First things first- The Milelion is not rebranding as The Kilometiger, and I am deeply apologetic for/amused by any undue distress this may have caused. But Hilton is offering a status match and that’s no joke.
From now till the 30th of June 2016 you can go to this link and fill out a status match request. You need to submit proof of status (Acceptable forms of status validation include a screenshot of your current account status or your membership card. 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) and a screenshot of activity (at least 1 stay should be reflected in the account, presumably to stop people who got status from credit cards
Which programs will be matched? The following are explicitly stated but there is an “others” category which leads me to believe they will approve other programs on a case by case basis
- Starwood Preferred Guest
- Marriott Rewards
- IHG Rewards
- Hyatt Gold Passport
- Choice Privileges
I assume this will be a tier to tier match, so SPG Platinums can expect Hilton Diamond
In my opinion, there really isn’t any incremental benefit of having Hilton Gold over Hilton Diamond (both get free breakfast, free premium internet, space-available upgrades), but I suppose the higher the better. Hilton Diamond got us some additional drinks vouchers at the Conrad Koh Samui
There is a great opportunity to combine this with the 1 stay SPG Gold offer by World Mastercard to get status with both SPG and Hilton mid-tier status.