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Were you unable to hit your re-qualification goals with Hilton in 2018? If you have Hilton Honors Diamond status that’s expiring this March and you weren’t able to successfully re-qualify, you may be eligible to request a status extension with Hilton.

If you want to take advantage of the status extension, you’ll need to apply by March 27, 2019. It can take up to five days to process your extension request, but you’ll receive an email once it’s done. If approved, the status extension is a one-time benefit and valid through March 31, 2020 — so be sure to use it when you need it most since you won’t be eligible for another status extension.

In order to qualify for the status extension you must have:

  1. Diamond status that expires on March 31, 2019
  2. Three total years at Diamond status (years do not have to be consecutive)
  3. At least 250 nights (paid or reward) or 500,000+ earned Base Points since joining Hilton Honors (points earned via bonuses, promotions and/or co-branded credit cards do not count)

The form to apply for a status extension is simple. You only need to input your first name, last name, email address and Hilton Honors account number.

This status extension benefit can be extremely helpful if you’ve had personal or work issues that kept you at home in 2018 and prevented you from re-qualifying for Honors Diamond status. Diamond status is typically earned after 30 stays, 60 nights or by earning 120,000 Base Points in a calendar year (which equates to $12,000 in spending) and gives you benefits like bonus points, lounge access, breakfast and room upgrades. TPG values Honors Diamond status at $2,275, so there’s certainly value to be maintained if you’re expecting to resume traveling and staying with Hilton in 2019.

Wondering how else you can get or keep Hilton Honors Diamond status? Diamond status comes as an automatic benefit with the Hilton Honors Aspire Card from American Express. Or, you could sign up for the IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card, which comes with IHG Platinum status, and then match to Hilton Honors Diamond status. Although the match to Hilton Diamond status isn’t guaranteed, readers have consistently reported IHG Platinum status matching to Hilton Diamond status on TPG‘s status match post.

Featured image of Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista courtesy of Hilton.

The Business Platinum® Card from American Express

Aside from the 75,000 points welcome bonus, Amex recently made huge improvements to the Business Platinum Card, including the fact that you will now earn 50% more points on purchases of $5,000 or more, earn 5x on flights and eligible hotels at Amextravel.com and cardholders will receive a $200 airline fee credit each year.

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  • Welcome Offer: Earn up to 75,000 Membership Rewards® points.
  • Earn 50,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $10,000 and an extra 25,000 points after you spend an additional $10,000 all on qualifying purchases within your first 3 months of Card Membership.
  • Get 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights and prepaid hotels on amextravel.com.
  • Get 50% more Membership Rewards® points. That's 1.5 points per dollar, on each eligible purchase of $5,000 or more. You can get up to 1 million additional points per year.
  • 35% Airline Bonus: Use Membership Rewards® Pay with Points for all or part of a flight with your selected qualifying airline, and you can get 35% of the points back, up to 500,000 bonus points per calendar year.
  • Enroll to get up to $200 in statement credits annually by getting up to $100 semi-annually for U.S. purchases with Dell. Terms apply.
  • Get one year of Platinum Global Access from WeWork. With this membership, you can access 300+ premium, inspiring workspaces in 75+ cities. To get this exclusive offer, enroll between 2/15/2019 and 12/31/2019.
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