If you’re a Hilton Honors Diamond member, you can match your Hilton Diamond status to Choice Privileges Platinum status. But there are important T&Cs attached. Here’s my full guide to status matching, plus a guide to the benefits.
Who Are Choice Hotels?
Founded in the late 1930s in the US state of Maryland, Choice have 7,000 hotels franchised in more than 40 countries and territories (including 400 hotels across Europe).
Their brands cover the entire market range, from low to up-market hotels.
Upscale - Ascend, Cambria
Midscale - Comfort, Sleep inn, Clarion, Quality Inn
Extended Stay - MainStay, Suburban, WoodSpring
Economy - Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn
How To Match Hilton Diamond To Choice Platinum
Your Hilton Diamond status will be matched to Choice Platinum, the second highest membership tier and the highest tier they’ll match to (check out the tier benefits further down this article).
The first thing you’re going to need to do, if you haven’t already, is sign up to Choice Privileges, Choice’s rewards program.
Once you’ve signed up, you’ll be given a Choice membership number and you’ll be granted ‘member’ status. You can find all of this information on your account page.
Importantly, before you do any matching, be aware:
You can only status match once. If you request the Hilton match between January and June, you’ll be a Choice Platinum member until the end of the calendar year. If you request the match between July and December, you’ll be a Choice Platinum member until the end of the following calendar year. Once that runs out, you can’t status match again. You’ll have to earn your way up, through Choice Rewards.
Bearing that in mind, that means it’s better to match at the start of July since you’ll get the status for a year and a half. If you status match between January and June, you’ll only match until the end of the current calendar year.
Once you’ve decided that you want to match your status to Hilton, the next step is emailing Choice Hotels. The email address you’ll send your request to depends on your location.
European Members: Email Status_Match_EU@choicehotels.com
US Canadian Members: Email Status_Match@choicehotels.com for US/Canadian members
Australian/New Zealand Members: Email email@example.com
I’ve included a draft email below which includes all of the information you’re required to send. Once you’ve sent the email, you can expect a confirmation of your Choice Privileges status match in 7-9 business days.
Draft Hilton/Choice Status Match Email
Subject: Hilton Diamond Status Match
I would like to request that you match my Choice Privileges status to my Hilton Diamond status.
Here is all of the information you require:
Full Name: [Insert Full Name Here]
Choice Privileges Member Number: [Insert Number Here]
[Screenshot of your Hilton Diamond Status from your Hilton Honors account page]
[Insert Name Here]
The Benefits of Choice Platinum Status
There are 4 membership tiers (Member, Gold, Platinum and Diamond). When you status match to Hilton Diamond, you’ll be matched to Choice Platinum, their second highest status level.
The Benefits You Will Get As a Choice Platinum Member
As a Choice Platinum member, you’ll get:
Exclusive Member Rate
$10 Cambria Credit (in the USA)
25% Elite Point Bonus
Late Check Out
Elite Welcome Gift At Participating Hotels
Choice Diamond Benefits You’ll Miss Out On
There’s only one difference between Platinum membership and Diamond membership. Since Choice Hotels won’t match to the top tier Diamond level, you won’t get:
50% Elite Point Bonus (Platinum Members Get 25%)
Some Additional FAQs
How many points do you normally earn?
You normally earn 10 points per $1 US Dollar spent.
Do Choice Privileges Rewards Points Expire?
Yes, they will expire after 18 months of inactivity. Activity counts as:
Completing a qualifying stay
Redeeming Choice points for free nights
What Are Choice Hotel ‘Your Extras’?
‘Your Extras’ earns you bonus points or miles when you check in for a stay that includes any weekday (Sunday - Thursday). You have to opt in by going to ‘Your Stay’ under your Choice Privileges account.
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