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Two years ago, Hilton launched a lifetime status program, following in the footsteps of other major chains like Hyatt, Marriott and Starwood which all offer ways to earn elite status for life within each respective program.

Currently, you can only qualify for Lifetime Diamond status if you meet the following criteria:

  • You must have maintained Diamond status for at least 10 years, although the years don’t have to be consecutive
  • You must have completed paid stays totaling at least 1,000 nights

However, Hilton is making some tweaks to the qualification process for Lifetime Diamond that will go into effect next year. As of January 2017, award stays will count towards your 1,000 night threshold. Second, Hilton will award you Lifetime Diamond status if you’ve accumulated at least 2 million base points since joining the HHonors program (in addition to 10+ years of Diamond status).

So, HHonors members will have two possible paths to Lifetime Diamond starting in early 2017:

  1. Diamond status for at least 10 years (not necessarily consecutive) and at least 1,000 paid (or award) nights.
  2. Diamond status for at least 10 years (not necessarily consecutive) and accumulation of at least 2 million base points since joining HHonors.

While these changes won’t impact most HHonors members, it’s nice to see Hilton listening to feedback from customers and adding another way through which guests can achieve lifetime elite recognition with the brand. Hilton does offer this status for free from time to time as well, but you’ll typically only receive it for 90 days unless you meet certain requirements — that’s no match for a lifetime perk.

Featured image of Boca Raton Beach Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort.

 

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