I was tipped off to a very small status challenge to extend my Hilton Honors Diamond status for just three stays and found that some may extend by as few as one stay.
Hilton Offers Targeted Status Extensions
I wrote earlier in the year that I intended to use a Diamond status extension to maintain my status in the Hilton Honors program as I did not achieve the required 30 stays/60 nights in a calendar year in 2022. The perk is exclsuive to Diamond members and comes with some caveats but is a great way to continue to access the executive lounge at key Hilton properties like Waldorf-Astoria, room upgrades, and continue to earn 20 points per dollar spent. Terms apply to that perk (250 nights minimum as a Hilton Honors member, and Diamond status achieved at least thrice) and what remains unclear is whether it can be used more than once.
As luck would have it, I didn’t need to use that status extension.
“Maintain Silver, Gold or Diamond Hilton status through March 31, 2024 when staying once by March 31, 2023.
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While I was not targeted for extending Diamond status with just one night, I tried one, two, and three before finally securing it in my account. If you fail, continue to try links or call the Diamond desk. All stays must be completed by March 31st.
No Question I’ll Accept The Challenge
The terms and conditions are quite limited, and I couldn’t find a restrcition to paid nights vs award stays (our keen readership may see mention it in the comments if they discover such a restriction.) Nevertheless, I have at least one paid stay needed during the period already, filling the other two shouldn’t be an issue even if the stay must be paid.
As I mentioned before, I’d rather not use my status extension benefit out of a lack of information among the Diamond Desk team regarding whether or not it can be used more than once. In theory, if it can be used more than once, one could indefinitely remain Diamond once they achieved 250 nights and just extend every year.
Not all readers have found the value in Hilton’s Diamond status that I have, but for me and my family, we have had a great experience with the brand and frankly, I am relieved to maintain it.
When Everyone Has Status No One Does
Some readers have commented that few actually stay the required 60 nights to achieve Diamond (40 nights for Hilton Gold.) Rather, many opt to pay for the status by holding the Hilton Honors American Express Aspire card for $450 and using the perks that offset the annual fee. Delta once said that when “everyone has status, no one does”and that’s a salient point.
However, my travel plans often change and holding Diamond has been key for me being able to make travel plans adjust and fit to my schedule over reservation rules. Some hotels like the Double Tree by Hilton at the Entrance to Universal Stuidos have spoiled us with huge suites and generous policies toward the daily food and beverage credit.
While I wasn’t targeted for a Hilton Diamond extension after just one stay, but was targeted for the extension after three before March 31st. Not everyone finds the same level of value in Hilton Diamond status, but for myself and my family it has been a tremendous help. I am looking forward to spending another year at the top of their program, and while I didn’t earn it in 2022, my previous stays with the brand make me a good candidate to retain.
What do you think? Were you targeted? Would you take Hilton up on its offer?