Best Western fans: heads up, y'all. As I expected, I was downgraded soft-landed from Diamond to Platinum, on or about Feb 1, due to my not meeting the requirements for retension of Diamond status for stays in the previous year. My Diamond status was due to the Status Match in early 2010. I can tell you that my stays in 2010 and 2011 were awesome as a Diamond member. I've submitted an email to BW with a scan of a 2012 hotel chain status card that would qualify for a status match to BW Diamond. Follow my lead, if you're in the same boat. .