Hilton HHonors has been running an official status match programme for a few months.
This is a fantastic opportunity to leverage your existing status in another hotel scheme to get Gold or Diamond status until March 2018.
However, if you haven’t applied yet, your life has just got harder.
That said, it is still worth a go.
First, this is what Hilton HHonors offers top tier Diamond members. You would normally need 30 stays or 60 nights in a calendar year to get this.
To be honest, the Diamond benefits are not as good as, say, Hyatt Diamond and are not substantially different to the mid-tier Gold level. The main additional benefit is guaranteed lounge access when staying at a Conrad, Hilton or Doubletree hotel even if you are not upgraded to the club floor.
Even Hilton Gold is worth having if you have a mid tier card from another chain. You receive free breakfast at most brands (not Waldorf Astoria) and some sort of upgrade. At worse, you will get the best room left in the category booked.
What has changed?
You can request a match via this website here.
Until earlier this week, all you had to do was send a screenshot showing your current status and, importantly, a screenshot showing a stay with that chain during the last 12 months. That was it.
The terms have now changed.
Hilton will now give you Gold or Diamond status for just 90 days.
To keep your Gold status until March 2018, you need to complete four stays (not nights) in those 90 days. To keep Diamond, you need to complete eight stays.
To be fair to Hilton, this is still a generous deal. You are getting 20 months of Diamond status out of it. The only issue is that you need to do eight stays and not eight nights. This requires substantially more dedication, unless you are working in an area with multiple Hilton properties and change hotel each night. The upside is that you will already be getting Gold or Diamond benefits whilst you do those four or eight stays.
Even having Gold or Diamond status for just 90 days is valuable if you know you will have stays during that period.
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