2022 Update.
IHG offers status challenges for Platinum and Diamond elite status. You must register by July 31, 2022.


Hyatt’s goal is to give corporate employees the opportunity to earn Explorer status and a shortcut to Globalist status. Registration is required by November 30, 2022.
Good news! If your Caesars Rewards Diamond status is downgraded because you earned Wyndham Diamond status through a tier match promotion with another program, Ceasears Rewards will reverse that decision. Your Diamond status is now valid until January 31, 2023!

High elite status with a specific hotel rewards program can result in significant benefits during your stay at that particular hotel chain. Each hotel program may take several nights to achieve higher level status. However, fortunately, there is a shortcut called “status matching” that can be used to achieve elite 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. 

Accor

Updated January 20, 2022.
Below is a targeted offer.
Accor will offer a new fast-track offer to those with Accor Plus memberships, which will allow you to earn up to 20 status nights in 2022.
Depending on your ALL Accor Live Limitless account, you can fast-track 10, 15 or 20 status nights to.
Accor Plus Silver: Stay 1 night and earn 10 nights of membership
Accor Plus Gold: Stay 1 night and receive a 15-night membership
Accor Plus Platinum: Stay 1 night and earn a 20-night membership
After a minimum stay of one night at any participating hotel, you will receive a minimum of 10 membership nights prior to December 31, 2022 at Accor Hotels & Resorts.
There is no link to the offer. Check your email.

Accor does not appear to offer any status matches with other hotel loyalty programs. The only possible status match is through the Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel programs, as these programs are associated with Accor.

Best Western

Best Western offers one of the most straightforward hotel class matching processes and policies – no proof, no challenge. If you have a high elite rating in another hotel program, you will be matched to Best Western Diamond or Diamond Select.

How to request a status match with Best Western
Complete the status match online form HERE.

Or, you can enroll in the Business Advantage program and automatically receive Best Western Diamond Elite immediately. see this posting for more information on the enrollment process.

Choice

Choice only allows per-member and per-lifecycle status matching. This means that once you have previously performed an identity match, you will not be eligible to request another identity match later.

How to request a status match by Choice
Email Status_Match@choicehotels.com (for US and Canadian members) or Status_Match_EU@choicehotels.com (for European members) to provide the following information.
Full Name
Choice privileged member number
Proof of elite status in other hotel programs.
A screen shot or copy of your membership card (with expiration date) for the other program or a screen shot or copy of the current statement or account status page for the other program.

Global Hotel Alliance (GHA)

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

They currently offer instant GHA Discovery Gold, Platinum or Titanium elite status through MasterCard Priceless Special redemption. See below.

How to redeem your status through GHA Discovery with the MasterCard Priceless Special
Offer valid through November 29, 2022.
This offer is only available in the following countries: Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam
MasterCard World Elite cardholders.
Free fast access to GHA DISCOVERY Titanium
World MasterCard cardholders.
Free fast access to GHA DISCOVERY Platinum
MasterCard Platinum and Titanium cardholders.
Register for GHA DISCOVERY Gold on a regular basis
To request a status upgrade, you must send the following information to GHA DISCOVERY via email.
Existing GHA DISCOVERY membership number.
The type of MasterCard you have.
The first 6 digits of your eligible MasterCard
Once your request is approved, your new status will be updated on the GHA DISCOVERY member portal within 10 business days

Hilton

Updated.
The quickest way to earn Hilton HHonors Diamond Elite status is to get an American Express Hilton Aspire card. Once your card is approved, you will automatically receive complimentary Diamond Elite status without having to stay or process a status match.

Hilton allows 90 days to request a status match on a Hilton Gold or Diamond card and requires proof of identity and stays with other hotel loyalty programs within the past 12 months. In addition, in order to maintain a successfully matched Hilton membership, Hilton requires the following.

Gold: Stay 7 nights within your 90-day trial period to maintain Gold status by 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 apply for a status match with Hilton
Complete the Hilton status match form and upload the required screenshots of proof online here. Remember, Hilton requires proof of identity and has been participating in other hotel loyalty programs within the past 12 months.

Editor’s note: If you don’t want to deal with Hilton’s status match and want to automatically earn Hilton HHonors Diamond Elite status, consider applying for the American Express Hilton Aspire Card. This card gives you free Hilton HHonors Diamond status.

The American Express Hilton Aspire Card currently offers an outstanding welcome bonus of Hilton points. In addition to the welcome bonus, you will automatically receive Hilton’s highest premium membership and a free weekend night every year for as long as you are a card member. This means.
One free weekend stay bonus by Hilton redeemable for one free night at Hilton Hotels & Resorts worldwide
A complimentary Hilton HHonors Diamond Premier membership with a complimentary room upgrade with a view and overwater bungalow (if available)
Complimentary breakfast for you and your companion
Complimentary fifth night of your award stay
250 USD Hilton Resort Credit
Additional 100% points for paid stays, etc.

Hilton HHonors American Express Aspire Card Highlights
Amex Hilton Aspire offers 150,000 Hilton points.
Earn 150,000 Hilton HHonors bonus points after spending $4,000 in the first 3 months. 150k is the maximum opening price for this card. My valuation of Hilton points is 0.4 cents each, so the value of the 150k offer is about $600.
The $450 annual fee is not waived for the first year. However, the benefits you receive with the card greatly outweigh that annual fee.
Complimentary stay at Hilton Premier Elite Diamond with room upgrades, access to the Executive Lounge with complimentary food and beverages, late check-out ……
250 Hilton Resort Credit per approved and per card membership year.
250 airline fee credit per calendar year.
100 in-hotel credit at Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts and Conrad Hotels & Resorts.
One weekend stay bonus per year after approval and renewal.
Complimentary airport lounge access for you and 2 guests.
Access to Amex offers for statement credits on shopping, travel, dining and entertainment.
No foreign transaction fees.

Hyatt

Updated.
[Targeted] Hyatt targets corporate employees with opportunities for explorer status and a shortcut to globalist status. (H T FM)
Must enroll 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 registration. The number of nights of your first stay will count toward the offer.
Stay Stay 10 eligible nights at any Hyatt hotel or resort within 90 days of registration to maintain Explorer status by
Stay Get an additional 10 eligible nights at any Hyatt hotel or resort within 90 days of your initial registration and earn Globalist status valid through February 29, 2024. Enjoy more rewards with Globalist status, such as room upgrades to standard suites, 30% bonus points, full breakfast daily and more

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. 

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, 2023. 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 3 Free Nights (worth 35k points per night each)
  • American Express Marriott Bonvoy Business Card offers 100,000 Marriott Bonvoy Bonus Points


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. 

  • Direct Link to Contact 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. 

  • Direct Link to the Offer

See this post for more information: Marriott Offers Automatic Platinum Elite Status Trial to Amazon Employees.

[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 Elite100 Qualifying Nights AND
US$20,000 US$14,000 stay spend
50 Elite Night Credits
Titanium Elite75 Qualifying Nights38 Elite Night Credits
Platinum Elite50 Qualifying Nights25 Elite Night Credits
Gold Elite25 Qualifying Nights13 Elite Night Credits
Silver Elite10 Qualifying Nights5 Elite Night Credits
MemberNot ApplicableNot 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
UPDATE: Marriott decided to pull out the following status match offer. Registration is closed. Don’t miss it again. Subscribe to our blog’s posts below.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:

UPDATE: Marriott decided to pull out the following status match offer. Registration is closed. Don’t miss it again. Subscribe to our blog’s posts below.
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

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