Hilton changes the rules of its ‘three stays for Gold’ promo

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In late July I wrote about an ‘open to all’ promotion that Hilton HHonors was running with airberlin.

My original article is here – I won’t repeat all of the details again.

You receive Hilton HHonors Gold status if you complete just three stays at any Hilton Group hotel.  Even reward stays count.   The Gold status will last until March 2017.

Hilton HHonors Gold status has the best mid-tier benefits of any hotel loyalty scheme.   The full list is here but the key ones are an upgrade (which you usually get) and free breakfast, except at Waldorf-Astoria properties.

Hilton has now changed the promotion rules.

Hilton Gold 350

How has Hilton changed the rules?

The promotion says that you must complete your three stays within 90 days of registration via this website.

Originally, the final day for registration was December 31st.  This meant that it was possible to complete your 3rd stay in 2016 – and this would have meant your Gold status would run until March 2018.  The rule is that you get status for the remainder of the year you earn it, all of the following year and until March of the year after that.

Hilton has changed the closing date for registration to September 30th.

This means that it is now impossible to finish this promotion in 2016 and thus get status until March 2018.  Whenever you sign up, your Gold status will ‘only’ last until March 2017.

This is still an excellent promotion, and one which is worth moving three stays to Hilton Group hotels this Autumn, but it is a little less exciting than it was.

You can register for the promotion here.  The 90 days starts ticking from the date you register.  Thanks to Mick for this.

(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. I just qualified for gold based on the Accenture 4 stays promo posted here a while back. The confirmation email said my status would last until March 2017 so I’m not sure this article is correct!

    • That is correct – all of rest of the year you got it (2015), the next full year (22016) and then a run-off period until March the next year (2017).

  2. I would never book via hotels.com or any other such site as I would not get my hhonors benefits.

  3. I am planning on booking 3 stays at Hilton Manchester Piccadilly but not sure if it still count as 3 stays as they are quite close to each other. I am planning on booking Thursday check in, Friday check out and Sunday check in, Monday check out. Thursday check in again and Friday check out. These are 1 night stays as I’m trying to get Gold the cheapest way possible and this is the cheapest for me.
    Does anyone know if I will experience any problems because the stays are so close together?
    Any help would be much appreciated.


  4. The Cardinal says:

    Hi – I have just tried to register for this but I got a message saying my account had already registered. It hasn’t. Has anybody else come across this?

    I have e-mailed Honours Support – but my first stay is tomorrow night and wanted to make sure I didn’t miss anything!

    Thanks for any comments…

    • The Cardinal says:

      Ignore this – I tried again on a different browser and for some reason it worked fine.

      • Same for me – said already registered (using Chrome), but accepted the registration when I used IE 11 – so thanks for the heads up, your Eminence!

  5. I’ve signed up for this, as were planning on staying in a hilton next year for our easter holiday in dubai. however I’m now wondering if its worth it, given the pretty good IHG accelerate offer I have (not sure I can do both)
    As a family of 4 if we booked a 2 bedroom apartment (potentially with breakfast) in either the DT Jumeirah, or Hilton The walk, what benefits could we expect if I was Gold by the time we checked in? Also any views on either of those hotels for a beach holiday with 2 young kids?

  6. BlueThroughCrimp says:

    Challenge completed in a week. Status showing online.

    Stays at Hampton Gatwick – fresh hotel, decent breakfast, Doubletree Dundee (local Hilton, so no food required) – recently refurbished rooms, and Doubletree Dunblane Hydro on DB&B – tired room, very good food.

    Thanks for the heads up on this offer.

  7. Does this count as Double Dip with points/miles going to both HHonors and Air Berlin?

  8. I registered for this and had 11 rooms booked at a Hilton DoubleTree for a Stag Do and 1 room booked at The Garden Inn in the same city. Should I have received gold status for that? I booked and paid for all the rooms. I’ve received all the points for the stays, but no Gold status.

    • I looked this up myself because I booked 2 rooms in my name at Niagara last month. I think the Hilton rules say that you only get stay credit for 1 room, even though you can get points for multiple rooms.

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