What Are The Hilton Diamond Benefits?

With Hilton Honors Diamond status becoming increasingly easier to obtain, many travelers are wondering what exactly are the Hilton Diamond benefits and whether or not it’s worth it to pursue this top-tier Hilton status. This article will take an insightful look into the benefits of Hilton Honors Diamond status.


What is Hilton Honors Diamond status?

Hilton Honors Diamond status is the top-tier status offered by Hilton. Here’s how its requirements compare to the other Hilton Honors tiers.

  • Silver: 4 nights or 10 stays
  • Gold: 40 nights, 20 stays, or 75,000 Hilton Honors Base Points
  • Diamond: 60 nights, 30 stays, or 120,000 Hilton Honors Base Points
Hilton Cabana Bay, Miami Beach.

How do I earn Hilton Honors Diamond status?

There are a few ways to earn Hilton Honors Diamond status.

Earn it the old-fashioned way

The first is to earn it the old-fashioned way by actually physically staying at Hilton hotels.

You can earn Diamond status this way be accumulating:

  • 30 stays or
  • 60 nights or
  • 120,000 base points

That’s a lot of stays and nights, so unless you’re a frequent business traveler, it may not be realistic for you.

A far easier method is to obtain Hilton Honors Gold status through credit cards and then work your way up to Diamond status or just utilize a status match.

Credit cards

You can get automatic Hilton Honors Diamond status with the new American Express Hilton Ascend (launching January 18, 2018).

Credit cards + status challenge

You can get automatic Hilton Honors Gold status by getting approved for the following credit cards:

Once you have Hilton Honors Gold status, you can inquire about a “status challenge.” These challenges involve you staying a certain number of nights within a specified time period to earn status. For example, Hilton recently offered me a challenge to stay 16 nights to earn diamond status (versus the additional 20 nights I would’ve needed).

Status matches

You can also utilize “status matches” to earn Hilton Honors Diamond status. These typically require you to have a certain level of status with another hotel loyalty program and proof that you’ve stayed with that hotel in the past year.

After you show that, you’ll be matched with a corresponding level of Hilton Honors status. For example, IHG Platinum status will often earn you Hilton Honors Diamond status. Sometimes you’ll be able to keep that status without doing anything further but other times you’ll need to book some Hilton stays in order to retain the status.

Hilton Chicago Magnificent Mile Suites.

What are the Hilton Diamond benefits?

5th night free

You will receive every 5th night free on standard room reward stays of 5 nights or more. Silver, Gold and Diamond elite members all get this benefit, so it’s not exactly exclusive — just a nice perk you should be aware of.

50% elite status bonus

With Diamond elite status, you automatically receive a 50% bonus on all the Honors Base Points you earn. At a valuation of .4 cents per point, this amounts to an 8% return which isn’t very compelling for a top-tier status compared with other hotel loyalty programs. However, Hilton runs so many lucrative promotions that you can sometimes double this return which is very compelling.

Executive lounge access/complimentary breakfast

Hilton Honors Diamond members receive complimentary breakfasts (just like Gold members) but Diamond members also receive access to the Executive Lounge regardless of room type booked (Gold members must be bumped up to an Executive level floor).

Lounges give you a nice spot to relax, get complimentary drinks and snacks, hors d’oeuvres in the evening, and it’s often the place where you’ll receive a breakfast. Lounges can differ quite a bit in terms of luxury offered but I’ve enjoyed some very nice Hilton Executive Lounges at some properties.

Lounge access is no doubt one of the top Hilton Diamond benefits.

Upgrades

Some people knock on the Hilton Diamond benefits because they don’t always have a good experience with receiving upgrades. They either don’t happen enough, occur inconsistently, or just don’t live up to expectations. I’ve personally had decent luck with upgrades as a Hilton Diamond member, so I’ve been mostly pleased. My one complaint is that I’ve always had to request an upgrade rather than being offered one. 

Below are the official Hilton Honors terms regarding upgrades for Hilton Honors Diamond members.

  • At Waldorf Astoria® Hotels & Resorts, Conrad® Hotels & Resorts, Canopy™ by Hilton, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Curio – A Collection by Hilton and DoubleTree by Hilton™ and Tapestry Collection by Hilton™ properties, Diamond Hilton Honors Members will receive upgrades to preferred rooms, based on availability at the time of arrival (excludes Napua Tower at Grand Wailea and Imperial Floor at Rome Cavalieri).
  • Upgrades for Diamond Hilton Honors Members may include upgrades up to “junior”, “standard” or “one-bedroom” suites. Upgrades may also be rooms with desirable views, corner rooms, rooms on high floors, rooms with special amenities or rooms on Executive Floors Upgrades.
  • Upgrades exclude executive suites, villas and specialty accommodations (which may include, but not limited to, “Vista” and “Villa” accommodation types), subject to the discretion of the hotel. Group reservations and certain rates are not eligible for suite accommodations and may not be eligible for complimentary upgrades.
  • All upgrades are granted on a space-available basis for the entire stay, as determined at the time of arrival. Preferred rooms are identified by each individual property and may vary within each brand. Upgrades will be given only for one room for the member, regardless of additional rooms the member may have purchased at or after the time of booking.
  • The following brands do not offer complimentary upgrades: Embassy Suites™, Hilton Garden Inn®, Hampton by Hilton™, Tru by Hilton™, Homewood Suites by Hilton®, Home2 Suites by Hilton®, and Hilton Grand Vacations®.

