It’s Easier Than Ever to Earn Top Hotel Status, and I Just Can’t Help Myself

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People chase after airline status first, but I probably value my hotel status more. I may spend a few hours on a plane each trip, but I spend much more time (even sleeping time) in a hotel. I enjoy suite upgrades, better views, club lounge access, and more quite a lot. I never knew how much I would before I earned status.

And hotel status is easier to get than ever. I’m a Hyatt Diamond and I find that status the most rewarding, but of course Hyatt’s hotel footprint is much smaller than the other major chains. I am a Starwood Platinum as well, I split my nights, and even those two chains together don’t give me a hotel everywhere I need to be. This year I’ll be a Starwood 100 night Platinum. Plus I have Hilton Gold status from my Platinum Card from American Express which covers me when there’s no Hyatt or Starwood property.

In order to make top tier in both Starwood and Hyatt I’ve put $40,000 on my Hyatt co-brand card, since that earns me 5 stays and 10 nights towards Diamond.

Earlier this week I spent some time thinking about how Marriott Rewards could become the best hotel loyalty program given that the Starwood merger provides an impetus (and a lot of nicer properties at which to use your points).


St. Regis Abu Dhabi

Since I’ve got Starwood status and have been accumulating Starwood points for over 15 years I’ve been paying close attention to how things are developing — and how I’ll continue to earn status since Marriott requires 50 nights for Gold and doesn’t let you qualify on stays, and requires 75 nights for Platinum.

But you get Gold status included your first year with the Ritz-Carlton Rewards® Credit Card. Ritz-Carlton status effectively is Marriott status, you get treated reciprocally.

After your first year you need to spend $10,000 a year on the card to keep Gold. That’s $833.33 a month. Or you could just pay rent, mortgage or other bills with Plastiq. Fees are usually 2.5% of the amount paid, so $10,000 in bills costs $250 and earns Gold status in subsequent years.

You can even earn Platinum status with $75,000 in spend. That’s huge, especially with the Starwood merger, my bet is that Marriott introduces suite upgrades for Platinums as they combine programs.


Ritz-Carlton Aruba

That would make it a better level than Hilton’s Diamond (and indeed it already is, with Marriott’s Citi Hilton Reserve Card cardmember, and you can spend $40,000 a year on the card for Hilton Diamond but Hilton’s incremental published benefits for Diamond are weak, I prefer sticking with Gold.


Conrad New York

Top tier hotel elite status becomes both easy to get and increasingly tied to credit cards. I get 2 stays and 5 nights each from the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express and the Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card. Since I was targeted for double elite qualifying nights for a few months this year I’m sitting on 90 nights, easy striking distance from the 100 nights that will earn me a Starwood Ambassador. Frankly I’d be perfectly happy with 75 night status (that includes 24 hour checkin and an extra point per dollar spent at Starwood… and Uber) but I want to try Ambassador first hand.


Al Maha Desert Resort

All of these cards let you earn points or free nights as a signup bonus that make the value proposition to sign up easy, then you can figure out how they fit into your plans. But like airlines, credit cards have become an integral part of being treated especially well on your hotel stays.

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  1. “I never knew how much I would before I earned status.”

    Isn’t that the truth. Once you’ve experienced the benefits (airline or hotel), you go out of your way to keep getting them. Not only ensuring you re-qualify, but actively choosing brands even if other options are available at a slightly lower cost–and even if the incremental night/miles don’t matter for re-qualification. The benefits of status are tied directly to loyalty, and therefore revenue. The airlines seem to be forgetting this. Hopeful Marriott acknowledges it post-merger.

  2. you may be able to spend $40k on each of two credit cards/year, but many cannot.
    And the $40k will get you $800 cash back on a 2% cashback card. This would buy quite a few nights of lounge access (but not too many suites – since the price difference is greater usually) for someone who doesn’t travel a lot – just an alternative view.
    For me I value Starwood Plat quite a bit because I do travel a lot and both the suite upgrades and lounge access are very much worth it for me (and I stay enough that putting $$ on cc isn’t an issue for me). I, too, am very anxious/worried about how benefits will change with the merger.

  3. What is this? Sentence hard to write on keyboard, though, maybe edit again, sometime.

    “Top tier hotel elite status, though, because both easy to get and increasingly tied to credit cards.”

  4. Easy for you, not so much for the business traveler who has a few trips a year and is unable to stay at the same chain. 20 stays (Hyatt) is almost 2 per month, every month. 35 nights for Marriott ( or 45 SPG) is about 7-8 (business) weeks a year in hotels. Even in my best years when I was a UA 1K I would generally not spend more than 6-8 weeks on the road, and that was spread out in different countries, often 2 a week.

    Of course you can simply buy mid-tier status on Marriott or Hilton by paying AF for the right credit card but there are no such short cuts for the more valuable Hyatt Diamond or SPG Plat. So yes, top level hotel status is arguably more valuable than airline status, but it’s not as easy as taking a few transcon or TATL mileage runs to top off your balance…

    And do you really want to spend 40k on a Hyatt card or 10k on a Marriott card, when you could be earning UR points that are, by your own calculation, 2-3x more valuable? (Particularly true for those who use corporate cards for business travel, and thus miss out on the bonus points)

  5. Hi Gary,
    Unrelated to this topic, but you recently changed you blog not to show “read more” link in summary showed in RSS feeds. Could you bring that back, as clicking on title of RSS summary goes through Google’s feedproxy which is blocked for your readers in China (and is also slower due to additional redirect).

  6. It may be easy for you to spend that much in a month or year but some of us have managed to get our mortgage payment down under $1k/mo and have little other spend going on. Good spot to be in but it’s naive of you to think that people are able to drop money here and there on whichever card needs the spend.

    I’m lucky to have ~4 weeklong business trips each year and again lucky that I travel where there are multiple Hyatts near my office. Since I’m alone I book single nights and move between hotels each night. It takes some work but I can usually hit Hyatt Diamond each year. This year I’ll miss it but I’ll see how I do next year. While it’s pleasant to have the status it has rarely paid much for me. It did score me the only suite (lucky upgrade when I checked in) at the Hyatt Centric SF and we of course had a freebie breakfast (mediocre spread that I’d NEVER have paid for). So status is a mixed bag…

  7. Gee only HHonirs Gold? They were status matching diamond multiple times.

    I know in the US diamond doesn’t mean much, but the Conrad Macao blew me away with their diamond trestment.

  8. I’m really surprised at the comments above about not being able to spend. If you *want* to hit the spending thresholds, there are plenty of ways to be found to spend without spending. Of *course* most people don’t spend $40k on one card and $10k on another and $XXk on a third. Most people also have no status and fly coach and pay more than they should for things that those in the hobby don’t pay for. But if you’re reading the travel blogs, I think it’s quite safe to assume that you’re interested in playing the game. If you’re not interested in playing, this would seem an odd forum to frequent – which is to say that I don’t think it’s naive of Gary to assume that most folks here know how to throw down spend where it needs to be thrown down to achieve the desired result. But that’s just my opinion…..

  9. @Gary sez: “That would make it a better level than Hilton’s Diamond (and indeed it already is, with Marriott’s Citi Hilton Reserve Card cardmember, and you can spend $40,000 a year on the card for Hilton Diamond but Hilton’s incremental published benefits for Diamond are weak, I prefer sticking with Gold.”

    What exactly is “Marriott’s Citi Hilton Reserve Card”? The whole post, in fact, is as asinine and misguided as that jumbled line about “Marriott’s Citi Hilton Reserve Card”.

