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.

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 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)

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).

With Aspire card you receive Diamond status for as long as you have the card, along with a slew of other amazing benefits, including 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 (Rates & Fees)

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 US (in particular in Asia) will be significantly better than domestic ones.

Hilton Diamond members receive executive lounge access

Complimentary continental breakfast

For properties 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.

There are a couple of things to note:

  • While the benefit is technically only for continental breakfast, in practice many hotels (especially outside the US) 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

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 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

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. (if/when those are a thing again)

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 US, 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, 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?

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  1. Very Easy Answer:
    _ Diamond Status is worthless in US properties
    _ Diamond Status is good in Europe
    _ Diamond Status is great in Asia

  2. Hey, Ben (or any helpful reader)…is there an easy way to find which Hilton properties have an Executive Lounge? Is there a list anywhere? (Perhaps an idea for another post?)

  3. “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.”

    You mean other programs’ perks that were simply claimed to be “guaranteed” by self-anointed ‘travel gurus”, but were no different than or better than those enjoyed by Hilton Diamonds?

    Glad that you did put “guaranteed” in quotation marks because that is the appropriate way to refer to other programs’ so-called “guaranteed” perks, especially since you’ve “consistently gotten great value with [your HH Diamond] status”, which is all one can ask for… 😉

  4. @ DCS — There really is no point in arguing with you, but I’ll play along for a moment. When I check into a non-resort Hyatt or Marriott I can inform the front desk that I will be checking out at 4PM. That’s not the case at Hiltons. Period. And I’ve been denied 4PM check-out at Hiltons (just as I’ve had some Hiltons grant late check-out without issue).

  5. @ Jim F. — Interesting idea, though that list may have many and many hundreds of properties on it. Generally the best way to check is to look at what rooms a hotel is selling. If it is selling executive rooms, then you can assume it has an executive lounge.

  6. Why is this #DCS person “ALWAYS” showing up and commenting on any post mentioning Hilton.
    Is he like a Hilton employee or what?
    Setting up Google alters that awaken him?

  7. I am starting to agree with Stanley.

    I moved last year from IHG Spire to Hilton Diamond due to lack of benefits for Spire. After a year, mainly in the US, I’m pretty underwhelmed. I too have had far better Diamond benefits in EU, SA, Asia. Point redemptions are getting crazy. 60,000 points for a $ 140 a night Doubletree ? (As an aside very recently I’ve had some great deals at IHG properties whilst burning points. Most recent is 4 nights at a Hotel Indigo for a net 72,500 points at 2.5 cents per point – yes it was $ 450 per night).

    I’ll stick it out for a while as the Aspire card seems to be a good deal.

  8. The one word answer is No. Especially in the USA. Maybe things are much better outside the US.

    I got the Aspire card because I was flying to AZ semi-often and staying in Hiltons so I got value out of the $250 resort credit but I didn’t see any real difference in treatment as a Diamond vs. Gold (via the Amex Plat).

    For those that stay 60+ nights and get Diamond status the hard way, I think they should be doing more for you.

    Internationally (Europe), I think things are a bit better but I’m not traveling there very often.

    I still think a lot of the status chasers are people who need it for their ego more than any practical reason. So they can brag to people “Hey I’m Diamond here and Platinum there, etc.”

    Another card that will be hitting the discard pile shortly.

  9. The Hilton in Brisbane Australia is sooo basic and the club lounge really ordinary. I was on track for diamond before COVID. Sadly as an Australian we don’t have the CC options – except AMEX platinum which gives gold but is $$$.

  10. Is complimentary self parking a benefit now too? A friend is diamond and said he got free parking at a Hilton resort somewhere and just now beginning of the month i got free parking at Hilton Pensacola where it’s otherwise 15/night.

  11. Definitely agree with Stanley.

    After dozens of stays in the US, I have never had a suite upgrade. The couple hotels with lounges are underwhelming. Late checkout is terrible–I have had some try to charge for it (“complimentary late checkout is not available, but for $100 you can get a 2 pm checkout). It gets you some extra points, but other than that not much.

    Europe is hit or miss. South America is better, and in Asia it can be awesome. I still think the Aspire card is worth it, but I think this is diamond with a little “d” if you are predominately traveling in the US.

