Top tier elite status for life is now a real thing for Hilton HHonors members. The program will offer lifetime Diamond status to members who have accrued 1,000 paid nights and also 10 years of Diamond status through normal qualification means.
Lifetime Diamond Status will be awarded to select HHonors members, who as of December 31st, 2014 have earned Diamond Status for at least 10 years (non-consecutive) and who have completed stays totaling at least 1,000 paid nights pursuant to the standard HHonors Terms & Conditions. Once earned, standard HHonors Terms & Conditions apply. Lifetime Diamond Status is granted at the discretion of HHonors Worldwide, LLC and may be ended, or amended with or without notice or compensation, at HHonors’ sole discretion
Of course, that caveat that “lifetime” just means however long they choose to honor it is there, just like United has and which was the subject of lawsuits. Also, 1,000 nights is a LOT of time to get to lifetime status. Especially when annual qualification for status via base points earning seems to be rather easier for many people. Compared to SPG lifetime status which offers Gold at 250 nights/5 years or Platinum at 500 nights/10 years and HHonors Diamond is definitely a challenging target to hit.
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