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Get a Hilton Honors Diamond status match to 2026 with 14 nights – and Gold for 90 days

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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.

Hilton Honors has offered an occasional status challenge program for years, letting you leverage your elite status from Marriott Bonvoy, IHG One Rewards etc for Hilton Gold or Diamond. The challenge has just been rolled over for another year.

Importantly, even mid-tier elites (eg Marriott Bonvoy Gold) get a fast track to Hilton Diamond.

Hilton diamond status match

Irrespective of whether your current status is mid tier or top tier, you get Hilton Honors Gold Elite status for 90 days.

You retain your Gold Elite status if you complete eight nights in 90 days. You will be upgraded to Diamond Elite if you complete 14 nights in 90 days.

Your status would last until 30th March 2026.

How to get a Hilton Honors status match

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:

  • Best Western Rewards
  • Choice Privileges
  • IHG One Rewards (still called ‘IHG Rewards Club’)
  • Marriott Bonvoy
  • World of Hyatt

There is also an ‘Other’ box in the dropdown menu.

Hilton honors status match

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 but the rules say 7-12 business days)
  • To keep Gold Elite until March 2026, you need to complete eight nights for cash (reward stays do not count) within 90 days of approval
  • To be upgraded to Diamond Elite until March 2026, you need to complete 14 nights for cash within 90 days of approval

Note that, as well as having status in another programme, you must also have evidence of a ‘recent’ stay with that programme.

If, for example, you have Marriott Bonvoy Gold status from American Express Platinum, you would also need to show evidence of a recent Marriott stay.

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

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. In North America, you get a food and beverage credit instead of breakfast – the good news is that this can be used towards any meal or at the bar, the bad news is that it rarely covers the cost of an actual breakfast.

Hilton Diamond Elite comes with guaranteed lounge access when the hotel has a lounge, which is a good reason to push for it. You will also have a higher priority for upgrades.

Timing is key, of course. Once you are accepted, you get the benefits of Hilton Honors Gold status for 90 days.  There is no point triggering this match now unless you a stay coming up before mid August.

Given the fairly quick turn-around time, your best bet is to trigger the challenge when you have a trip firmed up. There is no major risk of it being withdrawn, given that it has been running for a number of years now.

You can apply for your Hilton Honors status match here. Our full review of Hilton Honors is here.

Click here for a complete guide to getting hotel elite status, including Hilton Gold Elite, from UK credit cards.


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

How to earn Hilton Honors points and status from UK credit cards (June 2024)

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 Premium and MeliaRewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable 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 and they come with generous sign-up bonuses. You can apply here.

You can also earn Hilton Honors points indirectly with:

and for small business owners:

The conversion rate from American Express to Hilton points is 1:2.

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 (34)

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  • Phil says:

    I completed this challenge last year and really pleased with the outcome.
    Some time back in late 2022 there was an IHG promo for their top tier status: I then stayed at one of the Voco hotels in Oxford after Christmas, meaning I had a recent stay that I could demonstrate for the match.
    During 2023 I had a couple of Hilton stays booked: Hampton in Birmingham to see friends and 3 nights in the Doubletree in Bath for a birthday. With a 10-day holiday planned for April in DC and Philadelphia, I added an airport Hilton, 2 nights in a Canopy, 5 nights in another Doubletree to the list. Pretty sure there was also a promo to get bonus points for each brand stayed in. So, after a bit of careful planning I managed to register for the challenge at the most beneficial time and complete both the Gold and the Diamond challenge.
    This proved invaluable as I had some extended stays in various Hiltons, Curios, Doubletrees for the rest of the year where those Diamond privileges came into their own for breakfast, lounge access, upgrades and last room availability.
    Thanks to HfP for highlighting this!

  • Dominic says:

    Are there rules around those that have done these before?

    • MikeB says:

      In the FAQs at the bottom of the status match page it states “ Only members who have not previously completed a status match challenge are eligible.” Also “Reward stays do not count toward achieving the status match requirements.”

  • DW says:

    If everyone’s elite, no one is elite

    • C says:

      Exactly DW! HH is awash with “Diamond’s” and I abandoned them (and my own earned Diamond status) last year.
      HH need another tier above Diamond that is legitimately elite, and cannot be status matched. IIRC that was the case with “Radisson Platinum” pre 2022 when their tiers changed.

      • mhughes says:

        If everyone gets breakfast, I get a breakfast. 🙂

        Radisson is hardly an example of how to change a loyalty program, they effectively wiped out the value of their points overnight, with virtually no notice.

        • Rob says:

          Having just had to book some Radisson nights, its only fair to say that the extra discount given via the new Discount Booster option if you are Premium or above is subtantial – was about 15%, on top of the standard member discount, for what I booked. Very happy to accept reduced points earning to get this.

      • Sam says:

        It just makes an absolute mockery of Diamond. These Hilton challenges coupled with the Aspire CC Diamond freebies.
        Thats precisely why there needs to be a level above Diamond.

    • blenz101 says:

      That is true of the US market certainly (as Diamond is given as a CC perk) but the benefits in the rest of the world are actually worth having. And this ‘match’ is already targeted at those with existing status and is a once in a lifetime shot.

      Outside of the US I get very good upgrades, usually emailed about them in advance and a full hot breakfast. In all cases you are getting the 100% bonus points and lounge access.

      Premium wifi and room guarantee I admit are not really a benefit to most.

  • Glenn says:

    Do Hilton stays via a package holiday (E.g Tui) get credited to HH?

  • Ryan Gill says:

    Would hilton consider ihg gold “mid-tier”¿

  • Dirtyneedlebluesky says:

    Dang! After my Diamond expired (thus being downgraded to Silver) I only just got round to utilising my Amex Plat benefit of moving up to Gold a couple of weeks ago!

  • Geoggy says:

    I have Hilton Gold via Amex Plat. Started the form out of interest and when I logged in it said “eligible to request a status match?”

    And I’ve done this pre Covid. I guess it would get bounced somewhere along the line?

    Ps why are all my comments flagged for moderation? I’ve never behaved in a way that warrants this? I even gave back a raffle prize at a HfP White House Meliá event I couldn’t use!

    • Rob says:

      We’ll have a look. However Akismet is a global spam management system so a ban anywhere on any WordPress site would also impact you here!

      • Geoggy says:

        Thank you. I’m not banned on any websites to my knowledge.

        It’s a bit frustrating when it’s a deal that I know is going to go fast but I have a quick clarification question

    • Dirtyneedlebluesky says:

      Thanks. I’ll give it a go then.

      P.s. my comments are also flagged (not knowingly blocked from other wordpress sites) I had assumed it was a setting HfP had implemented (or just didn’t like me 😭)

  • Redhand says:

    In 2 years at Hilton Diamond status I have only ever had 2 email advance notifications that I was being upgraded. (Hilton Heathrow T5 and Hilton Concord CA) Most other times the benefits are limited and at some hotels its not even mentioned, a reflection I think on how many Diamonds there are.

    • Sam says:

      I’m actually now taken aback if a receptionist actually acknowledges/thanks me for my Diamond loyalty to Hilton these days.
      It’s saturated with Diamonds.

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