Hilton HHonors has Silver, Gold and Diamond elite status levels (Blue is a base one) of which both Gold and Diamond come with reasonable benefits.
Gold status gets you a room upgrade to the executive level if available and lounge access (if upgraded to executive floor) or breakfast. Diamond members get lounge access regardless of the upgrade received and, although not officially Diamond status benefit, occasional suite upgrades at hotels.
You can read more about the Hilton HHonors Gold and Diamond benefits here.
Hilton HHonors Gold Match Challenge
You can get Hilton HHonors Gold status by carrying an affiliated credit card in a number of markets OR by participating in one of the Gold fast track offers that require just 4 stays within 90 days. You can read more about the MVP fast track offer here.
Hilton may offer you Gold status for the duration of your Diamond challenge.
Hilton HHonors Diamond Match Challenge
Hilton’s Diamond challenge requires 21 nights during a 90 day period. Occasionally, Hilton has also extended challenges based on stays instead of nights, although this is rare. The number of stays required during the 90 day period is 10.
Requesting a Diamond challenge:
You must send your Marriott, Hyatt, Starwood, IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group), Fairmont Presidents Club, Choice, or Le Club Accorhotels account activity for the past 12 months to firstname.lastname@example.org and request the challenge.
You can also try requesting the stay based challenge and Gold status for the duration of the Diamond challenge.
If you complete the challenge successfully in 2015, the status is valid until March 2017.
There are also credit card products in some markets that award Diamond status after meeting a spend requirement.
Hilton doesn’t usually comp directly to the Diamond level without having to go through the challenge, but a friend of mine was able to do it successfully last year after showing significant account activity with IHG. I would try requesting it over the phone.
Remember that you would need to fulfill the official qualification requirement by the end of 2015 or the status is downgraded come March 2016.
Hilton is strong in the United States and the UK, although the chain is present in many other markets as well.
The Hilton HHonors Gold status is very useful as it comes (most of the time) with executive club access.
I have been generally satisfied with the Diamond status and benefits extended outside of North America and full service properties (that just don’t see the same high number of loyalty program elite members).
My status dropped to Gold last year and did the challenge that required 21 nights in 90 days. Just make sure that you are 100% sure about the beginning and end dates of your challenge, so that you can get the required number of nights in.