Guide To Hilton Honors Status Match & Challenge

Guide To Hilton Honors Status Match & Challenge

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Among the major hotel loyalty programs, Hilton Honors has most consistently offered a status challenge promotion. All things considered, Hilton is one of the most generous loyalty programs when it comes to giving out status, whether it’s through a credit card or through a status challenge.

Hilton Honors has just published its status challenge policy for 2022. The good news is that if you start a challenge now, status will be valid through March 2024. The bad news is that the challenge requirements have increased somewhat compared to last year.

Hilton Honors status challenge basics

Hilton Honors has a published status challenge program, where you receive Gold status upfront, and then can maintain Gold or Diamond status based on staying a certain number of nights within 90 days.

With the current Hilton Honors status challenge program, you’ll automatically be matched to Gold for a period of 90 days, and then you can maintain status based on how many nights you stay in a 90 day period:

As you can see, if you apply for a status match challenge now, status would be valid for well over two years, which is a long time.

  • Stay seven nights within your 90 day trial period and you’ll keep Gold status through March 31, 2024
  • Stay 12 nights within your 90 day trial period and you’ll be upgraded to Diamond status through March 31, 2024

Hilton Honors has reduced elite requirements for 2022, and these thresholds correspond to a quarter of the elite nights needed this year.

How to request a Hilton Honors status challenge

In order to request a status challenge you just have to fill out the online form with some basic details, along with the status that you’re trying to match.

Then you have to also upload proof of your status, as well as proof of a stay with a competing hotel chain in the past 12 months (which prevents you from matching based solely on status obtained through a credit card, status match, etc.).

Do note that while you have to submit proof of a stay, it’s fine if you earned that status through a credit card. For example, if you have the IHG® Rewards Premier Credit Card (review) and have stayed at least one night at an IHG property, you can use your Platinum status to start a Hilton Honors status challenge.

If you’re not yet a Hilton Honors member, there’s an offer whereby you can earn up to 5,000 bonus points after completing two stays, so make sure you sign-up through that promotion.

Hilton Honors status challenge FAQs

To answer some of the most frequently asked questions I get regarding Hilton status challenges:

  • Do award nights count towards the Hilton status challenge? Unfortunately Hilton no longer counts awards nights for status challenges.
  • How often can you participate in a Hilton status challenge? Only once during the lifetime of your account.
  • How long does it take to start a Hilton status challenge? The terms state that it takes 7-12 business days for status match requests to be processed. In the event that additional validation is required, it could take an extra 7-12 business days.
  • Who is eligible for a status match? Only members who are base or Silver members. Gold or Diamond members aren’t eligible, so if you’re currently a Gold member you couldn’t use a challenge like this to get Diamond status.
  • What are Hilton Honors elite perks like? See my post about Hilton Honors Diamond elite benefits and Hilton Honors Gold elite benefits.

Earn Hilton Honors status with credit cards

While this is a great opportunity for a status challenge, also remember that Hilton makes it pretty easy to earn status through its suite of US credit cards, if you have access to those. These credit cards even let you earn Diamond status automatically, and not just Gold status.

The following cards let you earn Hilton Honors Gold status:

Meanwhile, the following cards let you earn Hilton Honors Diamond status:

Bottom line

Hilton Honors is one of the only hotel loyalty programs to consistently have a publicly available status challenge promotion.

The requirements for a Hilton Honors status challenge are quite reasonable, as you could earn Diamond status after just 12 nights within 90 days. Best of all, status earned through a challenge is now valid through March 2024.

While this is a great opportunity, for those in the US there shouldn’t be all that much need to even get a status challenge, given the credit cards that offer status. The Hilton Honors Aspire Card is my personal favorite, as it offers Diamond status for as long you have the card, along with so many other perks.

What do you make of Hilton Honors’ status challenge promotion? Do you plan on taking advantage of it?

(Tip of the hat to YHBU)

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  1. Tony L. Jones Guest

    DITTO! I used to be a gold status holder with Hilton and quite frankly, they seem not to give a damn. I am lifetime Platinum with Marriott and nearly Ambassador this year with Marriott. I will get there this year.

  2. JN Guest

    My experience with Hilton Status match and Hilton CS has me returning to Marriot. I submitted the documentation, but was denied because visually it proved I was a bonvoy platninum, however not in writting, a technicality I get for denial. I resubmitted 4 days before a booked stay. I called CS immediately upon resubmitting to check if the upcomming stay would be grandfathered into status match, they say yes, but also says email it to...

    My experience with Hilton Status match and Hilton CS has me returning to Marriot. I submitted the documentation, but was denied because visually it proved I was a bonvoy platninum, however not in writting, a technicality I get for denial. I resubmitted 4 days before a booked stay. I called CS immediately upon resubmitting to check if the upcomming stay would be grandfathered into status match, they say yes, but also says email it to us instead (at what email since this is no where in any written communication from Hilton at this point?). Fast forward, Status match does not get approved until I call CS and complain 20 calendar days later. I miss out on 4 nights credit towards my status match process as a result. Hiltons response is here is some points. When I tell them I don't want the points they are meaningless they get offended. I'm sorry I points are meaningless until I build status and if I don't build status I'm not staying to use the points. Hilton's entire CS doesn't seem to understand the written rules of the status match process. Every call or email was a different response and I had to rephrase requests multiple times just to ask a question such as, 'Did the nights on my recent stay count towards my status match process."

