Hilton started an official status match program a few years ago and it has been on and off since, whereas the rules have also changed multiple times in the meantime. The website just went live again with a newer version of the offer.
You can access the offer here. To participate you need to be an elite member with one of the following hotel programs:
- Marriott Bonvoy (Gold+)
- IHG Rewards Club (Gold+)
- World of Hyatt (Explorist+)
- Best Western Rewards (Diamond+)
- Choice Privileges (Diamond)
If your program is not listed you could still select Other and provide the details. Some of these statuses are extremely easy to obtain – take IHG for example, you can simply pay $200 to join their Ambassador program (which is well worth it) and be upgraded to IHG Platinum straightaway.
Once your application is approved you will be upgraded to Gold for a 90-day trial period. During the trial period, you can:
- Stay 7 nights and keep the Gold status, or
- Stay 12 nights to upgrade to Diamond
If you fulfil any of the challenge, your status is valid through March 31, 2024, which is more than two years from now.
The rules are tougher than last year, as back then you only needed 5 nights / 9 nights respectively.
If don’t have status with Hilton and have an upcoming stay with them, it’s a no brainer to sign up to this status match promotion. Gold status gets you free breakfast right away (except in the U.S. where you only get a credit) and room upgrade, and if you can stay enough to achieve Diamond, you will enjoy guaranteed executive lounge access at most of Hilton’s branded hotels.