Is Hilton Honors Diamond Status Worth It?

Is Hilton Honors Diamond Status Worth It?

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Hilton is one of the largest hotel groups in the world, and Diamond status is the top tier status in the Hilton Honors program. What makes Diamond status unique is that it’s also the easiest top tier status to earn with any US-issued credit cards.

In this post, I wanted to take a closer look at the benefits of Hilton Honors Diamond status, including the easiest ways to earn it. I figure this is especially valuable due to the changes we’ve seen to this status lately.

How to earn Hilton Honors Diamond status

There are several pathways to earning Hilton Honors Diamond status — you can earn it through stays, you can earn it just for having a premium credit card, and you can earn it by putting spending on certain credit cards.

Earning Diamond status with hotel stays

If you want to achieve Hilton Honors Diamond status through hotel stays you ordinarily need to earn any of the following in a calendar year:

  • 60 nights
  • 30 stays (with each check-in and check-out counting as one stay)
  • 120,000 base points (you typically earn 10 base points per dollar at most brands, so that’s like spending $12,000 per year)

However, in 2021, Hilton Honors has reduced elite requirements by 50% across the board, in light of the situation. So you’d only need 30 nights, 15 stays, or 60,000 base points, to earn Diamond status.

Note that both award and revenue stays count towards the night and stay total.

These requirements are in line with other top tier status programs, though fortunately there’s a much easier way to earn Diamond status if you have access to US credit cards.

Earning Diamond status with credit cards

Hilton has a suite of co-branded credit cards that can earn you status.

The easiest way to earn Hilton Honors Diamond status with a credit card is to simply have the Hilton Honors Aspire Card from American Express (review).

The Aspire Card offers Diamond status for as long as you have the card, in addition to a slew of other amazing benefits that more than justify the annual fee. These benefits include an annual free weekend night certificate, a $250 annual Hilton resort credit, a $250 annual airline fee credit, a Priority Pass membership, and more. The Hilton Aspire card carries a $450 annual fee.

Alternatively, you can earn Hilton Honors Diamond status for spending $40,000 in a calendar year on either of the following cards:

If you’re unable to meet the $40,000 calendar year spend requirement, keep in mind that both the Hilton Surpass and Hilton Business card come with Hilton Honors Gold status for as long you are a cardmember.

There are several credit cards that offer Hilton Honors status

Hilton Honors Diamond status benefits

With the requirements to earn status out of the way, what are the benefits of Hilton Honors Diamond status? Here are the benefits, roughly in the order that I value them:

Executive lounge access

For Hilton-family properties with executive lounges, Diamond members receive access. This applies regardless of whether or not there’s availability to upgrade the Diamond member to an executive room.

Executive lounges offer complimentary breakfast, evening snacks, and a place to grab a coffee or drink during the day. You can generally expect that executive lounges outside the United States (in particular in Asia) will be significantly better than domestic ones.

Hilton Diamond members receive executive lounge access

Complimentary continental breakfast or hotel credit

For properties outside of the United States without executive lounges, Honors Diamond members are entitled to complimentary continental breakfast. At a minimum, this is a choice you can select at all properties in eligible regions.

There are a couple of things to note:

  • While the benefit is technically only for continental breakfast, in practice many hotels will offer Diamond members full breakfast
  • Technically this benefit only applies at properties without executive lounges, though there are also hotels that will give Diamond members the option of dining either in the restaurant or in the lounge

For properties in the United States, Honors Diamond members receive a hotel credit in lieu of complimentary breakfast. This benefit has technically been introduced for the remainder of 2021 and is intended to be temporary, but frankly I’d be surprised if this isn’t made permanent.

The amount of the credit ranges from $10-25 per person per night, and depends on the brand and location. For full service and lifestyle brands, high-cost markets include Boston, Chicago, the District of Columbia, New York City, San Francisco, the county of Los Angeles, and the state of Hawaii.

When it comes to breakfast benefits at major hotel chains, I’d say World of Hyatt wins (Globalist members receive a hot breakfast at all properties globally), Hilton Honors is second (Diamond members receive a continental breakfast or hotel credit at all brands), and then Marriott Bonvoy is third (Platinum members receive continental breakfast at some brands, while EDITION, Ritz-Carlton, etc., are excluded).


