Most major hotel programs offer a way to earn lifelong elite status. This way, hotel groups can reward those who have been exceptionally loyal over the years. In this post, I wanted to take a look at how you can achieve the status of a life in the Hilton Honors program.
The Hilton Honors Lifetime Status Program
While Hilton Honors has three elite levels – silver, gold, and diamond – the program only offers lifetime diamond status, which means there is no way to achieve lifetime silver or gold status. Lifetime status is still a relatively new concept for the Hilton Honors program as it wasn’t introduced until 2015.
In order to Earn the Hilton Honors Diamond Lifetime Status::
- Members must have Earned Hilton Honors Diamond status for 10 years (The years do not have to follow one another)
- Members must have stayed a total of at least 1,000 nights (either paid or excellent) OR need to have accumulated at least two million basis points since joining the Hilton Honors program
As you can see, everyone has to earn Diamond status for 10 years and then meet one of the other two requirements. For some connections to these requirements:
- Hilton Honors Diamond status typically requires 60 elite nights per year. 1,000 nights therefore correspond to Diamond status for more than 16 years
- Hilton Honors members earn 10 basis points per dollar spent on most hotel brands, which means that earning two million basis points equals $ 200,000 in eligible Hilton Honors spend. Base Points do not include points earned through promotions or co-branded Hilton Honors cards
The Hilton Honors Diamond status is the top status of Hilton and includes perks such as room upgrades based on availability, free breakfast and / or access to the Executive Lounge, bonus points, premium internet and much more. Read my complete guide to Hilton Honors Diamond status here.
Complimentary breakfast is included as a Hilton Honors Diamond member
Can Credit Cards Earn Lifetime Hilton Honors Status?
One of the things I love about the Hilton Honors program is how easy it is to gain status using credit cards, including top-level diamond status:
Can diamond status acquired through co-branded credit cards count towards diamond lifelong status? Yes and no:
- Diamond status acquired through credit cards will count towards the 10-year diamond status requirement for lifetime status
- However, you would still have to earn either 1,000 nights or 2 million basis points, which is the much bigger hurdle
So yes, credit cards can help with one lifetime status metric, but not the biggest hurdle to overcome.
Credit cards currently only earn you lifetime Hilton Honors status
Is Hilton Honors lifelong status worth it?
Yes, check into a Hampton Inn for 1,000 nights, it’s definitely worth it. 😉
In all fairness the answer is much more nuanced:
- In general, I don’t think it’s worth getting out of the way too much because loyalty programs are in control – they can change both qualification requirements and benefits of status at will
- I don’t appreciate the concept of lifetime Hilton Honors Diamond status as much as it is otherwise easy to attain Hilton Honors status. I can maintain this status every year by sticking to a fantastic credit card. So there is nothing that I am really missing out on
- The one-off hotel status that I’m most excited about is World of Hyatt Globalist Lifetime Status, both for the general benefits associated with Globalist status and for the Lifetime Globalist member benefit stack, meaning they receive one additional upgrade for four suites awards per year, more free night certificates, etc.
If your frequent Hiltons are definitely worth keeping Life Status in mind, although I don’t think doing something too drastic to earn Life Status is not too drastic.
Hilton Honors Diamond members sometimes receive suite upgrades
The Hilton Honors program only introduced lifelong status in 2015. It is possible to earn lifetime Diamond status by qualifying for Diamond status for 10 years and then earning either 1,000 Elite Nights or 2 million basis points (the equivalent of at least $ 200,000 in Hilton Hotels spend).
Hilton has some pretty high demands on lifetime status, especially given the otherwise achievable Diamond status.
How would you rate the Hilton Honors’ lifetime Diamond status? Are OMAAT readers lifelong Diamond members?