    Anyone who would put $40K on a hotel co-brand card to get just 20% of the number of stays or nights needed to make top elite status in that hotel chain’s loyalty program, is hardly a “thought leader in travel”, especially when (a) the loyalty program in question (HGP) has cut so many benefits it’s become a joke, and (b) a $40k spend on a CC would get one top elite status outright in HHonors, which is currently the most vibrant loyalty program out there, with unlimited suite upgrades rather than just 4 per year 😉

    Also, notice how @Gary and other bloggers (OMAAT) have begun to redefine the concept of “best”, after their prior “best” programs, SPG (r.i.p) and HGP, respectively, went belly up and became demonstrably laughable. Suddenly Marriott Rewards, which they maligned every chance they got, is being touted as the program of the future that is “already better than HHonors”, even though nothing significant happened since the last time I checked. Posts about the Ritz-Carlton are now galore, despite the chain’s demonstrably supbar loyalty program.

    Similarly, not too long ago, the Citi Prestige was The Card. Now, it’s become the unmentionable card, having been superseded after just a year (or less) as “the best” by the new kid in town, the Chase Sapphire Reserve, “just call me CSR for short!” The much touted SPG AMEX? Well, that’s now obsolete, as is the CSP…

    Bottom line: each person needs to define their own concept “best”. To move with travel bloggers’ concept of “best” would make you yo-yo that simply moves from one loyalty program to another or a credit card to another and then back, when the wise thing to do would be to just stay put, be steady and only move occasional and incrementally when there is a truly spectacular offer — like, yes, the CSR, which I got yesterday by express mail and have already put $5,000 on. Note, however, the CSR is only my second card in 4 years. Many people who fell for and went after every prior card touted as “best” found themselves well over 5/24 and were thus out of luck when Chase introduced the CSR.

    There is a lesson in there for those willing to learn it 😉

    G’day!

  10. Yes, status is changing my way of picking hotels for sure.

    Funny story: after checking in the front desk thanked me for my loyalty mr and Mrs. my wife said we haven’t been in your brand since 2005’ish but Thanks then the desk told her I’m not sure about that your husband has many many stays, my wife just gave me a stare…. I got both marriot cards early 2016 instant mediocre silver status but also 20 nights credited I think combined

    Checkin in they have no clue how I have those nights they just see them, it’s not night and day difference but I do notice better service at least checking in and almost always a upgraded room sometimes a suite if it’s a low volume night

    My wife thought I might have had some bad behavior lol but it’s just from the CC’s
    (She gets it now but for that few min she wanted me dead)

  11. Hotel status does bring some luxury, but airline status is more of a necessity if you simply are too tall to fit in ordinary coach seats and want access to either a first class upgrade, or a long leg room seat (exit row or whatever the airline’s name for the better coach seats).

  12. Claiming that Hilton offers “unlimited suite availability” is a ludicrous, “Trumpian”-level statement.

    http://hhonors3.hilton.com/en/explore/benefits/index.html

    given that it’s not even written into the program T&Cs. Nor is guaranteed 4pm/late checkout. Holy crap, I really just realized how piss-poor Diamond is for 60 nights worth of stays…no wonder the smart money is on a $95 credit card for Gold.

  13. @UA, yeah, we all know DCS is just a spokesman/ fan boy for all things Hilton. I just scroll right over his comments. Engaging only encourages him.

  14. UDCS may be a FanBoy of HHonors but that does not make his observation of Gary and Ben’s and other bloggers’ new found appreciation of Marriott, or should I say the Marriott and Ritz Carlton credit cards nothing more than transparent hucksterism.

    Their new found love of all things Marriott has everything to do with their selling these credit cards and nothing to do with the merits of the program.

    Notice how Gary and Ben gush over the new $100 credit for USA economy flights from the Ritz Carlton card, when prior to such perk, they would always counsel taking business and first class flights — Economy, perish the thought!

    Moreover, DCS is spot on about their flogging away about Hyatt and SPG, but dangle some Marriott credit cards to sell — the R/C card or the 80,000 bonus point sign up bonus for the Marriott card, and like, wow, you gotta get one!

