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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.
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.
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?