Complimentary Premium internet

  • Complimentary in-room and lobby Premium Internet access, during stays at Waldorf Astoria™ Hotels & Resorts, Conrad® Hotels & Resorts, Canopy™ by Hilton, Curio – A Collection by Hilton, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton™,Tapestry Collection by Hilton™, Embassy Suites Hotels™, Tru by Hilton™, Hilton Garden Inn®, Hampton by Hilton™ Homewood Suites by Hilton®, Home2 Suites by Hilton®, and Hilton Grand Vacations™. Premium speed Internet may not be available at all hotels.

Free internet is offered to Silver and Gold status holders but Diamond members are given premium internet in the lobby and your room. In my experience, the difference in speed varies hotel to hotel and for most purposes, the complimentary standard internet has been sufficient for me though I always appreciate the faster wifi when it’s available.

48-hour room guarantee

You are guaranteed a room when you make a reservation at least 48 hours prior to your arrival. This is an invaluable benefit for those who travel to big events that often have hotels sold out for those time slots months or weeks in advance. If you’re a business traveller who gets sent out to events or just busy areas at the last minute, this benefit can be one of the most valuable to you.

.Almost all of the the other Hilton Diamond benefits are the same as Gold:

  • Guaranteed Discount: A discounted, changeable & refundable rate is exclusively available for Hilton Honors members.
  • Digital Check-In: choose your room, and customize your stay from your mobile device up to 24 hours in advance.
  • Quick reservations and check-ins based on your room preferences
  • Late check-out
  • Express check-out
  • 2nd Guest stays free
  • Complimentary access to fitness centers and health clubs
  • Two complimentary bottles of water per stay

Diamond status extension

Eligible Diamond members can choose to extend their status for an additional year beyond the expiration date, one-time, for any reason. You can read more about Hilton Diamond extension here. 


Hotel-specific benefits

There are also select benefits at different Hilton properties you can take advantage of. Many of these benefits are the same to what is offered to Gold status members but there are some differences.

Members with Diamond status receive all member benefits:

Waldorf Astoria™ Hotels & Resorts

  • Space-available upgrade to a preferred room
  • 1,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points per stay
  • A daily continental breakfast in the hotel’s designated restaurant for you and up to one guest registered to the same room each day of your stay

Conrad® Hotels & Resorts, Curio – A Collection by Hilton, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton™ and Tapestry Collection by Hilton™

  • Space-available upgrade to a preferred room
  • 1,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points per stay
  • A complimentary continental breakfast for you and up to one guest registered to the same room each day of your stay
  • Executive Floor Lounge Access (available at select properties)

Canopy™ by Hilton

  • Space-available upgrade to a preferred room
  • 1,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points per stay

Embassy Suites Hotels™

  • 1,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points per stay or three snack/refreshment choices per stay

Hilton Garden Inn™

  • 750 Hilton Honors Bonus Points per stay or a complimentary Hot Cooked-to-Order Breakfast for you and up to one guest registered to the same room each day of your stay

Hampton by Hilton™

  • 250 Hilton Honors Bonus Points per stay or choice of snack and non-alcoholic beverage

Tru by Hilton™

  • 250 Hilton Honors Bonus Points per stay or choice of snack and 2 bottles of water per stay

Homewood Suites by Hilton™

  • 250 Hilton Honors Bonus Points per stay or two bottles of water and sweet snack per stay

Home2 Suites by Hilton™

  • 100 Hilton Honors Bonus Points per stay or choice of snack and bottled water per stay

Hilton Grand Vacations™

  • 2,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points per stay

The Maldives also offers special benefits.

Final Word

In the end, the most notable Hilton Diamond benefits are Executive Lounge access, premium internet, and better upgrades. Hilton Diamond status can also be a real life-saver when you’re in need of a hotel room on short notice. However, it’s not clear that the benefits significantly outweigh those of Hilton Honors Gold, as most people likely will only be in need of complimentary internet and a breakfast — two Hilton Diamond benefits that Gold status already provides. Still, for those interested in better upgrades, lounge access, and special treatment at places like the Maldives, Diamond could be worth pursuing, especially if you can obtain a status match.  

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