News You Can Use – Hilton Status Match Extended, 5,000 JetBlue Points, 20% Off Silvercar, & More

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1.   Hilton Status Match Extended to March 2018

Update:   The Points Guy reports Hilton is having trouble with its status match website.  However, you may still be able to request a match through this link.  Or by emailing proof of status with a competing chain, proof of stay and Hilton HHonors account number to hhonors@hilton.com.

Via The Points Guy, Hilton has extended its status match program.

So, if you have elite status with a competing hotel chain, like Choice, Hyatt, IHG, Marriott, or Starwood, Hilton will upgrade your HHonors Elite status to match.

You can submit your status match application online by June 30, 2016.  Along with something that shows your elite status with another program (like a screenshot).  And proof of a stay with that program in the past 12 months.

You’ll get Hilton HHonors elite status through March 31, 2018.  And they’ll match to Silver, Gold, or Diamond, depending on your status in another program.

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And remember, certain credit cards give you automatic hotel elite status.  For instance, the Chase Hyatt card gives you Hyatt Platinum status.  And folks with the Chase IHG Rewards Club Select receive automatic IHG Platinum elite status.

During Hilton’s last status match promotion, many folks reported receiving Hilton Diamond status (executive lounge access, room upgrades, late check-out when available, and free breakfast at some hotels) when they matched to IHG Platinum elite status.

So this deal is a no-brainer for folks with the Chase IHG card, which comes with automatic Platinum Elite status!

2.   5,000 JetBlue Bonus Points (Targeted)

Angelina Travels wrote about a targeted offer she got from JetBlue.  So check your email to see if you’re eligible too.

Angelina was offered 5,000 JetBlue bonus points on every flight purchased by May 6, 2016, and flown between April 6, 2016, and June 30, 2016.  That’s an amazing bonus!

JetBlue points are worth ~1.4 cents per point.  So the 5,000 points you earn are worth ~$70!  

And, you get the bonus for one-way OR round-trip flights.  So in this case, it’s better to book 2 one-ways to get 2 separate 5,000 point bonuses for a total of 10,000 bonus points (2 X 5,000 points).

Don’t forget about the new Barclaycard JetBlue credit cards.  You could easily earn a lot of JetBlue points with a nice sign-up bonus plus your potential targeted bonus!

There are the JetBlue card (no annual fee), JetBlue Plus (better earning and a higher sign-up bonus), or JetBlue Business cards to choose from.

3.   Earn 250 Free Avios Points 

Via Points With a Crew, Aer Lingus will be changing their miles & points program to AerClub.  And you’ll now earn Avios points when flying with them.

I’m not sure yet how these will be related to British Airways Avios points.  But hopefully you’ll be able to transfer between miles programs.  Just like you can between British Airways and Iberia Avios.

I’ll keep you updated when we know more!

In the meantime, you can get 250 free Avios points for pre-registering for AerClub.  It’s scheduled to start in July 2016.  But as long as you pre-register before June 30, 2016, you will get 250 Avios points.

It’s worth noting, it doesn’t ask for your Avios account information when you sign-up, so you’ll have to wait to hear back.  We’re not sure how you’ll get your Avios points and it’s not clear if US residents are eligible.  But it only takes ~10 seconds so it might be worth it!

4.   Save 20% on Silvercar Rentals

Silvercar is offering 20% off on rentals until the end of April 2016.  Just use the promotion code SPRING20″ for the discount!

Reservations MUST be started by April 30, 2016, to qualify for the promotion.

If you’ve never used Silvercar, you’ll earn $25 off your first rental when you sign-up with my link.

Here’s a post about my experience with them.  And what my friends thought about Silvercar – and my driving! 😉

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16 responses to “News You Can Use – Hilton Status Match Extended, 5,000 JetBlue Points, 20% Off Silvercar, & More

  1. My wife’s status match request was denied, even though she qualified. She has the Hyatt credit card, so she has Platinum status, we completed a paid stay last month at the Park Hyatt Paris Vendome (we stayed 2 nights and paid for 1), and we submitted proof of both the status and the paid stay. Hilton responded with this:

    The tier match campaign was launched with the intent to reach out to customers, such as you, who are frequent travelers with other hotel brand but are willing to switch over to Hilton portfolio brands. Given your considerable volume of your travel and to maintain the integrity of the program, any extension of the tier would be solely based on eligibility per our program standards (for Diamond tier- you are required 30 stays/ 60 nights or 120k base points).

