Hilton Honors made a one-time Diamond status extension part of the program in 2018 and it has now gone live for 2020.
Members that didn’t qualify for Diamond status in 2020 and fulfill the extension requirements have until March 27 to submit their requests.
You can access Hilton’s page for Diamond Extensions here.
Note that you can utilize the Diamond status extension program only once.
Here are the requirements:
- Minimum three years of Diamond status (don’t need to be consecutive)
- 250 nights (both paid and awards qualify)
- 500,000 base points since joining Hilton Honors
Note that you won’t find information on the number of nights consumed, the total number of base points earned or Diamond years online. You need to contact Diamond support to get this info that will take few days. You can email email@example.com. Hilton, however, plans to make this information available online later this year (read more here).
You don’t need to provide any reason for using the extension. Just make sure that you fulfill the requirements listed above.
This is an excellent one-time opportunity for members whose travel dipped for a year to regain their status by filling out the form. You must have had it for a minimum of three years and consumed 250 nights or earned half a million base points.
Here are the terms and conditions of this program:
A Diamond Status Extension will be awarded to select Hilton Honors members, who are current Diamond members and have earned Diamond Status for at least 3 years (consecutive or non-consecutive) and who have completed stays totaling at least 250 paid and reward nights OR who are current Diamond members and have earned Diamond Status for at least 3 years (consecutive or non-consecutive) and who have earned at least 500,000 Base Points over life of membership, pursuant to the standard Hilton Honors Terms & Conditions.
To be eligible, a Hilton Honors member must meet the stated criteria and currently be a Diamond Member. Points earned via bonuses, promotions and/or co-branded credit cards do not count towards meeting the Diamond Status Extension criteria. Qualifying Hilton Honors Members may enact this benefit once throughout the lifetime of their membership. The year during which a Hilton Honors member used a status match to achieve Diamond Status will not count as one of the three years of Diamond status required to meet the criteria. If a Member elects to use this offer, their Diamond status will extend for an additional year beyond when it would have otherwise expired. Once a Member elects to use this one-time offer and the extension is applied to their account, this action is considered final and is not reversible. At the end of the extension time period, Hilton Honors members will need to complete the requirements to maintain Diamond status pursuant to the standard Hilton Honors Terms & Conditions. If Diamond requirements are not met, Hilton Honors members will be placed in the appropriate tier pursuant to the standard Hilton Honors Terms & Conditions. Once earned, standard Hilton Honors Terms & Conditions apply.
A Diamond Status Extension is granted at the discretion of Hilton Honors Worldwide, LLC and may be ended, or amended with or without notice or compensation, at Hilton Honors’ sole discretion.
Here are the frequently asked questions:
What is the Diamond Status Extension benefit?
Exclusively for Hilton Honors Diamond Members who meet the criteria below, this benefit allows them to extend their Diamond status for an additional year beyond when it would have expired otherwise, should they be unable to qualify for any reason.
Who is eligible for the Diamond Status Extension benefit?
Members who meet the following criteria are eligible for the Diamond Status Extension benefit:
Must currently be a Diamond Member, have earned Diamond status for at least 3 years, but the years do not need to be consecutive.
AND Have completed stays totaling at least 250 nights, paid or reward
OR Have accumulated 500,000 Base Points or more since joining Hilton Honors.
Essentially, there are two (2) combinations that will qualify a Member for the Diamond Status Extension benefit:
3+ years at Diamond and currently at Diamond with at least 250 nights (paid or reward)
3+ years at Diamond and currently at Diamond with at least 500,000 lifetime Base Points
Do Bonus Points count towards achieving the criteria?
No. As with our Diamond status criteria, only Base Points are eligible. Points earned via bonuses, promotions and/or co-branded credit cards do not count towards meeting these criteria.
How many times can I use this benefit?
Qualifying Members may enact this benefit once throughout the lifetime of their membership.
Am I eligible if I previously had Diamond status?
To take advantage of this benefit, a Member must meet the criteria and currently be a Diamond Member.
Does the Diamond Status Extension benefit count towards my Lifetime Diamond requirements?
The year of Diamond status granted by enacting this benefit does not count towards fulfilling the Lifetime Diamond year requirement. However, Base Points and nights earned throughout that year will count towards the Lifetime Diamond Base Points and night Points requirements.
If I did a status match, does that year of Diamond status count towards this benefit?
No, a year in which a Member did a status match will not count as a year of eligibility for this benefit.
How long does the Diamond status granted by this benefit last?
If a Member elects to use this benefit, their Diamond status will be extended for an additional year beyond when it would have expired otherwise.
What happens at the end of the status year when I have applied this benefit?
At the end of the year in which this benefit was applied, Members will need to have completed the normal requirements to maintain Diamond status. If Diamond requirements are not met, Members will be placed in the tier they achieved in accordance with the program terms.
When can members take advantage of this benefit?
At the beginning of the year, eligible Diamond members have the ability to extend their Diamond status for one-year, one-time, for any reason. The submission timeframe runs from February through March 31 right before a Member’s status is updated on April 1st reflecting their stay activity from the previous year. Outside of this submission timeframe, Members can fill out a form through this link to request that an email is sent, early in the year, to inform them of their eligibility status and remind them to submit the extension request. Members who qualify and wish to use the benefit can click here for more information. Members can also call 1-800-4HONORS or visit this link to contact us with any questions on how to use this benefit.
How do I find my program-to-date years at Diamond, nights and base points?
Members who wish to know their program-to-date years at Diamond, nights, and base points can call 1-800-4HONORS or visit this link to contact us.
What if I decide that I want to save this benefit for a later time, but I have already elected to use my one-time extension?
Once a Member elects to use this one-time offer and the extension is applied to their account, this action is considered final and is not reversible. Please determine the best time to use this benefit according to your personal travel situation before submitting your request through the online form or by telephone. Remember, you can only use your Diamond Status Extension once, so use it when you really need it.