Status matching can be a great way to get elite status on the cheap. The reason hotels and airlines offer these types of elite status shortcuts is to potentially try to woo top tier customers over from a competing program. After all, if you have top tier status with say, Delta, you’re generally not going to give that up to start at the bottom with United or any other airline. Hotels and airlines both will occasionally offer either status matches (usually just giving you status) or status CHALLENGES (where you have to meet certain criteria to get / keep the status)
I’ve found that it’s rare (but not impossible!) for airlines to just give out status, but with hotel chains, it is more common (though hotel status challenges are also a thing)
Wyndham Elite status match
Right now Wyndham hotels are offering a hotel status match page. After logging in, you need to choose from one of 9 different hotel programs (maybe someone should tell them that SPG isn’t a thing any more? 😀 )
Then, select your status in that program, upload proof and then you will be matched. Note that the fine print does make this appear to be a status CHALLENGE, where you’ll get the matching status right away but then have to stay a certain amount over a certain period of time to KEEP the status (YMMV in my experience on whether this actually happens as they describe)
My status match (to Wyndham Diamond from Hyatt Globalist) took about 1 hour to fully process.
What does Wyndham Diamond get you?
If you’ll remember, all Wyndham hotels cost a flat 15,000 points per night, so you do have an opportunity to use your status at some pretty nice hotels. I wouldn’t recommend going for Wyndham status if you are just staying at Super 8s.
(SEE ALSO: Wingate by Wyndham Manhattan Midtown review)
Some of the interesting perks of Wyndham Diamond status are guaranteed suite upgrades on EVERY stay (even award stays), the ability to gift Gold status to someone else and a status match to Caesars Total Rewards
Why you might want to get Wyndham Diamond status
So, even if you’re not planning on staying a lot at Wyndham, one good reason you might consider this Wyndham status match is to participate in the “status merry go round”. So say you have top tier status at Hilton right now but that you won’t re-qualify. Status matching your top tier status (to Wyndham or anywhere else) might allow you to status match BACK to Hilton (or another program)
Some programs limit the number or frequency you can status match but I did not see anything about that in the fine print of this Wyndham status match.
Good luck – Wyndham hotel status match page is here.