If you’re looking for status with Hilton Honors, and have status with another program, then Hilton may have an opportunity for you. Hilton have been running a Status Match Challenge, which has just been extended for another year. Successful completion of the challenge will grant status all the way through until March, 2021.
The challenge is not an outright status match, although you granted the benefits of Gold or Diamond for a trial period of 90 days. Upon successful completion of the trial, status will be granted for the full term.
The terms and conditions call out a number of chains that they are prepared to match to. These chains are
- Choice Privileges
- World of Hyatt
- IHG Rewards Club,
- Marriott Bonvoy,
- Best Western Rewards
- Le CLub AccorHotels
The list you select from does include other, so they are open to the possibility of status at another chain. Having said that, they have been known to knock back requests from programs that are not listed.
How does the Hilton Honors Status Match 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 initially be granted status for 90 days
- To extend the status, you will need to make a certain number of stays within the 90 day period. If you match to gold, you will require 4 stays in the 90 days. On the other hand, if you are matching to platinum, you will need 8 stays in the 90 days.
It would be worth noting that the requirements are specified in number of stays. Hilton have not provided a way of keeping the status through a number of nights. This may affect you, if you tend to have multiple night stays.
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.
It is best if you can choose from one of the programs that is mentioned, in preference to ‘Other’. You can still select other, and it will be considered, although some have reported being knocked back for not having one of the chosen programs.
Le Club AccorHotels members have some good news this year. They have been added as one of the options that can be chosen.
Keep your Hilton Honors Gold, Diamond status until March 2021
If Hilton Honors grant your request for a match, you’ll start off with either Hilton Honors Gold or Hilton Honors Diamond status. You will the status for 90 days, and need to complete your challenge within that time.
If you have been matched to Hilton Honors Gold, you will need to make four stays in the 90 day period. For those granted Hilton Honors Diamond, you will need to make eight stays in that 90 day period.