If you’re looking for status with Hilton Honors, and have status with another program, then Hilton may have an opportunity for you. Hilton run a Status Match Challenge, which could get you Gold or Diamond status all the way through until March, 2021.
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 the 90 day trial you need to stay 10 nights or 18 nights to extend the status level.
If you stay 10 night, you will be granted Gold Status. If you can achieve 18 nights in that 90 day period, Diamond is yours. Either way, the status will be valid until March 2021.
Hilton have recently made some changes to the way the offer works. The two main changes are:
- You are initially granted Gold for 90 days. In a previous version, you could be offered Diamond for the initial 90 day period.
- The requirements to extend your status is now based on number of nights rather than a number of stays
Under the offer, you can match from a range of other programs. These application form offers the following programs
- 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.
- Once accepted, you will be granted Gold status for 90 days
- To extend your status, you will need to stay a specified number of nights within the 90 day period. If you stay 10 nights in the 90 day period, you will be granted Gold until March 2021. On the other hand, if you manage 18 nights in the 90 day period, you will be granted Diamond Status.
In previous versions of the Challenge, Hilton set the requirements based on the number stays. For the Gold challenge this was 4 stays, while for the Platinum challenge it was 8 stays.
This has been changed to a night based requirement. If you generally have short, one night stays, this has made the challenge more difficult. For example, for Gold, you could achieve the requirements in 4 separate stays of one night. Under the new challenge, you will need to stay a total of 10 nights.
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, 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 stay 10 nights the 90 day period. For those granted Hilton Honors Diamond, you will need to stay 18 nights in that 90 day period.