  12. It will be interesting to start exploring all of the available programs when travel makes sense again

  13. Just checked in at the Conrad Seoul today and as a diamond member, they did not give me an upgrade to a one bedroom suite even though I asked nicely. The front desk guy was very kind and he went to his manager to try to get me an upgrade but they rejected me even though there was availability. With coronavirus and hotels hurting badly these days, you would figure they would go up and above to satisfy and give an upgrade while hotel rooms were not full.
    The best he said he can do is offer me a 50% off the normal suite upgrade price which proves that there is availability but they refused to give the upgrade. Kind of found it insulting to offer a paid Upgrade for a diamond member. I figured it would just be better to decline an upgrade if they were not giving one than to ask to pay extra when other Hilton’s in Asia are giving diamond members suite upgrades. Then again, with other sites on the net people have known to complain that the Conrad Seoul is very stingy with upgrades even with diamond members so I guess that should be expected.

  14. FYI, the German Hilton DKB Visa Credit card also gives you Diamond for “just” 20.000 EUR spend.

    I really enjoyed my comped Diamon a few ago (don’t remember if it came with the LH HON status or a status match), mostly in Europe or Asia. But I’d never have the says / nights for it, so I have to rely Credit Card spending, but the Visa has been my personal instead of business card for various reasons, and the Gold status that comes with it has been good enough so far.

  15. The sweet spot for me with Hilton as Diamond was the HGIs for business. The full breakfast is where they stand out. Much better than they Hyatt breakfast and Courtyard’s are OK but you have to pay for it. I have since switched to Marriott and Hyatt.

    @ Lucky….just got approved for Aspire card. Benefits are worth the AF and don’t feel like maintaining Diamond thru stays per above. Question 1) Can you pick any airline for the airline credit? 2) In addition to the $250 resort credit isn’t there an additional $100 credit for stays at Waldorfs and Conrads? 3) the $250 dining credit thru 8/31 – is that automatic or do you have to call to activate?

  16. I find Bonvoy Titanium much better than Hilton Diamond. Marriott gives me suite upgrades in Europe and Asia way more often than Hilton. Also there are exponentially more Marriott hotels with executive lounges around the world than Hiltons. Flyertalk has lists of both. The Hilton one only has a handful, and here is the Marriott list:

  17. Whether in Asia or the US, Diamond gets us a room with a little better view or more current remodel but never a suite, and that’s always seemed fine to me. A couple times we’ve stayed at places where they have a book/chart behind the front desk for suite upgrade cost, and the cost is less the higher your Hilton status. When traveling with family the upgrade cost for Diamond can be pretty modest relative to the benefits of having a suite vs a studio.

  18. @ Stanley – agree 100%
    I focused on Hilton and maintained Diamond status for many years because of the excellent treatment at Hilton Asian properties. Treated like dirt at many US properties.

  19. DCS ranting and raving about Hilton puts a smile on my face – almost like it’s 2015 again and this country isn’t about to be torn apart by another civil war. Happier times!

  20. Yes, US Hilton diamond treatment can be rather ordinary. Not sure why there’s a poor comment here about Hilton Brisbane. The lounge staff are great. Unlimited self-service wine, beer, etc., 6.00-8.00pm. Spirits served by the staff. Evening food offerings always include at least two hot items along with quite a good spread of cold items. All rooms that I’ve stayed in over the past two years have had completely new bathrooms with walk-in shower.

    COVID has closed many lounges, including Brisbane, for the time being.

  21. Agree with others, Diamond status benefits in Asia can be spectacular! Once got a fantastic upgrade at HKG Conrad and the Tokyo Conrad. Even Hiltons in Thailand can offer nice upgrades. BTW, I always choose points for the My Way bonuses but in reality it I ask I usually get unlimited water and snacks even in US.

  22. You forgot about the upfront “Diamond Member” parking near the front door. I like this benefit as it is closer and I feel my car is more protected than in the regular parking lot a few rows over.

  23. Well Hilton DIamond is so easy to achieve through a “challenge” where you have to stay 8 or maybe 10 nights in 3 months, and I’ve been well treated as a Diamond.

    Can’t help but laugh at the “guaranteed” Diamond room availability, ahem except if the hotel is busy for some reason.

  24. @JimF: when you do a search for hotels you can filter by ones with executive lounges. I use it at times so I know it is available. I don’t know of any existing list.

