This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.
Hilton Honors just extended its status match program once again. Previously you could status match to earn Hilton elite status through March 2019. Now Hilton Honors has extended its status match and challenge option through March 2020.
You can submit a status match through this link. You’ll need to provide the following information:
- Hilton Honors account number
- Hotel loyalty program you want Hilton Honors to match
- Current status with the hotel loyalty program you want to match
- Proof of status with the hotel loyalty program you want to match
- Screenshot of your current account status or your membership card
- Proof of stay in the last 12 months with the hotel loyalty program you want to match
- Screenshot of your previous reservations or hotel receipt, redacting any personal information other than your name and membership number
Based on your current status, Hilton Honors will match to either Gold or Diamond status for 90 days. Hilton doesn’t state which statuses will match up where, but TPG readers have previously reported that IHG Platinum, Marriott Platinum and SPG Platinum matched to Diamond.
During the 90 days after getting your status matched with Hilton, you’ll need to complete a challenge based on the status you received:
- Gold: complete four stays to keep Gold through March 31, 2020
- Diamond: complete eight stays to keep Diamond through March 31, 2020 or complete four stays to earn Gold through March 31, 2020
Remember that stays, not nights, are what matters for the challenge. A reader reported on a previous Hilton status match offer that checking out and checking back in later at the same hotel counts as one stay, which jives with Hilton Honors’ definition of a stay.
Hilton Gold status is typically earned after 20 stays, 40 nights or by earning 75,000 Base Points in a calendar year (which equates to $7,500 in spending). Likewise, Diamond status is typically earned after 30 stays, 60 nights or by earning 120,000 Base Points in a calendar year (which equates to $12,000 in spending). Assuming you end up staying at Hilton enough to earn your status level though stays, nights or Base Points, TPG values Honors Gold status at $860 and Honors Diamond status at $1,915. Hence, there’s substantial value to be found with this status match.
Don’t want to — or can’t — status match or earn status through stays, nights or spend? Hilton Gold status comes as an automatic benefit of the following credit cards:
- Hilton Honors Ascend Card from American Express
- Hilton Honors American Express Business Card
- The Platinum Card® from American Express
Want Diamond status? It comes as an automatic benefit on the Hilton Honors Aspire Card from American Express. Or, you could sign up for the IHG Rewards Club Premier Card which comes with IHG Platinum status — which readers have reported matching to Hilton Honors Diamond on past versions of this status match.
Featured image courtesy of Jewel Dunn’s River Beach Resort & Spa, Ocho Rios, Curio Collection by Hilton
With great travel benefits, 2x points on travel & dining and a 50,000 point sign up bonus, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great card for those looking to get into the points and miles game. Here are the top 5 reasons it should be in your wallet, or read our definitive review for more details.
- Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
- Chase Sapphire Preferred® named a 'Best Travel Credit Card' by MONEY® Magazine, 2016-2017
- 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
- Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
- No foreign transaction fees
- 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
- Get 25% more value when you redeem for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel.
- No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards