UPDATES 2022:
  • IHG offer status challenge to Platinum and Diamond elite status. You must register by July 31, 2022. 
  • Hyatt targets corporate employees with the opportunity to earn Explorist status and a shortcut to Globalist status. Must register by November 30, 2022. 
  • Good News! If your Caesars Rewards Diamond status was downgraded because you received Wyndham Diamond status through a tier match promotion with other programs, Ceasears Rewards reversed the decision. Your Diamond status is now valid until January 31, 2023!

Having high elite status with a particular hotel rewards program can yield substantial benefits during your stay at that specific hotel chain. Each hotel program may require several nights to achieve higher tier status. Still, fortunately, there's a shortcut method known as "status match" to achieve elite tier status for the following hotel programs: Accor, Best Western, Choice, Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), Hilton, Hyatt, IHG, Marriott, M life, Preferred Hotels & Resorts, Radisson, Sonesta, and Wyndham. 

Master List of Hotel Status Match & Challenges
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    Accor

    UPDATES January 20, 2022:
    • The following is a targeted offer. 
    • Accor sends out an email to members that have Accor Plus Membership with a new fast track offer that you can get up to 20 status nights for 2022. 
    • Depending on your ALL Accor Live Limitless account, you can fast track with 10, 15, or 20 status nights:
      • Accor Plus Silver: Stay 1 Night & Get 10 Status Nights
      • Accor Plus Gold: Stay 1 Night & Get 15 Status Nights
      • Accor Plus Platinum: Stay 1 Night & Get 20 Status Nights
    • You receive at least 10 status nights after staying at least one night at any participating Accor Hotels and Resorts before December 31, 2022. 
    • There's no link to the offer. Check your email. 

    Accor does not appear to offer any status match from other hotels' loyalty programs. 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 most straightforward hotel status match processes and policies - 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 sign-up process. 

    Choice

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

    Global Hotel Alliance (GHA)

    The Global Hotel Alliance (GHA) is the alliance of many independent hotel brands globally. They have a loyalty program called DISCOVERY, often referred to as the GHA Discovery

    They are currently offering instant GHA Discovery Gold, Platinum, or Titanium elite status through Mastercard Priceless Special redemption. See below. 

    How to Redeem Status with GHA Discovery With Mastercard Priceless Special 

    • The offer is valid until November 29, 2022.
    • The offer is only available for the following countries: Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Macao, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam
    • Mastercard World Elite cardholders:
      • Complimentary fast-track to GHA DISCOVERY Titanium
    • Mastercard World cardholders:
      • Complimentary fast-track to GHA DISCOVERY Platinum
    • Mastercard Platinum & Titanium cardholders:
      • Regular enrolment to GHA DISCOVERY Gold
    • To request the status upgrade, you must email GHA DISCOVERY with the following information:
      • Existing GHA DISCOVERY Membership number.
      • Type of Mastercard you have. 
      • First 6 digits of your eligible Mastercard
    • Once your request is approved, your new status will be updated on GHA DISCOVERY's membership portal within 10 business days.
    • Direct Link to the Offer

    Hilton

    UPDATES: 
    • The quickest way to receive Hilton Honors Diamond elite status is simply getting the American Express Hilton Aspire Card. Once you are approved for the card, you will receive automatic complimentary Diamond elite status without staying or dealing with the status match. 

    Hilton allows the status match request to Hilton Gold or Diamond for 90 days and requires proof of status and 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 7 nights within your 90-day trial period to keep Gold status through March 31, 2024.
    • Diamond: Stay 12 nights within your 90-day trial period, and we'll upgrade your status to Diamond through March 31, 2024.

    How to Request Status Match with Hilton

    Complete Hilton status match form and upload required proof screenshots online here. Remember that Hilton requires proof of status and stays 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

    UPDATES:
    • [Targeted] Hyatt targets corporate employees with the opportunity to earn Explorist status and a shortcut to Globalist status. (H.T. FM)
      • Must register by November 30, 2022.
      • Enjoy Explorist status for 90 days. Note: the 90-day trial period begins when you check out for the first time after registering. Night(s) from the first stay will count in the offer.
      • Stay 10 qualifying nights at any Hyatt hotel or resort within 90 days after registering to maintain Explorist status through February 29, 2024
      • Stay an additional 10 qualifying nights at any Hyatt hotel or resort within your original 90 days of registration and earn Globalist status through February 29, 2024. With Globalist status, enjoy even more rewards like room upgrades up to Standard Suites, 30% Bonus Points, full daily breakfast, and more
      • Direct Link to the Offer

    UPDATES: 
    • Since the Chase World of Hyatt Business Credit Card was launched, it has opened up opportunities to really spend your way up to Hyatt's top-tier Globalist elite status. It will require a lot of spending, but with some creativity, you can really maximize spending on personal and business Hyatt credit cards to earn all the Hyatt benefits and milestone rewards. See this post: Maximizing World of Hyatt Credit Card Spend To Earn Hyatt Globalist Status.

