I wrote recently about Hilton HHonors withdrawing the one year of Gold status as a perk for American Express Platinum customers.
Whilst the perk only gave you Hilton HHonors Gold for one year, this was a valuable benefit. This is because Hilton HHonors Gold is the best mid-tier status to have of any of the hotel chains.
These are the benefits:
- Free internet
- Free breakfast (except at Waldorf-Astoria properties, where you get something else usually instead)
- Guaranteed upgrade
- 2 free bottles of water
- 25% bonus points
These are excellent benefits which genuinely save you money. They are especially useful for the leisure traveller, for whom the cost of in-room internet and two hotel breakfasts is usually a crazy £50 or so. The guaranteed upgrade is also very useful, and many hotels go beyond the minimum – the Waldorf-Astoria at Syon Park always upgrades us three levels to the rooms overlooking the conservatory, for example.
Hilton HHonors Gold usually requires 20 stays or 40 nights or 75,000 base points to obtain. (The number of nights has gone up this year from the previous 16.)
However, there is a way to fast-track this.
This link (EDIT – no longer works, use the alternative link below!) takes you to a fast-track application form. It gives you Gold status if you can manage 4 stays or 9 nights within 90 days of signing up.
In theory, this offer is aimed at members of a Hilton scheme targetted (I think) at certain sports groups and it claims only stays at US properties count. In reality, neither of these statements is true.
Let’s be clear about one thing. This offer has been around for a l-o-n-g time. It has been written about A LOT. Hilton knows that lots of people use it, and they don’t mind. I would have no worries about getting any trouble from Hilton if you signed up for it.
(If the above link has stopped working, then you can also try this one. It is the same offer, but nominally for customers of travel group HRG.)
You can even reach Gold with just 2 stays!
Hilton’s current ‘Anyweekend, Anywhere’ promotions runs until the end of January for stays until the end of 2013. Part of the deal is that any stay of two nights or more booked under this rate counts as TWO stays for the purposes of elite status. This should, in theory, mean that you would trigger Hilton Gold with just two stays at this rate.
If you achieve Gold status now, you would have it for the rest of 2013, all of 2014 and until April 2015. You always get the rest of the current year, all of the next calendar year and, if you don’t requalify, your benefits don’t drop back until April of the following year.
(Thanks to Michael for the idea of linking this to the Anyweekend promo)