    Of course, the perks of elite status at a R/C are essentially non-existent, but that should not get in the way of a good credit card shill.

  15. It’s a fun sport. And of course is just far too easy! One can’t just say “it’s the best” when objectively the facts don’t support it.

    Giving away status light or low level with a cheap credit card? Sure, why not.

    Give away solid midtier status, saving one the trouble of actually doing 40 nights? A bit crazy IMO.

  16. UA-NYC says: “Claiming that Hilton offers “unlimited suite availability” is a ludicrous, “Trumpian”-level statement given that it’s not even written into the program T&Cs. ”

    Here are some hard hitting truths…

    First, the claim above is the type of mindless statements that one hears from those that have been brainwashed by travel bloggers into believing that 4 “confirmed” HGP DSUs per year are the ultimate perk and better than having an UNLIMITED number of complimentary suite upgrades that HHonors or MR offer their elites. Worse, it seems that this self-proclaimed “FT moderator” is as blind as a bat or simply can’t read because he linked to material that clearly contradicted his claim:

    “At Waldorf Astoria® Hotels & Resorts, Conrad® Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Canopy™ by Hilton, Curio – A Collection by Hilton, and DoubleTree by Hilton™ properties, Diamond HHonors guests will receive upgrades to preferred rooms, based on availability at the time of check-in (excludes Napua Tower at Grand Wailea and Imperial Floor at Rome Cavalieri). Upgrades for Diamond HHonors guests may include the next-best available room from the room type booked. Upgrades may also be rooms with desirable views, corner rooms, rooms on high floors, rooms with special amenities, rooms on Executive Floors, or SUITES, as identified by each property.”

    The only restriction is availability, which is, of course, true of EVERY type of airline or hotel elite upgrade, including DSUs. Do you see a limit on how many times HH Diamonds can get complimentary suite upgrades? No? Well, that means they are unlimited. By contrast, consider that the following is straight out of the HGP T&C: “Diamond members will receive the best available room (EXCLUDING SUITES)”

    The (EXCLUDING SUITES) part is written in the T&C and anyone (except for travel bloggers, that is) who looks at that knows that its only purpose to intentionally restrict access to suites beyond the 4 that are “guaranteed”. HGP is, in fact, one of the least generous programs out there. By inserting (EXCLUDING SUITES) explicitly in the T&C, they wished to make it clear to their Diamond members that after using up their 4 DSUs, the next time they wished to see the inside of a suite they would have to use points or pay hard cash for it.

    How do those 4 so-called “confirmed” suite upgrades compare with my unlimited complimentary suite upgrades. There is no comparison really. I win hands down every year. Here’s my record so far this year:

    – August: Hilton Melbourne South Wharf — upgraded to a full suite for 6 nites
    – July: Millennium Seoul Hilton — upgraded to Junior Suite for 6 nights
    – May: Conrad Hong Kong – upgrades to a harbor side Full Suite for 2 nights
    – May: Hilton Singapore – NO SUITE upgrade — got Exec Floor upgrade instead
    – March: Hilton Frankfurt – upgraded to Corner suite (“The Roosevelt”) for 1 nite
    – March: Hilton Prague Old Town – upgraded to a newly remodeled full suite for 5 nites
    – January: Conrad Hong Kong – upgrades to a harbor side Full Suite for 3 nights.

    In short, I’ve cleared 6 suite complimentary upgrades on 7 stays to date. That’s already 2 more upgrades than HGP Diamonds can clear a year. In 2014, I clear 12 of 12 or 100% HH suite upgrades — i.e., 8 more suites upgrades than HGP Diamonds could clear all year.