  25. I have had a different experience as a Diamond member at domestic Hilton properties, than some of the posters here. I travel a lot for work (>150 nights/year) and have never been denied room upgrades when space was available, many times to multi-room suites. I always receive late checkout, even when I forget to request it in advance. Lounge access is certainly nice at properties that have one, with varied foods and numerous types of non-alcoholic beverages, that you can consume there or grab-and-go to your work site. But a major value point of my Diamond status is one that’s not found in Hilton’s program terms — An enhanced level of service and attention when requesting the little extras that are not required of the property. A good example is being able to call a property directly and ask if they could book me at the federal lodging rate when that rate is not currently published at the property during my stay. As a Diamond member I have never had this request refused, and I’ve made it on numerous occasions.

  26. I had diamond status for a couple of years, and I didn’t get many upgrades. I have IHG Platinum and often get corner suites in the US. In Europe its so so. sometimes suites. spent some time in Japan and my meager gold status, I was treated very well, I can only imagine how the Diamonds were treated.

  27. @Lucky sez: “There really is no point in arguing with you, but I’ll play along for a moment. When I check into a non-resort Hyatt or Marriott I can inform the front desk that I will be checking out at 4PM. That’s not the case at Hiltons. Period. And I’ve been denied 4PM check-out at Hiltons (just as I’ve had some Hiltons grant late check-out without issue).”

    LOL. Well, there is no point trying to recap what I have already ad nauseam since you will never listen, having convinced yourself that 4pm check-out is some great benefit that determines how valuable an elite status is, but let me try once more:

    1. A 4pm late check-out does not even rank among my top 10 elite perks. It is a perk that should be requested when one truly needs it and, as such, I like Hilton’s policy because it ensures that my check-in won’t be delayed because some lazy fat-ass elite has been allowed to sleep in the room destined for me past check-out time. That is precisely what famously happened to me at Hyatt Regency Tokyo, to the management’s great embarrassment and profuse apologies.

    2. “Guaranteed” 4pm check-out means, that is as late as you will get. Under the Hilton policy, there is such a cap, which has allowed me to request check-outs as late as 6pm because of late departing flights when it mattered, and not be denied as one with the ‘guarantee’ would be (“Sorry, your guarantee is to 4 pm”).

    3. I have never been denied a late check-out request in more than a decade as a HH Diamond, so may be you should learned the tricks of the trade and play the game with a “full deck”! (I will teach you a simple one that always works: ask for late check-out at check-in!).

    Bottom line: The only reason for hotel loyalty programs to guarantee certain perks is to limit them. Take, for example, the Hyatt GP Diamond’s 4 DSUs. They were touted as the “best” suite upgrades in the business, but in reality, they were just HGP’s scheme to limit the number of upgrades they gave to their elites each year. How do we know? Simple: (a) DSUs clearance rate was never higher than my complimentary upgrades; and (b) as soon as WoH thinned the rank of their top elites and made it tough to qualify for, they began offering complimentary unlimited suite upgrades, a tacit admission that the program considered the latter to be more valuable. Now, the lower elites (explorists) are “guaranteed” 4 trips to the lounge a year, whereas for HH Golds there is no such a cap as long as they make it to the exec floor. See the analogy between 4 lounge trips/year that and much-coveted but so highly-restricted as to be useless 4 DSUs/per year?

    Want to speak of “guaranteed” perks? How about the 5th award night free perk. That is the single most valuable perk in hotel loyalty, and, yet, Hyatt Globalists do not get it, when even HH Silvers get it. ‘Nuff said!

    The bogus standards and claims simply have to stop because this not rocket science…especially with the demise of practically every program or perk that was touted as la “creme de la creme.” One would have thought that the lessons would have been learned by now…


  28. Interesting read, and certainly a lot of information I wish I had before I chose Hilton over the others. I have earned Diamond status the hard way, 60+ nights annually. I travel a lot, almost entirely for pleasure, and my average nights on the road is right around 60 each year, so it works out.

    But I travel mostly in the US. When I travel internationally it’s mostly to the Caribbean, Central America and South America. Aside from two excellent hotels in Ecuador I’ve found Hilton’s international options in those areas, especially the Caribbean, to be lacking. They are often very old and run down.

    Although I have never found Diamond status to be all that great (a big letdown more often than not), I will say that this summer was the first time I considered ditching Hilton altogether. Yeah, I get the whole COVID thing. But I stayed in Hilton’s for three weeks straight and everything was lacking. Free breakfast, which is perhaps my favorite benefit, wasn’t offered at many hotels. I know they were adjusting to COVID, but what I found really irritating is that most hotels never mentioned it. Like, at least acknowledge that we would normally get breakfast with our status and make a point of informing us that you aren’t offering it. I was also greatly disappointed by the “upgrades” benefit. I don’t expect them, but at least put me into a room with a good view. Considering capacity was 50% or less at most hotels I was surprised that some hotels gave me, in my opinion, some of their worst rooms (in terms of views, location, etc). I don’t need a suite upgrade, but if there are rooms with a better view then I can’t see why those wouldn’t go to guests with status.

