Hilton Offering Diamond Status Matches Valid Through March 2018

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Late last year Hilton began offering outright status matches, which is something they didn’t historically otherwise offer. There’s a good chance this was a competitive move in response to the merger between Marriott and Starwood, and them wanting to pick up any guests who were maybe looking to switch around their loyalty.

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Or maybe it was just part of Hilton HHonors seemingly trying harder in the past year, as they did a great job with their promotions last year, despite them announcing at the beginning of last year that they wouldn’t offer as many global promotions.

It’s interesting to note that Hilton is still offering status matches, which are valid through March 2018. In other words, if you status match now you’ll get your status for almost two years, which is awesome.

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In order to status match, simply visit Hilton’s dedicated status match webpage, which will ask you to enter your name, email address, and HHonors account number. On top of that you’ll have to specify which program you’re matching from, and upload proof of status as well as proof of a stay within the last 12 months at the hotel loyalty program from which you’re matching.

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While Hilton HHonors isn’t my favorite hotel loyalty program, there’s no denying that it’s convenient to have Hilton status, given their huge global footprint, with 4,600+ hotels around the world. That’s part of the reason I decided to match to Hilton Diamond status last year, and am looking forward to staying at more Hilton hotels this year.

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I received a suite upgrade at the Hilton Queenstown as a Diamond member

If you later want to renew your Hilton status, keep in mind there are several ways to earn Hilton Gold and Diamond status through credit cards:

For what it’s worth, Hilton is apparently matching IHG Platinum status to Hilton Diamond status, assuming you can prove you’ve made at least one stay with the brand. Keep in mind that the awesome IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card offers Platinum status for as long as you have the card (along with an annual free night certificate which more than justifies the annual fee), so that could be a great way to status match as well, assuming you can prove at least one stay with IHG.

Here are the terms of the status match promotion:

Offer is valid for recipient only. Invitation and offer is non-transferable. Offer only redeemable once for the lifetime of the promotion. To match your status with Hilton HHonors Silver, Gold or Diamond status, you must provide your Hilton HHonors account number and proof of current tier status with Starwood Preferred Guest, Marriott Rewards, IHG Rewards Club, Hyatt Gold Passport, Choice Privileges, or other hotel loyalty program. Acceptable forms of status validation include a screenshot of your current account status or your membership card. Acceptable forms of stay validation include a screenshot of your previous reservations or hotel receipt, redacting any personal information other than your name and membership number. We accept .jpg files only. Do not send any personal information (including your phone number, address, social security number, date of birth, user name, passwords, or credit card information). Hilton Worldwide reserves the right to downgrade or remove individuals from the program at any time upon submitting any fraudulent documentation for validation. Must be a Hilton HHonors member to participate in the promotion. After registering and tier status is validated, Hilton HHonors elite tier status will be valid through March 2018, thereafter; standard tier requirements must be met to maintain elite status. Please allow up to 10 business days for your upgraded elite status to be reflected in your HHonors account profile. HHonors Silver, Gold and Diamond status members may choose from a variety of on-property benefits, which vary by hotel and are subject to availability. For additional information on tier benefits and qualifications, please visitwww.HHonors.com

Bottom line

Hilton is offering one of the most generous and well organized status match opportunities of any hotel loyalty program. Not only are they matching all the way to top tier status, but the status will be valid for almost two years. If you haven’t yet matched, this may be a good opportunity to do so.

(Tip of the hat to The Points Guy)

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Comments

  1. I matched back in December and am Diamond through March 2017. Can I match again to extend through 2018?

    I used my IHG before. I then used Hilton Diamond to get Hyatt Diamond so I could use that this time.

  2. If I already have Hilton diamond status from the last status match they offered several months ago, will they extend the diamond status until 2018 if I submit another status match request? (Currently IHG spire elite)

  3. @Nick @Raymond

    Why don’t you submit the match request and see if they extend it?

    Worst case, they will say no.

  4. I highly doubt it Bob…SPG gold doesn’t even offer benefits that match Hilton Gold, you will however receive that.

  5. Do all status matches come with a laminated copy of the T&Cs, so one can berate front desk clerks into giving you a room upgrade?

  6. Yeah, I must admit I just came from stay @ Hilton DRW (Aust) , and no recognition of Diamond status, had 4 kiwi fruits delivered to my room as a Welcolme amenity stating
    Incorrect Name & Member
    Incorrect Status ( a client was elecomed as Silver)
    no hope of an upgrade, very ordinary so far the “Diamond” status , well properites in Australia anyway
    treated the same for an Earlier stay at Melbourne’s South Wharf property back in Jan
    I think it’s the Status you achieve by not having a status in the first place..

  7. @Alex – It’s a running joke 😉 there’s a Hilton fanboy out there who mainly exists to bash SPG (never actually explaining why Hilton is more than a back-up program for many it seems like, BTW), and admitted he keeps a laminated copy of said T&Cs to basically bully the FDCs and get upgrades which most other Hilton loyals don’t really seem to.

  8. Hmm seems easier to just status match a renewal of Diamond for next year rather than earn it? Stay somewhere else, earn status at Hilton.

  9. I tried when this was published a couple weeks ago. I submitted exactly what was asked for. Two days ago I received a response that they wanted a copy of my membership card and activity statement. Since I was matching from IHG Spire, the activity statement was very long (full of lots of entries from a recent contest). We’ll see.

  10. Does the previous stay have to be a paid stay, or would a receipt from an award stay qualify as an acceptable form of stay validation? Because I recently used points from the IHG/Mastercard Priceless Surprises promotion @ the IC Toronto. Have platinum status thru IHG credit card. Status matching to Hilton Diamond would be nice.

  11. Link to Hilton Status Match page is no longer working. I heard they were behind on all the submissions. Hope they didn’t stop doing this…I’m ready to submit my paperwork!

  12. Hi..

    I have been a hhonors diamond member for past 2 years. I have qualified and reached the diamond status based in paid stays. Don’t you all think Hilton giving away free diamond status just to attract more customers and forgetting about the loyalty of existing customers is a bit unfair. And to top it off they are offering diamond status for 2 years where as we only enjoy the benefits until end of February for following calendar year.

    Would love have feed backs and see what other current hhonor members think.

    Also does any one know how can we tag Hilton hotel group and also have their feed back.

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