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Get Hilton Honors Diamond hotel status to March 2023 for just 15 nights!

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Hilton Honors has just announced further changes for members, protecting your status and points until 2022.

Changes were initially announced in March this year, when we expected covid to be over by Christmas! With those extensions coming to an end, Hilton has decided to go further.

Due to these changes, there is an amazing opportunity to earn Hilton Diamond Elite status FROM SCRATCH by doing just 15 nights. You would keep your status until March 2023!

Before I explain how you can get Hilton Honors Diamond Elite status in 15 nights, let’s look at all of the changes Hilton has just announced.

Full details are on the Hilton Honors covid website here.

What is Hilton doing about your status due to Covid-19?

Hilton is implementing a range of measures to protect your status and points whilst travel remains subdued.

Status extensions

Any Silver Elite, Gold Elite or Diamond Elite members who were set to be downgraded this year or in 2021 will have their status frozen until March 2022. This was already the case for some members but not all – everyone now has the same cut-off.

Points expiry extensions

No Hilton Honors points will expire before December 2021. This was previously December 2020.

Status qualification reduced by 50%

Here is the big change. Status qualification requirements are being reduced by 50% in 2021.

This is a huge move. The changes apply across the board – including stays, nights and base points. This will let you achieve status in half the time you would normally need.

Previous requirementsRequirements in 2021
Silver10 nights, 4 stays or 25,000 points5 nights, 2 stays or 12,500 points
Gold40 nights, 20 stays or 75,000 points20 nights, 10 stays or 37,500 points
Diamond60 nights, 30 stays or 120,000 points30 nights, 15 stays or 60,000 points

You can read about the different status benefits in our full review of the Hilton Honors programme here.

Lower Milestone Bonus night thresholds

In addition to lowering the status thresholds, the Milestone Bonus threshold is also being reduced. You will now earn 10,000 bonus points after 20 nights (previously 40) as well as an additional 10,000 bonus points for every 10 nights thereafter.

The additional 30,000 points Milestone Bonus at 60 nights remains unchanged.

Note that elite nights rolled over from 2020 do NOT count towards these totals.

Status gifting threshold reduced

Diamond Elite members are able to gift Gold Elite or Diamond Elite status to a friend or relative.

The threshold for this benefit will also be reduced. Any Diamond Elite member who stays 30 nights (previously 60) in 2021 will be able to gift Gold Elite status. Alternatively, stay 60 nights and you can upgrade the gift to Diamond Elite. This was previously set at 100 nights.

Note that elite nights rolled over from 2020 do NOT count towards the 30 or 60 nights required.

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How can doing 15 nights in 2020 get me Diamond Elite until March 2023?

In itself, halving the qualification requirements for status in 2021 would be an exceptional deal.

However, there is MUCH more. Remember what Hilton has already promised – all 2020 elite nights will automatically roll over into 2021.

This means that anyone who ends 2020 with 30 elite nights will automatically trigger Diamond Elite status in January when the rollover nights hit. This status would be good until March 2023.

But there’s more, which is why this is such a crazy deal ….

At the moment, Hilton is offering double elite night credits via their current promotion – see here – for stays until the end of 2020.

Every night you stay during the current offer counts for TWO elite nights. These elite nights, remember, will roll over in 2021.

What does this mean when you put it all together?

You can earn Diamond Elite until March 2023 with just 15 nights.

Let’s recap why:

If you do 15 nights (nights, not stays) before 31st December, you will end 2020 with 30 elite nights. This is because, under the current Hilton Honors promotion (register here), each night counts double.

In January 2021, Hilton will add your 2020 elite nights to your 2021 total. This means that you will immediately have 30 nights.

Because the Diamond Elite threshold is being reduced to 30 elite nights, you will immediately acheive Diamond Elite. You will have this for the rest of 2021, all of 2022 and until the end of March 2023.

And don’t forget the American Express cashback deals ….

Many Head for Points readers will have been targetted for a Hilton cashback deal as we explained here. Many will receive £50 cashback on £200 of cumulative Hilton spend.

When you factor this in too, it is worth seriously thinking about pushing for Diamond Elite.

Here’s a worked example

Here is an example to show you what an exceptional deal this could be.

Assume that you currently have 16 Hilton Honors elite night credits for 2020. If you can get this up to 30 nights by 31st December, you will earn Diamond Elite status until March 2023 as soon as your 2020 nights are rolled over in January.

