I wrote an article in February discussing the speedy arrival of my free night voucher from my Hilton HHonors Platinum Visa credit card. It turned up just 13 days after I hit the £750 spending target. However, looking at the comments you left, it seems that I got lucky and just snuck in to the end of a batch. I now tell people they should wait 6 weeks before chasing up.
Having got the free night, I turned my focus to getting my Hilton HHonors Gold status back. This expired at the end of March. I needed to spend £10,000 on the card to receive it.
All Hilton status cards expire in March. The programme works on a calendar year and your old status continues until March whether or not you retain it.
The £10,000 of spending on the Hilton credit card to obtain Gold status must be done in a calendar year. As I got my card in January, this was not a problem. Some people are caught out by this – it is NOT a good card to get towards the end of the year. If you don’t hit £10,000 by December 31st, your target is reset to zero and you need to start again.
This is the timeline I experienced:
I passed the £10,000 target on March 1st
The statement which included that transaction was issued on March 19th
The payment deadline for that statement was April 13th, although I had paid it earlier
On Tuesday April 20th I received an email:
Look at the dates. I received Gold status for the rest of this year, all of 2016 and the first three months of 2017. That is 24 months of Hilton HHonors Gold – or 24 months of free breakfast, as I prefer to see it!
The bad news for Barclaycard is that there is no need for me to keep the Hilton card now, except for the fact that I receive 2,500 bonus Hilton points on my first four stays during the first year of having the card, assuming I pay with it. Once I have earned those, I will cancel it – and then reapply closer to April 2017 when my Hilton HHonors Gold will again expire!
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