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In a surprise move, it has been reported that Hilton Honors has temporarily removed the complimentary breakfast perk for elite members. It does seem like the general consensus is that the travel industry is scaling back on some of the fringe travel benefits we have all come to love over the years. Learn more about the recent changes to the complimentary Hilton Honors elite breakfast in this basic breakdown.
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Refresher on Hilton Honors Elite Breakfast Perk
If you didn’t know, the Hilton Honors elite breakfast perk has been one of my favorite strategies for saving money while traveling. Both Gold and Diamond members were provided a complimentary breakfast. This perk is especially valuable when traveling in expensive markets where breakfast can cost upwards of $30 per person.
What has changed?
Starting in July 2021, the Hilton Honors elite breakfast perk will be replaced with a food & beverage credit. This temporary change will last through the remainder of 2021.
New Food & Beverage Credits
It has been reported that the new breakfast credits will vary depending on the specific hotel within the Hilton portfolio. Here is the unofficial new Hilton Food & Beverage credit breakdown:
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- $25 for luxury brands, including Waldorf Astoria, Conrad, and LXR
- $12 for full-service brands ($15 for full-service brands in high-cost markets)
- $12 for lifestyle brands ($15 for lifestyle brands in high-cost markets)
- $10 for Hilton Garden Inn properties
Are the new credits per room or per person?
The Hilton food and beverage credits will be good for up to two registered guests per room.
US Hilton Properties Only
This new change to remove the Hilton Honors elite complimentary breakfast only applies to US based Hilton hotels. At this point in time, international Hilton Hotels will continue to provide the breakfast perk to Hilton Gold & Diamond members.
I definitely have come to love the free breakfast perk over the years, especially when I’m in full budget (basic) travel mode. It will be interesting to see how the food and beverage credits play out. Sometimes when we are traveling early morning excursions force us to miss the breakfast so in those situations the credits would be win for me. Finally, I’m glad to see that the benefit will remain for international hotels since I have a tentative trip to the Maldives planned for July 2021 where breakfast costs $35 per person before taxes!
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