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BotB Dec 16, 14 2:24 pm

Lifetime Diamond Status Arrives at Hilton Honors — With Required Qualifications
 
This thread is for any news or questions regarding the announcement of lifetime status coming to HHonors.

Just to keep it to one place!

Wiki will have the latest info, but for those on mobile devices and using FT app the news was posted by our rep in this post and states:



In 2015, HHonors will begin introducing Lifetime Diamond Status! As you may know, we’re always looking for new ways to reward you and we take into consideration your feedback on ways to recognize our most loyal members. Over the past several years, we’ve heard from you that Lifetime Diamond Status is important to you and I’m thrilled to announce that we will be inviting some of our most tenured Diamond members into this status.

I’ll have more details for you in early 2015 and I understand our first Lifetime Diamond members will receive their invitations in the early part of 2015. At this time, this is all the information I have on Lifetime Diamond Status, but I will do my best to keep you all updated as I hear more!
If you find any other news relating to this exciting new and welcome development please post it in this thread!

Some interesting bits to glean from the above:

-Diamond members only and invite needed rather than automatic.
-Definitely worth getting your email situation sorted to ensure you can receive this invite if you would be 'invited' !

MBS MillionMiler Dec 16, 14 2:44 pm

It would be awesome to be selected...What's it going to take? Shameless groveling? Here's my attempt:

Hi Erin! It's me...I hope I've given some great feedback in our exchanges! :) I enjoy rainbows, walks on the beach and staying at HH properties above all others, when possible. ;)

Gomac Dec 16, 14 2:48 pm

Exciting news indeed! So what's the speculation on requirements? Invitation only first..... then 10 years Diamond? Maybe 500 nights?

Skimanant Dec 16, 14 3:15 pm

Interesting news indeed, and I am sure it will be widely discussed ;) Wonder if it will be years qualifying? Number of nights in total stayed? Spend? Combination of all?

GUWonder Dec 16, 14 4:17 pm


Originally Posted by Skimanant (Post 24007894)
Interesting news indeed, and I am sure it will be widely discussed ;) Wonder if it will be years qualifying? Number of nights in total stayed? Spend? Combination of all?

I don't know, but the fact that I got the email about lifetime status asking for my confirmation of the mailing address makes me wonder how ever I would qualify for lifetime Diamond status with Hilton. I don't have the years, nights, expenditures or years of Diamond status such that I'd expect to even be close. If it was for lifetime Gold or Silver, then maybe.

Or is this a sign of Hilton giving lifetime diamond status on some sort of lifetime airline elite status basis? The "invitation" aspect makes me think it may be like that.

arlflyer Dec 16, 14 5:05 pm

Maybe they will just be giving lifetime Diamond status to all of us who contribute regularly here on the FT hhonors forum, as a means of piloting the program and rewarding our helpful feedback to the brand.

Ah, I do crack even myself up sometimes. But yes, I did see the comment about "most tenured". Hopefully they'll be doing it in a manner that doesn't distinguish based on stays/nights/spend, just as individual year qualification doesn't.

Also a bit surprised that it's a jump right to lifetime Diamond, not gold. It's could get crowded at the top - and "lifetime" is a long time. Unless they're thinking of rolling out a new highest tier with features to match the competition (confirmed suites, etc.) and making diamond the 2nd tier.

dave1013 Dec 16, 14 5:25 pm

Almost ashamed to ask this question, but:
 
I'm not sure of the exact number of years I've been a Diamond. It's close to 10 as best I can tell.

Does anyone know of a way to get this info?

(and I can hear it now - "If you don't know this then you don't deserve to be a lifetime Diamond!" LOL)

There was a post on this board a few months ago that gave an address at hilton.com that would have given this information, but it only gave historical points, and only for a few years back at that.

Any guidance would be appreciated.

dshafiee Dec 16, 14 6:30 pm

I just called honors
 
Just call the diamond desk and ask...

jamesteroh Dec 16, 14 8:26 pm


Originally Posted by arlflyer (Post 24008562)
Maybe they will just be giving lifetime Diamond status to all of us who contribute regularly here on the FT hhonors forum, as a means of piloting the program and rewarding our helpful feedback to the brand.

Ah, I do crack even myself up sometimes. But yes, I did see the comment about "most tenured". Hopefully they'll be doing it in a manner that doesn't distinguish based on stays/nights/spend, just as individual year qualification doesn't.

Also a bit surprised that it's a jump right to lifetime Diamond, not gold. It's could get crowded at the top - and "lifetime" is a long time. Unless they're thinking of rolling out a new highest tier with features to match the competition (confirmed suites, etc.) and making diamond the 2nd tier.

I'm surprised as well, or at least roll out lifetime gold at the same time. Unless they figure gold is easy enough to obtain without stays, but that isn't the case outside the US

Fanjet Dec 16, 14 10:02 pm

I'd rather they copy the SPG or Marriott model than have an unpublished way of earning Lifetime status. Also, Lifetime Gold would be a nice option as well.

cruisr Dec 16, 14 10:48 pm

So is the conjecture that only people who got this email are going to get some sort of lifetime status. Have been HH for probably 15 years and have been Diamond the last 8 at least. I got the verify my email address email and just verified it but don't remember seeing anything about lifetime status, maybe I wasn't paying attention or maybe it wasn't there?

Skimanant Dec 17, 14 1:37 am

Lifetime gold I feel not the best idea, partly because there could be so many with lifetime status (depending on criteria we don't know yet of course, and may never know), and because a lifetime status should reward those guests that have done most with the brand, so it would have to be top tier.
I would hope the status would be something that is a real reward and something to be proud of, would be trickier to achieve if too many achieved it.

robandjojo423 Dec 17, 14 5:57 am

So out of curiosity what sort of stays would put you in the higher echelons. I've been diamond for 7 years and reckon I've clocked up c320 stays.
How's that compare to others on this forum ?

jefftiger Dec 17, 14 8:09 am


Originally Posted by robandjojo423 (Post 24010808)
So out of curiosity what sort of stays would put you in the higher echelons. I've been diamond for 7 years and reckon I've clocked up c320 stays.
How's that compare to others on this forum ?

Okay, this should be interesting! I called the Diamond Desk and was told that I have spent around 920 nights during 300 stays at Hilton properties. I've been a Diamond for 7 years and was Gold for a few years before that. I suppose that spending around 2.5 years of my life on the road (not counting several more months at non-Hilton properties) in the past 10 or so years might be seen as more depressing than as an accomplishment.

BlondeBomber Dec 17, 14 8:22 am

well since we are all guessing, my bet is that it will be in the order of 500 stays or 1000 nights or 1 million earned points (with a minimum 10 years as Diamond). Don't think I am quite there yet despite being Diamond for 15 years or so.


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