Hilton Honors Status Challenge: Valid Through March 2021

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Update: I initially wrote about this a couple of weeks ago, as Hilton status challenges started to be valid through March 2021, rather than March 2020. At the time the website didn’t reflect that, though. This is an update to note that Hilton’s website now officially shows a status challenge would be valid through March 2021, for anyone who was concerned.

Since mid-2016, Hilton Honors has been offering a status challenge program (prior to that they offered outright status matches).

I wanted to provide an update on the current status of the challenge, since this is an ideal time to start one, as I’ll explain below.

Hilton Honors status challenge 2019

While Hilton Honors doesn’t offer status matches, they continue to offer a status challenge, which works as follows:

  • You’ll be matched to Gold or Diamond status for a period of 90 days
  • If you want your status extended through March 31, 2021, you have to complete the following stays at Hilton-affiliated properties within 90 days:
    • 4 stays for Honors Gold status
    • 8 stays for Honors Diamond status

Hilton Honors status challenge validity

If you complete the challenge, your status will be valid through March 2021, so you’ll get nearly two years of value out of the status. This is fantastic, since up until a few weeks ago the status challenge would have only gotten you status through March 2020.

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 your first name, last name, email address, Honors account number, and the status 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 Club Premier Credit Card and have stayed at least one night at an IHG property, you can use your Platinum status to start a Hilton Honors Diamond challenge.

You can only complete the status challenge through stays and not through nights, which I find a bit odd. In other words, someone who completes eight stays of one night each would earn Diamond status, while someone who completes seven stays of five nights each wouldn’t get Diamond status.

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? Yes, award nights, cash nights, and even mixed points and cash stays all qualify.
  • Can you check into the same hotel back-to-back every night to complete multiple stays? No, multiple back-to-back nights at a single property will automatically be consolidated into one stay. You’d either need to leave a one night gap between stays at the same hotel, or switch to a different hotel every night.
  • How long does it take to start a Hilton status challenge? There are mixed reports as to how quickly the status challenge starts after requesting it. I’ve seen some say they heard back from Hilton within a few days, while others say it takes up to 10 days.

Earn Gold & Diamond 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 their US credit cards, if you have access to those.

The following cards let you earn Hilton Honors Gold status:

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

Bottom line

While personally, I think credit cards are the easiest way to earn Hilton Honors status (assuming you’re eligible for US cards), Hilton also offers an excellent status challenge. If you start (and complete) the challenge now, it will be valid through March 2021, so you’ll get it for nearly two years.

Have you completed a Hilton status challenge? If so, what was your experience like?


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Comments
  1. Hey Ben! Do you know If I’m matched to Gold, but complete 8 stays, do I get Diamond status?

  2. @Ben, do you know of any Match/Challenge opportunities with Hyatt, either right now, or possibly in the future…??? I was looking to switch back to them as my back up to Marriott…Thanks for any info/advice…

  3. @Lucas If you’re matched to Gold, you only achieve Gold through the Challenge.

    @Ben It could be useful to mention that such challenge is usually offered only once per account lifetime

  4. How often can you do these Hilton challenges? I just completed 90 days (and not getting any status) in Feb. But it was great to get diamond for those 90 days.

  5. I called Hilton Honors a few months ago and requested/was offered a status match to Diamond for my Hyatt Globalist status.

  6. Hi Ben! I currently have Diamond through March 2020 with a prior challenge that I completed last summer. Is there a way I can extend this to March 2021? Can I complete the challenge again?

  7. @SK Is it? That may be in the terms, but I’ve matched once to gold and twice to diamond without issues.

  8. Hasn’t happened yet, wondering if it actually will…

    The Hilton status match page still says status is valid through March 2020; I just signed up for the Diamond challenge (as a refugee from Marriott’s systematic dismantling of all that was good about Starwood customer service) and the email confirmation of enrollment also says “complete 8 stays to extend your status through March 13, 2020.” A bit disappointing.

  9. Lisa I was Platinum Elite for Life with Marriott and after the merger decided to try Hilton for the same reasons as you. I was able to get them to match my status (although it wasn’t easy…had to jump through tons of hoops) so I am Diamond and have been enjoying the perks. The deal is I have to complete 8 stays within 3 months. I am on my 7th right now and have my 8th next week. After that I should be Diamond for the rest of this year and next.

  10. Does anyone know if you can complete the challenge more than once (if your status expires)?

  11. What are perks of diamond status with Hilton ? I am currently a Platinum elite with Marriott and plan to take the status match. How many rooms can I book at one time with Hilton under my name ?

  12. Hi is there a contact email or phone number to follow up on that match status?it has been a few days and I haven’t received any email. Thanks

  13. I’ve got mixed reviews on Hilton status match … requested in March with appropriate docs/stay at Marriott & was denied (multiple times) … after an exchange via Twitter was approved for the 90-day diamond status. The match period expires on Sunday & have a business trip scheduled for Monday. Unfortunately, Hilton will not extend by one day AND they were quite clear that was the end of the discussion. I had no idea I was asking for so much.

    They also made it clear friends & family rates do not count towards status match, even though they can be applied for points.

    It was a very disappointing exchange.

  14. HUCA I had a similar situation.
    Checked out after the expiry of the trial missing the time and also missing one stay. Due to wrong information.

    I talked to three different reps, before I had one that helped.

    Don’t email use the live chat function.

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