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.
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.
Anyway, up until now Hilton’s status match has been ridiculously generous, since you didn’t need to show proof of having completed a certain number of stays. In other words, those who were IHG Platinum through the IHG credit card and could prove at least one stay with the chain were being matched to Hilton Diamond. The status matches have been valid all the way through March 2018.
It looks like Hilton HHonors has finally discontinued their outright status match promotion, and is now instead offering a status challenge:
- You’ll be matched to Gold or Diamond status for a period of 90 days
- If you want your status extended through March 31, 2018, you have to complete the following within 90 days:
- 4 stays for HHonors Gold status
- 8 stays for HHonors Diamond status
The process of requesting a status challenge is the same as it was before. You just have to fill out the online form with your first name, last name, email address, HHonors account number, and the status you’re trying to match. Then you have to also upload proof of your status, as well as proof of a stay within the past 12 months.
The one thing I find a bit odd is that there’s not a way to complete the challenge through nights, but rather only through stays. In other words, someone who makes eight stays of one night each would get Diamond status through March 2018, while someone who makes seven stays of five nights each wouldn’t get Diamond status through March 2018.
I’m not surprised to see Hilton HHonors finally change this offer, since it was definitely generous. If they were concerned about the number of people matching then I think they should have required proof of actually having stayed enough nights to earn the status “the hard way.”
Then again, this offer was around for months and months, so hopefully everyone who wanted to has already matched. I matched to Hilton Diamond late last year, and have found it useful for my stays.
What do you make of Hilton’s new status challenge?
(Tip of the hat to The Points Guy)