    All in all I’ve had Diamond status for 3 or 4 years. It’s been OK. I suppose my experience makes a lot more sense, now that I’ve learned their international hotels (notably Asia, apparently) are much better.

  29. The Bottom Line

    Is Hilton Honors Diamond Status Worth It?

    You bet. Anyone who thinks otherwise needs to have their head examined. Below is the long list of perks that one gets for just $450/per year. Look at that list and then ask this question:

    “Is Hyatt Globalist Status Worth It?”

    At nominal cost $20K per year (vs. $450/yr) my answer is unequivocally, “No, Hyatt Globalist, the only elite status that does not enjoy the ‘5th award night free’ perk, is *not* worth it …at all.”

    Here is the long list of perks you get as HH Diamond for just $450/yr, and STOP LOOKING A GIFT HORSE IN THE MOUTH:

    — a huge footprint [found a Hyatt near you late?]
    — elite rollover nights
    — guaranteed premium wifi
    — guaranteed free continental breakfast on the ‘continent’; free FULL breakfast almost everywhere else, optionally in the restaurant, and not just in the Club or Executive lounge
    — guaranteed upgrade to the Executive floor where there is one
    — unlimited complimentary suite upgrades based on availability
    — late checkout with no time limit, based on availability [hint: request late checkout at check-in!]
    — put Diamond status on hold
    — C+P awards ‘on steroids’, i.e., unlimited
    — a $250 resort credit
    — a $250 airline credit
    — no resort fee on award stays
    — “Diamond Force” when the chips are down
    — 5th award night free
    — a free night certificate for use at ANY category hotel
    — an additional free night certificate for use at ANY category hotel after spending $60K
    — 10K bonus points after reaching 40 nights, and…award nights count!
    — 10K bonus points every 10 nights after reaching 40 nights with NO CAP
    — 30K additional bonus points when one reaches 60 nights
    — ability to gift Gold status at 60 nights and to gift Diamond at 100 nights
    — ability to pool points with up to ten (10!) people; obviates need to transfer points.
    — Priority Pass lounge access.
    — industry-leading 14X for on-property spend paid with the Aspire
    — 100% elite bonus points on base points
    — and much, much more.

    The question in the post title should not need to be asked. But since it has been I wanted to lodge this definitive comment in here so that it would speaks for *those of us in the know*, in the case the post gets recycled.

  30. @DCS: “Anyone who thinks otherwise needs to have their head examined.”

    The thinly veiled personal attacks against anyone who disagrees with you are a nice touch, DCS. I’d have hoped that the owners of this site would have bothered actually enforcing the commenting guidelines regarding you by now, but I’ve given up believing that they ever will.

  31. And that isn’t to mention the number of places where DCS is misleading or outright lying about the benefits, or mentioning things that are completely meaningless:

    “— elite rollover nights”

    If someone is spending $450 per year and gets Diamond, rollover of elite nights is completely useless.

    “— unlimited complimentary suite upgrades based on availability”

    DCS likes to trot this one out every once in a while, but it’s flat-out not true. Complimentary suite upgrades are not offered at nearly two-thirds of Honors participating properties, and even though DCS knows this, he conveniently ignores it because staying at a Hampton Inn is beneath him.

    “— late checkout with no time limit, based on availability [hint: request late checkout at check-in!]”

    Which gives the right for the hotel to say no, unlike the programs that guarantee a specific check-out time. (Whether DCS likes it or not, the 4pm checkout at Marriott is a floor, and not necessarily a ceiling.)

    “— C+P awards ‘on steroids’, i.e., unlimited”

    While they may be “unlimited,” I don’t think a lot of people who were familiar with the old C+P program (before they “enhanced it” back in 2017) would be bragging about this one as a positive benefit, because the incentive to use C+P instead of simply paying cash or using full points was eliminated at the point that change was made three years ago.

    Further, DCS has never been able to (and never will) accept that the old program (which required 40% of the points plus a cash component that was generally less than half of the BAR) was significantly devalued when it went to the linear sliding scale (resulting in increases in the amount of cash, points, or both required to redeem the exact same reward).