  3. JD Guest

    I was told via email that I would have my status matched. 7 nights to get Gold and 12 to get Diamond. I spent more than 12 nights well before my 90 day period even ended and then they refused to match my status. I'll never be back.

  4. Sunny Guest

    Michael, Marouen,
    Same situation here. The portal doesn't work. When I input the membership number and password, it doesn't go to the next step, just keep waiting forever. I'm trying to push Hilton Honors to accept my status match request by email : [email protected] and I'll let you know if it works.

  5. Laurie Guest

    I have Hilton Diamond. Is there any match for other Hotel programs? Thanks

  6. Michael B Guest

    Tried to register and their system is broken - "Oops! We've encountered a problem. Our online registration isn't working at the moment. Please check back later or contact Hilton Customer Support for assistance." Contacted their chat line - they agreed that the system was broken. Not really a good impression if they are trying to get Bonvoy members to switch.

    1. Marouen Guest

      Same, i even print Screen that Error to them and they advised changing browser which i did but no luck ! Did you find a solution to that ?

  7. Levi Member

    Note that in 2022, with card spend earning base points instead of bonus points, and the reduction in Diamond's base point requirement to 84k, only $28k in spend (even on the NAF card) will get Diamond, and spending in bonus categories will get you status even faster.

    If all your Surpass spending is on restaurants, groceries, and gas, you'll get Diamond before you get a free night ($14k). At 22 base points per dollar on...

    Note that in 2022, with card spend earning base points instead of bonus points, and the reduction in Diamond's base point requirement to 84k, only $28k in spend (even on the NAF card) will get Diamond, and spending in bonus categories will get you status even faster.

    If all your Surpass spending is on restaurants, groceries, and gas, you'll get Diamond before you get a free night ($14k). At 22 base points per dollar on Hilton spend, it's about $4k in Hilton spend on the Surpass for Diamond.

    1. DCS Diamond

      Correct analysis. A similar analysis would also reveal that through the same offer that is counting all bonus points earned with any of the program's co-branded AMEX cards as base points until 12/31/2022, Hilton seems to be intent on 'fast-tracking' their long-time Diamonds (10 years or more) to Lifetime Diamond status - a status that I believe is on the way to becoming a de facto elite level above standard Diamond and is likely to...

      Correct analysis. A similar analysis would also reveal that through the same offer that is counting all bonus points earned with any of the program's co-branded AMEX cards as base points until 12/31/2022, Hilton seems to be intent on 'fast-tracking' their long-time Diamonds (10 years or more) to Lifetime Diamond status - a status that I believe is on the way to becoming a de facto elite level above standard Diamond and is likely to get highest priority for perks, especially room upgrades.

      Many are puzzled as to why Hilton Honors makes it so easy to earn elite status, including Diamond, in the program. It's no mystery at all because the rationale is spelled out in every Form 10K (annual report) that Hilton files with the SEC:

      Affiliation with our loyalty programs encourages members to allocate more of their travel spending to our hotels.
      The percentage of travel spending we capture from loyalty members increases as they move up the tiers of our program.

      In other words: "Give them status and they will come!"

      Glad I am on the cusp of attaining LF Diamond...

    2. DCS Diamond

      Note that in 2022, with card spend earning base points instead of bonus points...

      - Levi

      Minor but important correction: All HH AMEX cards spending continues to earn bonus points as usual. What the promo has done is to allow "double dipping", whereby the very same AMEX bonus points also count as base points.

      It is nearly impossible to state how lucrative this promo is, especially if one is putting all the spending...

      Note that in 2022, with card spend earning base points instead of bonus points...

      - Levi

      Minor but important correction: All HH AMEX cards spending continues to earn bonus points as usual. What the promo has done is to allow "double dipping", whereby the very same AMEX bonus points also count as base points.

      It is nearly impossible to state how lucrative this promo is, especially if one is putting all the spending on the incredible Aspire card, thereby effectively 'double dipping' at 14x.

  8. Jill Guest

    @DCS
    What do you think about a Hilton status match and challenge
    To attract new honors members

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Tony L. Jones Guest

DITTO! I used to be a gold status holder with Hilton and quite frankly, they seem not to give a damn. I am lifetime Platinum with Marriott and nearly Ambassador this year with Marriott. I will get there this year.

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JN Guest

My experience with Hilton Status match and Hilton CS has me returning to Marriot. I submitted the documentation, but was denied because visually it proved I was a bonvoy platninum, however not in writting, a technicality I get for denial. I resubmitted 4 days before a booked stay. I called CS immediately upon resubmitting to check if the upcomming stay would be grandfathered into status match, they say yes, but also says email it to us instead (at what email since this is no where in any written communication from Hilton at this point?). Fast forward, Status match does not get approved until I call CS and complain 20 calendar days later. I miss out on 4 nights credit towards my status match process as a result. Hiltons response is here is some points. When I tell them I don't want the points they are meaningless they get offended. I'm sorry I points are meaningless until I build status and if I don't build status I'm not staying to use the points. Hilton's entire CS doesn't seem to understand the written rules of the status match process. Every call or email was a different response and I had to rephrase requests multiple times just to ask a question such as, 'Did the nights on my recent stay count towards my status match process."

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JD Guest

I was told via email that I would have my status matched. 7 nights to get Gold and 12 to get Diamond. I spent more than 12 nights well before my 90 day period even ended and then they refused to match my status. I'll never be back.

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