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Get Hilton Diamond with just 9 nights (or days) with a new Hilton status match

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Hilton Honors has offered a status challenge program for years, letting you match your elite status from Marriott Bonvoy, IHG Rewards Club etc for Hilton Gold or Diamond.

Hilton has now reduced the status challenge requirements, effectively cutting the required number of nights in half.

You can now get Hilton Honors Diamond Elite with just nine nights (or day rooms) or Gold Elite for five nights (or day rooms).

Hilton has also extended the validity of the status you receive by a year to March 2023.

Clearly most of us won’t be stepping into a hotel for a couple of months at least, but it is worth keeping in mind for when you do start travelling again. There is no cut-off date for applications.

Day rooms will also count as nights for the purposes of this match. If you cannot work from home at the moment, you can book day rooms relatively cheaply via hilton.com. Simply select the same day for check-in and check-out.

How to get a Hilton Honors status match

If you have considered switching your hotel stays to Hilton but don’t want to go ‘cold turkey’ because you have status with your main chain, Hilton has a solution.

Via this link, you can match your existing status with another hotel loyalty programme into Hilton Honors.  You must be at least ‘mid tier’ although Hilton will define at its discretion what counts from each particular scheme.

You can definitely match from the following programmes:

  • Accor Live Limitless
  • Best Western Rewards
  • Choice Privileges
  • IHG Rewards Club
  • Marriott Bonvoy
  • Radisson Rewards
  • World of Hyatt
  • Wyndham Rewards

It is not clear if other schemes are still accepted.  Hilton recently changed the terms and conditions to say:

“Only elite statuses from another hotel loyalty program that are listed in the status dropdown menu are eligible for status matching.”

….. but the dropdown menu still includes an ‘Other’ option!

How does the Hilton Honors status match work?

The match rules are simple:

  • You will receive Hilton Honors Gold Elite status for 90 days from the date of acceptance (usually 5-7 days after you email your request)
  • To keep Gold Elite until March 2023, you need to complete 5 nights (or days) for cash within 90 days
  • To be upgraded to Diamond Elite until March 2023, you need to complete 9 nights (or days) for cash within 90 days

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.

The match is only available for Hilton Silver Elite or base members. You cannot use it to get Diamond if you are already Gold.

How do you get a Hilton Honors status match?

Is a Hilton Honors status match worth doing?

Potentially, yes.

Hilton Gold Elite 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 Elite comes with guaranteed lounge access, when 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 Gold status for 90 days.  There is no point triggering this match now unless you are staying in hotels for work or other essential purposes.

Given the fairly quick turn-around time, your best bet is to trigger the challenge when you can be more certain of completing the required stays.

You can apply for your Hilton Honors status match here.


How to earn Hilton Honors points and status from UK credit cards

How to earn Hilton Honors points and status from UK credit cards (October 2021)

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.

The Platinum Card comes with a limited time bonus of 60,000 Amex points (converts to 120,000 Hilton Honors points) until 2nd November 2021.

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

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 (30,000 bonus points – special offer to 9th November 2021), 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).

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which can be used to earn Hilton Honors points

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

Comments (44)

  • Baji Nahid says:

    I done a status match last month and got gold for 90 days. Would I be eligible to get platinum if I did 9 stays within the 90 days? Because the App is telling me i need 10 stays to retain gold.

    I would sincerely appreciate any assistance.

    Many thanks.

    • Baji Nahid says:

      oh fgs, i meant hilton diamond not platinum.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Status matches are normally once in a lifetime.

      Maybe you can open a new account if you don’t have much stay history on your old one.

  • Jon says:

    I had my “Hilton Honors Monthly Statement” email the other day. Says I’m Diamond until 31st March 2023. I have NOT yet achieved the 30 nights required for renewal this year (though I probably will in due course). Not complaining, but just curious. I had assumed my Diamond would expire in March 2022 unless I hit the 30 nights this year. Am I missing something?!

    • TGLoyalty says:

      How many nights did you do last year as they all rolled over.

      • Jon says:

        Yes, I know 😉 I’m still short by a few nights. Possibly they’re taking into account forward bookings, but I’d be surprised, as they’re cancellable, and I’ve never known them do that before. Ah well, not complaining 😉 Just wondering what I might have unwittingly done to bag an extra year’s status…

  • Nate1309 says:

    I’m confused. So as Gold to get to Platinum I need 15 stays or 30 nights? Does a single night not count as a stay? otherwise aren’t 15 nights enough?

  • Aston100 says:

    Can someone please confirm that an existing booking for later this year will count towards a status match?

    Thanks.

    • Rob says:

      No it won’t.

      • Aston100 says:

        Thanks.
        So to be clear, I should only book a Hilton stay after I’ve received confirmation of a status match challenge?
        This would mean booking hotels with less than 3 months to go until our check-in date, which could see prices and availability changing, leading to replanning of where we intend to stay.

        • Rob says:

          You can book whenever you want BUT you must stay within the 90 days.

          Apologies if I was confused by what you meant from the earlier comment.

          • Aston100 says:

            Thanks Rob.
            We’ll leave our bookings as is, and apply for the status match a couple of weeks before check-in date.

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