    We want to thank your continuous loyalty and understanding and hope to welcome you at our Hilton portfolio of Brands.

  2. what about people who matched through 3-2017? New Application?

  3. I think I understand why this was denied. It makes sense if this was part of the terms and conditions you applied for the match under. You have to have earned the elite status level by staying the required numer of nights in the program you are claiming the status from. You can’t get Hilton Diamond status by obtaining a Hyatt credit card which gave you immediate platinum status without actually staying the Hyatt’s required nights for the elite level. Am I interpreting this correctly? I had no problem getting the match by using an actually earned night elite level with Marriott.

  4. Darius, do you know if award stays with IHG will count for a qualifying stay for the Hilton status match?

  5. If we did the status match last year (expires 2017), do we need to reapply to get the match extended until 2018?

  6. @Sharon, you may be correct. I wouldn’t blame Hilton for doing it that way. However, I read the terms of the offer and didn’t see the limitations you are describing. Also, during the last matching program Hilton ran just a month or so ago, I was able to get Hilton diamond status solely based on my IHG credit card which gives me Platinum status. Perhaps Hilton changed it’s policies for this latest matching offer. In any case, either I had bad luck or the travel bloggers, including Darius, are incorrect when they suggest that if you have status via a credit card, you can get matched.

    Anyway, it’s not a big deal to me. I’m way ahead in this points and miles game, regardless. I just wanted to share my experience as a data point for others.

  7. @LWT – Interesting. Does your wife already have a lower Hilton status? And you’re correct, during the last promotion Hilton status matched LOTS of folks to Diamond based on status they had from a credit card.

    @Sharon – I don’t see that in the terms & conditions for this offer. Can you share where you got the information?

    @Ed Carney @Dan – I’m not sure, but I’ll update the post when I find out!

    @Joshua C – I believe they must be paid stays.

  8. No extension if you were matched for the 2017 already. Got a flat out denial within on week. I know some people in the first week got an extension but did in error. Worth trying but don’t expect it to be granted.

  9. @Darius, yes, my wife has silver status. I assume it’s based on having either the Citi or Amex no-fee cards (she has both) because she wouldn’t qualify based on number of stays/nights. I had silver status when I was matched to diamond last month.

    To Dan’s and Ed Carney’s question about whether you can get matched to 2018 if you were just matched to 2017, I had the same experience as jason d. I applied and was shot down a week later. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, so I would still try it, but don’t get your hopes up.

  10. OK, I have an important update to my original post about my wife’s status request being denied. She just received an e-mail saying “Congratulations, you’ve earned Hilton HHonors Diamond Elite status.” And it’s good through March 2018.

    So all is well that ends well. I thought the original e-mail was less than 100% clear, but it sure sounded like a denial, complete with “thank you for your loyalty and understanding”.

  11. Just applied yesterday, have IHG Platinum. Have not herd anything back. How long does it take for response?

  12. @Vladlen, it was about a week or so in my case.

  13. Sandeep Raje

    Thanks for the excellent newsletter and the service you provide to the miles-points-community.
    I have taken the first step and got approved for a Chase IHG card today. I have not stayed at IHG hotels in the last 12 months. So am I correct that the only route available to me to get Hilton Diamond status is to book cheapest possible one night stay close to home? I can get a room for $71, which would be my cost of getting Hilton diamond status for close to two years. Is there another way? It appears I don’t need to actually stay. I could reserve, take a screenshot and then cancel the reservation.
    https://hhonormystatus.hiltonapps.com/
    “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.”

  14. Sandeep Raje

    I cannot find the link to match status any more.
    https://hhonormystatus.hiltonapps.com/ redirects to http://hhonors3.hilton.com/en/index.html

    Web search is not helping much with regards to the June 30/March 2018 offer.

  15. @Sandeep – I don’t see it anymore either. It looks like they may have stopped the promotion early! You could try calling – please let me know if you’re successful.

  16. @Sandeep – The Points Guy reports Hilton is having trouble with its status match website:

    http://thepointsguy.com/2016/04/hhonors-matching-status-through-march-2018/#ixzz47FDttrCY

    Try this link instead: https://hiltonhhonors.hiltonapps.com/

    Let me know if it works for you!

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