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Updates to Hilton’s Lifetime Diamond Requirements

Currently, the only hotel chain that you can earn lifetime status on without any kind of spend requirement is SPG – which requires 250 nights and 5 years elite status for Lifetime Gold and 500 nights and 10 years Platinum status for Lifetime Platinum. That means – any of those nights could have been nights redeemed on points. Sounds like we’ll have  another contender joining the ranks of rewards night-eligible lifetime status.

The Scoop

Hilton’s making a change – and it’s a good thing. Currently, in order to obtain lifetime status, you’ll have to meet the qualifications:

  • Diamond status for at least 10 years (non-consecutive)
  • Completed at least 1,000 paid stays

Key there being paid stays. In early 2017, we’ll see a change to Hilton’s Lifetime Diamond policy, with Diamonds being given two options for qualifying for lifetime status:

  • Diamond status for at least 10 years (non-consecutive)
  • And one of the following:
    • 1,000 nights – paid or award nights
    • Earn 2 million base points in their HHonors program (meaning points earned from promotions or credit card bonuses do not count)
Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa

Your award stay at the Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa could count towards HHonors Lifetime Diamond Status


The Takeaway

These changes are by no means life changing, but giving elites flexibility in earning lifetime status is a good thing. While I’m not a Hilton loyalist, having the option to earn  lifetime status with award nights definitely makes the program more appealing to me.

When comparing the program against the other 3 hotel groups that offer lifetime status (comparing the top-tier level) Hilton still has one of the most challenging requirements.

Elite Years Requirement1010N/A10
Nights Requirement1000*500750N/A
Points Earning Requirement2 million*N/A2 million**1 million

*Complete any one of these requirements
**Bonus points earned through promotions count towards this total

Hilton and Hyatt both require the 2 million point requirement be earned by base spend and do not include any bonus points earned (unfortunately) – a sharp contrast to Marriott, which requires half that – so you can funnel credit card bonuses and the like into this total. Of course, Arun and I are big SPG fans, which is the least stringent of the four, where nights on points count towards the 500 night requirement.

Of course, most of this table is likely to change in the next year or so, what with the SPG-Marriott merger, and Hyatt’s announcement of their new World of Hyatt loyalty program, so who knows – by this time next year, Hilton’s program could start looking like a much stronger contender.


What do you think of these changes? Are you considering making the switch to Hilton? 



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