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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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- You can receive Hilton HHonors Gold status just by having the Platinum Card® from American Express,Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN, Citi® Hilton HHonors Reserve Card, or Hilton HHonorsTM Surpass® Card from American Express
- You can receive Hilton HHonors Diamond status by spending $40,000 in a year on the Citi® Hilton HHonors Reserve Card or Hilton HHonorsTM Surpass® Card from American Express
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
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)