Hilton Honors has been running a status match program for some time now, which allows elite members from competing hotel chains to match their status to Hilton, without needing to qualify through the regular route.
Hilton has now cut the nights required for status challenges by 50%, allowing you to earn Diamond status with just 9 nights in a 90 day period (or Gold with 5 nights in 90 days). Status earned via the challenge will be valid till 31 March 2023.
Hilton Honors’ revised status match requirements
Hilton’s status match website has been updated to reflect the reduced requirements.
As a reminder, successful status match applicants receive instant Hilton Gold, which they can keep for 90 days. During this 90 day period, staying 5 nights will allow you to retain Hilton Gold till 31 March 2023, while staying 9 nights will upgrade you to Hilton Diamond till 31 March 2023.
|Status Matched||Nights in 90 day period|
Status matches are open to Hilton base-tier and Silver members, and can only be done once per account lifetime. In other words, if you previously did a status match to get Gold/Diamond status and subsequently failed to retain it, you won’t be able to apply with the same account again.
Reward nights will not count towards the status match requirements.
Which programs will be matched?
Hilton will match status from any of the following programs:
- Accor Live Limitless
- Best Western Rewards
- Choice Privileges
- IHG Rewards Club
- Marriott Bonvoy
- Radisson Rewards
- World of Hyatt
- Wyndham Rewards
For whatever reason, the dropdown menu in the status match form features an “others” category, but as per the T&C of the status match program (emphasis mine):
|Acceptable forms of status validation include a screenshot of your current and active account status. Acceptable forms of stay validation include a screenshot of your recent reservations or hotel receipt, redacting any personal information other than your name and membership number. We accept .jpg files only. Please do NOT send us any personal information (including your phone number, address, social security number, date of birth, user name, passwords, or credit card information). Only elite statuses from another hotel loyalty program that are listed in the status dropdown menu are eligible for status matching.|
I presume this means you won’t be able to match unlisted programs, such as Shangri-La Golden Circle or GHA Discovery.
There is a partial solution- Best Western offers a “status match, no catch” policy, which is quite liberally about matching status from any other program. It doesn’t even require that you show a stay history.
Once your Best Western status match is approved, you have something that can be matched into Hilton Honors. The problem is, Hilton requires you to submit proof of at least one stay within the last 12 months with the program you’re matching from. There’s no Best Westerns in Singapore (the nearest one is in Batam), hence the “partial” solution.
Is it worth a mattress run?
9 nights in 90 days is certainly achievable even with borders closed, although it won’t be the cheapest if you want to mattress run in Singapore.
As it is, the Hilton Singapore and Conrad Centennial are open for staycation guests. The cheaper Hilton Garden Inn Serangoon remains closed for SHNs, although it is taking reservations from1 March 2021 (I wouldn’t read too much into that date though, because it can easily be pushed back).
To give you an idea of how much five or nine nights would cost based on the lowest rates:
|Cheapest Gold||Cheapest Diamond|
|Hilton Garden Inn||S$710||S$1,278|
|HGI KL Jln Tuanku Abdul Rahman North||S$153||S$274|
|HGI KL Jln Tuanku Abdul Rahman South||S$121||S$219|
|Grey= Not in Singapore|
I’ve included a couple of options in Kuala Lumpur, on the off chance that some Milelion readers are based there. I mean, I probably wouldn’t mattress run in Singapore, but man, those Malaysia rates…
9 nights to Diamond is an offer well worth considering, on the off chance you intend to do an extended staycation in Singapore. Be sure to time your registration carefully, as this offer can only be leveraged once per account lifetime.
If nothing else, Hilton Gold will get you free breakfast during your stay, and a possible modest upgrade. I wouldn’t expect much from the breakfast at the Hilton Singapore, but based on the photos, the Conrad Centennial’s spread looks much better.