Hilton Diamond members receive complimentary breakfast outside the United States

Room upgrades

Hilton Honors Diamond members are entitled to room upgrades, though individual hotels have a lot of discretion. As the terms explain, Hilton Honors Diamond members may receive upgrades to preferred rooms, and that may include upgrades to junior, standard, or one-bedroom suites.

All of these upgrades are at the discretion of the hotel, and are granted on a space-available basis for the entire duration of the stay at the time of check-in.

This language is a bit different than what you’ll find with Marriott Bonvoy and World of Hyatt, which promise suite upgrades for top tier elite members subject to availability, rather than at the discretion of the hotel.

As a Hilton Honors Diamond member, I don’t expect (or ask for) suite upgrades, and that way I’m not disappointed. However, I do find that I’m upgraded to suites fairly often. It doesn’t happen much within the US, while I’d say outside the US I get a suite upgrade about 50% of the time.

I get suite upgrades fairly often as a Hilton Diamond member

100% bonus points

Hilton Honors Diamond members receive a 100% points bonus on Hilton Honors stays. Members ordinarily earn 10 base points per dollar spent, so Diamond members earn an additional 10 points per dollar spent.

Hilton Honors also often has global promotions to earn more points, and Hilton’s co-branded credit cards offer an excellent rate of return for Hilton spending.

When you combine all of these factors, racking up Hilton Honors points for hotel stays is quite easy.

Hilton Honors points rack up really quickly as a Diamond member

Hilton MyWay Benefits

Diamond members receive what’s known as a “MyWay” benefit with each stay, which varies by brand:

  • Waldorf Astoria – choose two of the following: 1,000 Honors bonus points, one in-room movie, or a spa, golf or restaurant discount
  • Canopy, Conrad, Curio Collection, DoubleTree, and Hilton – receive 1,000 Honors bonus points
  • Hilton Grand Vacations – receive 2,000 Honors bonus points
  • Embassy Suites – choose one of the following: 1,000 Honors bonus points or three snacks/refreshments
  • Hilton Garden Inn – choose one of the following: 750 Honors bonus points or a hot breakfast for up to two guests
  • Hampton by Hilton – choose one of the following: 250 Honors bonus points or your choice of a snack and non-alcoholic beverage
  • Homewood Suites by Hilton – choose one of the following: 250 Honors bonus points or two bottles of water and a sweet snack
  • Home2 Suites by Hilton – choose one of the following: 100 Honors bonus points or your choice of a snack and bottled water

Receive bonus points at DoubleTree hotels

Premium Wi-Fi

As a Hilton Honors Diamond member, you receive premium lobby and in-room Wi-Fi at Hilton brands. Interestingly Hilton doesn’t offer premium internet to mid-tier elite members, unlike some other programs.

Fifth-night free on awards stays

While this is a perk for all Hilton Honors elite tiers, I still consider it to be extremely valuable. Hilton Honors elite members receive a fifth night free on award redemptions, which can stretch your Hilton Honors points further.

Receive a fifth night free on award redemptions as a Hilton elite member

Late check-out, subject to availability

This is an area where Hilton Honors lags. Technically all Hilton Honors members receive late check-out subject to availability. However, this is entirely at the hotel’s discretion. Unlike at Hyatt and Marriott, Hilton’s top tier members don’t get guaranteed 4PM check-out.

Two bottles of water

Again, this is a benefit of all elite tiers — you receive two complimentary bottles of water per stay.

Guaranteed room availability

Hilton Honors Diamond members can receive guaranteed room availability when booking at least 48 hours in advance. There are a couple of reasons this isn’t particularly valuable to me, though:

  • When taking advantage of this benefit you can expect to pay the highest possible rate, so you’re not going to get a discounted rate with this deal
  • There are limits to this benefit, like when a hotel is overbooked, so don’t expect this to work during major conventions, sporting events, etc.

