A short while back, I shared information about Best Western’s Diamond Status Match. Reader Frederick reached out to me to share his interesting experience leveraging Best Western’s generous status match in order to ping pong his free Hilton Gold status into Hilton Diamond status. I’m merely sharing his experience and it’s up to you how you use this information; YMMV of course.Getting Hilton Gold status: Of course you can obtain Hilton Gold status [the hard way] by completing 20 stays at Hilton properties in a calendar year. Or you can get Gold status for free and instantaneously via a number of credit cards such as some co-branded Hilton credit cards (AmEx Hilton HHonors Surpass Card & Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Card).
The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN both offer free Hilton Gold status just for being a card holder as well as a number of other valuable benefits.
Status Match Hilton Gold to Best Western Diamond: Best Western will match any hotel loyalty program to their top tier to Best Western Diamond and it’s a super-fast process via a quick email to StatusMatch@bestwestern.com (full details on the status match can be found here). Frederick sent over a screenshot of his Hilton Gold account and was matched to Best Western Diamond very quickly.
Status Match Best Western Diamond to Hilton Diamond: Hilton seems to have an on-going status match promotion to their top-tier Diamond status; however, they now require proof of a stay at your other hotel’s chain. So Frederick suggested booking 1-night at a Best Western and staying there or showing proof of an upcoming stay and submitting a screenshot of the booking email (he indicated to me that it was a refundable rate).
Frederick’s experience with the match is interesting, and I wonder if results are typical or he just got lucky? In my experience, I specifically remember matching to Best Western Diamond with Diamond. Data points and discussion are welcome.