How to Qualify for Lifetime Hilton HHonors Diamond Status

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This morning I got an email from Hilton about their new Lifetime Diamond Status qualification requirements that I wanted to share in case you are a HHonors family.

Initially, Lifetime Diamond Status will go to a select group of members who met all of the following criteria as of December 31, 2014:

  • Have maintained Diamond Status for at least 10 years (non-consecutive)
  • Completed paid stays totaling at least 1,000 nights

Members that meet Lifetime Diamond Status criteria in the middle of the year will receive Lifetime Diamond Status at the beginning of the following year.  Beginning today, members who have met this criteria by December 31, 2014 will be notified by email and will be mailed an exclusive Hilton HHonors Lifetime Diamond card and a gift.  By the way, if you have Hilton Diamond status read this point from The Points Guy as some members are getting 100,000 point gifts!

Getting Diamond HHonors status isn’t terribly hard since you can do it via actual Hilton stays to the tune of:
(1) 30 stays in a calendar year, or
(2) 60 nights in a calendar year, or
(3) 120,000 HHonors Base Points in a calendar year

…or you can put $40,000 in annual spending on your Hilton HHonors Surpass Amex or the Hilton HHonors Reserve card to earn Diamond status.

Hilton Diamond

However, you can’t earn lifetime status just by using your co-branded Hilton card to earn Diamond status for 10 years, you need to also have at least 1,000 paid nights.  So, this is a benefit that clearly will be relegated to those who really are HHonors road warriors.  You can call HHonors to find out your number of eligible nights if you think you may be close to qualifying for this lifetime perk.

Hilton Lifetime Diamond Compared to Other Lifetime Status Opportunities:

Even though this is a lifetime status that I will certainly never qualify for, and the nights requirement is quite high, I’m glad to see them offer it.  I like the idea of enjoying the perks of elite status long after your road warrior days are behind you.  For comparison sake, Hyatt Diamond lifetime status currently requires 1,000,000 lifetime base points and 10 years in the Hyatt Gold Passport program.  Notably they do not have an eligible nights stayed or years as elite requirement.  You have to call Hyatt to see how many base points you have earned as it is different than lifetime points earned as displayed on the website.  SPG requires 500 eligible nights and 10 years as a Platinum member to earn lifetime Platinum status.  Marriott lifetime Platinum status requires 750 eligible nights and two million eligible points earned.  They also do not have a years or nights requirement.  SPG and Marriott do have lifetime qualifications for lower elite tiers, while Hilton and Hyatt only currently offer lifetime status for top tier status.


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    • Henry, thanks and it is interesting how the different programs handle lifetime status for sure….which of course I’m sure is all subject to change whenever they decide to change their minds. 😉

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