Hilton HHonors Introduces Lifetime Diamond Status


hilton-hhonors-diamondTop 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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Seth Miller

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6 Comments

  1. Well that’s one lifetime hotel status I won’t have anytime soon. That’s far more difficult to achieve than the lifetime status I have with Marriott and Starwood, even though I’ve got the 10 years of Diamond.

    1. I cannot imagine ever getting there, either. Though my run as a full-time traveling consultant was much shorter than yours.

      And, quite frankly, I’m not sure it is worth the pain to get there.

  2. Received notice this morning that card was being sent, though probably qualified years ago as I average 250+ days a year in a hotel room (split between M and HH). Received Marriott Lifetime Platinum the year they first came out. No big whoop, though the front desk peeps are particularly nice and very polite. Certainly took HH long enough…doubt they will distinguish between spend-based Diamond and Lifetime 😉

    1. I would expect that on-property treatment will be identical. I was just a bit surprised that only nights count for qualification. Then again, the others (both hotel and airline) are all like that so I probably should not have been surprised.

  3. Is there any place on their website to see the cumulative nights? I don’t see it, and can’t be bothered to call.

    For the most part Diamond isn’t all that much better than Gold

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