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The time to submit a Diamond extension for 2018 has passed.
Hilton has announced its Diamond status extension window for 2018. This great perk can come in very handy when you know that you will not qualify for Diamond in a year due to a change in circumstances. The extension offer is a once in a lifetime shot: you can only ever use it once, so it is always best to think twice and be certain before you pull the trigger on this option.
How It Works
To qualify for a status extension, you need to meet all the following criteria:
- Currently hold Diamond status
- Have held Diamond status for three years at least (the years do not have to be consecutive)
- Have earned 500,000 base points or stayed at least 250 nights since joining Hilton Honors
If you meet the above criteria, then:
- Head over to the Hilton extension page and submit your extension request
- Requests must be submitted by March 28, 2018
- Allow up to 5 business days for the request to be processed
- Remember, this benefit can only be used once in a lifetime
An Alternative For Diamond Status
Since the introduction of a whole new suite of Hilton credit cards from American Express in January 2018, there is an easier way to achieve and maintain Hilton Diamond status. Holders of the Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card receive Diamond status as a perk, as well as other benefits that include a Priority Pass select membership, and 14X points per dollar on Hilton stays, although the card does carry a hefty annual fee of $450.
While this is an excellent benefit offered to top-tier elite members, the hard thing is deciding when to use it. If you know you will only miss out this year then, by all means, go ahead. On the other hand, if you have had a significant change in circumstances and know you will rarely be staying at Hilton properties this year, it might be better to save it for the future. Either option will require some careful thought and planning.
Perhaps you want to skip the whole process of trying to meet the status requirements of 30 stays, 60 nights or 120k base points and instead go the route of the credit card; even if just for a single year.
Source: The Gate
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