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Now You Can Request a Hilton Diamond Status Extension Through March 31, 2020

Jan. 15, 2019
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Now You Can Request a Hilton Diamond Status Extension Through March 31, 2020
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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.

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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 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.

The information for the Hilton Aspire Amex card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

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  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
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Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
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3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
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    For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening

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  • Annual Fee

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  • Recommended Credit
    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

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Why We Chose It

The Citi Premier’s 3 points per dollar spent across a wide range of popular categories is one of the more lucrative offerings in the world of points and miles. The Citi Premier comes with a $95 annual fee and is currently offering a solid sign up bonus of 80,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases within the first three months. It also has some valuable transfer partners to make the most of your rewards. Add in access to Citi Entertainment plus a $100 hotel credit for any single-stay hotel booking that exceeds $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through the Citi travel website, there are few reasons why the Citi Premier should not be in every traveler’s wallet.

Pros

  • Earns 3x points on restaurants, supermarkets, gas stations, air travel and hotels.
  • $100 annual hotel savings benefit (on single hotel stay bookings of $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through thankyou.com)
  • Points transfer to 16 airline programs, from JetBlue to Virgin Atlantic.
  • World Elite Mastercard benefits, extended warranty, damage and theft protection.

Cons

  • $95 annual fee
  • Lacks travel protections that other travel rewards cards come with
  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
  • 80,000 Points are redeemable for $800 in gift cards when redeemed at thankyou.com
  • No expiration and no limit to the amount of points you can earn with this card
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases