Hilton Honors is currently running a fast track status challenge to earn Gold or Diamond status through March 2021. h/t Loyalty Lobby
The primary benefit of the status challenge is that you can enjoy the elite status when you start the 90-day challenge. You’ll need to have elite status from another hotel loyalty program to get started.
Who should complete the status challenge?
A handful of credit cards offer automatic Hilton Honors elite status. You might be a good candidate for the status challenge if…
You don’t want to add another credit card
You don’t want to pay more annual fees for a credit card
You’re applying for a mortgage in the next 6-12 months
You are at the 5-6 credit card maximum limit for American Express
Benefits of Hilton Gold or Diamond Status
Having Hilton Gold or Diamond status comes with a bunch of perks, but the ones that stand out to me are:
Room upgrades, based on availability
Complimentary breakfast at all hotels
Executive lounge access (Diamond)
Hilton Honors Elite Status Challenge
To match to Gold or Diamond status, you’ll need to complete the following within 90 days to earn the respective status:
Gold: Complete 4 stays in 90 days
Diamond: Complete 8 stays in 90 days
It’s important to note that stays do NOT mean nights. For example, if you book a reservation that is three nights, that is only considered ONE stay.
The optimal strategy, if you have a long vacation, is to hotel hop each night. Your mileage may vary. Even if you create different reservations for consecutive nights at the same property, the system will automatically group it together as one stay.
The Hilton hotel group has a wide range of properties ranging from budget to luxury hotels.
Credit Cards that Offer Hotel Status
By having the right credit card, you can request a status challenge to Hilton Honors elite. The following cards offer automatic elite status:
Chase IHG Premier = IHG Platinum status
Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant = Marriott Gold
Chase Ritz-Carlton = Marriott Gold
Amex Platinum = Hilton Gold
Another method is to status match to Best Western Diamond and request a status challenge. Learn more about how to earn Best Western Diamond status in this post.
How to Status Match to Hilton Gold or Diamond
Have elite status at any other hotel loyalty program
Register or have your Hilton Honors account number ready
Fill out the Hilton Honors status challenge request here: https://statusmatch.hiltonhonors.com/
You’ll need to submit the current monthly statement or proof of elite status of the competing hotel with the form
Upload proof of stay within the last 12 months with other Hotel Loyalty Program
Submit the form; it may take 5-7 business days to process your request
Complete the challenge within 90 days of request approval
If you don’t want to participate in the status challenge, the fastest way to obtain automatic complimentary Hilton elite status is through credit cards. You’ll retain the respective status as long as the card is open and in good standing.
Hilton Honors American Express Ascend Card: Hilton Honors Gold
The Platinum Card® from American Express: Hilton Honors Gold (must enroll in the benefit)
Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card: Hilton Honors Diamond
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