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I was reviewing the guaranteed benefits of Hilton Diamond status and ran across one that I had overlooked. It’s similar to what Alaska Airlines allows people to do…except Hilton’s Diamond extension doesn’t “pause” your status, but maintains and extends the status for an additional year if you meet the stated criteria. Let’s check it out.
Hilton Honors Diamond Status Extension
Full terms and conditions
Personally, I couldn’t qualify for this benefit even if I wanted to take advantage of it. I haven’t had 3 years at Diamond status, nor have I earned 500k + base points or spent 250 nights at Hilton Hotels. It’s clearly targeted to those members who have spent a lot of time and/or money with Hilton and I think that’s a great perk to add. If I knew I would be losing my status and could qualify for this promotion, I would probably take advantage of it, which in turn, means Hilton would grab more of my stays during the extension period than otherwise. Compare this to Hyatt who just made it far more difficult for their Top Tiers to maintain status, Hilton is creating value for those who have been loyal and potentially hit a rough patch.