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It’s not really news that award stays booked with Hilton Points should count towards the excellent Hilton Honors status match/challenge, but policies can vary over time, so I’m pleased to be able to personally confirm that they still do.
Over the weekend, I completed the last of the 8 required stays to keep Diamond status until 31st March 2020 and got a nice email from Hilton Honors this morning:
7 out of my 8 stays were booked using Points, so it’s safe to say Points stays definitely do count!
The reason this matters is because if your travels take you to somewhere with a low category Hilton, costing just 5,000-10,000 Points per night, you can complete the challenge extremely economically! For example, I managed to bag 3 stays (at places I wanted/needed to stay at) during a trip to Istanbul for a total of just 20,000 Points.
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 Radisson Rewards.
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, Honors 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, Honors 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.
Points stays count towards qualifying for elite status and 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 and don’t forget that there are some excellent prices available at the moment in the big Hilton Summer Sale. We even flagged some of the best bargains in a post the other day.
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.