Receive guaranteed room availability at least 48 hours out

Elite status gifting

Hilton Honors Diamond members can gift elite status to others, but only if they actually earn a certain number of elite nights (in other words, you don’t get this if you earn status through a credit card):

  • If you achieve 60 elite nights, gift Gold status to another member
  • If you achieve 100 elite nights, gift Diamond status to another member

Diamond status extension

Honors Diamond members have a one-time opportunity to extend Diamond status if they didn’t qualify in a particular year. This isn’t available to those who earn Diamond status through a credit card, but rather only applies to those who earn it via nights, stays, or base points.

In order to be eligible you need:

  • At least three total years of Diamond status (they don’t have to be consecutive)
  • At least 250 elite nights or 500,000+ earned base points

Earn lifetime Diamond status

Hilton Honors offers lifetime Diamond status, which has the following requirements:

  • Members must have maintained Hilton Honors Diamond status for 10 years (the years don’t need to be consecutive)
  • Members must have stayed a total of at least 1,000 nights (either paid or award) OR must have accumulated at least two million base points since joining the Hilton Honors program

What are the differences between Hilton Diamond & Gold status?

Gold is Hilton Honors’ mid-tier status, so what are the major differences between Gold and Diamond? I’d say there are a few most significant differences:

  • Diamond members receive a 100% points bonus, where Gold members receive an 80% points bonus
  • Diamond member upgrades include standard suites (at the discretion of the hotel), and Gold member upgrades exclude standard suites
  • Diamond members get executive lounge access regardless of the room they’re in, whereas Gold members only get executive lounge access when upgraded to an executive room
  • Diamond members receive complimentary premium Wi-Fi, however, Gold members receive free standard Wi-Fi

The differences between the two elite tiers aren’t huge, though you’ll definitely notice some differences if you stay at Hilton properties often, especially outside the United States, where treatment is more differentiated.

Hilton Gold members also receive free breakfast

Is Hilton Honors Diamond status worth it?

Is earning Hilton Honors Diamond status worth it? It depends on how you’re earning it, what the opportunity cost is, and what you’re hoping to gain from status.

Let me put it this way — if earning Hilton Diamond status through actual stays, I’d say:

  • It might not be worth the incremental nights compared to Gold status
  • Personally I like the Marriott Bonvoy Platinum and World of Hyatt Globalist offer more guaranteed benefits, at least on paper (this applies to suite upgrades and late check-out)

That being said, I think Hilton Honors Diamond elite status is the all-around best value top tier status you can earn, when you consider that you can get the status just by having the Hilton Honors Aspire Card.

You’re paying $450 per year for a card that not only gets you top tier Diamond status, but also gets you up to $500 in credits, a free night certificate, and more. Personally I value the perks of the card at more than $450 not even factoring in the Diamond status, so I basically consider the Diamond status to be “free.”

I used my free night certificate at the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills

If you have a similar valuation, then yes, Diamond status is oh-so-worth-it.

So yes, I absolutely think Diamond status is worth it if you’re earning it through a co-branded credit card. However:

  • For actual stays I’d probably prefer going for status with Hyatt or Marriott
  • Hilton Honors Gold status is great as well, for someone who only stays at Hiltons every once in a while

Bottom line

Diamond is Hilton Honors’ top tier status, and comes with perks like free breakfast (or a food & beverage credit in the United States), lounge access, bonus points, and room upgrades. While the benefits of Diamond status aren’t quite as “guaranteed” as they are with other programs, I’ve consistently gotten great value with my status.

Getting Diamond status with the Hilton Honors Aspire Card is a phenomenal value, in my opinion, as this is no doubt the easiest way to get top tier status with any major hotel program.

If you’re a Hilton Honors Diamond member, what has your experience been like?

The following links will direct you to the rates and fees for mentioned American Express Cards. These include: The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card (Rates & Fees), and Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card (Rates & Fees).

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  1. Bill N DC

    I enjoy the Diamond status although I’ve downgraded to the no fee card for this year due to COVID ;-)
    I’ll upgrade (I’m not counting on signup bonus) when current extended Diamond expires.
    But enjoy the perks :-)

  2. Reno Joe

    In the end, elite status benefits are often unavailable, devalued, or elusive. Most properties at which my wife and I stay don't have a lounge. Breakfast has become a coupon or $10 worth of points. Upgrades are ultimately up to the specific property -- and, I've had a top-tier team CSR tell me that the specific properties are in fact resistant to give upgrades even if available. This is not to say never -- but,...

