There's some Hilton Honors news you may have been waiting for if you're concerned about the fate of your earned nights amid COVID-19. Hilton announced on Tuesday that all nights earned between Jan. 1 of 2020 and Dec. 31 of 2020 will roll over into 2021. That means that members with Silver, Gold or Diamond statuses who make stays in 2020 can keep what they've earned for 2021.

The winners here are travelers who qualify for elite status based on nights stayed instead of gaining status through qualifying credit cards. However, it's likely that Hilton feels confident about being less generous with rolling over points precisely because the hotel chain knows that so many elite Hilton Honors members obtain status through credit cards. Of course, that means that people who have paid annual fees ranging from $95 to $450 for qualifying cards in 2020 may be left feeling a bit bitter. The good news is that anyone with a credit card that provides elite status who has banked some nights could potentially drop a card without giving up elite status.

Hilton Honors is allowing elite members to roll over their elite qualifying nights for 2021 even if they have their statuses downgraded in 2020. It's also important to note that only nights instead of stays can be rolled over. Lastly, you don't have to take any action to have your nights from 2020 roll over for 2021. This is something that Hilton Honors will automatically be applying to every elite account. Of course, it won't hurt to keep an eye on your account to make sure the update takes effect!

Scott Dylan is a contributing writer at GET.com and has been to (almost) every country in North, Central and South America with nothing more than a backpack, a laptop and the desire to explore. He speaks Spanish fluently and has logged enough time in planes, trains, rideshares, buses, taxis and rickshaws to know how to rack up rewards and points to get anywhere his heart desires for pennies on the dollar. Email: scott.dylan@get.com.