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Since November 2015, Hilton has been offering outright status matches, all the way up to their top tier Diamond status. They seem to be matching top tier status with their biggest competitors to Diamond, while most other status levels are being matched to Gold. Best of all, the status is valid through March 2017, so there’s the potential to get quite a bit of value out of it.
While Hilton’s status match system was already simple, they’ve made it even easier, as they let you request a status match directly through their website. Just fill out this form and Hilton will process the status match for you.
While I wasn’t originally going to status match to Hilton Diamond, I did in the end. 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; 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 a few weeks back about the supposed “secret” to Hilton Diamond suite upgrades had 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; having top tier status with a program which has a larger global footprint is useful
- 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
Anyway, my reason for this post is that Hilton’s status match promotion ends on January 11, 2016, meaning you have to request a status match by Monday if you want to be matched to Gold or Diamond status.
I’m actually writing this post from a suite at a Hilton. More on the bizarre phenomenon known as Hilton suite upgrades shortly. 😉
Regardles of how I feel about Hilton HHonors in relation to Hyatt Gold Passport or Starwood Preferred Guest, there’s no denying that Hilton has a global footprint which Hyatt and Starwood lack, which is why they’re worth seriously considering, in my opinion.
If you want to take advantage of the most generous status match promotion I’ve ever seen Hilton offer, you have until Monday to do so.
Do you plan on status matching to Hilton before the deadline?