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The Hilton Honors loyalty program will reset its status requirements to pre-pandemic levels in 2023, but high-ranking Diamond members will enjoy one last chance to retain their prized perks for another 12 months.
Due to launch in January 2023, the Diamond Status Extension will allow “eligible Diamond members” to stay minted through to 2024.
“Eligible Diamond members will be able to request a one-time extension to prolong their status through the Hilton Honors Diamond Status Extension, which becomes available in January,” Sarah Somerville, Hilton’s Senior Director Loyalty and Partnerships for the Asia-Pacific region, tells Executive Traveller.
While those eligibility criteria are yet to be revealed, when Hilton Honors rolled out a similar one-time Diamond Status Extension in 2017, the criteria included a total of three years at Diamond status (those years did not have to be consecutive) with paid or reward stays of at least 250 nights or an earning of more than 500,000 Base Points over the lifetime of their Hilton Honors membership.
That Diamond-coated parachute aside, 2023 will see Hilton Honors “return to its pre-pandemic tier status requirements”, Somerville confirmed.
For Hilton Honors Silver, the tier qualification will be 10 nights, 4 stays or 25,000 Base Points; for Gold the goal is 40 Nights, 20 stays, or 75,000 Base Points; and for Diamond it’s 60 nights, 30 stays, or 120,000 Base Points.
(Between now and December 31, 2022, members can earn double nights which contribute toward elite status qualification, milestone bonuses and rollover nights under the Hilton Honors Double Night Credit promotion.)
Also on the cards for 2023, Somerville says,”Hilton Honors will also extend Points expiration to 24 months, up from 15 months currently.”
Hilton was the first hotel group to offer a status extension when the pandemic took hold in March 2020, with Hilton Honors Silver, Gold and Diamond members gifted an additional year at the same tier without staying a single night at any Hilton property.
Additional status extensions and relaxed elite requirements followed, along with freezes on the expiry of Hilton Honors points, reflecting the ongoing challenges for many travellers even as countries began to reopen and business and leisure travel started to rebound.
Don’t forget that Hilton Honors offers an ongoing status match against competing programs including Accor ALL, IHG One Rewards, Marriott Bonvoy and World of Hyatt – read our Hilton Honors status match guide for all the details.