Current Status Match Opportunities with Hotel Programs

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The only thing better than award travel is award travel with elite status. When you hold elite status with a brand, you can enjoy huge money-saving perks, ranging from free room upgrades to bonus earnings on every dollar you spend, free breakfast, and even complimentary lounge access—which comes with snacks, drinks, and even light meals. And these are just a few of the perks. Fortunately, there are lots of ways to easily get elite status.

Some hotel chains offer members the ability to match status from a competitor's program, known as a status match. Others offer the option to earn status via a type of shortcut on requirements, known as a fast-track. And some hotels even offer both options.

Additionally, some programs offer complimentary status when you hold the right credit card. This means you can enjoy elite status without ever having stayed at that brand's properties.

Finally, to accommodate for customer needs during the Covid-19 pandemic, many hotels reduced the requirements to earn elite status. While several have returned to their original requirements, there are still plenty that are keeping the easier requirements for 2022.

Here are all the hotel programs offering opportunities to quickly earn elite status via status match or other shortcuts.

Best Western Rewards

Banner image for Best Western Rewards status match program

Status Match

Best Western offers an ongoing status match program called “Status Match…No Catch.” All you need to do to match your status from other hotel programs is to fill out a form, which you can access here.

Fast Track

Best Western gives you a few ways to quickly earn elite status, including 2 co-branded credit cards and reduced requirements for 2022.

Best Western elite status through credit cards

  • Best Western Rewards® Premium Mastercard® (U.S. residents): Get complimentary Platinum status
  • Best Western Rewards® Mastercard® (Canadian residents): Get complimentary Gold status

Reduced Requirements for 2022

Best Western has lowered its requirements by half for elite status qualification in 2022:

  • Gold: 3 stays, 5 nights, or 5,000 points
  • Platinum: 5 stays, 7 nights, or 7,500 points
  • Diamond: 10 stays, 15 nights, or 15,000 points
  • Diamond Select : 20 stays, 25 nights or 25,000 points

Caesars Rewards

Matching your status to Caesars Rewards is a popular option in points and miles circles these days — and for good reason. Caesars Rewards comes with all kinds of great perks and benefits.

Status Match

Wynham Rewards and Caesars Rewards partnership information, which details the status match opportunity

If you would like to experience Caesars Rewards status, you can match your Wyndham Rewards status and enjoy. To initiate the match, log in to your Caesars Rewards' account and enter your Wyndham Rewards number. You can access the form here.

Additionally, you can status match to Caesars Rewards from other casino programs throughout 2022. Check the list of available hotel and casino status match options here. These include options to match to Diamond status, which includes the free dinners in Las Vegas and Atlantic City.

Just note that Caesars recently restricted who can status match to those that have earned the original elite status:

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

Header image of a card going into a video slot machine, taken from Caesars Rewards Diamond Tier Match page

Fast Track

The following options are available to fast-track your Caesars Rewards status.

Caesars Rewards elite status through credit cards

  • Caesars Rewards® Visa® Credit Card: Current Gold members will be upgraded to Platinum status after making your first purchase within the first 90 days of approval. Additionally, you can maintain Platinum status each calendar year if you spend $5,000 on the card.
  • Wyndham Rewards® Earner℠ Business Card: This card comes with Wyndham Platinum elite status. You can use this status to get Caesars Platinum elite status.
  • Wyndham Rewards Earner® Plus Card: Get complimentary Wyndham Platinum elite status with card membership, which can then be matched to Caesars Platinum elite status.

Reduced Requirements for 2022

Caesars Rewards had reduced requirements for status qualification during 2020 and 2021. However, status tiers returned to their usual requirements. You can see the list of Caesars Reward status tiers and the requirements for each here.

Other ways to get Caesars Rewards elite status

  • Caesars Rewards Salute Status: Eligible military members can receive complimentary Platinum status. To apply, you'll need to head over to a Caesars property and present eligible identification. Platinum status can offer you a free stay in the Bahamas.

Choice Privileges

Status Match

View from the Hotel Bolivar, a Choice Hotel located in the heart of Rome, Italy.
View from the Hotel Bolivar, a Choice Hotel located in the heart of Rome, Italy.

