Master List of Hotel Status Match & Challenge [2021]

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Master List of Hotel Status Match & Challenge [2021]

UPDATES 2021:
  • Added Sonesta status match!
  • IHG Rewards Club is offering Gold & Platinum Elite Fast Track.
  • Bad News: Marriott decided to pull out status match and challenge offer. Registration for it is closed, but Good News 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 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 in order 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 and Radisson  

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 SwissĂ´tel programs due to the merger of the these programs with Accor. 

    Best Western

    Best Western offers one of the easiest hotel status match process 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 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 other 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 status match to Hilton Gold or Diamond for 90 days. Hilton requires proof of status and and proof of stay within the last 12 months with the other hotel loyalty program. Furthermore, in order 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 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

    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 status match from other hotel loyalty programs at this time. However, Hyatt allows reciprocal status match between Hyatt and its partners such as the M life Rewards and American Airlines AAdvantage programs. 

    How to Request Status Match with Hyatt

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

    IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group)

    IHG is not offering status match at this time. 

    IHG is not offering 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

    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 status match. Proof of status and at least one stay in the past 12 months with the other program are 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

    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 only, which is one below their highest status Platinum. In other words, it is not possible to status match to 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 a 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 status match at this time. However, Wyndham still allows reciprocal status match between Wyndham Rewards and Total Rewards. 

    How to Request Status Match with Wyndham

    Follow this direct link to request status match from Total Rewards to Wyndham Rewards 

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