Hilton HHonors Lifetime Diamond Status Revealed

Hilton has made details of their much-anticipated lifetime Diamond status available.

The requirements are:

  • 10 years of Diamond status (does not have to be consecutive)
  • 1000 paid nights

Diamond status is normally achieved for a single year through any one of:

  1. 30 stays in a calendar year
  2. 60 nights in a calendar year
  3. 120,000 HHonors Base Points in a calendar year
  4. $40,000 spend in a year on either the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Card or the American Express Hilton Surpass Card

While you can meet the 10 years’ requirement with spend alone on the premium co-brand credit cards, doing so doesn’t help you meet the 1000 paid night requirement.

Interestingly there’s no lifetime Gold offering. Starwood offers lifetime Gold with 250 nights and 5 years of status, and lifetime Platinum with 500 nights and 10 years of Platinum.

Hilton’s requirement of 1000 nights is a substantial hurdle. It’s not completely out of line with Hyatt’s too-high threshold of 10 years as a member of the program (not 10 years of Diamond) and $200,000 qualifying spend (1,000,000 base points) at hotels.

For such an anticipated offering, I expected something more exciting. But it’s not out of left field either.

(HT: Milepoint)

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  1. What a joke. And keep in mind the 30 stays per year doesn’t have to be paid; award stays count towards status levels so I imagine most folks (like me) aren’t meeting the 30 stay minimum via PAID stays.

  2. I’ve been a Diamond for 9 years, I believe. I know I am nowhere close to 1,000 nights. Maybe in another 15 years. I don’t see this happening.

  3. I’m mystified!! Much harder to receive than SPG….or even Marriott!!! I think Hilton offered to be competitive with the others, but raised the bar so high that the numbers of those to partake are small……

  4. I too am wondering where I stand with Hilton on this. No clue how many years I have as Diamond. One would have thought that the HHonors web site would have a counter that showed how many nights toward the 1000 threshold a customer had.

  5. Hilton has now raised the bar so high that it’s not even worth my staying another night at a Hilton hotel. This is going to drive me out of the Hilton program into the welcome arms of Marriott or Starwood!

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