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Hilton Honors Status Match Devaluation — Here’s How to Still Earn Status Easily

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Hilton Honors Status Match Devaluation — Here’s How to Still Earn Status Easily

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INSIDER SECRET: The easiest top-tier hotel status to earn is Hilton’s Diamond elite status because it comes automatically with the Hilton Honors Aspire Card from American Express.

The Hilton Honors program has long been very generous with its status match opportunities. If you had status with just about any major hotel chain you were able to easy register for a trial of the equivalent Hilton status with an opportunity to easily extend the status beyond the trial period.

Now Hilton has overhauled the terms of its status match limiting the instant match to Hilton Gold status and making it more difficult to extend the status match or earn top-tier Diamond status.

Hilton Honors Revamps Status Match

Previously, you were able to match top-tier status instantly to Hilton Diamond or Gold status for 90 days and then if you made a certain number of stays during that period the status would be extended. This is great because you could take advantage of the elite status benefits right away.

Now you are only able to instantly match to Hilton Gold status for 90 days, with an opportunity to fast-track your way to Diamond status. Once your status is matched you can extend your Gold status or earn Diamond status through March 31, 2021, by meeting these requirements during the 90 days:

  • 10 nights to extend Gold status
  • 18 nights to extend Diamond status

Normally you need 20 stays, 40 nights or 75,000 base points in a calendar year for Gold status or 30 stays, 60 nights or 120,000 base points in a calendar year to earn Diamond status. You can submit a request for a status match here.

Hilton doesn’t publish which hotel statuses it will match with, but you will need proof of your current elite status level of the other hotel program and proof of a stay within the past 12 months at that chain. Screenshots of you account or hotel receipts will suffice, just make sure to remove any personal information other than your name and account number.

While this is a negative change Hilton status is still very easy to earn. I get Diamond status with my Hilton Aspire card, but if you don’t have any Hilton status you might want to go for Gold. Gold Hilton status comes with free breakfast (something even the top-tier status as IHG doesn’t have) and it’s comes automatically with the Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card.

To learn more about the Hilton Honor program, check out these detailed guides:

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Hilton Honors Aspire Card from American Express

Hilton Honors Aspire Card from American Express

  • Earn 150,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points with the Hilton Honors Aspire Card from American Express after you use your new Card to make $4,000 in eligible purchases within the first 3 months of Card Membership. Plus, enjoy a free Weekend Night Reward within your first year and every year after renewal.
  • Earn 14X Hilton Bonus Points when you make eligible purchases on your Card at participating hotels or resorts within the Hilton Portfolio.
  • Earn 7X Bonus Points for eligible purchases: on flights booked directly with airlines or amextravel.com, on car rentals booked directly from select car rental companies & at U.S. restaurants.
  • Earn 3X Hilton Honors Bonus Points for all other eligible purchases on your Card.
  • Enjoy up to $250 in Hilton Resort Credits on your Card each anniversary year, when you stay at participating resorts within the Hilton portfolio.
  • Enjoy complimentary Diamond status with your Hilton Honors Aspire Card.
  • $450 annual fee.
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They should go back to the real rules, the ones I had to abide by each and every year before I became lifetime diamond inaugural in 2015- when it was a real LOYALTY program, not just a giveaway to everyone. Where is the real status level for those of us who really earned this status and built the company? Now every lounge is overcrowded, the tons of not real diamonds demand upgrades, just as the bloggers want free nights, and there is no distinction between who werethe true loyalty guests! At least this is the step in the right direction, as Hilton maybe realizes they have been creating a monster and giving away TOO much.