    American Airlines Elite Members Receive Fast Track Challenge & Earn Up to World of Hyatt Globalist Elite Status:

    [Expired]
    • 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 offer reciprocal Fast Track Challenges to elite status members

    [Expired] Hyatt reduces elite night status by 50%, making it 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 a status match from other hotel loyalty programs. 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. However, IHG offers Fast Track Challenge to Platinum Elite and Diamond Elite status. 

    How to Do Status Challenge with IHG:

    You must register through July 31, 2022. Then complete the following requirements/challenges:
    • Stay 5 nights within 120 days of registration to keep Platinum Elite status until December 2023.
    • Stay another 10 nights within 120 days of registration to earn Diamond Elite status until December 2023.
    • 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

    Update #1: Get elite nights boost with Marriott Bonvoy credit cards. If you have 1 personal and 1 business Marriott credit card, you will receive complimentary 30 elite nights each year in your Marriott account to start with. 

    To do that, simply apply for the following recommended cards. Once you are approved and become a card member, you will receive 15 elite night credits per card. That is in addition to the card's best sign-up bonus offer:
    • Chase Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card offers
    • American Express Marriott Bonvoy Business Card offers

    Update #2: Marriott offers a status challenge, but you must contact Marriott to enroll in the challenge and learn more about the qualifications. Typically, after enrollment, you must stay a certain number of nights within 90 days to earn elite status with Marriott. 

    [Expired] The following Amazon offer has ended. 

    Marriott Bonvoy offers Amazon employees a 3-months trial period of Marriott Platinum Elite status.

    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. You need to stay 15 paid nights from November 9, 2021, through February 28, 2022, to keep enjoying your Marriott Platinum Elite status and its benefits during the same period. 


    [Expired] We are not sure if Marriott will offer this again this year, 2022! Subscribe to our blog's posts below if this returns. 

    Good News: During COVID-19, Marriott offers 50% elite night credits based on each Marriott Bonvoy Member's elite status in 2020. If you were Platinum Elite in 2020, you would 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 by $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 matches 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 matches 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 June 30, 2022, to match your Tier!
    • Direct Link to the Offer

    How to Request Status Match with M life

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

    If you do not have status with Hyatt but 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

    UPDATES:
    • Asia Pacific Markets ONLY: Receive I Prefer Authority Status for Free Breakfast & Lounge Access with Mastercard.
      • World Elite Cardholders get I Prefer Authority Status
      • World Cardholders get I Prefer Elite Status
      • Platinum & Titanium Cardholders get I Prefer Explorer Status
      • Gold, Classic & Standard Cardholders get I Prefer Insider Status & 2,500 Bonus Points
    • The offer is valid through January 31, 2023. 
    • Direct Link to the Offer
    • For other markets' status match requests, see below. 

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


    How to Request Status Match with I Prefer

    If you are new to Preferred Hotels & Resorts I Prefer the reward program, you must enroll first before requesting the status match. It is a free enrollment, and when you register through the following link, you will also receive an additional 1,000 bonus points to get you started: 
    • Go to Direct Link to Enroll in I Prefer Hotel Rewards
    • On the sign-up page, make sure you enter c0f72f1a-63e8-47f3-a99c-ac6ad416a6a0 in the enrollment code section to receive your extra 1,000 bonus points. 

    After enrollment, 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 their top-tier Elite effective immediately.

    Radisson

    Radisson Rewards split its program into two loyalty programs: Radisson Rewards Americas and Radisson Rewards outside the Americas. The request for status match to each Radisson Rewards program will need to be sent via two completely different email addresses. More below. 

    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 most elevated Radisson elite status you can receive is Gold. 

    How to Request Status Match with Radisson Rewards Americas

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

    How to Request Status Match with Radisson Rewards International

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

    How to Request Status Match Between Radisson Rewards Americas and Radisson Rewards International

    If you need to status match your Radisson Americas to Radisson Hotels International, you'll need to send your request to StatusMatch@radissonhotels.com and include the following information in your email:
    • Your name, email, Radisson Rewards Americas account number, and Radisson Rewards International account number. 

    On the other hand, email StatusMatch@radissonhotelsamericas.com if you want to request the status match your Radisson Rewards International to Radisson Rewards Americas, and include the same Radisson account information mentioned above. 

    Sonesta

    Sonesta Travel Pass allows status matches from your other hotel's loyalty program to their Preferred or Elite level status. The Elite level is Sonesta's highest elite status, and 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 matches between Wyndham Rewards and Caesars Rewards. 

    UPDATES:
    • Good News! If your Caesars Rewards Diamond status was downgraded because you received Wyndham Diamond status through a tier match promotion with other programs, Ceasears Rewards reversed the decision. Your Diamond status is now valid until January 31, 2023! Check your Caesars Rewards account here
    • Please note that starting 2023, Caesars Rewards no longer grant status to Wyndham Rewards members that receive Wyndham Diamond status through a tier match promotion with other programs. See the verbiage below. However, the following rule does not apply to you if you have Wyndham Rewards Diamond status through Barclays Wyndham Rewards Earner Business Credit Card

    Please Note: You must have earned Tier Status with your current loyalty program in order for your status to be matched.  Caesars Rewards will not grant status to WR members who came into the WR program from a tier match promotion with other programs or who previously had recent Caesars Rewards status that was about to expire, and vice versa.

    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.