Eligible Hilton Honors Diamond members (status in 2020) can gift Gold-status to a nominee of their choice and those with 100 or more nights a Diamond until January 31, 2021.
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 are details about this current campaign:
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.
In order to complete the status gifting to a friend you need the unique code that Hilton sent to be entered on the respective website.
Many members including myself never got the invitation email to do so until the deadline of January 31, 2021 so I decided to chase it up with Hilton and then gift the status to one of my friends.
Hilton Gold is a very solid status especially for people who don’t stay at hotels a lot. It comes with decent upgrades, free breakfast and often hotels also give Club access even though that’s not officially part of the status.
Remember that if you’re eligible to gift this status it has to be done until January 31, 2021
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. Diamonds with 100 night last year were also able to gift Diamond status. I only had 34 nights so I could only gift Gold.
Hilton likely hopes these newly gifted Gold and Diamond-status members to book at least some stays in 2021 which will continue to be a very slow year for the hotel industry.