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Timing Hilton Diamond Sign Up - Advice Please

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I’m a Platinum Velocity member and will be taking a 6 week road trip through the US in April/May 2021 so I’m going to activate the Hilton Diamond offer and stay in their hotels for our trip.

I’ll be booking a lot of these hotels in advance so I’d like to know when the best time to activate the Diamond offer would be. If I did it in January 2020, will I still have Diamond in May 2021 by hitting a minimum stay requirement before our trip? Or should I book early anyway and activate it in January 2021?

I’ve seen a few different things so I thought I’d ask because I don’t want to mess this up. I would be able to visit a few hotels in 2020 but definitely not for a full membership renewal.

Thanks for your help!
 

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... I’d like to know when the best time to activate the Diamond offer would be. If I did it in January 2020, will I still have Diamond in May 2021 by hitting a minimum stay requirement before our trip? Or should I book early anyway and activate it in January 2021?

I’ve seen a few different things so I thought I’d ask because I don’t want to mess this up. I would be able to visit a few hotels in 2020 but definitely not for a full membership renewal ...
Others have posted that their new status has been maintained in accordance with the usual Hilton Honors conditions.

That is, status being held for the remainder of the calendar year in which it was gained, and for the whole of the next calendar year, and then ending on 31st March of the year beyond that. So, if gained in January 2020, it would be expected to last until the end of March 2022.

I am not posting from experience with activation of the Velocity offer, but from what others have already posted.

Edit: As to Hilton brand hotels in the USA, keep your expectations low, regarding room upgrades, Executive Lounges, breakfast and any other perks. Where the hotel has an EL, such as some Hiltons and maybe the odd DoubleTree, you will usually pay for alcohol (“Honor bar”). Breakfast may be okay, but some may only provide a voucher for an attached Starbucks, for example, covering maybe $10 for coffee and a pastry.

Oz Hiltons generally provide way better, and most Hiltons in Asia are usually a further step up.
 
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Does your membership year kick in from when u apply for the diamond status (by virtue of velocity platinum) or from when u are approved?

It's important to me as I have some hilton bookings for feb/march 2020 and I have no idea how long the approval process takes. Thus not sure if I should apply now or wait till January to apply?
 

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Does your membership year kick in from when u apply for the diamond status (by virtue of velocity platinum) or from when u are approved?

It's important to me as I have some hilton bookings for feb/march 2020 and I have no idea how long the approval process takes. Thus not sure if I should apply now or wait till January to apply?
It would be very risky to apply now, especially if approval came though quickly. Might be doing yourself out of an extra 12 months. Others may chime in with how long (or short) the approval process is.
 

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Does your membership year kick in from when u apply for the diamond status (by virtue of velocity platinum) or from when u are approved?
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When I fist did this (seems like many years back it kicked in from the approval month.

It would be very risky to apply now, especially if approval came though quickly. Might be doing yourself out of an extra 12 months. Others may chime in with how long (or short) the approval process is.
It can take up to 30 days, originally my status took longer took longer and a few emails to VA and HH, each advising to contact the other. After a couple of additional weeks it was sorted so around 6-7 weeks in total, not sure if they have improved these days.

I’m a Platinum Velocity member and will be taking a 6 week road trip through the US in April/May 2021 so I’m going to activate the Hilton Diamond offer and stay in their hotels for our trip.

I’ll be booking a lot of these hotels in advance so I’d like to know when the best time to activate the Diamond offer would be. If I did it in January 2020, will I still have Diamond in May 2021 by hitting a minimum stay requirement before our trip? Or should I book early anyway and activate it in January 2021?

I’ve seen a few different things so I thought I’d ask because I don’t want to mess this up. I would be able to visit a few hotels in 2020 but definitely not for a full membership renewal.

Thanks for your help!
In 2018 I ran the gauntlet with Marriott to get Platinum, and by the end of 2018 was around 3 stays or about 7 nights short of also retaining HH diamond. Luckily an AFFer I know was in the position to gift a Diamond membership and in Jan 2019 helped me out. My membership is through to Mar 21 so approximately 2 years and 2 months.
 
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It would be very risky to apply now, especially if approval came though quickly. Might be doing yourself out of an extra 12 months. Others may chime in with how long (or short) the approval process is.
Yes true, that's the way I'm leaning. As much as I hate to be in the position of being that annoying customer calling up to try and speed up the approval process when it's only been 4 weeks lol
 

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It can take up to 30 days, originally my status took longer took longer and a few emails to VA and HH, each advising to contact the other. After a couple of additional weeks it was sorted so around 6-7 weeks in total, not sure if they have improved these days.
Thanks for the info. That's exactly what I don't want to happen but from what I've heard it seems to be par for the course.
 
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That's what I did but unfortunately it says I only have status through till 2021 :(
Hilton IT is pretty horrible when it gomes to things like this. Even to account homepage can muck these up.

I would take that intro page with a grain of salt given other experinces.
 
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Is there anywhere on the site or app that tells me when my status expires? I signed up on the 13th and it’s already appeared. I didn’t receive a confirmation email (checked spam etc) but it’s active. I can’t see any place that gives me an expiry.
 

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Is there anywhere on the site or app that tells me when my status expires? I signed up on the 13th and it’s already appeared. I didn’t receive a confirmation email (checked spam etc) but it’s active. I can’t see any place that gives me an expiry.
No, not from the site or app. You could always phone or email Hilton Honors and they can tell you what the computer says.
 

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Is there anywhere on the site or app that tells me when my status expires? I signed up on the 13th and it’s already appeared. I didn’t receive a confirmation email (checked spam etc) but it’s active. I can’t see any place that gives me an expiry.
I would say you will get an email in the next day or so. Mine only came 3 days after my upgraded status was showing as confirmed on the Hilton site.
 
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Cheers.

I’m a bit bummed at the possibility that I messed this up by signing up too early. I’ll be staying at a few hotels this year but next year is my big trip.
 

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Cheers.

I’m a bit bummed at the possibility that I messed this up by signing up too early. I’ll be staying at a few hotels this year but next year is my big trip.
I'm in a similar position. Was planning on enjoying the benefit of status this year for a few short stays but then pushing hard to requalify in 2021 for the coming year.
 

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... I’m a bit bummed at the possibility that I messed this up by signing up too early ...
I feel that you are being a bit harsh on yourself. We all can only go by what we reasonably expect to happen.

As with the advice already provided, previous experience with Hilton status indicates that you should expect to have Diamond until 31st March 2021. <redacted>

Edit: For unnecessary information.
 
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