Hilton Honors Elite Status Guide [Silver, Gold, Diamond]

Hilton Honors has three elite status levels: Silver, Gold, and Diamond. 

The elite program is one of my favorites because it is fairly easy to receive Gold or Diamond status with credit cards, which offer valuable benefits such as upgrades, breakfast, extra points, and executive lounge access.

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    Member (Base) Status

    Anyone who creates a free Hilton Honors account is considered a Member, which allows you to collect points, use points for free stays, get free WiFi, and avoid paying resort fees on rewards stays.

    Free WiFi

    All Hilton Honors members receive free WiFi when staying at Hilton hotels & resorts.

    No Resort Fees on Rewards Stays

    You can avoid paying resort fees on your “free” stay when redeeming Hilton Honors points for your hotel stay.

    10 Points Per Dollar Spent

    Members earn 10 points for every $1 you spend on your stay at all of Hilton’s brands except Tru and Home2, which earn 5 points per dollar.

    Digital Check-In and Key

    All Hilton Honors members can check-in online via the Hilton mobile app, choose their room, and even unlock their room at most hotels with your phone.

    Hilton Honors Discount Rate

    All members receive a discounted rate of 2% on all eligible bookings, but Hilton regularly runs promotional rates for members to save up to 30% on stays.

    Tru Hilton Hotels
    Photo: Tru by Hilton in Louisville, Kentucky

    Hilton Silver Elite Status

    The lowest tier in the Hilton Honors elite program is Silver, which allows members to request a late check-out, earn a 20% point bonus, receive two free bottles of water, and get a fifth night free on award stays.

    How to Earn Hilton Silver Elite Status

    You can earn Hilton Silver elite status by staying 10 nights or earning 25,000 base points ($2,500 in spending) in a calendar year. 

    You can also earn Silver elite status by holding the American Express Hilton Honors Card.

    Hilton Silver Elite Benefits

    Hilton Honors Silver elite members receive the benefits below plus the Member benefits of:

    • Free Wi-Fi.
    • No resort fees on award stays.
    • Digital check-in and key.
    • Hilton Honors discount rate.

    20% Points Bonus

    Silver elite members earn 12 points for every $1 you spend on your stay at all of Hilton’s brands except Tru and Home2, which earn 6 points per dollar.

    Late Check-Out

    All Hilton Honors elite members receive complimentary late check-out subject to the hotel’s availability. This typically allows you to request a 1 to 2 p.m. check-out.

    Fifth Night Free on Award Stays

    All elite members get the fifth night free when you redeem your Hilton Honors points.

    For example, a 25,000 per night stay for five nights would typically cost 125,000 points, but with the fifth night free it only costs 100,000 points.

    For long term stays, this benefit works up to 20 nights, so you would receive free nights for the tenth, fifteenth, and twentieth free night.

    Two Free Bottles of Water

    All elite members get two free bottles of water per stay at most properties.

    The brands that offer this benefit are Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Curio, DoubleTree, Tapestry Collection, Embassy Suites, and Hilton Garden Inn.

    Elite Rollover Nights

    All elite members are eligible to rollover any qualifying nights in excess of what is required to qualify for each status level.

    For example, if you stay 18 nights this year, 8 nights would rollover to the following year since only 10 nights are required for Silver.

    Hilton Midtown Manhattan
    Photo: Hilton Midtown Manhattan

    Hilton Gold Elite Status

    The mid-tier in Hilton’s elite program is Gold, which gets members valuable benefits such as upgrades, an 80% points bonus, free breakfast or points, and Milestone Bonuses.

    How to Earn Hilton Gold Elite Status

    You can earn Hilton Gold elite status by staying 20 stays, 40 nights, or earning 75,000 base points ($7,500 in spending) in a calendar year. 

    You can also earn Hilton Gold status by holding one of these credit cards:

    You can also earn Hilton Gold status with a FoundersCard membership.

    Hilton Gold Benefits

    Hilton Honors Gold elite members receive the benefits below plus the Silver elite benefits of:

    • Free Wi-Fi.
    • No resort fees on award stays.
    • Fifth night free on award stays.
    • Elite rollover nights.
    • Two free bottles of water.

