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My Hilton Gold status, via the credit card, arrived – this is how it worked ….

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I wrote an article in February discussing the speedy arrival of my free night voucher from my Hilton HHonors Platinum Visa credit cardIt 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.

You can see the benefits of Hilton HHonors Gold here.

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.

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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Comments (52)

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  • What's the Point says:

    Am I correct in assuming that if you earn Gold/Diamond via staying at Hilton the membership does not last as long as what Rob has stated in this post?

    • nerd. says:

      I think the policy for membership earned the ‘normal’ way is the same – remainder of current year, all of next year (with the same overflow into March)

    • Scottnothing says:

      @What’s the Point: I completed a Gold Fast Track promotion with Hilton (4 stays in 90 days) and had my Gold membership confirmed this morning by email as being good until 31 March 2017 (i.e. the same as Rob).

      Am also pleased to report that my latest 2-night stay netted over 45k Hhonors points. The offers Rob has listed on his “Hotel Promos” page stacked nicely (double your Hhonors plus 2k bonus Hilton HHonors points for every NIGHT at a Conrad or Waldorf-Astoria hotel during 2015 plus 2k, 3k, or 5k bonus points on your next three stays at Conrad or Waldorf-Astoria hotels during 2015 plus 5k points on your next stay of two nights or more at a Conrad or Waldorf-Astoria hotel plus 2.5k Barclaycard stay-charged-to-card bonus).

      The night I spent at the Conrad Toyko using my free night certficate counted as “stays” for the fast track and the two Conrad/Waldorf promotions.

      I don’t travel at all for work so obtaining and retaining status with a hotel chain is difficult for me. Having the option of free breakfast at a major hotel chain via Hilton Gold will definitely influence my purchasing decisions going forward. Have also been impressed by how quickly Hilton credited points and issued my free night certificate.

      I totally agree with Rob – once you have milked the Barclays Hhonors card for the benefits, there is little point in keeping it. I will close mine once I have had my fourth Hilton stay and received my final bonus 2.5k.

  • travelbear says:

    I use this card as my company card. I put through 10k a month at least so never pay for hiltons now or at the worst miles and money.

  • Dee Jay says:

    Got mine recently as well although I am sure I had spent the required amount a while back. I use this as a backup card for when I can’t use my amex, I will probably look for an alternative later this year but the 5k/10k redemptions with cash look good value.

  • James says:

    I phoned to cancel my Hilton card last weekend and they offered me 12 months 0% purchases – so kept it. Did the same on my partners card too and they quickly offered the same – so worth a call!

    • Sebastian says:

      Yeah, I got the same deal in September 14 and as I had a lot of purchases coming up I kept it. However, as it runs out in October I will ring up again and see what they offer, for me unless they offer some of the sign up offers I will churn the card, especially seeing as the sign up is great and I put a serious amount of £’s on Visa spending.

  • Luca R says:

    Slightly off topic but I have a quick question on the free night after 750£ spent.

    Both me and my girlfriend have the card and have received the free night voucher. Can we use the two vouchers together? If we book one night under my name and one night under her name do we have to check out and then check in again?

    Thanks in advance for the help!

    • @alastairtravel says:

      Just let the hotel know in advance and I’m sure 99% of the time you will stay in the same room, especially as it is just a 1+1 stay.

    • Carlo says:

      Yes you can, you should be able to do it in the same call. Then just let the hotel know when you get there that you’ve got two nights. I’d suggest booking the first hotel night with whomever has the higher Hilton status. If you get upgraded then you’ll have it for both nights.

    • ankomonkey says:

      I have done this in the past at a Hilton in Japan.

    • Rob says:

      Yes, you can use them both. You won’t need to check in and out, the hotel will link all the bookings.

  • ankomonkey says:

    For those who’ve achieved Gold, how long for your plastic Gold card to come through? Or didn’t it? I’ve just hit Gold too!

    I have 2 Amex Travel Hilton stays upcoming and want to flash the card to try to get the benefits. Currently I can’t add my HHonors membership number to them (unless possibly if I call customer services).

  • Mark C says:

    If you have Gold status but your wife does not, do you both get free breakfast when staying together in a room or is it just the person with Gold? Thanks.

  • Septem says:

    I’m looking at taking out this card as well.

    Here’s my question: I’ve got a lot of spending towards the end of this year which easily exceeds the £10,000 requirement to qualify for gold.

    If I hit the £10,000 threshold on 31 Dec, how long would the membership last?

    • Rob says:

      Assuming it isn’t processed until January 2016, you’d get it until March 2018. Bit risky of course unless you time it right, you don’t want to risk not hitting the £10k.

      • Septem says:

        Thanks for the reply, Rob.

        It really is an incredible reward. I’ll be paying a hefty tuition in October. Thought I’d credit 9k+ to the Hilton card and then wait till the end of December to make up the rest.

        Surely Barclaycard won’t process the transactions post 19/20th ish each month in the same month when the statement for the previous month is issued.

        Thanks again.

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