Hilton offering free Gold status after three stays – open to everyone

Hilton HHonors has launched a new ‘fast track to Gold’ promotion in association with airberlin.

Unlike many similar promotions run by Hilton, this one is open to everyone.  It is even being openly promoted on airberlin.com – click on ‘topbonus’ and ‘news and special offers’..

(In theory, you need to be a member of their topbonus frequent flyer scheme, but you can join for free via the airberlin site.)

You are directed to this special Hilton HHonors registration page to register.

Hilton Gold 350

Here are the rules – read them carefully:

You need to complete THREE Hilton stays, across any brand, within 90  days of registering – so think carefully about what date you should register

You must register by 31st December 2015 (EDIT: the rules changed after I published this article and you must now register by September 30th)

Reward stays or ‘cash and points’ stays WILL count

Your Hilton HHonors Gold status will run until March 2017

If you credit your stays to airberlin topbonus, you will also receive bonus miles – double on your second stay, triple on your third stay and quadruple on your fourth stay.  The rules do NOT say that you must credit the three qualifying stays to airberlin – it appears OK to take ‘100% points’ instead of some points and some miles.  You could also choose to take some points and take some miles in Iberia Plus or British Airways Executive Club (Iberia is more generous).

What is good about Hilton HHonors Gold?

Hilton Gold is probably the best mid-tier status of any hotel chain.

The key benefit is free breakfast, except at Waldorf-Astoria properties.  You should also receive some sort of upgrade (Hilton is very good at upgrading, unlike some other chains) and a late check-out on request.

On my two Hilton stays last week, I was upgraded on one and got a 2pm late check-out on both, as well as free breakfast.  At Syon Park I also received 2 x £10 free drink vouchers per room.

You will also receive bonus base points on every stay.  If your employer pays for your breakfast, you can – at some brands – choose to receive 1,000 bonus points instead.

Full details of Hilton HHonors Gold benefits can be found here.

If you think you can squeeze in three Hilton Group stays within 90 days – and remember that includes Hampton, Conrad, Waldorf-Astoria etc – then this is definitely worth a look.

Remember that you MUST register via this page – and that the 90 days starts counting from the day you register.

(Want to earn more hotel points?  To see our complete list of promotions from the major chains, click here to visit our ‘Hotel Promos’ page or use the link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

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  1. Ileach says:

    Thanks for your comments, guys.

    As a refinement to my plan to check-in on alternate days with a different booking (alternating between single night bookings made direct through Hilton and the others made through an unrelated booking agency without an HHonors number), if the latter are booked and paid for by my wife it reduces the chance of my HHonors number being being linked.

    I’d appreciate some feedback as to whether HHonours are likely to object, should they become aware of it – I can’t find anything in the terms and conditions that overtly says so.

    • That is fine but, for safety, do a proper check out each day (ie get a bill and pay it). No need to pack as long as hotel understands what you are doing.

  2. I tried using this link before flying to Florida and got a message about registrations being suspended until after 7th. I email HH asking if I could still have the challenge and told no, it’s to encourage new customers. In other words, we value them more than existing ones. On my Florida road trip I’m staying at a number of different hotels, and so far they are making me wonder how we get charged so much for mediocre hotels in the UK……At least thanks to HFP my Hilton stays will be double points, added to the 5k bonus for a recent stay which I would have missed without HFP!

  3. Jambuie says:

    Anyone know long before your Hilton Honors ‘Elite Status Progress’ dashboard gets updated on the website with the details of the challenge? I’m looking to get Gold back before heading to the Hilton Malta. I’ve registered using the link and it accepted my details, but there’s nothing on my account to show this.

  4. Hi, would you know when the status is triggered with respect to the third (last) stay?
    I’ve completed two stays already; if my third stay lasts 3 nights, will gold status be triggered upon check-in, ie will I get free breakfast for those 3 nights?
    Alternatively, if I book the middle of these 3 nights under my partner’s name and check out after each night, will I be able to claim free breakfast for the third night (booked under my name and my HHonors number, which should count as my fourth stay at that point)?