Hilton Honors has been running a very generous status match for the last 18 months or so. It was so good, I did it myself.
Via this link, you can match your top tier or mid tier status in any other hotel scheme to Hilton Honors. You will get Hilton Gold or Diamond status for 90 days, effective immediately, with your status extended if you complete four or eight stays respectively in the period. Reward stays count.
I did this challenge last year, picking up Diamond status until 31st March 2019.
The status match website still stays that your new status, if you complete the four or eight stays, will expire on 31st March 2019. That is less useful than it was a year ago when I got mine. However, a reader who just completed his 8th stay has been told that his Diamond status will run until 31st March 2020.
Hopefully Hilton will update the status match website soon to reflect this new closing date. If you are tempted to sign up before the site shows a 2020 expiry date, I would contact Hilton Honors in writing first for confirmation. You don’t want to do four or eight stays just to find that your status ends in 12 months.
How to earn Hilton Honors points and status from UK credit cards (January 2022)
There are various ways of earning Hilton Honors points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.
Do you know that holders of The Platinum Card from American Express receive FREE Hilton Honors Gold status for as long as they hold the card? It also comes with Marriott Bonvoy Gold, Radisson Rewards Gold and MeliaRewards Gold status. We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.
Did you know that the Virgin Atlantic credit cards are a great way of earning Hilton Honors points? Two Virgin Points can be converted into three Hilton Honors points. The Virgin Atlantic cards are the only Visa or Mastercard products in the UK which can indirectly earn Hilton Honors points. You can apply here.
You can also earn Hilton Honors points indirectly with American Express Gold (20,000 bonus points), the American Express Rewards Credit Card (5,000 bonus points) and – for small business owners – American Express Business Gold (20,000 bonus points) and Business Platinum (40,000 bonus points).
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