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Hilton doesn’t normally match status that you hold at competing hotel chains, but until today they will via this form.
If you do have airline or hotel status, then status matching is a nice way to maintain status in another program. SPG Platinum is easy to achieve with the help of Starwood Consumer AMEX and the Starwood Business AMEX and I matched that to Hilton Diamond and Hyatt Diamond. One DDFer got SPG Platinum without any stays after I pointed the way for him to do it via the elite nights awarded by the SPG cards.
StatusMatcher.com is a good resource for recent reports on successful matches. Many programs only offer a challenge rather than an outright match so you have to actually make a certain amount of stays or flights to get status. United will offer you this challenge depending on your status in another program.
I first wrote about the AA Challenge a decade ago (!) and you can still call AA to join that even if you don’t have any status. Alas AA Gold and Platinum status aren’t worth very much these days and it costs $120 (plus you’ll need to fly 7.5K elite qualifying miles within 90 days) to join the Gold challenge and $200 (plus you’ll need to fly 12.5K elite qualifying miles) to join the Platinum challenge. But if you have some flights booked anyway it can make sense to take the challenge. For example if you got in on the incredible London deal and have much better luck than I did, you’d have 10,355 EQMs for a flight from JFK, 11,859 from Chicago, or 16,367 from Los Angeles. (Then again there are times when they do outright match, so it’s worth asking when you call.)
But some programs, like Alaska and AirBerlin, will match you outright without needing to pay or fly. Mid-tier status on a program like AirBerlin is more valuable than mid-tier status on a program like American as American won’t give lounge access to its own mid-tier elites on domestic itineraries, but they will to mid-tier elites of partner airlines like AirBerlin.
In the past there have been opportunities to get status instantly and use it to match to another airline or to get car rental status instantly and match that as well. So it’s always worth looking for the next opportunity to get status the easy way.
Then you have programs like El Al. They won’t match American status, but will be happy to match Continental or USAirways status…
What have you been successful at matching? Hit the comments!