Getting matched to IHG Platinum Elite from other programs

Last year I wrote an article about how I got matched by Best Western to their top Diamond level via my Hilton Honors Gold status. I used a website called Status Matcher to find out beforehand the latest reports on what chains were matching from other programs. I used my Best Western Diamond status to stay at the Best Western Los Andes de America in Cusco during our trip to Peru.

A couple of days ago I remembered I still had both Hilton Gold and Best Western Diamond status and I went and checked the Status Matcher website for reports on what chains I could match status with:

IHGI noticed there were recent reports of IHG matching both of these to their Platinum Elite level. Here’s a description of the benefits you can have with Platinum Elite:

IHG-benefitsWhile we’re not breaking any ground here as far as elite benefits, the status does give me a 50% bonus on paid stays, and late checkout, which I will need on an upcoming trip to San Diego. I am also hoping to score a room upgrade at the hotel we’ll be staying at. I’m in the middle of the IHG Big Win promotion and will gladly take the bonus points and the status for free.

To request a status match, simply call the IHG line at 888-211-9874 and request a status match. Be ready to send in a screen shot of your current status with the competing chain. In my case, the rep was extremely helpful, told me what elite level I could get with my current competing status, gave me his direct email address and stayed on the phone with me until I sent the screen shot with my Hilton Gold status. He then confirmed that the change had been made and I was able to see the new Platinum Elite status in my account immediately. The whole process took 3-5 minutes.

While my status will last only until the end of the current year, and there are reports that you can only request the status match once per lifetime, the fact that you can obtain the same level of status at any time by applying for the IHG co-branded credit card from Chase really makes it easy for me to obtain this status at any other time.

So check out Status Matcher and see if there are any competing hotel chains you can get matched to if you have status with any of the major hotel chains.


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One Response to Getting matched to IHG Platinum Elite from other programs

  1. dany says:

    This is great. Got my status matched using my Hilton Diamond in 2 days. Thanks!

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