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We’ve written about how to get an Hilton Honors status match quite regularly over the years here at InsideFlyer. After all, who wouldn’t want free breakfast, upgrades and bonus Points on their stays?
The new year is now here and that means it’s the perfect time to request a status match, if you haven’t already done so. Remember that Hilton status lasts:
- for the rest of the calendar year in which you earned it;
- for all of the subsequent calendar year;
- until 31 March of the year subsequent to that full calendar year.
What this means is that if you apply for a Hilton Honors status match now (and meet the requirements), you will get to keep your status until the end of March 2020 – that’s more than 2 years of elite status!
How to request an Hilton Honors Status Match
You need to start out with elite status from one of Hilton‘s competitors. They list the usual suspects, but will definitely consider many other chains such as Best Western or Club Carlson.
In general, Honors will match the competition’s top level status to Honors Diamond (i.e. Diamond, Globalist, Spire, Platinum, etc.) If the competing chain has a relevant mid-tier status, such as Marriott Gold, then this can occasionally be matched to HHonors Diamond, but you might only be matched to Gold. Interestingly, recent reports suggest that IHG Platinum and Best Western Diamond still seem to be getting matched to Diamond.
If approved, HHonors members will enjoy their matched status for a period of exactly 90 days. This can be extended until 31 March, 2020 by completing:
- 4 stays for Gold status
- 8 stays for Diamond status
Note that these need to be separate stays, not just 4 or 8 nights.
The process of requesting a status challenge is simple. You must fill in the online form with your first name, last name, email address, HHonors account number, and the status you’re hoping to match. You must also upload proof of your competing status, as well as proof of a stay within the past 12 months with that hotel chain.
Meeting the Requirements
8 stays within 90 days is quite ambitious, but is obviously based on the fact that regular Diamond qualification requires 30 stays in a year (so 8/90 is roughly one quarter of the stays in one quarter of the year). This works out well for those who can accumulate many one-night stays, but is quite difficult for those who have less frequent, but longer hotel stays.
It’s worth knowing that Points stays count towards qualifying for elite status. There are several Category 2 hotels in the United Kingdom costing 10,000 Points per night. As regards cash rates, Fridays and Sundays tend to offer the best prices.
The current Hilton promotion effectively offers 2,000-4,000 Bonus Points per night, so you could accumulate a nice little Points balance at the same time as confirming your status too.
Hilton Honors Gold is excellent, and Diamond guarantees executive lounge access on top (when the hotel has one!).
With the upcoming changes to how Hilton calculates Points earnings and free breakfast being introduced at Waldorf Astoria properties, elite status is arguably more useful than ever. Being able to match and get 90 days status for free, and a big short-cut to keeping it (for more than 2 years!) is fantastic.
Apply for your Hilton Honors Status Match here.
What’s the best ever upgrade or amenity you’ve received as a Hilton Honors Gold or Diamond?