Choice Privileges offers a standard elite status match, but make sure you are ready to maximize it. That's because Choice offers a status match just once in a lifetime for each member.

For this option, you'll need to send an email to status_match@choicehotels.com and include the following information:

  • Full name
  • Choice Privileges member number
  • Proof of elite status in another hotel program — a photo or screenshot of your online status page, loyalty card, or loyalty account statement. Make sure the expiration date is shown.

Fast Track

Choice's Diamond Elite Status Jump lets members qualify for Choice Privileges Diamond status when completing just one stay at a qualifying Cambria hotel. You'll also need to send an email to status_match@choicehotels.com and include the same information as above, plus:

  • For the Diamond Elite Status Jump, you'll also need to include the folio/receipt for a stay completed within the last 12 months at a Cambria property.

Choice elite status through credit cards

Reduced Requirements for 2022

Choice reduced requirements for 2020 and 2021 but returned to its standard qualifications for elite status at the beginning of 2022. You can see the points needed for status here.

Hilton Honors

Hilton elite status is one of the more generous programs on the market. Both mid-tier (Gold) and top-tier (Diamond) elites get free breakfast. This can result in huge savings in and of itself, plus there are additional perks like upgrades, bonus points on stays, and more.

Status Match

You can get complimentary elite status for 90 days via status match from another hotel program. This will give you Gold status temporarily, and you can retain Gold or move up to Diamond by completing the Fast Track option during your 90-day trial.

Fast Track

Hilton Honors members can fast-track to status in several ways, including promotions, credit cards, and reduced qualification requirements.

Promotional image detailing fast track to status program with Hilton Honors

Hilton Honors members can try Hilton Gold or Diamond status for 90 days and fast-track their way to status through this promotion. When you meet the requirements, you can enjoy elite benefits all the way up until March 31, 2024.

For this promotion, you'll need to have elite status with another program and request the challenge, which you can do here. Once registered, you will need to complete the following requirements:

  • Gold Status: Stay 7 nights within 90-days.
  • Diamond Status: Stay 12 nights within 90-days.

Hilton elite status through credit cards

American Express offers several Hilton credit cards that have elite status built in:

There are 2 other cards that confer Hilton status, as well:

Reduced Requirements for 2022

Throughout 2022, Hilton is requiring about 30% less than normal to qualify for elite status. If, for some reason, you are ineligible for the above promotion and a credit card is not an option, you can get elite status when you complete any one of the three options for the respective tier:

  • Silver: 7 nights, 3 stays, or 17,500 Base Points
  • Gold: 28 nights, 14 stays, or 52,500 Base Points
  • Diamond: 42 nights, 21 stays, or 84,000 Base Points

IHG Rewards Club

You can read our complete guide to IHG Rewards Club to understand the benefits of the various status tiers. Here are your available shortcuts to status with IHG.

Status Match

IHG is not currently offering any opportunities for status match from other hotel programs.

Fast Track

IHG is not currently offering any opportunities to fast track to elite status.

IHG elite status through credit cards

Chase offers a US-issued credit card with built-in IHG Rewards Club status:

Reduced Requirements for 2022

IHG had reduced requirements for status in 2020 and 2021. Those were maintained for the beginning of 2022. However, IHG increased the number of nights required in its recent IHG One Rewards program overhaul.

Marriott Bonvoy

Status Match

Marriott is not currently offering any status match program from other hotel programs, only the challenge below.

Fast Track

Some Marriott Bonvoy members can call Marriott at 800-627-7468 and ask for a status challenge. Eligible members will have 3 months plus the remainder of the current month to finish the challenge. There are two options available:

  • Gold Challenge: stay 8 eligible nights
  • Platinum Challenge: stay 16 eligible nights

Note that only paid stays count for this challenge, but it is open to anyone—even current Bonvoy members who simply want to move to a higher status level.

Marriott Bonvoy elite status through credit cards

Both Chase and American Express issue Marriott Bonvoy co-branded credit cards.

There are 2 other cards that confer Marriott status, as well:

Reduced Requirements for 2022

Marriott is not currently offering lowered requirements for elite status. You can see the full benefits and requirements for status here.

