022, we are also increasing the credit amounts across our full-service and lifestyle brands from $12 to $15 per night, and $15 to $18 per night in select markets.

Traveling with a friend or loved one? You and up to one additional guest registered to the same room will each receive the daily credit. The credit applies to the one guest room in which the Elite member is staying and will be provided for each night of your stay.


You can use the credit towards eligible food and beverage purchases that are charged to your room—any time of day—at designated outlets throughout the property. Refreshing beverages? Check. Appetizer or desert with dinner? Check, check. Breakfast at the restaurant? Sure. Breakfast to go? No problem.

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 through your Hilton Honors account online or through the Hilton Honors app to select your preferences before your next stay.

The credit will be applied automatically to your bill for any eligible purchases charged to your room prior to checkout.


Frequently Asked Questions

1. What hotels offer the Hilton Honors complimentary Daily F&B Credit?

The Hilton Honors complimentary Daily F&B Credit is 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 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 was the Hilton Honors Daily F&B Credit launched?

The Hilton Honors Daily F&B Credit became 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 in July 2021.

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

The Hilton Honors complimentary Daily F&B Credit is provided to all Gold and Diamond members that select the F&B Credit as their MyWay benefit. The credit is 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 are the Hilton Honors Daily F&B Credit values for each Brand Category?

Hilton Honors Gold and Diamond members that select the complimentary Daily F&B Credit as their MyWay benefit will receive a $10 F&B Credit per night when staying at Hilton Garden Inn, a $15 F&B Credit per night at full-service and lifestyle properties, and a $25 F&B Credit per night at luxury properties.

A $18 F&B Credit per night will be provided at full-service and lifestyle properties located in the cities of Boston, Chicago, District of Columbia, Key West, Key Largo, 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 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 complimentary 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 or notification through the Hilton Honors app of the complimentary Daily F&B Credit. Members can then log in 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 complimentary Daily F&B Credit or Hilton Honors Bonus Points.

Upon hotel check-in, the member’s status will be confirmed, and they will be informed by the front desk staff and/or the Hilton Honors app 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 does not accrue or rollover from one day to the next if unused.

The daily credit amount may be used in full on the day of check-in or check-out, or on various eligible items throughout these days until the maximum daily amount is reached.

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 complimentary Daily F&B Credit for the member and one for the additional guest registered to the same room each night of their stay, consistent with the previous complimentary Continental Breakfast benefit. For a one-night hotel stay, a Hilton Honors member would receive one complimentary Daily F&B Credit; the member may use the credit on the day of arrival or day of departure. The credit may be used in full/entirety on day of check-in or check-out, or on various eligible items each day until the maximum daily amount or total stay maximum is reached.

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

The Hilton Honors complimentary 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. Do members receive the Hilton Honors Daily F&B Credit on day-rate reservations, such as WorkSpaces by Hilton?

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

13. Do members who book 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 Diamond and Gold 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 complimentary Daily F&B Credit allowances.

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

The complimentary 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), per night.

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

The Hilton Honors complimentary 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 amount.

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 provide guests with more dining-related flexibility, so the 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 complimentary Daily F&B Credit.

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

Yes, Hilton Honors Gold and Diamond members that select the complimentary Daily 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. Do members receive the Hilton Honors Daily F&B Credit at all-inclusive properties?

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

22. 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.

23. 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 or during arrival in order to receive the complimentary Daily F&B Credit.

24. When does the credit expire each day?

The credit does not “expire” until the member checks out, however, the daily amount re-sets each day to the maximum daily credit value. Members can use up to the total daily maximum and are responsible for anything beyond that amount.

Since the member gets a new credit each day (for the number of nights of their stay), the only day they can use any leftover credit is the morning of check-out.

25. How will the F&B Credit work between January 1-February 1, 2022?

Stays that take place between January 1-February 1, 2022 will receive the complimentary Daily F&B Credit amounts announced in 2021. The increased credit amounts for Hilton’s lifestyle and full-service brands will go into effect on February 1, 2022 and beyond.

26. How will the complimentary Daily F&B Credit appear on my hotel bill/folio?

The total eligible Daily F&B Credit amount used and billed to the room during a member’s stay will be automatically applied and appear as one line item per day on a member’s hotel bill/folio, deducted from the total stay cost at the end of their stay.

27. How will the Hilton Honors Daily F&B Credit be handled at hotels with Executive Lounges?

At hotels that have an Executive Lounge that offers complimentary breakfast, Diamond members and Gold members upgraded to Executive Lounge access will not receive the Daily F&B Credit. These hotels will provide the Daily F&B Credit to Gold members not upgraded to Executive Lounge access.

28. Is the Daily F&B Credit now a permanent benefit?

In addition to increasing credit amounts across the lifestyle and full-service brands, Hilton Honors is extending the complimentary Daily Food & Beverage Credit into 2022 and will continue to evaluate this benefit to make the best decisions for our members going forward.
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Old May 20, 21, 10:09 am
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Hilton's new U.S. Hotels Daily Food & Beverage Credit for Elite members thru 2021

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Hilton Honors dropped a pretty big announcement on Thursday: Starting in July 2021 and continuing through the end of the year Hilton Gold and Diamond members will not receive complimentary continental breakfast at U.S. Hilton hotels.
Terrible news!!!

