Honors members reaching 60 nights in a calendar year can gift Gold-status and those spending 100 or more nights a Diamond.
Hilton is making an exception this year and allows all Diamond members to gift Gold and Lifetime Diamonds can gift Diamond through January 31, 2021.
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Diamond status is usually valid through March 31 (minimum 15 months from which it was earned). However, the gifted Gold and Diamond statuses are valid for 365 days from the date they were activated.
Here’s the note that we received from Hilton:
Gift Hilton Honors Elite Status to a loved one. To thank its most elite members for their continued loyalty this season, Hilton Honors is extending a one-time special gift to its global Diamond and Lifetime Diamond members.
Beginning next week until January 31, 2021, these elite members will be able to gift status for one year to a family member or friend. Typically, the Elite Status Gifting benefit is reserved for members who complete a standard, annual night requirement.
Diamond members will receive an email with instructions on how to gift Gold status and Lifetime Diamond members will be able to gift Diamond status. For members who earned Status Gifting through their 2020 nights, this is an extra opportunity to gift to someone new.
You can buy points with a 100% bonus through the end of 2020:
This is a nice gesture from Hilton to extend allow all Diamond members to gift Gold and lifetime Diamonds a Diamond without meeting the official criteria.
I am sure that Hilton hopes these newly gifted Gold and Diamond-status members to book hotels in 2021 that will still be a difficult year for hospitality sector companies.
Some always argue that extending an offer like this would dilute the top tier status (same with the status matches). If these newly minted members don’t stay at full-service Hilton affiliated hotels, there aren’t really any extra benefits beyond earning bonus points.
Hotels really need all the business they can get right now.