As you earn two elite night credits per stay until the year end, as long as you opted in to the ‘Double Rewards’ promotion, you would need (30-16/2) seven additional nights to hit the 30 you need for Diamond Elite.

Outside London, you should be able to get stays for £40 per night if you include a weekend. In Central London, £50-£55 is easily achievable. Let’s assume you do seven nights at £40 = £280. (You don’t need to STAY at the hotel of course – just check in and check out a week later.)

American Express will give you £50 cashback if you were targetted for their offer, so you pay just £230.

If you currently have no status, £280 of spending will earn you (£280 – 5% VAT = £267 = $340 x 20 points per $1 with ‘Double Rewards’) 6,800 Hilton Honors points. At my valuation of 0.33p, that’s worth £22.

Your net cost to earn Hilton Diamond Elite status until March 2023 would be £280 – £50 Amex cashback – £22 of points = £208. This works out at £7.70 per month for the 27 months that you would be Diamond Elite!

Obviously the numbers will be different for everyone but you can see here how nicely this could work out.

Remember that you MUST register to earn double elite night credits for your 2020 stays. It is not automatic. You can register here.

PS. Don’t forget Hilton’s status match if you already have status elsewhere

There are some excellent opportunities to bump up your status relatively easily here.

It gets even more lucrative if you have a status you are able to match to Hilton via their status challenge. As outlined in this article, you only need NINE nights to achieve Diamond Elite via this route and there is no need to go through the process above. Your status only runs to March 2022 instead of March 2023 however.

PPS. Hilton is still offering a 100% bonus on points purchases until the end of the year if you want to top up your balance.


Earn Hilton Honors points from UK credit cards

How to earn Hilton Honors points from UK credit cards (January 2021)

There are various ways of earning Hilton Honors points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

Do you know that holders of The Platinum Card from American Express receive FREE Hilton Honors Gold status for as long as they hold the card?  It also comes with Marriott Bonvoy Gold, Radisson Rewards Gold, Shangri-La Golden Circle Jade and MeliaRewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.

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The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Did you know that the Virgin Atlantic credit cards are a great way of earning Hilton Honors points? Two Virgin Points can be converted in three Hilton Honors points. You can apply here.

You can also earn Hilton Honors points indirectly via American Express Gold, the American Express Rewards Credit Card and – for small business owners – American Express Business Gold and Business Platinum.

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which can be used to earn Hilton Honors points

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

Comments (179)

  • Victair says:

    Just to clarify, I have 16 nights showing on the app. It states 44 nights needed to retain Diamond. If I get a further 7 nights, will this take me to the 30 required?

    • David D says:

      Your Diamond is already extended to March 2022 anyway, however if you make 14 more nights from now to the end of 2021 you will retain Diamond to 2023. If you do that via 7 nights this year, 14 nights in 2021 or a combination of the two is your choice.

      • babyg says:

        Its a bit confusing… i am currently gold, app is saying Diamond status is 38 nights away! You’ve stayed 22 nights this year. I have 4 nights booked for December, and I will receive 8 (under the double up promotion), and have 30 nights, will all of these roll over for diamond next year and beyond?

        • Pangolin says:

          Ignore the app, it gives the unadjusted targets for 2020, which are basically irrelevant.

          All of your 2020 nights will roll over to 2021 and count for status qualification as if you earned them in 2021.

          If you have 30 nights by the end of this year then you will automatically become Diamond in 2021, and the status will be valid till March 2023.

    • Rob says:

      Yes. But you won’t be Diamond until 1st January.

      • babyg says:

        ah that’s perfect, that will align with my Maldives holiday in feb =- which is thanks to HFP helping me snag 3 x club seats in the “747” promotion… thanks rob/team.

        • Harry T says:

          Hope your holiday goes ahead and you enjoy the Maldives 😊

          • babyg says:

            Thanks Harry T – FYI we just got back from the 10 days in the Seychelles, we are feeling very blessed to have travelled in 2020.. and our fingers are crossed for 2021 (including the 2021 f1 in Abu Dhabi!)

          • Anna says:

            babyg – Abu Dhabi is my Easter back up plan, please post if you hear anything about updated entry requirements for visitors! Seychelles must have been amazing …

  • the_real_a says:

    Do redemption nights count double for the roll over? Ive read all the info three times but might have missed this nugget.