    The same thing can be said about so-called “guaranteed” 4pm checkout perk. It is unclear to me why I would be better off having my options limited to a superfluous “4pm guarantee”, when my real need might be for a later checkout time? For instance, United has one daily flight out of EZE (Buenos Aires) that departs at 9 pm. Checking out at 4 pm would mean that one would just have to find ways to kill 5 hours (most like painfully in a lounge at the airport). However, because the HH T&C put no time limit on how late a checkout request can be, 3 times in as many years I requested and was approved for 6pm checkouts at Hilton EZE!!! Last year, I requested a 5pm checkout at Hilton iconic “The Drake” Hotel in Chicago as was approved without questions asked.

    BOTTOM LINE [read this even if you read none of the above]:
    Here is the dirty little secret about “guaranteed” loyalty perks. None are really, truly, “guaranteed”, because every loyalty program’s T&C conclude with a clause that says that “all benefits depend on availability and are subject to change without notice.” However, when a perk is “guaranteed” in writing in the T&C, it means only thing: it is being intentionally or purposely LIMITED by taking away other options. If you are “guaranteed” a 4pm late checkout, a property would deny a request for a 6pm checkout and quote you the T&C if you persist. A HGP Diamond who requests a complimentary suite upgrade will be denied and be quoted the rule that suite upgrades are excluded.

    Is it clear now why no one should let travel bloggers dictate their concept of “best”. I could have easily met the HGP Diamond challenge but was never interested or even tempted to take it because I always knew that HGP was not the stellar program that bloggers made it out to be. It seemed “lucrative” simply because they had no clue what they were doing, offering and pulling benefits left and right pele-mele, like a WIP that it was. Then after they bit more than they could chew with their boneheaded status match to attract SPG loyalists that gave the Diamond status and all associated perks up front, even to lowly elites from other programs, HGP got an indigestion from which it has not yet recovered and which it may not even survive. The program is now a moribund version of its former self….even travel bloggers know this.

    G’day!

  17. @ Fran asks: “Don’t you get Marriott Gold automatically if you have United Airlines Gold status?”

    Yup, you do. In 2013, UA and Marriott launched a joint venture that they called RewardsPlus. It’s been quite popular with UA elites (Golds and up), who receive MR Gold status automatically [MR Plats received UA Silver, which seems like UA elites got the better end of the deal].

    I just made a UA Million Miler, which means that I will be a MR Gold for as long as RewardsPlus exists…

  18. “Giving away status light or low level with a cheap credit card? Sure, why not. ”

    You know the program that’s given away its top elite status like cheap fast-food and, as a result, was ironically christened as the “best” and the most “lucrative” program in the business? That’s HGP!

    By contrast, while HHonors has been giving away their Gold for years, they seldom — until recently to catch disgruntled SPG (r.i.p.) elites — status-matched to their Diamond status, especially after they made special and intentionally distanced it from HH Gold in 2012 with rule changes regarding exec lounge access, exec floor upgrade priority, suite upgrades, etc…

  19. Just a bit more of a takedown of DCS, as of course #facts matter (and hey idiot…I’m not a FT moderator…reading skills, son):
    – Having advance confirmable upgrades (a la HGP or SPG) doesn’t preclude hotels from offering “regular” upgrades, I guess you don’t understand this. For example, I have 31 stays at US Starwoods this year, and have received 17 suite/jr suite upgrades. That’s outside my SNA requests (100% success). That’s just not going to happen with HH or MR (though it’s looking like MR will adopt the SPG language for top tier elites, which is great…and better than HH of course).
    – Once again, you also seem to be clueless to the fact that room upgrades for ANY chain are quite easy (even for lower level elites) OUS. Different cultures. From the posts I read across forums, MR/HH US upgrades are slim to none…of course you’re some magical outlier which calls into question your “techniques” (coughlaminatedT&Cscough)
    – “Upgrades to next best available room” is quite different from SPG terminology…”An upgrade to best available room at check-in — including a Standard Suite”. Most rational people would understand why this is better than the HH “promise”.
    – Your lack of comprehension about “guarantees” shows you to either be just ignorant or a total fool, I’m not sure which. SPG Gold/Plat gets 4pm guaranteed (outside resorts or convention centers). I have received later when asked. Of course, I also have the Your24 benefit so I can pick 24 hour stay windows, which is truly fantastic. Again – a guarantee sets a minimum floor for a specified benefit. HH? Not much in the ways of guarantees anywhere.
    – Oh, and Starwood also has their own “Diamond Force” equivalent, so don’t think that’s some special HH-only benefit.