Other ways to get Marriott Bonvoy elite status

Those with United Airlines MileagePlus elite status (Gold or higher) can sign up for complimentary Marriott Bonvoy Gold status. Enroll here to link your accounts.

Read more about Marriott's loyalty program in our comprehensive guide.

Radisson Rewards Americas

Status Match

If you hold elite status with another hotel loyalty program, Radisson Rewards allows for status match to an equivalent Radisson Rewards Americas elite status tier, up to Gold. You'll need to email Radisson customer service at statusmatch@radissonrewards.com.

Fast Track

Radisson used to offer fast track options to status, but it hasn't in several years now. Maybe something will pop up in the future.

Radisson elite status through credit cards

Reduced Requirements for 2022

Radisson is not currently offering reduced requirements for elite status. You can see the full list of benefits and what it takes to qualify here.

World of Hyatt

Status Match

Hyatt does not currently offer any opportunities to get elite status via status match from another hotel loyalty program. However, you can match from MGM Rewards and receive the corresponding World of Hyatt status. To opt in, visit this link.

Banner image from MGM and World of Hyatt hotel program partnership page promoting status match

Fast Track

Hyatt doesn't offer any status challenges publicly, but occasionally it will run promotions for corporate partners. Eligible employees of these partners can request a status challenge and earn elite status with Hyatt after completing the following:

  • Explorist: Awarded after completing 10 stays in 90 days.
  • Globalist: Awarded after completing 20 stays in 90 days.

Hyatt elite status through credit cards

Chase issues a personal and a small business card with Hyatt status in the U.S.:

  • The World of Hyatt Credit Card: Get complimentary Discoverist status with account membership. Cardholders can also earn status through spend. This card gives members 2 elite night credits each time they spend $5,000.
  • World of Hyatt Business Credit Card: Cardholders and up to 5 employees can receive complimentary Discoverist status. Additionally, you can spend your way to status. Earn 5 annual Qualifying Night credits for every $10,000 spent in a calendar year.

Reduced Requirements for 2022

Hyatt offered reduced requirements during the heat of the pandemic, but it has returned to its standard qualifications in 2022. You can access what those requirements are, in addition to the benefits each elite status offers, here.

Here's our complete guide to elite status in the Hyatt rewards program.

Wyndham Rewards

Status Match

As Wyndham status can be used to match to Caesars Rewards, you also can match Caesars Rewards to Wyndham's hotel program. To match into Wyndham, log in to your Wyndham account and enter your Caesars Rewards number. You can access the form here.

Wyndham's hotel program is not offering status matches from other programs at this time, though numerous programs had this opportunity in the past.

Fast Track

Wyndham discontinued its fast track to status option back in 2020 and has not stated whether it will bring the program back at this point.

Wyndham elite status through credit cards

  • Caesars Rewards® Visa® Credit Card: Remember, you can earn status with your Caesars Rewards Visa Credit Card and match it to Wyndham. Current Gold members will be upgraded to Platinum status after making your first purchase within the first 90 days of approval. Additionally, you can maintain Platinum status each year each if you spend $5,000 on your card.
  • Wyndham Rewards® Earner℠ Card: Comes with complimentary Gold elite status.
  • Wyndham Rewards Earner® Plus Card: Get complimentary Wyndham Platinum elite status with card membership.
  • Wyndham Rewards® Earner℠ Business Card: This card comes with Wyndham Diamond elite status.

Reduced Requirements for 2022

Wyndham reduced its requirements for elite status back in 2020 and will continue to keep those requirements throughout 2022. The requirements are around 40% less than normal years. Here are Wyndham's current requirements.

To learn more about Wyndham Rewards, check out this article.

Bottom Line

Having elite status is by no means necessary, but many of the perks it comes with not only upgrade your experience but result in massive money savings. The next time you plan on staying at a hotel, check to see if there's a quick way to snag elite status in a simple way, such as holding the right credit card or using a status math. Then, watch the savings stack up.

Which programs do you have elite status with, and what is your favorite perk?

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  • For the World of Hyatt promo, the following line:

    “Discoverist: Awarded after completing 10 stays in 90 days.”

    should have “Explorist” instead of “Discoverist” I believe. Thanks for the content!