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The recent, no quibbles, Hilton HHonors status match made life extremely easy for status matchers. Not only were applications dealt with promptly and efficiently by Hilton, it even had its own dedicated website.
The good news is, it’s back. If you have status in any other programme, simply go to this dedicated page to have it matched by Hilton. You need to apply by 30 June, 2016 and the matched status with Hilton HHonors will (impressively) last until 31 March, 2018.
The only minor “catch” is that you will also need to provide Hilton with evidence of a stay within the last 12 months with the hotel loyalty programme you are matching from. That said, if you have status, this is unlikely to be a major issue.
What exactly is a “status match”?
For anyone that’s unsure, a status match is simply a process by which a loyalty scheme will match your status in another loyalty scheme. For this Hilton status match, for example, if you have Starwood Preferred Guest Platinum (i.e. the top status level), you will be matched to Hilton Diamond.
What are the benefits of Hilton status?
Hilton status benefits are outlined here. While Diamond is clearly the status to be aiming for, Hilton Goldis widely recognised as one of the most generous mid-tier hotel loyalty levels out there, with guaranteed free breakfast, and lounge access/room upgrades regularly offered.
Gold status is easy to secure – they have regular promos, fast-tracks and credit cards potentially offering it. Diamond doesn’t offer a great deal more than Gold – but does give you lounge access even if you do not get a room on the Executive Floor (Gold technically doesn’t let you in the lounge unless they upgrade you, but there are plenty of examples of them making exceptions, especially in Europe).
What level will Hilton match me to?
As noted above, the status you get with Hilton (Silver, Gold or Diamond) will depend on the tier level you have with the loyalty programme you submit to them (e.g. you can expect that SPG Gold Preferred Guest will get you Hilton Gold, while SPG Platinum Preferred Guest will get you Hilton Diamond).
Just to remind you, we at InsideFlyer have taken advantage of this status match already, and it was wonderfully straightforward.