    80% Points Bonus

    Gold elite members earn 18 points for every $1 you spend on your stay at all of Hilton’s brands except Tru and Home2, which earn 9 points per dollar.

    Room Upgrades

    Gold elite members may receive space-available upgrades to a preferred room up to executive room types or rooms with desirable views or amentities.

    This benefit does not include suites and only applies one room, even if you have multiple rooms under a single reservation.

    Upgrades: Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Curio, DoubleTree, and Tapestry Collection.

    No Upgrades: Embassy Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton, Tru, Homewood Suites, Home2 Suites, and Hilton Grand Vacations.

    Points or Free Breakfast

    You can choose between free breakfast for you and one guest at DoubleTree, Hilton Canopy, Conrad, Curio, Hilton Garden Inn, LXR, the Tapestry Collection, and Waldorf Astoria hotels.

    Alternatively, you can elect to receive 500-1,000 points at the properties above or any at Hilton’s other brands.

    Milestone Bonuses

    Hilton Gold member earn 10,000 bonus points when they reach 40 nights and another 10,000 points when they reach 50 nights.

    Waldorf Astoria Park City
    Photo: Waldorf Astoria Park City

    Hilton Diamond Status

    Hilton Diamond status is the top-tier of the Hilton Honors elite program. Diamond members receive a 100% points bonus, upgrades to suite, executive lounge access, premium WiFi, and can gift elite status.

    How to Earn Hilton Diamond Status

    You can earn Hilton Gold elite status by staying 30 stays, 60 nights, or earning 125,000 base points ($12,500 in spending) in a calendar year.

    You can also earn Hilton Diamond status with credit cards:

    Hilton Diamond Benefits

    Hilton Honors Diamond elite members receive the benefits below plus the Gold elite benefits of:

    • Points or free breakfast.
    • No resort fees on award stays.
    • Fifth night free on award stays.
    • Elite rollover nights.
    • Two free bottles of water.

    100% Points Bonus

    Diamond elite members earn 20 points for every $1 you spend on your stay at all of Hilton’s brands except Tru and Home2, which earn 10 points per dollar.

    Upgrades to Suites

    Diamond members may access space-avaliable upgrades to preferred rooms a junior, standard, or one-bedroom suites.

    Upgrades exclude executive suites, villas and specialty accommodations/floors/towers.

    Upgrades: Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Curio, DoubleTree, and Tapestry Collection.

    No Upgrades: Embassy Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton, Tru, Homewood Suites, Home2 Suites, and Hilton Grand Vacations.

    Executive Lounge Access

    Diamond members are guaranteed executive lounge access at Conrad, Curio, DoubleTree, Hilton, LXR Hotels, and the Tapestry Collection hotels.

    These lounges may serve breakfast and sometimes offer an evening reception with snacks and alcoholic beverages.

    Milestone Bonuses

    Diamond members earn 30,000 Hilton Honors points when you reach 60 nights, and 10,000 bonus points for every 10 nights after 60 nights.

    Premium WiFi

    Hilton Diamond members receive premium high-speed WiFi during stays to allow you to stream video.

    48-Hour Guaranteed Room

    Diamond members are guaranteed a room made 48 hours prior to arrival on paid stays as long as the hotel isn’t completely oversold.

    Gift of Elite Status

    Diamond members can gift Gold status when reaching 60 nights within a calendar year.  This status will be automatically upgraded to Diamond when the member reaches 100 nights.

    Diamond members have until January 31st of the following year to gift elite status, which lasts for 365 days from the date of the gift.

    [This benefit does not apply if you received Diamond status through credit cards.]

    Hilton Moorea Lagoon
    Photo: Hilton Moorea Lagoon

    Hilton Honors Elite Status Chart

    If you prefer a chart format, here are the benefits of each level.

    Hilton Honors Elite Status Chart

    The Verdict

    Hilton Honors’ elite program offers nice benefits to its loyal customers, and it is great that you can achieve top-tier status by holding the Hilton Aspire card.

    Although, I wish Hilton added a few benefits for Diamond that Hyatt offers their top-tier elites such as suite upgrade certificates, 4:00 p.m. late check-out, and early check-in.

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