Last December I wrote about how Hilton HHonors would be introducing lifetime Diamond status as of 2015. Well, it looks like this is now official, as the terms have been published.
Requirements for lifetime Hilton Diamond
Hilton HHonors lifetime Diamond status will require the following:
- 10 years of Diamond status (non-consecutive is fine)
- 1,000 paid nights
Here are the full terms:
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
How does this compare to other programs?
Of the major hotel chains, Hyatt, Marriott, and Starwood already offer lifetime top tier status. The thresholds for achieving lifetime status with those three programs are as follows:
- Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond: $200,000 of spend (one million base points at five points per dollar)
- Marriott Rewards Platinum: 750 nights plus 2 million points
- SPG Platinum: 500 nights plus 10 years as Platinum
As you can see, Hilton has double the requirements for lifetime top tier status as Starwood does, and even substantially higher requirements than Marriott.
Unless you exclusively stay at Hampton Inns, the requirements are also much higher than what Hyatt requires.
Is lifetime Hilton Diamond status worth it?
Given how lackluster Hilton Diamond status is, I’d say that’s pretty steep. There’s not much difference between HHonors Diamond and HHonors Gold status in my experience, so if anything I wish they offered a lifetime Gold status.
Breakfast is a benefit of both Gold and Diamond status, including at the Conrad Hong Kong
Ultimately it’s better than not offering lifetime Diamond status, though.
Personally I’ll continue to earn Hilton status the same way I have for years — through the Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card. You get Gold status for as long as you have the card, and Diamond status after spending $40,000 on the card in a year (which isn’t all that much for top tier status).
While I’ve been Diamond in the past, I’m perfectly happy as an Honors Gold member, since I didn’t notice much difference between the two.
Better than nothing, but hardly anything to strive for. If you spend 1,000 nights at Hilton properties you deserve a lot more than Diamond status. 😉
I’m curious, is anyone close to earning Hilton Diamond status?