Master List of Hotel Status Match & Challenge [2021]

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Master List of Hotel Status Match & Challenge [2021]


UPDATES 2021:
  • Added status match request to I Prefer - the reward program of Preferred Hotels & Resorts.
  • Added an opportunity to earn Hyatt Globalist status after 10 stayed nights through the new Chase World of Hyatt Credit Card offer. 
  • M life status match offer returns! Stop by the M life desk to request a status match through January 31, 2022. 
  • Added an additional way to request the Hyatt status challenge. 
  • American Airlines Elite Members Receive Fast Track Challenge & Earn Up to World of Hyatt Globalist Elite Status:
  • Marriott Offers Automatic Platinum Elite Status Trial to Amazon Employees
  • IHG Rewards Club is offering Gold & Platinum Elite Fast Track.
  • Bad News: Marriott decided to pull out the status match and challenge offer. Registration for it is closed, but Good News is below:
  • Good News: Marriott is offering 50% elite night credits based on each Marriott Bonvoy Member's elite status in 2020 and Ambassador Elite status can now be achieved by spending $14k at Marriott properties instead of $20k. See post below under Marriott. 
  • Hilton is lowering the status challenge requirement by 50% as well. 
  • Hyatt is lowering the requirements by 50% for earning all elite tiers in 2021. 

Having high elite status with a certain hotel rewards program can yield substantial benefits during your stay at that particular hotel chain. Each hotel program may require several nights to achieve higher tier status, but fortunately, there's a shortcut method known as "status match" to achieve elite status for the following hotel programs: Accor, Choice, Best Western, Hilton, Hyatt, IHG, Marriott Radisson, and Wyndham. 

Master List of Hotel Status Match & Challenges
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    Accor

    Accor does not appear to offer any status match from other hotel's loyalty programs in the past. The only possible status match is through Fairmont, Raffles, and Swissôtel programs due to the merger of these programs with Accor. 

    Best Western

    Best Western offers one of the easiest hotel status match processes and policy - no proof and no challenges. If you hold a high elite status with the other hotel program, you will be matched to Best Western Diamond or Diamond Select. 

    How to Request Status Match with Best Western

    Complete Status Match online form here.

    Alternatively, you can also sign up for the Business Advantage Program and instantly receive automatic Best Western Diamond Elite. See this post for more information on the signup process. 

    Choice

    Choice allows status match per member and per lifetime only. Meaning, once you have status matched before, you won't be eligible to status match again in the future. 

    How to Request Status Match with Choice

    Email Status_Match@choicehotels.com (for the United States and Canadian members) or Status_Match_EU@choicehotels.com (for European members) with the following information:
    • Full Name
    • Choice Privileges Member Number
    • Proof of Elite status in another hotel program:
    • Screenshot or copy of your other program's loyalty card (with expiration date) Or, screenshot or copy of other program's current statement or account status page.
    For more information on Choice Status Match.

    Hilton

    Hilton allows the status match request to Hilton Gold or Diamond for 90 days. Hilton requires proof of status and proof of stay within the last 12 months with the other hotel loyalty program. Furthermore, to keep the successfully matched Hilton status, Hilton requires the following:
    • Gold: Stay 5 nights within your 90 day trial period to keep Gold status through March 31, 2023.
    • Diamond: Stay 9 nights within your 90 day trial period and we’ll upgrade your status to Diamond through March 31, 2023.

    How to Request Status Match with Hilton

    Complete Hilton status match form and upload required proof screenshots online here. Keep in mind that Hilton requires proof of status and proof of stay within the last 12 months with the other hotel loyalty program.

    Editor's Note: If you do not want to deal with Hilton's status matching and you want to receive automatic Hilton Honors Diamond elite status, consider applying for the American Express Hilton Aspire Card. This card gives you complimentary Hilton Honors Diamond status. 

    Hyatt

    Update 1: There's an opportunity to earn Hyatt Globalist status without any status match or challenge after 10 stayed nights through the new World of Hyatt Credit Card offer:

    Here's how you would do this. Be sure to complete the following tasks before December 31, 2021:
    • You apply for the Chase World of Hyatt Credit Card from now through September 30, 2021. You will be able to earn two (2) Hyatt tier-qualifying night credits for each night you stay through December 31, 2021, after the approval of the card. 
    • Receive 5 Elite Night Credits: Immediately after the approval of the Chase World of Hyatt Credit Card, you receive automatic 5 elite night credits without completing any tasks. 
    • Receive 6 Elite Night Credits: Every time you spend $5,000 on the card, you receive 2 elite night credits. The Chase World of Hyatt Credit Card now offers up to 60,000 bonus Hyatt points after you spend $15,000. This means that you can get a total of 6 elite night credits after you spend $15,000 on the card in addition to the 60,000 bonus Hyatt points. Meanwhile, you also earn one Hyatt Free Night Award.
    • Receive 20 Elite Night Credits: Hyatt has reduced the requirements for reaching the Globalist in 2021 by 50%. Therefore, you just need at least 30 elite night credits to qualify for Hyatt's top-tier Globalist status. So after the approval of your Hyatt credit card, stay 10 nights whether you pay with cash or Hyatt points, you will receive 20 elite night credits. The 10 stayed nights do not have to be consecutive, but you must complete each night by December 31, 2021. 
    • In the end, you will end up with 31 Hyatt elite night credits and will receive Globalist status that's good through February 2023.

    Update 2: There appears to be another way to request the Hyatt status challenge regardless if you have Hyatt or American Airlines status or not. You'll get Explorist status through 2021. You have until November 30th to register but you must call a full-service Hyatt's sales department for that. The offer is not available online. (H.T. VFTW)
    • Register by November 30, 2021, to experience Explorist status until December 31, 2021.
    • Stay 10 nights to keep Explorist
    • Stay 20 nights to earn Globalist
    • Stays must be completed by December 31, 2021, to qualify. 
    • Your new World of Hyatt elite status, once earned is good through February 2023. 
    • Direct Link to FlyerTalk for more information

    American Airlines Elite Members Receive Fast Track Challenge & Earn Up to World of Hyatt Globalist Elite Status:
    • American Airlines' elite status such as AA Gold, Platinum, Platinum Pro, and Executive Platinum members can fast track to reach Hyatt Explorist or Globalist status. 
    • Register for the offer by September 30, 2021. 
    • You must complete the World of Hyatt qualifying challenge activity within the first 90 days of registration. 
      • Qualifying activity is earned when a member books an eligible rate or award night through Hyatt channels. 
      • After registration, you will find out what your Hyatt challenges are. But based on the points community, here are two sample challenges:
        • You can keep your World of Hyatt Explorist status by staying 10 nights.
        • You can upgrade to World of Hyatt Globalist status by staying 20 nights.
    • Your new World of Hyatt elite status, once earned is good through February 2023. 
    • If you are an AA elite member but you never link your Hyatt and AA accounts, you should link those accounts first. See this post for more information and how to link your accounts
    • Direct Link to the Fast Track Challenge Offer
    • See Also: Hyatt and American Airlines are offering reciprocal Fast Track Challenges to elite status members

    Good News: Hyatt reduces elite night status by 50% making it much easier to qualify for higher elite tier status in 2021. See this post
    • Discoverist: 5 nights instead of 10. 12,500 Base Points instead of 25,500 base points. 
    • Explorist: 15 nights instead of 30. 25,000 Base Points instead of 50,000 base points. 
    • Globalist: 30 nights instead of 60. 50,000 Base Points instead of 100,000 base points.

    Hyatt does not offer the status match from other hotel loyalty programs at this time. However, Hyatt allows reciprocal status matches between Hyatt and its partners such as the M life Rewards and American Airlines AAdvantage programs. 

    How to Request Status Match with Hyatt

    Follow the direct links below to request a status match from Hyatt's partner programs to the World of Hyatt program. 

    IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group)

    IHG is not offering a status match at this time. 

    IHG is not offering a status match at this time. However, due to COVID-19 IHG is offering Fast Track to Platinum Elite or Gold Elite status. 

    How to Do Status Challenge with IHG:

    You must register between March 8 and August 31, 2021. Then complete the following requirements/challenges:
    • Stay 5 nights within 90 days of registration to earn Platinum Elite status until December 2022.
    • Stay 2 nights within 90 days of registration to earn Gold Elite status until December 2022.
    • Direct Link to the Offer & Register
    Editor's Note: You can get automatic complimentary IHG Platinum Elite status without any stays through Chase IHG Premier Credit Card

    Marriott

    Marriott Bonvoy is offering a 3-months trial period of Marriott Platinum Elite status to Amazon employees.

    To participate in this trial offer, you need to enroll in the offer with your Amazon email address to be eligible. This trial offer is available to both new and existing Marriott Bonvoy account members. Once enrolled through the offer site, your Marriott Platinum Elite status tryout is good for three (3) months between June 30, 2021, and September 30, 2021. During the same period, you need to stay 15 paid nights from June 30, 2021, through September 30, 2021, to keep enjoying your Marriott Platinum Elite status and its benefits. 