    As always, posters are entitled to their own opinions, but of course not their own facts #factsmatter

  20. Lastly, for the moron (yeah, FT “moderator”, that’s you), who keeps going on and on about how HH Gold status is cheap because it can be had with a credit card. Do you realize that what you are really affirming is the superiority of HHonors? How so? Because while 2nd-tier elite status of pretty much every hotel loyalty program can be obtained via credit card or an other indirect way…

    1. I am HGP Platinum through the Chase UA Club card AND the Chase Hyatt Visa
    2. I have SPG Gold status through my AMEX Biz Platinum
    3. Of course, should I need it I have HH Gold status through the AMEX Biz Platinum AND HH AMEX Surpass
    4. I have the MR Gold status but through the MR-UA JV that I described up-thread.

    ….the most coveted of all such easily acquired 2nd-tier is HHonors. Q.E.D.

    BTW, here is yet another great incongruity that stresses just how truly ludicrous it it is that travel bloggers believe that they know what’s “best” and so many fall for it. Their sudden embrace of Marriott Rewards, which just became one of the largest hotel loyalty programs with its acquisition of SPG, seems like a clear repudiatioon of @Gary’s prior position (also pushed @OMAAT) that

    “It doesn’t take a lot of work to be loyal to Marriott, Hilton, or IHG. If you stumble into a town you’re reasonably likely to wind up at one of their hotels. On the other hand, it takes work to be loyal to programs that are smaller like Starwood Preferred Guest and Hyatt Gold Passport. That’s why smaller programs have to try harder. They need to give you a reason to be loyal.”

    Has that view suddenly changed and Marriott Rewards, despite being even more humongous, will now “try harder and give you a reason to be loyal”?

    Yeah, right.

    G’day!

  21. UA-NYC @ September 11, 2016 at 8:39 am:

    I’ve addressed all that inanity ad nuaseam. Your claim was that HHonors T&C do not even state that their Diamonds can have complementary suite upgrades. I showed you were wrong. Now, notice that you are no longer standing by the sanctity of having perks “guaranteed” in the T&C, and are arguing that any program can go beyond the T&C…except, of course when it comes to HH, despite the fact that it remains a stable, mature and vibrant program while SPG is “no mas” and HGP is, well, on its death bed.

    I am done here.

    G’day.

  22. “– Oh, and Starwood also has their own “Diamond Force” equivalent, so don’t think that’s some special HH-only benefit. ”

    Easier said than done:

    Dummy book a room in San Diego at a SPG property, within less than 3 miles of the convention center during Comic-Con 2017, and show us the proof, especially how much you’d have to pay if you somehow succeed.

  23. I’ll deal w/DCS’ Trumpian claims one at a time (as of course things like published T&Cs and guarantees do matter, despite his refusing to acknowledge them):
    – The SPG language is “Guaranteed room availability when your room is booked by 3 p.m., 72+ hours prior to arrival”, with no mentioned exclusions. If you want to force your way in and pay rack rate, that’s your prerogative, but it’s a benefit. Oh, and it looks like my SET codes work just fine at the Westin 7/20-7/23. Next!
    – News to me that SPG is dead? Again, a Trumpian claim (facts matter). I think too many hours in the lab have dulled your brain and eyesight, as you can’t see & comprehend that “next level room” and “best available room” are different guarantees. Again, reasonable people see this.
    – You apparently don’t understand that second tier status levels achieved as a benefit of paying $450 for a credit card (AKA AmEx Plat or UA Club) are a different beast than paying $95 for a card (HH Gold). And you’re also oblivious to the fact that the SPG/HGP status you have is easily achieved w/10-15 nights, and also is less rewarding than the (cheaper, yet more rewarding) HH Gold which is equivalent to 40 nights.

