Qualifications Quietly Increase for Hilton HHonors Diamond and Gold VIP Elite Status for 2013

If you are a loyal elite member of the Hilton HHonors frequent guest loyalty program, qualifying for Diamond and Gold VIP elite status will become somewhat more difficult starting next year.

The following are the new requirements to qualify for Hilton HHonors Diamond VIP elite status as of January 1, 2013:

  • 30 stays — increased from 28 stays
  • 60 nights — no change, or
  • 120,000 base points earned during any calendar year — increased from 100,000 base points

The following are the new requirements to qualify for Hilton HHonors Gold VIP elite status as of January 1, 2013:

  • 20 stays — increased from 16 stays
  • 40 nights — increased from 36 nights, or
  • 75,000 base points earned during any calendar year — increased from 60,000 base points

The qualifications to achieve Hilton HHonors Silver VIP elite status remain unchanged:

  • Four stays, or
  • Ten nights

Interestingly, there has yet to be an official announcement pertaining to the changes in qualifications in order to attain Hilton HHonors Diamond VIP and Gold VIP elite status. I do not understand why Hilton HHonors has not announced these changes to its members.

I have been a Hilton HHonors VIP elite member for many consecutive years — always qualifying on stays which, for me, is the easiest way to qualify again for elite status in terms of actually staying at Hilton Worldwide properties. There have also been promotions where elite status could be earned faster — such as paying for only three stays at Hilton Worldwide properties with a Visa Signature credit card within a limited period of time last year, which awarded the user instant Hilton HHonors Gold VIP elite status. Within a few months, a similar promotion was offered for Visa Infinite credit card holders who were Hilton HHonors frequent guest loyalty program members.

What is puzzling is that there are at least two ways which are easier — and potentially less expensive — to earn Hilton HHonors VIP elite status than the traditional method of staying at Hilton Worldwide properties:

  • Use the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve credit card if you are a resident of the United States, which has a $95.00 annual fee but awards instant Hilton HHonors Gold VIP elite status as long as you have the credit card, and Hilton HHonors Diamond VIP elite status when spending $40,000.00 per year annually.
  • Use the Hilton HHonors Platinum Visa credit card if you are a resident of the United Kingdom, which awards instant Hilton HHonors Silver VIP elite status as long as you have the credit card, and Hilton HHonors Gold VIP elite status when spending £10,000.00 per calendar year annually.

While FlyerTalk members are generally not happy about these changes, they do wonder whether or not the fast track and credit card methods for earning Hilton HHonors VIP elite status will either increase as well — or be eliminated altogether. They also wonder whether or not the benefits bestowed upon members of the various VIP elite status levels will be reduced.

Some FlyerTalk members have already declared that they do not intend to qualify again for Hilton HHonors VIP status.

If Hilton HHonors keeps the various fast-track methods of earning VIP elite status — as well as the benefits offered to members of the various levels of Hilton HHonors VIP elite status — unchanged, these unannounced changes in VIP elite status qualifications will be easier to accept, in my opinion. I personally hope that this is the case.

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  • simonsmith at 12:22am December 04, 2012

    For over 10 years now we have been HH Gold through personal leisure stays. We can just about stretch to 16 stays a year but 20 is too much of a push: Silver is worthless so there will be no reason to remain loyal.

  • senseiCRW at 4:51am December 04, 2012

    I wish HHonors would do what Delta does with the miles above your last tier. I qualify every other year or so for Diamond or I am a few short and remain at gold at 55 or so. If Hilton would rollover the stays above your last threshold I would be sure to always stay at a Hilton. Now once I have the 20 stays I look for a closer property to my event rather than taking the extra effort to stay at a Hilton property that may be farther away and not have a special event rate.

  • TravelinWilly at 10:40am December 04, 2012

    Are they devaluing the Hhonors points as well?

  • lcpteck at 7:04pm December 04, 2012

    For a leisure traveler like me who retains Gold status by stays, this will be hard for me. Credit Card is out of reach as well since I’m from overseas… Guess I’ll have to look elsewhere.. bummer…

  • Brobbel at 3:40am December 05, 2012

    You forgot the Gold status with the German Hilton HHonors Visacard. And with a spend of EUR 20,000 or higher you receive Diamond status.

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