Hilton HHonors Makes It Easier To Qualify For Lifetime Diamond Status

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In early 2015, Hilton HHonors introduced lifetime Diamond status. Prior to that they didn’t offer any sort of lifetime Diamond status opportunity, which seemed a bit odd, given that Hilton is one of the hotel groups that makes it easiest to earn top tier status (you can earn it by spending $40,000 per year on the Citi® Hilton HHonors Reserve Card, for example).

When Hilton first introduced lifetime Diamond, the requirements for earning it were 10 years of Diamond status plus 1,000 paid nights.

Well, Hilton is making some positive changes to HHonors lifetime Diamond status qualification as of January 2017.

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Diamond members receive complimentary breakfast at most hotels

So what’s changing?

  • The 1,000 nights needed to earn lifetime Diamond can be any sort of qualifying nights, and not just paid nights — in other words, reward stays now count towards that total as well
  • In lieu of 1,000 nights you can now qualify based on two million base points earned since joining the HHonors program (you typically earn 10 base points per dollar spent, meaning that equates to $200,000 of spend — in other words, if your average nightly spend is over $200 per night, this is an easier way to qualify); if you qualify using this method, you still need to be a Diamond member for 10 years

This coming February an email notification will go out to members who have qualified for lifetime Diamond as of December 31, 2016. In the meantime you can call the Diamond desk to see if you’d qualify under the new requirements.

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The beautiful Conrad Koh Samui

This is definitely a positive improvement. As a point of comparison, here’s how lifetime top tier status works at the other major hotel chains:

  • Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond: $200,000 of spend (one million base points at five points per dollar)
  • Marriott Rewards Platinum: 750 nights plus 2 million points
  • SPG Platinum: 500 nights plus 10 years as Platinum

Will these changes in qualification criteria help anyone earn HHonors Diamond status?

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Comments

  1. Is this an either or qualification or do you still need 1000 nights plus being diamond for 10 years? And does Hilton have a way of tracking lifetime status qualification?

    I am wondering as often you can qualify for lifetime status with many companies without ever holding top status, I.e you can qualify for UA Million Miler status (lifetime gold) buy flying 40k miles a year for 25 years and never being gold.

  2. Except for two or three years, I have been a Diamond member going back to the introduction of the AMX Hilton Optima Card (at least 30+ years). Will they count all my nights for the 1,000 nights needed to qualify even if some of those nights were earned when I was Gold?

  3. do CC points count towards base points? recall, in old days, AA lifetime status allowed for credit card miles.

  4. Anytime I see a post by Lucky regarding Hilton, I know there’s a good chance of a picture for the Conrad Koh Samui (as I’ve been there twice)… Oh if Hilton only had more aspirational properties to check off bucket list.

  5. Wow, this is great news. From my calculations, this would get me over the line based on 2,ooo,ooo base points since I joined in 1996. It’s really difficult for Australian residents to get this unless we spend a lot of time travelling in the USA, Asia or Europe. But since I hit the road full-time 4 years ago, I live in Hilton’s when available everywhre I go. Good stuff and thanks for the update.

  6. I just used the online chat option on my Hilton account to see if I could find out my progress towards lifetime Diamond. The agent told me my status to Diamond for next year, which was wrong, then told me the criteria for Lifetime Diamond, and then told me again my progress towards Diamond for next year, but at least got it right that time. So, after 3 tries I gave up and ended the chat. Totally ridiculous.

  7. This is great news for me. Joined Hhonors in the late 90’s and have been a Diamond since approx. 2000. When I enquired a few years ago I discovered that reward stays did not count, which was not good. I also discovered that points +cash stays did not count as well – this was a real downer as that is one of the better ways to use points when you are not saving for a special event.

    Just spent 760,000 points for 10 nights in the Maldives Conrad Rangali Island (our 4th or 5th visit since when it was a Hilton) so it is great to know that 30 or more nights will be added to our total. (This is definitely an aspirational destination as well as the Conrad Bali and Conrad Hong Kong)

    I ‘may’ become a DFL before I am 90 yet 😉

    However – given how poorly the HHonors program records points and stays I have faith whatsoever that my proper number of stays or expenditure will have been properly recorded. I have been fighting since April to get the correct number of nights, stays and points recorded for two three night stays at the Conrad Bali this April! Still not correct but closer today than before.

  8. Whoops – that is “NO FAITH WHATSOEVER” that HHonors will be able to properly calculate the total number of stays, nights, points and expenditures for the last 20 odd years!

  9. After my disastrous online chat experience I called HHonors to get my progress. The Diamond agent had no idea the program had changed, I had to tell her about the new rules. She was able to tell me how many years I’ve been Diamond and how many stays I have, but not how many points. She filled out a ticket and said someone would probably have to go back and add it up manually, if they even had the info because she couldn’t even access all of my point activity since I joined in 2005. Doesn’t give me much hope that they will be able to determine how many base points anyone has, but we’ll see what happens.

  10. I received my email letting me know I made lifetime diamond this year and it is due to the change! I have 12 years diamond status with only 986 paid nights, but including reward nights put me well over the required 1000 nights. Thanks Hhonors!

  11. Well after 33 years field service,17 of those in the USA staying with Hilton or Hampton, I was told last week I’m diamond for life, nice but it also means that I have had no work life balance. Never mind I’m also retiring in July so at least I’ll have something to take with me into retirement a lifetime of Hilton upgrades. Cool

  12. I believe I qualify in both ways but my inquiry only got me a response of what the criteria is to qualify. I then replied that I believe I qualify in both ways. They say they have opened a case but have heard nothing. Odd… my last stay which got me over the nights sent me a congrats package on reaching DFL.

  13. Hi
    How does Hilton qualify a year counted towards Diamond lifetime status?
    For example I gained diamond in Oct 09.
    So does that year count as a Diamond Lifetime year ?
    Or will I only get 3 months diamond of that year?

    Will I then also receive the 12 months in 2010 towards DLT?
    The reason why is one department told us they count months which seems ridiculous.
    But we cannot find any such detail on Hilton website.
    Please let us know.
    Thanks

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