Qualifying for Hilton HHonors Diamond Status on Stays, Nights or Base Points

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You can qualify for all Hilton status levels (Silver, Gold or Diamond) on stays, nights or base points. There are number of fast tracks for Hilton Gold status by using a MVP, Visa Infinite, or targeted offer based on the airline status that nobody should be Silver.

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Hilton recently changed their website. You can now easily see your qualification based on these three requirements.

Note that there are ways to qualify for Diamond based on the amount of charged using a Hilton branded credit card.

Qualifying based on STAYS

People sometimes confuse what is a stay. Stay can be anywhere from one night to a month or more. Stay is checking in to a hotel and checking out. Checking in/out from the same hotel on consecutive nights is not considered a separate stay.

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I qualified for 2013 Diamond status based on the stays. So far I have had 37 stays at Hilton hotels in 2012. The requirement is 28 stays. Hilton counts both paid and award stays for this.

Qualifying based on NIGHTS

Night is simply how many nights you have so far spend at Hilton hotels during the calendar year. It doesn’t matter if they are paid or award.

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The requirement for the Hilton HHonors Diamond status is 60 nights during the calendar year and I have just 41 that would have qualified me as a Gold member.

Qualifying based on BASE POINTS

Hilton is the only chain (Priority Club has something similar but ALL the points count) that qualifies you for their Diamond status based on the BASE POINTS that you have earned during the calendar year. You earn 10 base points per dollar spend on room rate + incidentals. Incidental spend doesn’t apply at Hampton Inn hotels and Home2 Suite stays earn you only 5 base points per dollar spend.

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The requirement for the Hilton Diamond status during the calendar year is 100000 base points that is equivalent of $10K spend.

Conclusion

Based on the number of stays I am Diamond, based on the nights Gold, and only Silver if the qualification would have been based on base points earned.

You can qualify for the Diamond status using any of the three criteria that I have listed above. The number of nights requirement is quite high considered that Hyatt Diamond and Starwood Platinum both require 50 nights. It is easiest, however, to qualify based on the number of stays if you don’t mind having lot of one night stays.

If you are big spender at expensive location and have lot of eligible incidental charges, you can qualify for the Diamond on just one stay as long as your eligible is more than $10K.

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  • http://world-traveller.me/ World Traveller

    The signup page for this promotion has been tweaked… and now displays:

    Enter the 16 digits of your Visa Infinite card to verify you’re eligible for the HHonors offer. Your card will not be charged.

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  • Farhan

    Wow…I wish I can have qualified using stay but I am more on leisure travel. So my preferences is using base points. I am at 68k base but only can go gold :(

    • http://loyaltylobby.com/ John O.

      You would only need another $3200 in spending. Have you considered doing some hotel hopping?

      Doing that on vacation is not as easy compared when traveling for business.

  • Tony

    Will points transfer from Amex count as base points earned?

    • http://loyaltylobby.com/ John O.

      They don’t.

  • Eric

    You may want to double check if in fact Hilton counts award stays towards your HHonors status qualification? I thought that was a little too good to be true and called HHonors to verify and they said only paid rooms count towards qualifying stays or nights. Using points or a combination of points and dollars does not count.

    • http://loyaltylobby.com/ John O.

      You are likely find more accurate information from here than from phone rep.

      See the terms and conditions and Accrual of points 14 (last sentence):

      Members will not earn points or miles for Reward Stays or hotel stays
      redeemed with a Marketing Partner’s discount/free certificate (e.g.
      frequent flyer award or travel award), unless otherwise stated on the
      certificate. But if a Member is using Room Upgrade Rewards, any money
      spent on the original reservation will earn points consistent with these
      Terms. Members may earn points (not miles) for incidental charges at a
      hotel within the Hilton Worldwide portfolio during a Reward Stay,
      provided such charges are deemed eligible folio charges at Hilton®,
      Conrad® Hotels and Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton™, Embassy Suites®,
      Hilton Garden Inn®, Hilton Grand Vacations®, and the Waldorf Astoria
      hotels. Members will not earn points for incidental charges during a
      Reward Stay at a Hampton Inn®, Hampton Inn & Suites®, Home2 Suites
      by Hilton® or Homewood Suites by Hilton® hotel. Members will not earn
      points for incidental charges during hotel stays redeemed with a
      Marketing Partner’s discount/free certificate unless otherwise stated on
      the certificate. For purposes of counting stays and nights for Elite
      tier qualification (as explained below), Reward Stays will count towards
      the number of overall stays and nights.

  • Magnus

    I attended a fast track offer and i’m a gold member since February. I do know that i will keep the gold-status even the year after it was/is earned, but there it’s not mentioned at all. It says that i will be a blue member next year even though i know i will keep my gold status even next year. Very strange.

  • Magnus

    I attended a fast track offer and i’m a gold member since February. I do know that i will keep the gold-status even the year after it was/is earned, but there it’s not mentioned at all. It says that i will be a blue member next year even though i know i will keep my gold status even next year. Very strange.