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Here at InsideFlyer UK we frequently write about opportunities to pick up elite status without meeting the usual requirements. One of our favourites is the Hilton Honors status match programme. Joe wrote about it quite recently… But alas his tip wasn’t valid for long…
Two fundamental changes have recently been implemented on the status match website (click here).
The first change is making it more difficult to meet the status match requirements. Instead of 4 stays for Gold or 8 stays for Diamond, you now require…
- 10 nights for Gold status
- 18 nights for Diamond status
You must complete the requirements within 90 days from the date that your status match is approved. Award nights should still qualify however.
For those who really take travel hacking to the extreme, you obviously can no longer meet the requirements for Diamond with 8 one-night stays. Instead you will need to stay more than twice as many nights to qualify…
Moreover, the standard method of reaching Diamond status only requires 30 stays or 60 nights during a calendar year. When you look at it from a different perspective, that hurdle might seem rather easier to complete over the course of 365 days, instead of 18 nights out of 90!
The second change is that you will only enjoy Gold status for the 90-day duration of your status challenge, instead of Diamond.
Apart from these two changes, it is too early to tell whether Hilton Honors have made other elements more restrictive, such as reconsidering the competing levels of status that they will match.
What do you think? Is 18 nights out of 90 even achievable for most people?