Hilton Honors has continued to offer the Gold and Diamond status match program in 2018 and the valid through date of the successful match is still March 2019 (at the time of writing this piece).
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 Honors briefly offered status matches without stay requirements back in 2016.
Hilton Honors matches your competing status to Gold or Diamond and you then have to do either 4 or 8 stays to extend the status through March 2019.
Hilton Honors does matches from Choice Privileges, World of Hyatt, 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.
Here’s the email that Hilton sends out after successfully processing the match:
Once you have uploaded the info, you should hear back from Hilton Honors within a 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 it.
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 matches, and it should not be too difficult for those that plan on moving stays to Honors to fulfill the stay requirements.
I would assume that if Hilton Honors decides to continue offer these matches they will move the valid through date through March 2020 sometime in February as they did in 2017. We will have an update once and if they do this.
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 Honors Gold or Diamond status, you must provide your Hilton Honors 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 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 Honors member to participate in the promotion. After registering and tier status is validated, Hilton Honors elite tier status will be valid for the following 90 days. Hilton Honors members must complete four stays at Hilton Portfolio hotels during the Promotional Period to maintain Gold Elite status through March 31, 2019. Hilton Honors 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, 2019. 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 Hilton Honors account profile. Hilton Honors 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 http://hiltonhonors3.hilton.com/