Hyatt, Marriott and now also Starwood has realized that giving out a lifetime status after meeting some pretty tough revenue, number of nights, and number of years in the program could be an important part to make members stick with the chain long term.
I have already independently written about Hyatt, Marriott and Starwood requirements. Currently neither InterContinental Hotels Group (Priority Club/Ambassador) nor Hilton offer a lifetime incentive for their members.
My preference in easiness of achieving the top tier lifetime status in these three programs is as following:
1. Starwood Lifetime Platinum
Requires only 500 nights (now all nights count including cash & points/award) + 10 years of Platinum membership
This is in my opinion the easiest. The night requirement is not onerous. The only “real” requirement is the fact that you need to have Platinum status for 10 years. These years do not need to be continuous, but other years do not count for lifetime Platinum.
2. Marriott Lifetime Platinum
Requires 2 million points, 1000 nights & 12 years as a Marriott Rewards member.
The biggest hurdle is the number of night’s requirement, although all the nights count including the ones from credit card + possible meeting ones.
The 2 million point’s requirement might sound high, but in reality it is not considering how many points you will earn from the stays including all the status based bonuses, Megabonus promotions, and points from the credit card spend.
You need to have been at least ones a Platinum member during your membership of the program.
3. Hyatt Lifetime Diamond
This can be the easiest or hardest depending how much you spend. The requirement is one million base points. These are NOT the lifetime points that you can see in your account, but only points that are from eligible revenue before any additional bonuses. It translates to $200K in Hyatt spend that is credited towards Hyatt points. If you have credited some of the stays to airline miles, none of those count for this lifetime status.
The only other requirement is the requirement of having been a Gold Passport member for 10 years. There is no need to ever have a status with Hyatt.