How to get a Hilton Honors status match – and keep your status until March 2021

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This article looks at how you get a status match in Hilton Honors.

Hilton Honors has extended its status match programme.  This is how you can take part.

I mentioned this in passing in the article on Friday on the Hilton Summer Sale but I wanted to run through the match in more detail today because it is very generous.  I did it myself in 2017!

How do I get a Hilton Honors status match?

How do I get a Hilton Honors 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.

They definitely accept all of the major programmes shown in the dropdown menu on that page.  If you have status with a smaller scheme it may or may not be accepted.  I seem to remember that Wyndham Rewards is not accepted for some reason but don’t quote me on that.

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 2021, you need to complete four stays (cash or reward) within the 90 days

To keep Diamond until March 2021, 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 2021

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 IHG Rewards Club Platinum status via the IHG Rewards Club Premium Mastercard, you would also need to show evidence of an IHG stay in order to be matched.

How to get a Hilton Honors status match

Is a Hilton Honors status match worth doing?

Potentially, yes.

Hilton Gold is generally seen as the best mid-tier hotel status because it gets you free breakfast.  You don’t get free breakfast with IHG Rewards Club even if you are a top tier Spire Elite member!

Hilton Diamond comes with guaranteed lounge access, where the hotel has a lounge.  Again, good luck with that as an IHG elite member.

Timing is key, of course.

Once you are accepted, you get the benefits of your higher status for 90 days.  This could save you a LOT of money on breakfast if you are heading to a Hilton property this Summer.

If you are planning to do the full 4 or 8 stays (note Hilton wants stays, not nights) in order to retain status until March 2021, you also need to be confident that you can squeeze them in.

(You might want to do the maths on a mattress run – booking a local hotel, checking in and immediately leaving without telling anyone – to get the extra nights you need.  Would you get enough value by March 2021 to justify spending £200-£300 on mattress run nights?  One thing to remember is that – over the Summer months – cheap mattress run opportunities may be harder to find.)

If you have specific hotels in mind, you should also research how they treat Diamond members.   Imagine you were planning to stay at Conrad New York for example.  This is unlikely to offer you much as 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

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

I would get breakfast – breakfast is a la carte and you can choose from a small selection – but New York is not short of options

In this scenario, I might prefer to trigger my status match another time when I know I will get better value during the following 90 days.

You can request your Hilton Honors status match here.

PS.  Remember that free Hilton Honors Gold status is a benefit of the The Platinum Card from American Express.

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 later cancel your Platinum card, you should retain your Hilton status until March 2020.

You will also receive status in Melia Rewards, Shangri-La Golden Circle, Marriott Bonvoy and Radisson Rewards.  My review of Amex Platinum is here.

How to earn Hilton Honors points via UK credit cards

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Hilton Honors points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Hilton Honors points.  That page is regularly updated with the latest special offers and will still be accurate even if you are reading this article months after publication.

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Comments

  1. Chris says:

    Hmm. All hotel schemes annoy me these days (now there’s no SPG). Hilton I find especially annoying as I’ve NEVER had a stay post automatically, every single night requires chasing… Marriott are only slightly better, they post a random number of points after a stay that’s never correct, so chasing required. And IHG? Need better properties…

  2. Will IHG Gold match to Hilton gold?
    Iv clearly done this wrong, I dropped from Diamond to silver in March and instead of getting a status match Iv been given a challenge 4 stays in 90 days for gold however within that 90 days I’m still silver.

  3. Grimz says:

    Slightly OT, I have a small amount of Hilton points expiring in August as don’t use Hilton now. Any suggestions what I can do with them?

  4. OT: Hi Rob, quick question will day stays count towards the 4 stays?

  5. Hi, I thought only Diamond could redeem 5 nights for 4 day’s points – but now looks like Hilton Silver and Gold can also, or have I misread their website ?
    Thanks

  6. henry says:

    Hi Rob any news on the Hilton Uk card yet? Think i remember reading on here that it could be possible in the near future ?

  7. Cormac says:

    Hilton have flatly refused a status match when I similarly applied as I’d already previously had one – I followed up with three further notes trying to argue the point – same response.
    Went through chat and was quickly offered a 10 stays to Diamond – just need to complete by end of 2019.

    • I too was refused a match earlier this year on the basis that I’d had one before. Didn’t try to challenge via chat though so I had to get it back the old fashioned way!
      Will remember to try chat if I have to go down the ‘match’ route again.

      • Because of a stay at Edinburgh Waldorf a week after being accepted for Amex Platinum I applied for status match against IHG gold/Ambassador platinum. I was turned down on the grounds of a previous match a couple of years ago. I then pointed out that I was about to gain Hilton Gold status via Amex Platinum anyway and was only pursuing the matching request to ensure I have Gold prior to arriving IN Edinburgh and met with a flat refusal in both chat dialogue, and via email, even when I supplied unequivocal evidence in the form of a picture of my Amex Platinum card!,

      • Because of a WA stay booked a week after being accepted for Amex Platinum I applied for status match against IHG gold/Ambassador platinum. I was turned down on the grounds of a previous match a couple of years ago. I then pointed out that I was about to gain Hilton Gold status via Amex Platinum anyway and was only pursuing the matching request to ensure I have Gold prior to arriving and met with a flat refusal in both chat dialogue, and via email, even when I supplied unequivocal evidence in the form of a picture of my Amex Platinum card!,

  8. I have gold….planning California and Hawaii in August. Should I go for diamond match?
    Also what hotels would people recommend in New York, Anaheim and Oahu-Hilton, IHG or others?

    • Little benefit between Gold and Diamond in the US – remember that Hilton gives out Diamond for free with one of its US credit cards. Your chance of an upgrade won’t be high and you’re getting breakfast anyway. Unless you were at a lot of hotels with lounges there is unlikely to be much benefit.

      If you were touring Asia or Europe I’d possibly advise differently.

    • Nigel Williams says:

      Accor have a great NovoTel on 52nd street with a rooftop bar.

      Stayed there for a week in June.

  9. Roger says:

    I need to earn 57 Bonvoy points to round off to near 1000 to empty my account.
    I do not have Amex MR account anymore due to recently cancelled Platinum card.

    Any easy way to get this less than 100 point?

    • Some of the social media sign-ups still give a few quick points. I would ring Marriott and ask nicely for a comp.

    • Mark2 says:

      ring them on 020 7012 7312 and ask .they may help.

  10. If one does a status match based on a mid tier to Gold, but happens to do 8 stays, will Hilton upgrade to Diamond?

    Is there an easy solution for searching the cheapest prices for Hilton stays?

  11. The Status match email I just got said March 2020.

    • Probably not updated yet. The website says 2021 and I would be very surprised if you had any issues. I can help you chase it up with Hilton if necessary.

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