Just when I had almost gotten over no longer holding Starwood Platinum status, I got another kick in the gut. You see, most program elite years end on the last day of February, but Hilton’s runs through March. So I logged into my Hilton HHonors account the other day to check on an upcoming reservation, and there it was: SILVER. It’s not that it wasn’t expected, or that I didn’t deserve it…..but still. :( Dropping from Diamond all the way down to Silver status hurts. Another side effect of my life off the road for now.

Let’s take a look at what Hilton HHonors Silver status will get you.

  • 15 percent bonus on HHonors base points
  • Complimentary fitness center access at hotel owned facilities
  • Elite only rewards
  • And a couple of other little nits and noids you can read about here.

I guess the Diamond benefit I will miss most is complimentary internet, though that’s much less of an issue for me now that I carry a Mi-Fi device. And I really miss executive lounge access for some reason. I guess I liked having a place to sit, relax, and wind down away from the lobby. Yes, I know, if this were the biggest deal in the world, I would have noticed before this week. Just another reminder of life off the road. A phase which I have reason to hope will end sooner rather than later.








11 Responses

  1. You should call Starwood, they seem to be generous with matches right now.

  2. See if you can still get the Hilton Gold offer I’ve been blogging so much about, haven’t checked in a week whether it’s still working but it last ~ 4 months..!

  3. Gary,

    What Hilton Gold offer are you talking about? I’m Hilton Silver and would love a way to move up to Gold before I earn it.


    Comment by Phil Young on April 15th, 2012 at 3:41 pm
  4. And if that ever dies, the MVP program gives a fast track to gold too. With how easy it is to get to Gold, it’s surprising that the benefits aren’t watered down more and there isn’t a bigger difference vs. Diamond.

  5. MVP rates can also beat AAA rates sometime when booking with Hilton-worth checking

    Comment by BothofUs2 on April 15th, 2012 at 5:17 pm
  6. Gary, it still works! I followed your recommendations last week. Thanks! Free gold is always nice.

    Comment by Milezjunkie on April 15th, 2012 at 7:08 pm
  7. Poor fellow! I hope that you get Personal Validation for a few sources other than hotel/airline status. Travel as a ‘normie’ must be absolute hell. Are the desk clerks and bellmen duly impressed when you tell them that you “Used to be a Diamond?” I sure hope that you re-earn your statuses this year. Have you considered consulting a grief counselor?

    Comment by Cedarglen on April 16th, 2012 at 2:10 am
  8. Pardon my silliness but what’s MVP?

  9. @cedarglen, counseling not necessary. At least not for this. Was meant to be mildly humorous.

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