    • Pangolin says:

      Yes

      • the_real_a says:

        That’s insane. 15 nights of redemption’s on 5 for 4 gets me diamond for effectively 3 years.

        • Pangolin says:

          I did a 20 night redemption which cost 160K. That got turned into 40 nights with Double Rewards, earning me a 10K milestone bonus. Somehow I earned 80K points back on the stay.

          I no longer need the remaining 10 nights to qualify for Diamond, but if I did an 80K redemption I would earn 50K back in milestone bonuses and so it would only cost 30K.

          • the_real_a says:

            haha the milestone bonus stacks too?! The hotels i need to stay at are all at crazy low redemption rates right now in the midlands/Yorkshire. I think I can easily engineer this. Thanks very much for the info!

  • BJ says:

    2020 potentially shaping up as the year that killed the loyalty schemes. If so, I hope Hilton partly offsets the impacts of this by loading details of years guests have held Diamond if they don’t already do so. I hope also that they will change the status benefits to boost Lifetime at the expense of Diamond by restricting suite upgrades to Lifetime only. Access to lounges needs to be limited to Diamond members occupying exec rooms and above only. Time to ditched free breakfast for Gold perhaps. All depends on the numbers, they can look at those for 2022 and make adjustments if necessary: might be that there is simply not enough travel to change the numbers all that much in which case changes to status benefits may not be needed.

    • Harry T says:

      I think they want to incentivise bookings at the moment, so won’t be keen to devalue the status levels.

    • babyg says:

      having just travelled i can fully understand why hilton etc are making these moves, Heathrow is a ghost town and we ended up in the first class lounge because there weren’t enough PAX to keep the club lounge open, our 787 had maybe 8 people in economy, zero in prem econ, 50% in club and a couple of people in first (and the crew said they had a ONE PAX for the return flight), our Hilton booking was upgraded from a 300 per night garden villa, to a 800 per night deluxe beach villa with pool because of low occupancy, basically these kinds of incentivies are needed. Based on this hilton policy and other offers it has made me travel more than i would have… so i dont agree it will decimate the diamond value…. as there is hardly anybody travelling for the foreseeable future.

      • meta says:

        +1 Although I have to disagree on point. Heathrow is not such a ghost town compared to other European airports (apart from Paris maybe). Maybe for evening flights, but morning and early afternoon flights are really busy. There was hardly space in BA lounge on my last trip.

      • BJ says:

        Which is where I ended up with my comment. The thing is (hopefully) that by some point next year vaccines may be being rolled out, acceptable rapid covid tests might be widely available at high street pharmacies and those in turn might povide more governments with more confidence to introduce more practical travel policies and restriction. All those combined would provide a massive boost to consumer confidence and get the industry moving again.

  • Iain says:

    My wife got gold through the Hilton barclaycard in 2018 and due to a complaint in 2019 it was extended until earlier this year. It was then extended again due to CV and now until March 2022. That really is amazing from Hilton. We don’t stay much at Hilton but the way the company treating its status customers through this pandemic will absolutely make me want to prioritise staying with Hilton in future vs other chains. It’s very refreshing to see such a customer friendly approach. Good for them.

    • BJ says:

      Except your wife would more likely than not have remained gold in any case irrespective of Hilton’s measures, and will likely continue to be so beyond 2023 🙂 Don’t ask!

  • Dansk says:

    brilliant deal, if you get can get the stays in before 2021

  • Brian says:

    Does digital check in and out count as a stay? Well priced Hilton is about 1-2 hours drive away…

  • GERRY says:

    Any recommendations on decent Hilton’s close to Manchester that has reasonable breakfast offering ? Looked at harrogate but rates are pretty high

    • dezbez says:

      Not sure if this the sort of thing you’re looking for Gerry, but we recently stayed at the Hilton at Emirates Old Trafford (cricket). Really nice modern hotel, novel venue ie views of the pitch and yes, really impressed with the breakfast. All at a very decent rate

      • GERRY says:

        Cheers one for me to look at, I live in Manchester so would prefer to go slightly further afield but avoiding London at moment

  • Matthew says:

    Sorry if it’s been asked. Is the £50 off £200 Hilton spend on AMEX cumulative just like the Marriott offer?