    In the end, elite status benefits are often unavailable, devalued, or elusive. Most properties at which my wife and I stay don't have a lounge. Breakfast has become a coupon or $10 worth of points. Upgrades are ultimately up to the specific property -- and, I've had a top-tier team CSR tell me that the specific properties are in fact resistant to give upgrades even if available. This is not to say never -- but, over the long run, one is only going to receive a fraction of the best upgrades that were actually available (whether or not one is aware of that availability). Specific properties don't give a hoot about network loyalty -- they care about repeat business / loyalty to their specific property. As such, loyalty is not a two-way street and one will never receive the full benefit promised by the loyalty programs. The hotel networks know this -- it is the nature of the beast.

  3. RDM

    I have been a Lifetime Diamond member for at least the last 6 years, maybe longer. It has been the case for me as well, that I get upgraded much more often Internationally, even when staying on points. The Executive lounges are so much better internationally. I do often ask for an upgrade domestically, but only get one less than 50% of the time. I have always pushed the boundaries on the late check out...

    I have been a Lifetime Diamond member for at least the last 6 years, maybe longer. It has been the case for me as well, that I get upgraded much more often Internationally, even when staying on points. The Executive lounges are so much better internationally. I do often ask for an upgrade domestically, but only get one less than 50% of the time. I have always pushed the boundaries on the late check out and even sometime on early check in. I am Gold on Marriott and surprisingly get upgraded there, mostly if it is a 1 night stay. My husband is lifetime platinum (I think the term has changed now), but he gets treated much better by Marriott than I generally do by Hilton.

  4. ChadMC

    Elimination of:
    -housekeeping
    -room service
    -valet parking
    -breakfast
    -on-premises restaurants (or severely limited with junk food only)
    -executive lounges with anything actually in there

    These are all items that were eliminated this year. In the US I'd gesture to say that with the exception of higher tier wi-fi, the main benefit 'was' more points and a nice breakfast. Now that breakfast is off the table, diamond status is worth...

    Elimination of:
    -housekeeping
    -room service
    -valet parking
    -breakfast
    -on-premises restaurants (or severely limited with junk food only)
    -executive lounges with anything actually in there

    These are all items that were eliminated this year. In the US I'd gesture to say that with the exception of higher tier wi-fi, the main benefit 'was' more points and a nice breakfast. Now that breakfast is off the table, diamond status is worth a higher tier of wi-fi as all other earned benefits are either removed or so significantly limited that they are rarely worth the effort.

    I've never had a bad stay at any Hilton property throughout many cities in Europe. I also haven't really had any bad stays in the US until the cost cutting came into place. I did stay at a couple of different brands in the US since cost-cutting and the experience is not much more than a Holiday Inn. Actually, Holiday Inn has full breakfast and an on-site restaurant open (which most Hilton properties do not). Yeah I know "...we can't find people willing to work..." To that I say, "Pay them a fair wage and you probably will find people to work..."

    Hilton has become a significant disappointment. I'm still Diamond, but when looking for a place to stay, I don't exclusively look for Hilton anymore.

  5. Bob

    Hilton diamond is great outside of the United States. I have gotten corner suites all over Europe and South America. In lima the hotel manager chatted up with me and basically told me to rest up as long as I like on my checkout date. He even suggested that I should stay until 7pm to avoid the evening crowd.... Service

    Contrast that to the last 5 Hiltons I've stayed at in the usa (Seattle and...

    Hilton diamond is great outside of the United States. I have gotten corner suites all over Europe and South America. In lima the hotel manager chatted up with me and basically told me to rest up as long as I like on my checkout date. He even suggested that I should stay until 7pm to avoid the evening crowd.... Service

    Contrast that to the last 5 Hiltons I've stayed at in the usa (Seattle and CA mostly) . No room upgrades, $15 breakfast credit in one place enough for coffee and a bowl of fruit, 2nd place where I feel like I was in a high school cafeteria, food and crowd wise because they didn't have lounges for diamond. And the others all very one step above holiday inn. Your diamond status in all these places are worthless.

