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:
- 30 stays in a calendar year
- 60 nights in a calendar year
- 120,000 HHonors Base Points in a calendar year
- $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.