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Old May 20, 21, 10:16 am
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That sucks, but on my last four Hilton stays, the breakfast situation was:

- Hilton property- no F&B ops so nothing offered for breakfast
- HGI- no F&B ops so nothing offered for breakfast
- Tapestry- no F&B ops in the morning, so nothing offered for breakfast
- Tapestry- literally a coffee, a juice and a muffin

So it's a true downgrade for those properties that are still offering real breakfast, but at the same time an upgrade for those properties that aren't offering anything for breakfast. Although $15 per room seems pretty stingy, $30 per room would be more reasonable as it would actually cover something for two people.
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That sucks, but on my last three Hilton stays, the breakfast situation was:

- Hilton property- no F&B ops so nothing offered for breakfast
- Tapestry- no F&B ops in the morning, so nothing offered for breakfast
- Tapestry- literally a coffee, a juice and a muffin

So it's a true downgrade for those properties that are still offering real breakfast, but at the same time an upgrade for those properties that aren't offering anything for breakfast. Although $15 per room seems pretty stingy, $30 per room would be more reasonable as it would actually cover something for two people.
$15 doesn't get you very far in New York. I feel bad for all the Diamonds and lifetime Diamonds out there. I guess this is Hilton's definition of loyalty during the pandemic!

I just got an email from Hilton signed by Chris Nassetta.

Food & Beverage Credit for Gold & Diamond Members. You asked for flexibility, and we’ve got it. Whether you look forward to breakfast or would rather skip it in favor of a refreshing beverage and afternoon snack, the choice is yours. In early July, we’ll begin offering a daily Food & Beverage Credit that will continue through the end of 2021. You can use this credit at the hotel brands where you currently receive a complimentary continental breakfast as your elite benefit of your membership. You’ll now be able to dine when and how you want. We will share more details in the coming weeks.

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That will end my focus on Hilton properties for sure, what a joke.
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That'll be the cue for hotels to make every possible breakfast cost at least $20.
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Well, this makes out decision to stay at Hyatt for our weeklong trip in August the best decision ever. I'll be honest, being a lowly Marriot Gold has yielded us better results than Hilton Diamond. Perhaps this will gear us to start staying at Hyatt/Marriot exclusively. I am glad they announced this now because I was considering doing the buy points 320,000 bonus they have and getting free breakfast is always a consideration when booking but darn, they really don't like their customers.
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I would love this if it was an actual MyWay either/or benefit as sometimes I won't want (or have time for) breakfast. But replacing it with a $15pp credit when I can't recall the last time my 'free' elite breakfast would have been $15 or less on the menu is ridiculous.

EDIT: Looks like TPG updated their story. It no longer references $15 anywhere except the URL and has this note:
Is the food and beverage credit applicable for one room per stay or multiple? The exact daily food & beverage credit amounts will range depending on the brand and location. The credit is availableper room. Hilton will announce more details in the coming weeks.
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That basically means that if there is a Embassy Suites & Homewood Suites near a Doubletree, HGI or Hilton I am now going to be picking the prior not the later.
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Originally Posted by dw View Post
So it's a true downgrade for those properties that are still offering real breakfast, but at the same time an upgrade for those properties that aren't offering anything for breakfast. Although $15 per room seems pretty stingy, $30 per room would be more reasonable as it would actually cover something for two people.
Agreed. Of my 4 domestic Hilton stays this year, two provided nothing complimentary (DT Newark Penn Station and Hilton Gaslamp), one provided a crappy cold grab and go (Tru San Antonio), and only one Doubletree Spokane provided a hot breakfast to go. I look forward to seeing how many properties begin selling a $15 Bud Light or $15 drip coffee as the only available F&B options.
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Pre-pandemic, I went out of my way to stay at HGI (or DT) for hot made to order breakfast. So long as the credit can cover what I would normally get, I would be fine with it. At many Hiltons I've been to, breakfast was offered at the lounge as opposed to an on-site restaurant, so this could be a moot point for me.
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also no crappy breakfast at Hampton Inn or Home2 Suits starting in July?
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Originally Posted by BuonaDomenica View Post
also no crappy breakfast at Hampton Inn or Home2 Suits starting in July?
The original post, and the blog post it referenced, seem to have overstated the Hilton announcement. The official announcement does not say they are eliminating breakfast. It does say that they will be providing a F&B credit (no amount is listed in the official announcement) that guests can choose in lieu of the elite status breakfast benefit. This announcement does not say that they are ending breakfast at those hotels like ES and HI that provide it to all guests. If that is happening then we need to wait for another announcement but that is not happening due to this announcement.
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also no crappy breakfast at Hampton Inn or Home2 Suits starting in July?
As breakfast is standard offering for EVERYONE at some hotels, Hampton and Embassy Suites, for example, this announcement doesn't indicate that is going away.

But overall, a very disappointing announcement.
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Originally Posted by jerry a. laska View Post
The original post, and the blog post it referenced, seem to have overstated the Hilton announcement. The official announcement does not say they are eliminating breakfast. It does say that they will be providing a F&B credit (no amount is listed in the official announcement) that guests can choose in lieu of the elite status breakfast benefit. This announcement does not say that they are ending breakfast at those hotels like ES and HI that provide it to all guests. If that is happening then we need to wait for another announcement but that is not happening due to this announcement.
If you look at the timing of his post, it was made well after I edited the OP for clarity's sake.
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If you look at the timing of his post, it was made well after I edited the OP for clarity's sake.
I acknowledged that your OP relied upon a blog post. The fact remains that the blog post and your post both overstated the official announcement. TPG seems to have recognized this and has been walking back his announcement.
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