For the last few years, Hilton Honors have run a status challenge offering elite members of other programs a head start on Hilton Honors status. They have now just updated the challenge for 2023, offering eligible members the chance to get Gold or Diamond status through to March 2025.
The basics of the challenge remain the same as in previous years. Hilton will grant you Gold or Platinum based on your activity in a 90-day period. However, there has been an increase in the number of nights you need to stay.
Hilton Status Challenge Details
The challenge is not an outright status match. If accepted, Hilton will initially grant Gold status and will receive the benefits of Gold for 90 days. During that 90-day trial, the number of nights you stay will determine your status through to March 2025.
If you stay 8nights, you will be granted Gold Status through to March 2025. On the other hand, if you manage to achieve 14 nights, you will be granted Diamond until March 2025.
Under the offer, you can match from a range of other programs. The application form offers the following programs
- Marriott Bonvoy,
- World of Hyatt
- IHG Rewards Club,
- Choice Privileges
- Best Western Rewards
The list is a bit shorter than previous years, with with ALL – Accor Live Limitless, Radisson Rewards, and Wyndham Rewards no longer called out. The list you select from does include ‘other’ so they are open to the possibility of status at another chain.
How does the Hilton Honors Status Challenge work?
If you have status in one of the eligible chains, you can apply for the challenge. There are additional conditions of receiving and keeping that status. Basically, the rules are:
- You will need to show that you have had at least one stay with the chain you are matching from.
- You will be granted Gold status for 90 days if your application is successful
- To extend your status, you will need to stay a specified number of nights within the 90 day period.
- If you stay 8 nights in the 90 day period, you will be granted Gold until March 2024.
- On the other hand, if you manage 14 nights in the 90 day period, you will be granted Diamond Status.
How to Register
Hilton Honors have an online application form where you can fill in your details, and provide documentation of the requirements. You will need to upload documents showing your status and that you have, in fact, had a stay at the competing chain. The proof of a stay needs to show that you have made a stay within the 12 months prior to requesting the match.
Keep your Hilton Honors Gold or Attain Platinum until March 2025
If Hilton Honors grant your request for a match, you’ll start off with Hilton Honors Gold. You will receive Gold status for 90 days, and need to complete your challenge within that time.
Remember, if you stay 8 nights in those 90 days, you will retain the Gold Status. Push onwards to 14 nights, and Diamond could be yours through until 2025.
Hilton Honors have had one form or another of this promotion pretty much non-stop over the last few years. While the requirements have increased from last year, they are probably still doable for many. And getting status through to 2025 is a good thing!