Hilton HHonors Status Match
Last week Hyatt made the internet blow up with their Diamond tier status match. It was so popular in fact that they sort of changed the rules in the middle of the game. At first they were matching mid-tier elites from most chains to Diamond, then they began only giving them Platinum status. It wasn’t handled in the best way and at this point they are backlogged 14 days.
Well apparently Hilton wants to get in the game too. It isn’t apparent what the rules are regarding their match (i.e. what competitor status matches to what Hilton status), but I have to think that newly minted Hyatt Diamonds would probably get HHonors Diamond status. (Of course there is no guarantee that they will even match to Diamond.)
Here is what a Hilton representative posted on Flyertalk regarding the match:
We’re winding down for the Thanksgiving holiday and, as a heads up, I will be out of the office until Monday, but I wanted to let you know about our status match program…
We’ve been receiving a number of requests and yes, we do match status from other programs and we’d love to be your travel home.
We are matching status for 2016. To make sure you’re all set for the year, please submit your request by January 11, 2016. You’ll enjoy that status through March 2017.
All you need is something that shows your elite tier in another program and an HHonors number.
Email us at HHonorMyStatus@hilton.com and we’ll help get you started.
Please note it may take a couple of days to process given the Thanksgiving holiday. We promise to process requests as quickly as possible and any request submitted prior to January 11, 2016, will be processed in time to enjoy your new status for the entire year.
So to recap, to get the match you simply need to:
- Submit your request by January 11, 2016 to get status through March 2017.
- Send something that shows your elite tier in another program and send your HHonors number.
- Send the info to HHonorMyStatus@hilton.com.
Hilton Diamond Benefits
Hilton HHonors Diamond status isn’t nearly as exclusive in my opinion as Hyatt Diamond, but they do have a lot of properties and the benefits aren’t bad. Keep in mind you can always spend $40K on the Citi HHonors Reserve or the Amex Surpass in order to get Diamond status so it isn’t unattainable via other methods.
Among the perks you get as an HHonors Diamond are: free internet, 50% elite status bonus, a space available upgrade to a preferred room, breakfast at most properties and guaranteed lounge access at more properties. Here is the complete list of benefits.
Hilton may also be matching mid-tier elites from other programs to their HHonors gold tier. Of course Gold status is easy to get with a credit card, but some of you may not have it, so it couldn’t hurt to request a match to see what you get. After all, HHonors Gold does get you free breakfast at most of their properties.
I love love love status matches. While I felt a little upset that Hyatt added so many Diamonds last week, now it is my turn to have some fun. Right now I am an HHonors Gold, but I would love to get an upgrade. I sent over the requested information and am now waiting. If you are looking to match to Hilton, I suggest sending the request as soon as possible in case they either change the rules or get overwhelmed.