    “— a $250 resort credit
    — a $250 airline credit
    — a free night certificate for use at ANY category hotel
    — an additional free night certificate for use at ANY category hotel after spending $60K
    — Priority Pass lounge access.
    — industry-leading 14X for on-property spend paid with the Aspire”

    Comparing AMEX card benefits to Hyatt elite (i.e. non-card) benefits is a pretty crappy way to stack the deck.

    I’m at least glad that DCS has stopped trotting out some of the more blatant lies he’s told, such as how the Diamond Force can be used on award stays (when this has specifically been against policy for several years) or how Diamonds earn more MyWay points than Golds at certain properties, when they don’t.

  32. The glutton for punishment was not happy to just make wrong counter-claims about non-controversial and publicly available items on my list of HH Diamond perks that ***one gets for just $450**, he also had to make this utterly ignorant claim, which exposes just how wrong is also every single one of his counter-claims above:

    I’m at least glad that DCS has stopped trotting out some of the more blatant lies he’s told, such as how the Diamond Force can be used on award stays (when this has specifically been against policy for several years) ….
    – Mike

    Wrong again. “Diamond Force”, which pops up automatically during a search when hotels are sold out (and, thus, may become inoperative post-COVID with hotels struggling), “forces” the availability of *both* revenue and standard award rooms. Just follow the link below to a simple INFOGRAPHIC that demonstrates how “Diamond Force” works, its awesome power, and the cluelessness of the claim that it does work with award stays:

    The real question is whether “Diamond Force” is even still relevant with hotels not selling out…


  33. @DCS: “Wrong again. “Diamond Force”, which pops up automatically during a search when hotels are sold out (and, thus, may become inoperative post-COVID with hotels struggling), “forces” the availability of *both* revenue and standard award rooms. Just follow the link below to a simple INFOGRAPHIC that demonstrates how “Diamond Force” works, its awesome power, and the cluelessness of the claim that it does work with award stays:”

    Actually, I think I would prefer to follow the link directly to Honors T&Cs, where they talk about Diamond Force and list that it does not apply to award reservations as the very first restriction:

    “Guaranteed reservations availability, subject to the restrictions stated herein, at hotels within the Hilton Portfolio when paid reservations are made before midnight hotel local time, two or more days (48 hours) prior to intended arrival. RESTRICTIONS: This guarantee does not apply to reservations paid for in part or in full by Hilton Honors Points, or free night certificates issued by Hilton.”

    Aside from the observation that even DCS thinks his own argument that Diamond Force applies to awards is clueless, it is also amusing to note that even he acknowledges that some of what he put in his list of awesome perks that Hilton Diamonds get may be irrelevant.

  34. @Nathan — Many here and over at the Insideflyer already knew my identity. Just as long as you do not start stalking me or referring to me by my real name you’d uphold the ethics of the medium. I am real person and I do not work for Hilton…

  35. “Actually, I think I would prefer to follow the link directly to Honors T&Cs,”

    LOL – He is given empirical evidence proving that he is wrong, but he refuses to trust his own eyes! Those “in the know” were already aware of the incongruity between the T&C on ‘Diamond Force’ and its practical implementation (see INFOGRAPHIC) — an incongruity that I wrote about back in 2015 at Insideflyer in a post titled: “Diamond Force”, Even for Award Stays, is Alive and Well, and Better than Ever “.

    You have no leg to stand on as usual…

  36. @DCS: “You have no leg to stand on as usual…“

    Yet again, you’re projecting.

    Citing yourself using an article from 2015 as being correct in 2020 is especially pathetic for you. Why don’t you show people some examples of it working in 2017, when you first started this lie?

    It’s because you can’t, because it didn’t work anymore.

    As usual, DCS, grow up.

  37. @Nathan: “Has ‘DCS’ finally revealed himself in the link he gave as Dikoma Shungu from Cornell?”

    Most of us already knew this, because even though he doesn’t want other people referring to him as such, he has no problem bragging about himself anf reminding everyone just how important he is and just how much better he is than you.

  38. Citing yourself using an article from 2015 as being correct in 2020 is especially pathetic for you. Why don’t you show people some examples of it working in 2017, when you first started this lie?

    As the saying goes, “you can’t provide a negative!” The only way to disprove my assertion is to provide a counter-example that shows that things do not work now as they did when I wrote the post. Your problem? Hotels are not selling out and won’t be selling out any time soon, which means that all you have left is making assertions that you cannot prove, so therefore my assertion will stand until you can factually refute it. Simple evidentiary common sense.

    Anyway, I am now done here.

