The Easiest Status Match Ever
One of the coolest things about this hobby is being able to obtain elite status. Some status is as easy to get as signing up for a credit card and other status, like my beloved Hyatt Diamond takes some work. Much more work!
Either way, if you travel enough, having hotel status can make a huge difference. I wrote about all of my elite hotel statuses a few weeks ago and how I obtained each one. Some were through credit cards and others through matches. Just the other day I decided to add another top tier status to my tool belt.
Since we will be staying at a Best Western hotel in Gothenburg, I decided it was time to match my top tier Hyatt Diamond status to Best Western’s top tier Diamond status. Don’t get me wrong, these two Diamonds aren’t much alike, but status is status.
Best Western actually publicizes their status match program and has a webpage dedicated to it. Here is what they say you need to do to get matched:
To match your ELITE status in any other hotel program, download the Status Match… No Catch form (EN),
or French form (FR) , provide us with proof of elite status with another hotel program, and we’ll take care of the rest!
The form says to email StatusMatch@bestwestern.com with the proof. I decided not to fill out the form and instead just included all of the requested information in my email. This included my Best Western Rewards number and proof of my curent elite status. I sent the email off at 1:45PM and received a response by 2:09PM that my status was matched. Talk about a quick turnaround!
Best Western Elite Benefits
You can find the details of Best Western’s elite benefits here, but other than a lot of nothing, the main benefit of becoming a Diamond is a modest room upgrade and 250 points or a welcome beverage. I figure that being a top tier elite can’t hurt, although I am not expecting much during our upcoming stay.
One of the most interesting things I discovered when looking into Best Western’s status match is that the status doesn’t seem to expire. I wasn’t given an expiration date and can’t find one on the website. Others have reported on Flyertalk and elsewhere that it seems to be a sort of permanent match. Only time will tell, but I’m sure it will run out eventually.
It still amazes me how easy it is to obtain at least mid-tier status with most programs. With this latest match, I now have status with Club Carlson, Hyatt, Hilton, IHG, SPG, Mlife and Best Western. Pretty good overall, but perhaps I need more. Maybe I should get Marriott status through a credit card signup or match to Kimpton Inner Circle? Nah. I’m good for now!