Hilton Diamond Status Match From IHG Platinum Still Works

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I’ve got some Hilton stays coming up in the next couple of months, so thought I’d ask for a status match/challenge up to Diamond. I already have Gold status thanks to the American Express Platinum card, but fancied having guaranteed lounge access and (maybe) a better upgrade on these trips. Diamond is Hilton Honors top level status and I don’t have top level status with any other hotel programme at the moment, but you used to be able to get a temporary Hilton Diamond status match from IHG Platinum (which I do have) – anyway, it still works fine!

To keep Diamond status beyond the next 90 days, I need to complete 8 stays (stays, not nights). If I did that, I’d be Diamond until 31st March 2019 according to the terms, which seems a year short to me. If you qualify for Hilton status ‘normally’, you keep it for the rest of this year, all of next year, and until the end of March the year after that – ie 31st March 2020. (UPDATE: It’s been confirmed in the comments, by reader Pangolin, that the 2019 expiry date is an admin mistake by Hilton and that matched status will last until 31st March 2020)

Given that I have Gold anyway, I’m not yet entirely sure if I’ll bother to complete the 8 stays  or not – I haven’t been Diamond for a couple of years, so I suppose I’ll see how much I like it these days!

If you want to get a taste of Diamond (or Gold) too, here’s how to do it:

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.

hhonors status match

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. IHG Platinum (and maybe Best Western Diamond) is still 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.

Bottom line

Hilton Honors Gold is excellent, and Diamond guarantees executive lounge access on top (when the hotel has one!). With 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 longer if you meet the stay requirements) is fantastic.

The fact that you can get a Hilton Diamond status match from IHG Platinum (which you can get just by having the IHG Rewards Club Premium Credit Card, costing £99 per year) plus one IHG stay in the last 12 months, makes it very accessible too

Apply for your Hilton Honors Status Match here.

What’s your favourite Hilton/Conrad/etc lounge?


  1. Pangolin says

    Joe, the email from Hilton is wrong – you’ll have the status till 2020. The email thing is a well-known issue and this is discussed on the FlyerTalk forum for Hilton.

    • Craig Sowerby says

      Undoubtedly… but it’s always nice to have things in writing.

      I’ll have to decide in early 2019 whether to do my own status match and make Hilton my #2 programme in place of Stariott.

      • Pangolin says

        I’m in the final stages of the Hilton Diamond Challenge myself (one stay required which I’ll get with Conrad HK in a few days) so I’ll be able to confirm the status validity when it comes through.

        Like others here, I was pretty certain that qualifying for top tier in SPG/MR via 25 SPG stays would bite the dust in the new programme, so that’s one reason I decided to get top tier in Hilton as a backup.
        This year I’ll get my final opportunity for Platinum qualification via 25 SPG stays so I’m going to take it.

        I have Marriott Platinum (via a previous challenge) so I’ll get Platinum Premier in August but that will likely reset to Platinum in 2019.

        I’m also someone who pays out of my own pocket and so the 50 nights isn’t sustainable for me. Hilton Diamond might just be manageable (30 stays) but I’ll probably settle for Gold in the long term (unlike the new Marriott scheme, Gold in HHonors isn’t totally worthless).

        • Joe Deeney says

          Yes, will be interesting to see how things play out in terms of status matches and challenges in future. I imagine there will always be some sort of opportunities, but maybe for mid level rather than top – and as you say, new Marriott Gold is rubbish.

    • Joe Deeney says

      Cheers Pangolin! That certainly makes things a bit more interesting from my own pov. Post updated.

  2. Somchai says

    Anyone know if you had Diamond through a match and subsequently try for another match if you will get it?

    • Joe Deeney says

      I think the rules say no, but I matched before a few years ago and was still granted Diamond this time a couple of days after applying. You on;y have to send a couple of screenshots, so no harm in trying.

  3. FlyUpTop says

    HH status match IMO is very good. I recently got status matched to Diamond from IHG Plat plus one stay i paid for on points @ 15k.
    Due to me staying on two separate bookings during the three months I got a soft landing to Gold until March 2020. ?

  4. Scottydogg says

    I give up chasing Hilton status , too many times ive turned up and not got any benefit when i was gold or platinum .
    Not getting welcomed as a gold / platinum member is bad at Hilton

    Embarrassingly , i had to mention the fact i was Hilton Platinum one time ( as i has after an upgrade) i then had to explain to the girl at the desk what that means and what hotel status is . Was pretty embarrassing as you could tell that people behind me waiting to check in could hear our conversation and probably thought i was being a dick !

    • Pangolin says

      I can understand why the FD girl was confused if you kept mentioning Hilton Platinum – there is no such status in Hilton.

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