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 2023 status match promotion.
Combined with the Hilton Honors 2023 status challenge, it’s your key for unlocking elite status all the way through to March 2025.
Yes, that’s a solid two years of gratis status – and it’s yours with as little as eight nights at any property in the Hilton group.
Hilton Honors 2023 status match: what you need to know
- To qualify for the Hilton Honors 2023 status match you’ll need to already hold equivalent status to Hilton Honors Gold or Diamond with another hotel loyalty program
- If your application to the Hilton Honors 2023 status match is successful, you’ll be given 90 days of Hilton Honors Gold status so you can immediately begin to enjoy the benefits of that status
- Stay just eight nights at any Hilton properties within that 90-day trial period and your Hilton Honors Gold status will be locked in until the end of March 2025
- Stay just 14 nights at any Hilton properties within that 90-day trial period and you’ll be elevated to Hilton Honors Diamond status through to the end of March 2025
Hilton Honors 2023 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. Some of the better-known hotel loyalty programs and tiers you can use for the Hilton Honors status match include:
Accor ALL: Gold, Platinum
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
Radisson Rewards: Gold, Platinum
World of Hyatt: Explorist, Globalist and Lifetime Globalist
Of course, you’ll also need to belong to the Hilton Honors program (click here to join for free) – but you don't need to be starting from scratch as a new member.
Even if you hold Hilton Honors Silver status, a higher level of membership in a competing hotel loyalty program will get the Hilton Honors status match underway.
Hilton Honors 2023 status match: how can I apply?
If you’re already a member of Hilton Honors, click to statusmatch.hiltonhonors.com 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.”
Eligible stays can be any time within the last 24 months, so this is a very generous window.
Hilton suggests applicants for its 2023 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.
Of course, 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 – online booking sites don’t count.
The top perks of Hilton Honors Gold status
Your 90-day Hilton Honors 2023 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 2023 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, beginning with 90 days of Gold status and the opportunity to easily lock down your Hilton Honors Gold or Diamond status and enjoy all those primo perks for almost the next two years.