Who doesn't like to feel special? In that vein, why be special at just one hotel when you could be special at all of them? One of the greatest "tricks" of the trade is taking advantage of the opportunity to parlay benefits with one airline, hotel or car rental company into benefits with most of them. Through status matches you can keep your current elite status with your favorite hotel chain while picking up similar benefits at a competitor, just in case you ever need them, for nothing. It's that simple. Hilton, inspired by Hyatt's intriguing Twitter matches last week are offering status matches.

Who Is This For?

If you have elite status with any hotel chain such as Starwood, IHG, Hyatt, Kimpton, Marriott or other you are probably eligible for a free match to Hilton Elite status. I hold Starwood Gold and Hilton Gold just from having an American Express Platinum Card. My point is that many of you may have status through a card or program that you can turn into a match, even if you've never stayed at the chain!

How Do I Match?

First, if you haven't already, join the Hilton HHonors program and write down your number. All you need to do is scan or screenshot your current hotel elite card,  I would imagine a screenshot of your status in the program while logged in would work. Once you have your screenshot or scan of your loyalty card in hand an your Hilton HHonors number handly, email HHonorMyStatus@hilton.com kindly requesting a match with both details! Of course being cordial and mentioning plans to stay at Hilton never hurt. Good things happen to nice people. 

When Is This Valid?

Submit your request before January 6th, though I recommend doing it far before then. You'll be matched to a very generous March of 2017, giving you more than a calendar year of elite benefits such as room upgrades, wifi, and breakfast. I love a late check out!

In a very childlike sense, i just consider this free money for nothing. If I find myself staying in a Hilton property anywhere in the world, with elite status, granted through this free match, I will get free breakfast, free wifi, a likely room upgrade and a slew of other benefits which make travel better. We can all get behind that...

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