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What does it take to achieve the very highest level of free perks that a hotel chain can offer?

Here is how one man earned free perks like getting a hotel to “reopen a closed kitchen to prepare a meal,” via the Wall Street Journal:

Earnest Smith, a financial manager who lives in Atlanta but does government work in Washington, D.C., has been in Hilton’s loyalty program since 1986. He says his Lifetime Diamond credentials came with a realization he had spent one-third of his life in Hilton hotels.

Worth it!