Hilton HHonors has continued to offer their Gold and Diamond status match program in 2017 and now has also moved the status expiry date to March 2019 (still stands at March 2018 on their website).
The status match program requires a successful applicant to have 4 stays in 90 days to retain Gold or 8 stays to retain Diamond. Hilton HHonors briefly offered status matches without stay requirements back in 2016.
Hilton HHonors matches your competing status to Gold or Diamond and you have then do either 4 or 8 stays to extend the status through March 2019.
Hilton HHonors does matches from Choice Privileges, Hyatt Gold Passport, IHG Rewards Club, Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest. They do mention that other programs would be eligible as well.
You must send a copy of your membership card (can be a screenshot) and your most recent account activity (screenshot too). You should black out any other information than your name and the account number. Note that you must send this information in JPG format only (PNG is quite popular today).
Acceptable forms of status validation include a screenshot of your current account status or your membership card. Acceptable forms of stay validation include a screenshot of your previous reservations or hotel receipt, redacting any personal information other than your name and membership number. We accept .jpg files only. Please do NOT send us any personal information (including your phone number, address, social security number, date of birth, user name, passwords, or credit card information).
I would expect them to match IHG Rewards Club Platinum & Spire, Marriott Rewards Gold & Platinum, Starwood Preferred Guest Platinum, Choice Privileges Diamond to Hilton HHonors Diamond considering that the number of nights/stays would be comparable.
Match Confirmation (emailed that shows the March 2019 expiry):
After a complete review of your documentation, we have applied our current tier promotion to your account. This promotion upgraded your account to Diamond tier through April 25, 2017. This promotion will allow you to extend your Diamond tier validity by completing the following stay criteria:
If you complete 8 stays in 90 days, by April 25, 2017, Diamond status will be extended through March 31, 2019 or if you complete 4 – 7 stays in 90 days, status will only downgrade one level to Gold status, valid through March 31, 2019.
For future reference, maintaining Diamond tier status beyond March 31, 2019, requires completing 30 eligible stays or 60 eligible nights, or earning 120,000 base points (excluding bonus points) in 2018 and each calendar year thereafter, January 1- December 31.
Once you have uploaded the info, you should hear back from Hilton HHonors within couple of days. The Gold or Diamond status is valid for 90 days and the expiry date is shown on the email. You then need to do the 4 or 8 stays (note STAYS not NIGHTS) to keep the status.
There are Gold fast track offers requiring just three stays over 90 day that I have written about here. These don’t give you the Gold or Diamond status up front, however.
It is good that Hilton continues to offer this matches and it should not be too difficult for those that plan moving stays to HHonors to fulfill the stay requirements.
This change on the email that proves what I wrote the other week. Hilton HHonors has always had the status granted through the March third year. It makes sense to do the match early in the year because then you can enjoy the benefits for up to two years.
Here are the terms and conditions
Offer is valid for recipient only. Invitation and offer is non-transferable and status matches cannot be bought or sold. Offer only redeemable once for the lifetime of the promotion. To match your status with Hilton HHonors Gold or Diamond status, you must provide your Hilton HHonors account number and proof of current equivalent tier status with Starwood Preferred Guest, Marriott Rewards, IHG Rewards Club, Hyatt Gold Passport, Choice Privileges, or other hotel loyalty program. Blue, Silver, and equivalent statuses are not eligible. Acceptable forms of status validation include a screenshot of your current account status or your membership card. Acceptable forms of stay validation include a screenshot of your previous reservations or hotel receipt, redacting any personal information other than your name and membership number. We accept .jpg files only. Do not send any personal information (including your phone number, address, social security number, date of birth, user name, passwords, or credit card information). Hilton Worldwide reserves the right to downgrade or remove individuals from the program at any time upon submitting any fraudulent documentation for validation. Must be a Hilton HHonors member to participate in the promotion. After registering and tier status is validated, Hilton HHonors elite tier status will be valid for the following 90 days. HHonors members must complete four stays at Hilton Portfolio hotels during the Promotional Period for HHonors members to maintain Gold Elite status through March 31, 2018. Hilton HHonors members who have been granted diamond status match must complete eight stays at Hilton Portfolio hotels during the Promotional Period to maintain Diamond Elite status through March 31, 2018. Thereafter, standard tier requirements must be met to maintain elite status. Please allow up to 5 business days for your upgraded elite status to be reflected in your HHonors account profile. HHonors Gold and Diamond status members may choose from a variety of on-property benefits, which vary by hotel and are subject to availability. For additional information on tier benefits and qualifications, please visit www.HHonors.com