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As I’ve been covering over the past several weeks, Hyatt kicked off a bit of a status match frenzy several weeks back, when they initially began status matching just about anyone with any status with a competitor to their top tier Diamond status. Given the volume of status match requests they eventually began limiting the promotion to those with SPG Platinum status, which makes perfect sense, given that they were originally targeting those who were worried about the merger between Marriott & Starwood.
Hilton responded by also offering status matches to elite members in competing programs. I was impressed by how clearly they published the terms of the status match promotion. The promotion is valid for status match requests through January 11, 2016, and matched status is valid through March 2017.
While I wasn’t originally going to, I ended up status matching to Hilton Diamond status, and my experience was great — I received acknowledgement of my status request within 30 minutes, and was matched within a few hours.
As I explained at the time, the reasons I status matched to Hilton HHonors Diamond status included the following:
- While status matches are “once in a lifetime,” it’s not often that Hilton status matches, and the promotion ends in a few weeks; I’m not convinced they’ll offer it again anytime soon, and with the rate of consolidation in the hotel industry, who knows how much longer this program will be completely independent
- My post last week about the supposed “secret” to Hilton Diamond suite upgrades has me wanting to try my luck with Hilton once again
- While I’m primarily loyal to Hyatt and Starwood, they don’t have properties everywhere; I’m planning some upcoming travel where the two brands don’t have any properties, and I’ll end up staying at Hiltons (like in New Zealand)
- If I do find there to be more value in Hilton Diamond this time around, it’s not that tough to qualify — $40,000 of spend on the Citi® Hilton HHonors Reserve Card will do the trick
Receive guaranteed lounge access as an HHonors Diamond member, like at the Conrad Hong Kong
While Hilton’s status match system was already simple, they’ve made it even easier. Hilton is now letting you status match through their website. Just fill out this form and they’ll process the match for you.
The form is very simple, and just requires you to enter your name, email address, HHonors number, and the status you have with another program (along with proof of that status).
The listed programs from which they’ll match include the following (though they do state at the beginning they’ll match from “any other hotel loyalty program”):
I’ve been really impressed by Hilton HHonors this year, and the clear and simple way in which they’re offering these status matches is the perfect example. If you’d like to take advantage of a Hilton status match, you have until January 11, 2016, to do so.
Have you matched to Hilton Diamond yet (or do you plan on doing so)?