Which Hotel Loyalty Programs Offer a Lifetime Status?

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After we’ve taken a look at the frequent flyer programs, that offer a lifetime status, we now take a closer look into the world of hotels, and how their loyalty programs reward customers, that have held on to a status for many years. We found that only three hotel chains offer a lifetime status, and compared them.

Hilton Honors

Hilton Honors (Hilton, Conrad, DoubleTree, Hampton Inn, etc.) offers a Lifetime Diamond status. To obtain this status, you must have had the Diamond status for at least 10 full years (not necessarily consecutive years) and have either stayed 1,000 nights at Hilton hotels or earned 2 million base points.

Qualifying for the regular Diamond status requires 30 stays, 60 nights, or 120,000 base points per year. Assuming you stay 60 nights, you would need 1,000 / 60 = 17 years for the lifetime status. If you qualify every year with exactly 120,000 base points, you would also need 2,000,000 / 120,000 = 17 years.

Hilton New Orleans St. Charles Avenue
While Hilton does offer a lifetime status, the bar has been set quite high

World of Hyatt

World of Hyatt (Hyatt, Andaz, Thompson, etc.) also offers a lifetime status: the Lifetime Globalist. To obtain this status, you need to have earned 1,000,000 base points.

The regular Globalist status requires 60 nights or 100,000 base points per year. Assuming you qualify with the 100,000 base points every year, you would get the Lifetime Globalist status after 1,000,000 / 100,000 = 10 years.

Hyatt Place Bloomington
If you always qualify for your Globalist status via the base points, then you’ll have that lifetime status after 10 years

Marriott Bonvoy

Marriott Bonvoy (Marriott, Westin, St. Regis, Ritz Carlton, Sheraton, Le Meridien, etc.) offers three Lifetime status tiers: Silver, Gold, and Platinum. For Silver, you would need to have held on to that status for 5 years and slept 250 nights. Lifetime Gold requires 7 years and 400 nights, while Lifetime Platinum even requires 10 years and 600 nights.

On a yearly basis, the Silver status requires 10 nights, Gold requires 25, and you need 50 nights for Platinum. Assuming you qualify with exactly that number of nights every year, you will need:

  • 250 / 10 = 25 years for Silver
  • 400 / 25 = 16 years for Gold
  • 600 / 50 = 12 years for Platinum
The St. Regis Moscow Hotel
Marriott even offers a lifetime status for its lower tiers ยฉ Marriott International

Comparison – Where is it the Easiest?

Based on the calculation made above, where we assume that one would qualify with the exact minimum requirement each year, where would you get a lifetime status the quickest?

ProgramNumber of Years
World of Hyatt10 years
Marriott Bonvoy12 years for Platinum
16 years for Gold
25 years for Silver
Hilton Honors17 years

It is worth mentioning that while Hyatt and Hilton only offer their highest tier as a lifetime status, Marriott also offers a lifetime status for the lower tiers. While it takes longer to get it, at least you can get it!

Cover Picture: (c) MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL

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