REMINDER: Hilton still offering a generous status match, including Diamond

It is a few months since I last mentioned this, so I thought it was worth another plug today as I wouldn’t want readers to miss out.  This is a match that I did myself earlier in the year.

Hilton Honors is currently offering a generous status match opportunity.

Hilton Diamond status match

Via this link, you can match your existing status with another hotel loyalty programme into Hilton Honors.  Mid-tier status will receive Hilton Gold, whilst top tier status will receive Hilton Diamond.

(This is not fixed.  There are some reports of Marriott Gold receiving Hilton Diamond, for example, probably because Marriott Gold requires 50 nights and is harder to get than any other mid-tier status.)

The match rules are simple:

You will receive your new status benefits for 90 days from the date of acceptance (usually 4-5 days after you email your request)

To keep Gold until March 2019, you need to complete four stays (cash or reward) within the 90 days

To keep Diamond until March 2019, you need to complete eight stays (cash or reward) within the 90 days

If you match to Diamond but only manage 4-7 stays then you receive Gold until March 2019

The key metric is stays, not nights.

Note that, as well as having status in another programme, you must also have evidence of a stay within the last 12 months with that programme.  If, for example, you have Accor Platinum via your American Express Platinum charge card (this benefit is now withdrawn for new cardholders), you cannot use that to match to Hilton Diamond unless you also have one recent Accor stay on file.

Hilton status match

Is this worth doing?

Potentially, yes, if you have some Hilton Group stays coming up.  You will receive Gold benefits (the key one is free breakfast except at Waldorf-Astoria) or Diamond benefits (the key one is lounge access where available, plus free breakfast except at Waldorf-Astoria and usually a decent upgrade) for the 90 day period

Timing is therefore key.  You need to have a decent view of your potential stays over the next 90 days, and indeed the next couple of months after that in case you decide to match later.

If you are planning to go for the full 4 or 8 stays in order to retain status until March 2019, you also need to be confident that you can squeeze in the required number.

(You might want to do the maths on a mattress run to get the extra stays you need.  Would you get enough value by March 2019 to justify spending £200-£300 on a mattress run?)

If you have specific hotels in mind, you should also research how they treat Diamond members.   I was at the Conrad New York in June, for example.  This does not offer much to a Diamond member:

Conrad New York has no executive lounge

American hotels in the Hilton chain tend not to offer good upgrades, because the country is awash with status members – all I got was a room on the ‘preferred’ side with a view of the Hudson River

Even the basic rooms are suites (it is an all-suite hotel) so an upgrade isn’t even that important

In other countries you will do better.  I did this match, to Diamond, before our trip to Asia at Easter:

At the Conrad Tokyo (review here), my status got us executive lounge access for free, although not a room upgrade as the hotel was full (it was peak cherry blossom season)

Waldorf-Astoria Beijing (review here) voluntarily gives free breakfast to Diamond members even though it is not an official benefit at this brand.  On the other hand, the hotel has no executive lounge and my upgraded room was not a lot bigger than the standard one given to my kids.

After our Asia trip, I did another six stays at Hilton properties before my 90 day status trial was up.  This means that I now have Diamond status until March 2019.  It cost me about £200 in mattress run stays to hit the target, as I didn’t quite have six stays planned, but I should easily recoup this in upgrades and lounge access over the next 20 months.

One other thing to think about

Hilton Honors will give you a match even if you have been matched by them before.

However, this is not necessarily always going to be the case.  It is possible, in a couple of years, they offer a similar match but reject anyone who was previously matched.  (I’m not saying they will but many loyalty schemes have a ‘once per lifetime’ status match rule.)

You should therefore consider whether you will get enough use of your 90 day Gold or Diamond trial period, on the chance that Hilton will not allow you to match again.

If you decide to go for it, you can request your Hilton Honors status match here.

PS.  Remember that Hilton Honors Gold status is a benefit of the American Express Platinum charge card.  I upgraded my wife recently and it was processed within 48 hours, with her status valid until March 2019.

You may want to get Amex Platinum for a few months (just long enough to trigger the 30,000 Amex Membership Rewards bonus points, worth 30,000 Avios) and trigger Hilton Gold that way.  If you cancel your Platinum card, you will retain your Hilton status until March 2019.

You will also receive status in Melia Rewards, Shangri-La Golden Circle, Starwood Preferred Guest, Marriott Rewards (by matching your Starwood status) and Club Carlson.  My review of Amex Platinum is here.

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Comments

  1. the real harry1 says:

    looks like we all should have shugged churning to death for the last 3 years

    as Amex Brighton love this stuff

  2. Please note that this is a route to Hilton status if you are a AMEX Platinum Business card holder. When Accor status was dropped the personal card got Hilton status, but the Business one did not.

    You do get SPG (and thus Marriott) and Club Carlson, so would allow us poor little business holders to get back into the Hilton fold…

  3. Nicola Walton says:

    How do you find out when your status with Hilton expires? My husband did his match last year from IHG Spire to Hilton Diamond? He stays regularly now most weeks and the status still shows Diamond?
    We are staying on a points stay at the Waldor in London now and got a room upgrade and lounge access.

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