    Diamond is worth it but you need to do your homework.

  6. Rets

    Keep in mind… you say, “Hilton Honors elite members receive a fifth night free on award redemptions”… BUT, what you should be saying is that they receive a fifth night free ONLY ON STANDARD AWARD REDEMPTIONS.

    At least that was our experience at the Caribe Hilton in San Juan. Since we did an UPGRADED room for our 7 day reward redemption we were told we did not qualify for the fifth night free.

  7. dander

    I had diamond status for two years, its ok. I have gold status now and I get treated far better being a meager gold overseas than I ever did as a diamond in the US. However there is or was another status above Diamond. I believe its Diamond MVP. (maybe he had lifetime Diamond or something) I had a co-worker that had it, and he was trying to get me his room rate and he...

    I had diamond status for two years, its ok. I have gold status now and I get treated far better being a meager gold overseas than I ever did as a diamond in the US. However there is or was another status above Diamond. I believe its Diamond MVP. (maybe he had lifetime Diamond or something) I had a co-worker that had it, and he was trying to get me his room rate and he mentioned it. She said "never heard of it" One look at his account, and all of a sudden, I got his rate while she meekly said something to my co-worker.

    1. Ray

      MVP wasn’t a tier, it was a code that offered discounts. They had two codes, they split the brands based on the code. I used it for years but it is no longer available or honored. They announced they cut it a year or two ago. I am Lifetime Diamond and enjoy the benefits. Rarely am I only given continental breakfast, usually full breakfast offered. Since I live in Europe now, I am upgraded to...

      MVP wasn’t a tier, it was a code that offered discounts. They had two codes, they split the brands based on the code. I used it for years but it is no longer available or honored. They announced they cut it a year or two ago. I am Lifetime Diamond and enjoy the benefits. Rarely am I only given continental breakfast, usually full breakfast offered. Since I live in Europe now, I am upgraded to suites often and to deluxe or corner rooms if no suite available on every stay. Yes lounges are better. Late check out always, never less than 1:00, as late as I want in Girona, Spain. Upgrades and benefits are easier in Europe as there are v dry few Diamond members since credit cards aren’t giving everything away here.

  8. CF_Frost

    This report reads more like a Hilton paid ad than a review. Most Diamon members accept that suite upgrades are pretty rare. Hilton defines an upgrade as a better view or corner room. The language is so vague that rarely are real upgrades granted. It's easy to call something an upgrade and not really mean it. That's the Hilton way.

    1. DCS

      I've consistently scored suite upgrades as a HH Diamond, and have very likely spent more nights in suite thanks to complimentary upgrade than top elites of most other programs. In short, you sound like you've drunk too much of the Anti-HH kool-aid dispensed by self-anointed travel "gurus". Just read the HHonors T&C yourself and you'll see that the language on upgrades is no vaguer than for any other program.

    2. Andrew

      Just got upgraded last week in Lima, Peru to a giant 2 room suite after booking the least expensive room. I stand by my comment that internationally their game is on point.

    3. Rob

      That's interesting - I've never been upgraded to a suite as a Diamond member, for international travel. I've struggled to just receive a one category upgrade.

  9. G Monteith

    It is misleading to say each check in and check out is one stay. If you book into a Hilton for 3 consecutive nights on a separate booking for each night and check out each morning and back in at night Hilton count all 3 separate bookings as one stay.

  10. Weymar Osborne

    Hey Lucky,

    What's the current status of award pricing with Hilton? I know they've had variable award pricing for awhile now, but historically it's been capped at 120,000 per night at a few properties and 95,000 for others. I was looking at the Conrad Bora Bora for my birthday next year and the cheapest award night I could find within several months of my birthday was 895,000 (!!!) points per night. Do hotels (or Hilton...

    Hey Lucky,

    What's the current status of award pricing with Hilton? I know they've had variable award pricing for awhile now, but historically it's been capped at 120,000 per night at a few properties and 95,000 for others. I was looking at the Conrad Bora Bora for my birthday next year and the cheapest award night I could find within several months of my birthday was 895,000 (!!!) points per night. Do hotels (or Hilton specifically) do the sort of saver vs standard award distinctions that airlines do?

