Hilton’s loyalty program is making it a little easier to earn its highest elite status permanently.
Effective next month, a company spokesperson tells TravelSkills, Hilton’s HHonors program is making a couple of adjustments to the requirements for lifetime Diamond designations.
The current rules state that members who want lifetime Diamond status must have maintained Diamond status for a minimum of 10 years — not necessarily consecutive ones – and stayed at least 1,000 total paid nights in Hilton properties.
Under the new terms, those 1,000 nights needed to qualify can be either paid nights or award nights.
As an alternative to the 1,000 nights, 10-year Diamond members can now gain lifetime status by accumulating 2 million base points in the HHonors program.
“Only base points are eligible” for the latter requirement, the spokesperson said. “Bonus points earned via promotions, co-branded credit cards, or other means do not count towards status.”
The company will notify members by email in February 2017 if they have qualified for a lifetime Diamond status by December 31 of this year. “If you want a sneak peek to find out if you will qualify, you can contact the Diamond Desk and the team will be happy to help,” the spokesperson said.
Here’s a summary of the current requirements to achieve Diamond status annually, and a list of the benefits associated with that level.