Hilton status match and health problems: any flexibility on time limit likely?

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  1. FlyingScot

    FlyingScot New Member

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    I applied for a status match to gold, but won't meet the stay requirements - partly due to my partner needing urgent surgery. Think there's any chance of Hilton bring flexible here (I could evidence this, of course), or am I as well to save my time? Thanks!
     
  2. CraigS

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    I doubt it. You'd have a better chance asking for flexibility on the standard year-long qualification criteria (still slim chances of success) but I can't see that they would extend a fast track challenge for you.

    Can't hurt to ask though...
     
  3. JoeD

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    My view on this sort of stuff is that it never hurts to ask. I'm not sure whether agents even have the ability to an extend the status period on a challenge, but if you got through to someone kind and helpful (such agents do exist!) they might be able to come up with something.

    In my experience, Hilton agents tend to have a bit more flexibility/knowledge than some other hotel programmes.
     
  4. AndrewM

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    They extended a Diamond challenge for me. I think it was for around an extra month. I didn't have any particular justification to ask for the extension but they agreed to it without any trouble.
     
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    Great to know - cheers Andrew!
     
  6. FlyingScot

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    Thanks for the replies - sadly, they didn't offer me any extension :( Don't know if there's any point in phoning rather than emailing to ask, or just chalk it down to sod's law... I've found gold status surprisingly useful, but would need an extra 5 nights stay to qualify - even the cheaper Hilton group hotels round here are about £40/night. I'm guessing there's no easy/cheap way to meet the requirements?

    Anyway, the main thing is my partner's recovering well :)
     
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  7. CraigS

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    I would argue that Gold is easily worth £200, so you might just want to do the mattress runs anyhow...
     
  8. FlyingScot

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    Thanks. Hm - I've not previously used Hilton chain hotels that much (round here and where I end up travelling, there are normally cheaper/better options). They have recently opened a very nice place nearby though and had some good prices locally.

    If I use the MVP fast track I could at least qualify with nights away at times when I do want to travel. But would that make it much harder for me to requalify

    Also - part of me wants to say sod Hilton - given their inflexibility in the circumstances :) They've no obligation to status match anyone, of course, but it's not like I've been traveling less due to a cold!
     
  9. CraigS

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    I wouldn't focus on that too much. When exceptions are made - no matter how valid the reasoning - then word gets around (InsideFlyer is as guilty as anybody about circulating news of loopholes and "travel hacks") and everybody wants an exception for some reason or another. Once everybody asks for and receives exceptions (or complains bitterly on social media for not getting their way) then the whole thing collapses and the status match policy will be taken away. Published rules that the companies stick to are generally to our benefit...

    MVP is certainly a valid option, especially doing it in early 2020 to probably get Gold for all of 2020 and 2021 out of it. And the next time you request a status match and Hilton say "you've already had one" you could then reply with details of your partner's health issues during the first one and see if they'll give you another shot.
     
  10. FlyingScot

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    Thanks! Sounds like a plan... If I start it late this year and complete it early 2020, would that work? I'll likely be going somewhere in December anyway...
     
  11. CraigS

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    Successfully completing a challenge usually results in you getting status for the rest of the current calendar year and all of the next. So the important thing is completion date (rather than starting date).

    However, if your status expiry doesn't update correctly after completing the MVP challenge, you might find that an agent will dig out a T&C clause to limit you to status for 2020 only. Starting the process during 2019 will make this outcome more likely.

    FWIW my Gold status will end on 31 March 2020 and I plan to apply for MVP at some point after that - once I can pencil in the necessary stays - but since I would complete in May/June at the earliest, it's far more likely to successfully get me status through 2021 as well...
     
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    Thanks! So, according to the T&C's, I'd need to complete the MVP after March 2020 to get 2021 gold status? But the later I start and complete this the lower my chance of having problems?
     

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