    Good News: Amidst the COVID-19, Marriott is offering 50% elite night credits based on each Marriott Bonvoy Member's elite status in 2020. This means that if you were Platinum Elite in 2020, you will automatically receive 25 elite night credits for this year 2021. See the chart below:

    ELITE STATUS TIER
    EARNED IN 2020
    ANNUAL TIER
    REQUIREMENTS
    50% ELITE NIGHT
    CREDITS (ENC) DEPOSIT IN 2021
    Ambassador Elite 100 Qualifying Nights AND
    US$20,000 US$14,000 stay spend
    50 Elite Night Credits
    Titanium Elite 75 Qualifying Nights 38 Elite Night Credits
    Platinum Elite 50 Qualifying Nights 25 Elite Night Credits
    Gold Elite 25 Qualifying Nights 13 Elite Night Credits
    Silver Elite 10 Qualifying Nights 5 Elite Night Credits
    Member Not Applicable Not Applicable

    Additionally, Marriott is also reducing Ambassador Elite status $20,000 spend by 30%. So in 2021, once you spend $14,000 at Marriott, you'll earn 100 qualifying elite nights and achieve the Ambassador Elite status. Direct Link to the Offer

    Marriott is currently offering instant status match with the following hotel programs:

    Accor Live Limitless
    • Gold = Marriott Gold
    • Platinum or Diamond = Marriott Platinum
    Hilton Honors
    • Gold or Diamond = Marriott Platinum
    IHG Rewards Club
    • Platinum or Spire = Marriott Platinum
    World of Hyatt
    • Explorist = Marriott Gold
    • Globalist = Marriott Platinum

    How to Request Status Match with Marriott:


    Follow this direct link to request a status match. Proof of status and at least one stay in the past 12 months with the other program is required. Then to maintain that upgraded status through February 2022, you need to complete the following stay activity within 90 days:
    • 5 nights for Gold
    • 15 nights for Platinum

    M life

    From time to time, M life Rewards allow status match from another Casino loyalty program as part of its ongoing promotion. You can also request the M life status match through its partner program with Hyatt. 

    M life Current Status Match Offer:

    • Do you hold top-tier status with another Casino Loyalty Program? M life Rewards wants to match your status. 
    • Visit the M life Rewards desk now through January 31, 2022, to match your Tier!
    • Direct Link to the Offer

    How to Request Status Match with M life

    Through reciprocal partner programs benefits, you can request a status match for M life Rewards through the World of Hyatt program. 

    If you do not have status with Hyatt but you want M life status, the quickest way to get a Hyatt status is through the Chase World of Hyatt Credit Card. The Hyatt credit card offers you automatic Hyatt Discoverist status, then you can match that status to M life Pearl status through the following link: 

    Preferred Hotels & Resorts

    Preferred Hotels & Resorts - the I Prefer reward program offers simple and quick status match requests. Once the request is approved, you receive the upgraded status effective immediately. 

    How to Request Status Match with I Prefer

    Email members@iprefer.com and provide proof of your status at another hotel rewards program.

    I requested a status match using my Hilton Honors Diamond elite status (complimentary through American Express Hilton Aspire Card). The same day after sending my status match request email, I received a quick response from them that my I Prefer membership tier had been upgraded to Elite effective immediately.

    Radisson

    Radisson Rewards allows status match per member's account and per lifetime. Radisson only allows status match from your other hotel's loyalty program up to their elite Gold status, which is one below their highest status Platinum. In other words, it is not possible to do a status match to the Radisson Platinum elite status. The highest Radisson elite status you can receive is Gold. 

    How to Request Status Match with Radisson

    Email StatusMatch@radissonhotels.com with screenshot proof of the other hotel program's status. 

    Sonesta

    Sonesta Travel Pass allows status match from your other hotel's loyalty program up to their Preferred or Elite level status. The Elite level is Sonesta's highest elite status. The status match request is actually quite simple to obtain. 

    How to Request Status Match with Sonesta

    Email travelpass@sonesta.com with your Sonesta Travel Pass number and a screenshot of the other hotel program's status. 

    Wyndham

    While Wyndham used to be very generous with their status match, they are not offering a status match at this time. However, Wyndham still allows reciprocal status match between Wyndham Rewards and Caesars Rewards. 

    How to Request Status Match with Wyndham

    Follow this direct link to request a status match from Caesars Rewards to Wyndham Rewards 

    When Wyndham status match returns, complete the online form here. Be sure to follow or subscribe to our blog's posts below so that we can let you know when the Wyndham status match returns. 

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