Hilton Free WiFi Expands To All & Diamond Members Get Premium Access

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Hilton HHonors made an announcement today that standard WiFi access will become complimentary for blue and Silver members starting in August.

Hilton HHonors Internet Access Update

Hilton HHonors Diamond members will receive premium internet access free, where available, starting sometime in the second quarter. There is no change for the Gold member internet benefit.

You can access Hilton’s web page for status related benefits here.

READ MORE: Hilton HHonors Rate & Bonus Points And Miles Promotions

Here’s the Hilton’s announcement:

  • Our most loyal guests, Diamond members, will receive complimentary premium Wi-Fi beginning in the second quarter this year at all of our properties when they book directly through a proprietary Hilton channel or via one of our corporate travel partners.
  • Starting in August, we will extend complimentary standard Wi-Fi access to Blue and Silver members when they book their stays directly through a proprietary Hilton channel or one of our corporate travel partners.
  • Complimentary standard Wi-Fi will continue to be a benefit for HHonors Gold members who also book directly through our proprietary Hilton channels or one of our corporate travel partners.
  • Booking directly through a proprietary Hilton channel one of our corporate travel partners:
    • The Hilton HHonors mobile app
    • Online from hilton.com, HHonors.com, or any of our brand/hotel websites
    • Calling Hilton Reservations Customer Care: 1-800-HHonors or your local Hilton reservations office
    • Calling an individual hotel (plus walk-ins and physical on-property too)
    • Via corporate travel agencies and travel professionals that book via a Hilton proprietary channel
  • This update doesn’t apply to hotels where there is a resort charge.

Here’s how the free internet has spread over the past two years (IHG started):

Free WiFi Coming To All Staying At Hyatt Hotels In February 2015

Starwood Hotels Offering Free Internet For All SPG Member That Book Directly Starting Feb 2, 2015

Marriott Rewards Free WiFi Expanding To All Members January 15, 2015

Marriott Gold & Platinum Elite Benefit Upgrade: Premium Tiered Internet Access Now Worldwide

IHG Rewards Club Free Internet “Worldwide” (Except Europe) Update

IHG Rewards Club Free Internet In Europe Confirmed From July 2014

And issues with the internet access at hotels:

Nonworking Hotel Internet – Would You Stay Or Leave?

Compensation Clinic: No Working Internet & In-room Safe Problems

Hotel “High” (None) Speed Internet Case: DoubleTree Jakarta Diponegoro

Whine Wednesdays: “Free” Hotel Internet (Worse Than Previously)

Conclusion

So, now finally all the main 5 (Hilton, Hyatt, IHG, Marriott and Starwood) hotel chains offer standard internet free for all members that book directly. Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott and Starwood offer premium version complimentary for their top tier (and some for mid too) members too.

I truly hope that Hilton makes the properties to upgrade their internet connections so that they are actually useful. Nothing is worse than a “free” internet connection where Google Maps and Gmail are timing out.

Hilton had to do this change to stay competitive with their main rivals. I am glad that as a Diamond member I can now choose the premium one for fee.

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