Elite Status Matching To Other Hotel Chains From Hilton HHonors Status
Long time listener, first time caller here.
I'm at HH Diamond level, and am wondering if anyone here has had any experience getting other hotel chains (Starwood, Marriott, etc.) to match that level in their program as an incentive to get you to try their properties and/or elite status benefits? If so, how long was the match good for, and how long did it take to get in place?
Programs: NWA Platinum, HHonors Diamond, SPG, YX, AA
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I was successful in getting a comp to Starwood Platinum based on my Hhonors Diamond status.
I faxed the following request along with a print out of my previous 12 months activity at HHonors hotels from the HHonors website to SPG customer service. An e-mail saying I was approved to an upgrade to SPG plat was sent to me with in 4 days. If you want the exact fax number, there are previous threads that list the best fax number to use. I'm not sure how many nights you have with HHonors, but I had over 60 nights when I made my request.
Per your second question, I requested my comp last fall, and the gave me status through 02/06; so I have to stay enough this year to re-qualify for status next year .
FWIW, I do stay at SPG locations when ever I can now! The benfits for Platinums are great
RE: SPG Status Match Request
For the past few years I have been staying most often at HHonors or Marriott properties as I travel for business and pleasure, however more than one of my coworkers have mentioned that they prefer SPG properties because of your great service and the excellent benefits to Platinum members. I am currently SPG Gold, but it was suggested to me that I could request to be comped Platinum status based on my Hilton HHonors Diamond VIP status.
I would like to begin staying at your properties more, and if I had Platinum status it would be an easy decision to stay at SPG properties over Hilton. I have included a copy of my current HHonors Diamond card and a print out of my most recent stays from the HHonors website.
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Really appreciate your info and you taking the time to respond. I'd thought the newbie hazing thing was below the standards of this forum, but apparently there are others here who get some sort of thrill from it.
For what it's worth, Marriott does not typically comp Plat status. There are anecdotal reports of people being able to do a "challenge" - you'd have to toil at Silver for the duration of the Challenge and then (hopefully) you'd make it to the higher level.
But honestly...if you've got Diamond, what's making you want to change? Of the three big-program top-tiers, HH Diamonds are typically the happiest bunch, followed perhaps by SPG Plat and finally MR Plat. (Nothing wrong with Marriotts - they just don't tend to treat their Plats like royalty.)
Marriott has comped Platinum, it is rare, however.
Starwood will easily comp Platinum based on top tier Hilton on Marriott.
I started with Marriott (earned) and got comped both Hilton and Starwood in the same year. I then earned Diamond/Platinum from then on (though I have recently let my SPG membership lapse) along with Marriott Platinum. Too much time in hotels!
I got comped to SPG Gold without even asking for it.
I stayed at a SPG property back in February, after my stay, I got some e-mail from them asking for feedback.
Well, I gave feedback, and indicated that I am HH Diamond, and that the only reason I stayed with them, was because the wedding was there (My wife would have killed me if I had put us up somewhere else).
About two weeks later I get a Starwood Gold card in the mail (good through the end of NEXT year I believe) + they offered to double my stays value to get me to platinum quicker.
I considered defecting, but then I got the Tripple points offer from Hilton. I expect that to net me an extra 100k points or so, so I stayed with Hilton.
Had Starwood given me Platinum, it would have been a tough choice, as some of the SPG properties are better in places I stay.
Hyatt will match Hilton status. If you request it it now, it is good thru the end of the year. If you request it later in the year (was July 1, not sure if that has changed) it will be good thru the end of 2006.
Keep in mind that any status match is a once in a lifetime offer, so request it at the point that you are ready to use it. I've done my one match with Hyatt, and am finding it a very good program. I'll wait to do a Starwood match until a year when I anticipate travel where I can really enjoy it.