Reader Comment: Hilton HHonors Diamond Fast Track With Instant Gold

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A LoyaltyLobby reader dropped me an email about his experience of requesting Diamond fast track that came with instant Gold status.

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Email from the reader to Hilton:

I’m a frequent traveler and have recently become interested in the Hilton brand.  I’d like to reach Diamond as fast as possible.  Is it possible to attain a status match and/or diamond challenge to get there?

See attached my current account pages for IHG and Marriott.  At these 2 chains, I’ve stayed  103 and 97 nights so far this year, earning the top tiers of Spire and Platinum.

Here’s the reply from Hilton:

Thank you for your inquiry regarding status match. We appreciate you taking the time to contact us.

In order for Hilton HHonors to continue providing the current benefits available for our elite tier levels, we are unable to provide direct tier matching or complimentary status.

On the other hand, we’re happy to help you reach a higher tier with HHonors! Please reply with a copy of your detailed competitor stay and night activity for the last 12 months as a .doc, .jpg, or .PDF attachment and we will review your HHonors account for a potential fast track offer.

Reader’s reply to Hilton:

Thanks for your consideration.

See attached a 12-month activity for Marriott and 2 x 6-month activities for IHG.  Note that IHG only does 6-month statements so I can only give you April-October.   I happened to have an old one saved from January, so that will give you July 2014 to Jan 2015, but I can’t give you anything for Jan-April 2015.

And positive reply from Hilton HHonors:

First, we are always thrilled any time a member reaches out to us in an effort to attain our most prestigious Diamond membership level.

As you have reached the highest achievable level of membership with one of our hotel competitors, we are happy to extend a special one-time offer to fast track to Diamond tier level. If within the next 90 days, from today’s date, you record 21 eligible nights at any participating HHonors hotel, your account will be automatically upgraded to the Diamond tier status through March 31, 2017.

In the interim, we have upgraded your account to Gold membership level so that you may begin to enjoy the benefits while working to earn Diamond.

Conclusion

Hilton HHonors doesn’t make it easy to get to Diamond level with status match or challenger. Requiring 21 nights over 90 nights is not an easy goal.

You do have to bear in mind, however, that all stays count towards this requirement including Cash + Points and award ones.

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