    1. DCS

      At least Hilton has award rooms available for anyone who wishes or is able to spend 895,000 points/night. Other programs would simply show no availability. You just need to decide for yourself which of those two situations is more annoying.

    2. Wc

      895000 pts per night is more annoying

    3. Jake

      You are seeing prices that high because the standard night rewards are sold out. Those are premium rewards that cost that much. Those caps of 95,000 points are for standard rewards (which is the hotels “basic” room)

  11. Andrew

    I've done a ton of trips abroad at Hilton as diamond and it's amazing. I always get upgraded and the executive lounges and breakfasts are top notch. For those in the points game, using your miles to travel internationally J or F and staying at a Hilton is the way to go. Since there are no international credit cards that give diamond, there is still huge value abroad and it is not oversaturated.

    1. UA-NYC

      OUS just about any program has great lounges, breakfasts, etc...the Courtyards in Asia are nicer than the Marriotts/Rens in the US.

      Not a differentiator for Hilton.

    2. Andrew

      Yea... but what other hotel chain can you get free lounges, upgrades, and breakfast for opening a single card?

  12. David

    Lack of guaranteed late checkout was just a headache for us last week. Wish it was even a simple 1PM or even 12PM guaranteed. Everyone should be able to meet that.

    Stayed at the Hotel del Coronado (San Diego) with a checkout on Friday. With the typically early resort check out time of 11AM, we were hoping to get an extra hour to 12PM (w check-in allowed at 4PM). Figured at a minimum some of...

    Lack of guaranteed late checkout was just a headache for us last week. Wish it was even a simple 1PM or even 12PM guaranteed. Everyone should be able to meet that.

    Stayed at the Hotel del Coronado (San Diego) with a checkout on Friday. With the typically early resort check out time of 11AM, we were hoping to get an extra hour to 12PM (w check-in allowed at 4PM). Figured at a minimum some of the goofiness around room cleaning the day before might have given us some grace - despite it being a Friday. (The person immediately ahead of me was just given 12PM, but was going to be charged a 1/2 day rate for any longer; FH&R or Virtuoso booking maybe?) Nope.

    (aside: despite being weekday guests, service was a mess here from no towels for >24hrs at the pool to lost food orders to some housekeeping/concierge communication issues. I'm really trying to give some grace here considering the quick ramp up, but neither of the other hotels we stayed at during the trip had issues anywhere near this level.)

    1. DCS

      Though I do not rank it very as a perk, I have never been denied a late checkout request in over a decade as a Hilton Diamond, and have even been granted checkout request for as late as 6pm, which programs that "guarantee" 4pm checkout would deny ("Sorry, guarantee is only to 4pm"). The key to my success"? I request late checkout a check-in! Try it some time...

      The only reason for a program to...

      Though I do not rank it very as a perk, I have never been denied a late checkout request in over a decade as a Hilton Diamond, and have even been granted checkout request for as late as 6pm, which programs that "guarantee" 4pm checkout would deny ("Sorry, guarantee is only to 4pm"). The key to my success"? I request late checkout a check-in! Try it some time...

      The only reason for a program to guarantee a perk is to limit it. "Guaranteed" suite upgrades (which, btw, are also contingent on availability) are limited to just 4/year. "Guaranteed" late checkout is limited to 4pm, etc, etc...

    2. UA-NYC

      Nothing like dredging up a case-closed argument from 2017 or so...what hotel is more likely to give a 6pm checkout, 1) one that already gives 4pm guaranteed, or 2) one which doesn't give anything guaranteed after 12pm? This isn't that complicated.

      As always w/Hilton, you get what you pay for...the bill is coming due for giving top tier away for (net) free w/ a CC.

    3. DCS

      The one that does not "guarantee" a "check-out by time", of course, because it has no T&C clause lean on to justify denial.
      So, no, this ain't complicated at all, as my experience, recited ad nauseam in this space, attests to. Recycling the same ol' fact-free claims won't suddenly make them substantive.

      BTW, whatever happened to SPG, the program you once rabidly swore by? See?

    4. Mike

      @DCS: "The one that does not "guarantee" a "check-out by time", of course, because it has no T&C clause lean on to justify denial."

      Apparently, DCS doesn't seem to realize (or is clearly in denial of the fact) that the Hilton T&Cs, by not guaranteeing anything, has plenty of room to deny late checkouts, as opposed to other programs that will at least guarantee a time.

      Throwing the lack of existence of SPG in, as...

      @DCS: "The one that does not "guarantee" a "check-out by time", of course, because it has no T&C clause lean on to justify denial."

      Apparently, DCS doesn't seem to realize (or is clearly in denial of the fact) that the Hilton T&Cs, by not guaranteeing anything, has plenty of room to deny late checkouts, as opposed to other programs that will at least guarantee a time.

      Throwing the lack of existence of SPG in, as if that is even relevant to the discussion, is nothing more than a wag-the-dog-style distraction from his continued defense of what I see is an inferior policy.

      And again, I say this as an Honors Diamond.

    5. Farnorthtrader

      Definitely do not judge Hilton Diamond by Hotel Del. Among Hilton’s luxury/resort properties that we have stayed at (probably a dozen resort, Conrad, or WA), the Del is by far the worst we have experienced for both service and status recognition. Also massive headaches from their billing department as well.

  13. DCS

    While the benefits of Diamond status aren’t quite as “guaranteed” as they are with other programs, I’ve consistently gotten great value with my status.

    LOL. You mean not as "guaranteed" as self-anointed travel "gurus" claim they are with other programs, as your putting the word in quotation marks implied... ;-)

    1. Shawn

      You really are a moron. No he means guaranteed as if you ask for late checkout you might get it. I’ve been offered 5pm if needed and also told no at a variety of Hilton establishments.

      I have NEVER been told no at either Marriott or Hyatt because guess what? It’s guaranteed!

      The reality is you do you if you’re happy with Hilton stay there. I do as well. But I don’t go around...

      You really are a moron. No he means guaranteed as if you ask for late checkout you might get it. I’ve been offered 5pm if needed and also told no at a variety of Hilton establishments.

      I have NEVER been told no at either Marriott or Hyatt because guess what? It’s guaranteed!

      The reality is you do you if you’re happy with Hilton stay there. I do as well. But I don’t go around and call an orange an Apple. Hilton definitely has it’s benefits, but the way you incessantly pump them is tiring.

    2. DCS

      "You really are the a moron" says the one who is clearly the moron for uncalled-for name-calling...

    3. DCS

      "You really are the a moron" sez the one who is clearly the moron for uncalled-for and mindless name-calling...

    4. Mike

      I love how you had to respond twice just to add another insult.

      Stop pretending you're a victim, DCS, because you aren't.

  14. Gabe

    Not sure if this holds true at all Hilton Canopy locations, but at least at their Jersey City, NJ property during my stay in April 2021, I was advised by the person that checked me in that they do not offer bottles of water at Canopy. If not, they provide a carafe in the rooms that one can fill up next to ice machine on each floor.

    On another note, I believe this site,...

    Not sure if this holds true at all Hilton Canopy locations, but at least at their Jersey City, NJ property during my stay in April 2021, I was advised by the person that checked me in that they do not offer bottles of water at Canopy. If not, they provide a carafe in the rooms that one can fill up next to ice machine on each floor.

    On another note, I believe this site, OMAAT, reported recently that Signia branded properties would not allow Diamond satura holders to enter the lounges.

  15. Endre

    You don’t exactly earn Diamond through Amex, it’s being gifted to you. And that’s exactly why there’s a cut back on Diamond benefits in the US.

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CF_Frost

This report reads more like a Hilton paid ad than a review. Most Diamon members accept that suite upgrades are pretty rare. Hilton defines an upgrade as a better view or corner room. The language is so vague that rarely are real upgrades granted. It's easy to call something an upgrade and not really mean it. That's the Hilton way.

Andrew

Yea... but what other hotel chain can you get free lounges, upgrades, and breakfast for opening a single card?

Farnorthtrader

Definitely do not judge Hilton Diamond by Hotel Del. Among Hilton’s luxury/resort properties that we have stayed at (probably a dozen resort, Conrad, or WA), the Del is by far the worst we have experienced for both service and status recognition. Also massive headaches from their billing department as well.

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