  39. @DCS: “As the saying goes, “you can’t provide a negative!” The only way to disprove my assertion is to provide a counter-example that shows that things do not work now as they did when I wrote the post.“

    I didn’t ask you to prove a negative. I asked you to prove it still works.

    Try reading next time.

  40. LOL. The burden of ‘disproof’ is on you, and I have already told you why you have no leg to stand on: hotels are empty, meaning that ‘Diamond Force’ will stay put for the foreseeable future.

    You have no case, as usual.

  41. @DCS: “The burden of ‘disproof’ is on you, and I have already told you why you have no leg to stand on: hotels are empty, meaning that ‘Diamond Force’ will stay put for the foreseeable future.”

    First, I thought you were done here. Next time, keep your promise.

    Second, you’re moving the goalposts again (as is usual, and sadly typical for a narcissist). This has nothing to do with whether Diamond Force is viable or relevant – it is because of your perpetually incorrect assertion that Diamond Force is even available for award stays, even though T&Cs specifically disallow it and have for years.

    The burden of disproof is not on me, DCS – you, not more than a half day ago, are the one who said that you can’t prove a negative. Thus, keeping that in mind again, I ask you to prove that you are still able to use Diamond Force on an award stay – now, in 2020 – in spite of the Honors T&Cs to the contrary.

    You freely admit that you can’t prove a negative – thus, it is not my burden to prove that it’s not possible. So put up, or do us all a favor and shut up.

  42. I absolutely love it when bloggers spend hours claiming that HH Diamond is horrid and useless and want to stick with BonVoy (they have actually been BonVoyed) or Spire. That means that every time I want to stay at my favourite Hilton there will not be a lineup of credit card Diamonds or wannabees ahead of me.

    So please, stay away from Hilton. You just clog up the lobby complaining about how much worse it is than your favorite Marriott where you have to pay for breakfast.

    I have Spire and should have been Platinum with BonVoy (but got BonVoyed during the amalgamation) so can reasonably compare benefits I have received which boil down to “squat”. I think I got a free drink at the Crowne Plaza in Yichang, great Spire benefit.

    @DCS Please don’t encourage the riff raff. Let them stay in their Hyatts and Crowne Plazas. That means more Hilton availability for us. I am so happy they don’t realize what they are missing.

    Unfortunately I cannot qualify for the Aspire and have been trying for a few years. There are ways, I hear, but supposedly I qualified for DFL several years ago (but Hilton is unable to calculate nights and stays correctly so I have not yet received it) so not having the Aspire is probably not worth the extra effort.

    @Stanley is probably very close to the truth. Most US properties are pretty meh. Some Hamptons offer Diamond Parking spots that are occasionally available. But otherwise staying in a US Hilton is a bit of hit-miss. But then, that’s not why we are members.

    I do enjoy a lovely suite every time I visit Spokane and stay at a Hampton that was a resort of some kind before re-branding so there certainly are a few Hiltons in the US that give Diamonds some rewards. Most US Hiltons with executive floors are not very good. A few years back the Seattle Hilton charged my wife and I $15 each for a small glass of red wine on the executive floor which “floored” me.

    This February we had the distinct pleasure to stay in the Hilton Kota Kinabalu and the Hilton Manila. What magnificent executive floors and what gracious and pleasant staff. These are the experiences that make HH Diamond special.

    Last fall we also had the pleasure of staying at the Shanghai Hilton. Very accommodating and the executive floor was as good or better than KK. We also stayed at the Hilton Chongqing which was perhaps the most wonderful stay we have ever experienced. I wish the pandemic was over so we could return for the hotel experience. I look back and wonder who they thought we were – perhaps mistaking us for some royal family or whatever.

    And the Conrad Hong Kong Executive floor – wow.

    OOps – looks like I have travel withdrawal symptoms. Hope they are not fatal. Enjoy.

  43. AMEX have been good to Aspire members as, because of the virus, most of us won’t be eligible to claim it at Hilton resorts. Until Aug 31 they have honored the Hilton Resort Credit by refunding most meals (including take aways) at ANY restaurants up to a combined total of $250.

    It’s obviously a one-off (hopefully), but still much appreciated.

  44. I’m reading this in Jan 2021, and @DCS alone makes me feel like HH is a cult and anyone who has some mild criticism towards is an enemy…
    [begins looking for alternative programs]

  45. @Serg
    If it helps, I’m a member of both Hilton Honors and Marriott Bonvoy. No cult that I can see.

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