How to get a Hilton Honors Gold, Diamond status match

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By Staff Writers, May 13 2024
How to get a Hilton Honors Gold, Diamond status match

Want to enjoy perks such as free breakfast, room upgrades and access to executive lounges at hotels like Hilton, Conrad and DoubleTree by Hilton?

Then get onto the fast track to Hilton Honors Gold or Diamond tier with the Hilton Honors 2024 status match promotion.

It’s your key for unlocking elite status all the way through to March 2026 – yes, that’s almost two years of gratis status – and it’s yours with as little as eight nights at any property in the Hilton group.

Hilton Honors 2024 status match: what you need to know

  • To qualify for the Hilton Honors 2024 status match you’ll need to already hold equivalent status to Hilton Honors Gold or Diamond with another hotel loyalty program (see our list below)
  • If your application to the Hilton Honors 2024 status match is successful, you’ll be given an instant 90 days of Hilton Honors Gold status so you can immediately begin to enjoy the benefits of that status
  • Within that 90-day period, stay just eight nights at any Hilton properties and your Hilton Honors Gold status will be locked in until the end of March 2026
  • Even better: if you stay 14 nights at any Hilton properties within that same 90-day period you’ll be elevated to Hilton Honors Diamond status, again through to the end of March 2026

Hilton Honors 2024 status match: who is eligible?

First up, Hilton says it will offer a status match only to people who haven’t been granted a Hilton Honors status match before.

You’ll also need to hold equivalent status with a competing hotel group.

Hilton lists the following competing loyalty programs and tiers as being eligible for the Hilton Honors 2024 status match:

  • Best Western Rewards: Gold, Platinum, Diamond, Diamond Select
  • Choice Privileges: Gold, Platinum, Diamond
  • IHG One Rewards: Gold, Platinum, Diamond
  • Marriott Bonvoy: Gold, Platinum, Titanium and Ambassador
  • World of Hyatt: Explorist, Globalist and Lifetime Globalist

However, the drop-down menu on the Hilton Honors 2024 status match regsitration page allows you to specify another program – and Accor ALL (Gold and Platinum tiers) would be an obvious contender, as would others such as Radisson Rewards (again, Gold and Platinum).

Of course, you’ll also need to belong to the Hilton Honors program (click here to join for free).

But even if you already hold Hilton Honors Silver status, a higher level of membership in a competing hotel loyalty program will get your Hilton Honors status match underway.

However, if you hold Hilton Honors Gold status, you can’t take part in the status match to easily catapult your way to Diamond.

Hilton Honors 2024 status match: how can I apply?

If you’re already a member of Hilton Honors, click to the Hilton Honors 2024 status match page and be ready to upload proof of your status and stays with an eligible competitor.

According to Hilton, acceptable forms of status validation “include a screenshot of your current membership from your existing loyalty program and a screenshot of your account summary page from the same program.”

Hilton suggests applicants for its 2024 status match should allow for anywhere from 7-24 business days to have their status match granted – and once granted, the clock starts ticking on your 90 day trial period.

This means the optimal time to apply for the status match is around 3-4 weeks before your next trip and potential Hilton stay.

Importantly, those Hilton stays must be booked directly through Hilton or the hotel, or with a travel agent with a physical ‘real world’ presence, including company travel managers – stays reserved through online booking sites don’t count for this status match. 

Locally, there are plenty of Hilton hotels to choose from, including Hilton SydneyNext Hotel Melbourne Curio Collection by Hilton, or Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel & Residences

The top perks of Hilton Honors Gold status

Your 90-day Hilton Honors 2024 status challenge period kicks off with Hilton Honors Gold status, and that’s a pretty appealing place to start.

Some of the benefits you’ll instantly enjoy include:

  • room upgrades, subject to availability
  • US$25 daily food and beverage credit (at properties inside the US)
  • complimentary continental breakfast (at properties outside the US)
  • earn 18 Hilton Honors points per US$1 spent (at most Hilton group properties)

We should also note that you can automatically receive Hilton Honors Gold status if you hold Virgin Australia Velocity Gold status (while Velocity Platinums automatically qualify for Hilton Honors Diamond), as well as through an American Express Platinum Card.

The top perks of Hilton Honors Diamond status

If you set your sights on Hilton Honors Diamond status by clocking up 14 nights during the 90-day Hilton Honors 2024 status challenge period, you’ll be in line for additional benefits such as:

  • room upgrades, subject to availability (and you’ll be at the very front of the queue for those upgrades)
  • complimentary breakfast
  • access to the executive lounge (at any Hilton with a lounge)
  • earn 20 Hilton Honors points per US$1 spent (at most Hilton group properties)
  • free higher-speed WiFi
  • the ability to gift Gold status to any other Hilton Honors member

Given that it usually takes 28 nights to reach Hilton Honors Gold and 42 nights for Diamond, the Hilton Honors 2023 status match promotion represents a true fast track to obtaining Hilton Honors status.

XWu
XWu

09 May 2020

Total posts 566

Firstly Velocity status for Hilton or IHG is one off and only for one year, and you have to choose between Hilton vs IHG

Secondly, online loyalty websites have plenty of commenters struggling to get what Hilton status are entitled to. Often these experiences being recounted are with Hilton outside Australia, but I am not certain Aussie Hiltons are any better.

Lastly the local Hilton portfolio meant there are limited products to choose from


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