    You’re clearly not in the business world, so I’ll break it down for you a bit more and take it down to your level. One doesn’t 1) give away a mid-level product for cheap, and 2) make the added benefits to the next level barely worth it (as is generally noted w/HH Diamond). It creates a disincentive to actually TRANSACT enough to get to the next level. Much smarter is to make the giveaway your entry level product, and make the higher levels significantly more rewarding (a la SPG or HGP).

    Back to your dark lab now…

  24. Couple more interesting nuggets I dug up re: the Con Artist’s claims (for anyone else still reading and interested in learning more facts):
    – Here’s the link to the Hilton benefits page: http://hhonors3.hilton.com/en/explore/benefits/index.html. Know what word doesn’t show up anywhere? “Suite”. All you get is “Space-available upgrade to a preferred room”. Doesn’t exactly inspire confidence in the program.
    – The “guarantee room availability” is about as heavily qualified as it can get: ”
    ◾Guaranteed reservations availability, subject to the restrictions stated herein, at hotels within the Hilton Worldwide portfolio when paid reservations are made before midnight hotel local time, two or more days (48 hours) prior to intended arrival. RESTRICTIONS: This guarantee does not apply to reservations paid for in part or in full by HHonors Points, free night certificates issued by Hilton Worldwide. This guarantee does not apply to a hotel when that hotel becomes overbooked on inventory by 10% or more (meaning, 110% or more of rooms are reserved). For certain hotels within the Hilton Worldwide portfolio, this guarantee does not apply when that hotel becomes overbooked on inventory by 2% or more (meaning, 102% or more of rooms are reserved). Consult with the individual hotel or view hotels with the 2% cap to determine whether the 2% limitation applies. This guarantee also does not apply to any hotel during Extraordinary Demand Dates. The term “Extraordinary Demand Dates” are dates determined by the hotel and Hilton HHonors, in their sole discretion, that are consistently popular reservation dates for guests, such as during major events in the area or New Year’s Eve.”

    So just like any other program that offers the same claimed benefit (a la MR or SPG), it’s a guarantee until it’s not, during high-demand dates. Doesn’t seem like a differentiator one way or another. There goes another superiority claim…oops.

  25. You are an embarrassment to humanity and are sounding truly unhinged. Please consider the evidence and shut up for good.

    1. HHonors Diamond Complimentary Suite (DCS) upgrades can be had galore by anyone who knows how to take full advantage of their top elite status and — this is a must — plays the game with a “full deck”. Proof is in the pudding: In 2014 I cleared 12 of 12 (100%) DCS upgrades and here’s show a tell with pictures of the inside of each suite:

    https://milepoint.com/forums/threads/diamond-suite-upgrade-reports.67743/page-2#post-2513107

    In 2015, 13 of 15 DCS upgrades cleared. In 2016 so far 6 of 7 DCS upgrades cleared.

    2. I once wrote a book entitled “Diamond Force for the Dummy” that had demystified this powerful HH Diamonds-only perk [I notice that rather than dummy-booking a room in Dan Diego at a SPG property during Comic-Con 2017 to prove your bogus claim about a “SPG Diamond Force”, you just hyperventilate some more].

    https://milepoint.com/forums/threads/hhonors-diamond-force-even-for-award-stays-is-alive-and-well-and-better-than-ever.114710/

    Lastly, bottom line: Why play the game at all? My reason: To do a YUGE, 3-4 week redemption each and every year, like this one:

    https://milepoint/forums/threads/2014-year-end-asian-escapade-or-the-anatomy-of-a-big-time-redemption.109108/

    Like I said, the proof is in the pudding. Go on hyperventilating if you wish. You are clueless and are pretender, which makes you the real “con artist”…

    …I just showed goods.

    GOODBYE!

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