I just realised that I have only four days left to give away Hilton Honors Gold status to a friend. This is a special benefit that Hilton Honors gave to all Diamond members in December, but it must be used by 31st January.
As Rhys and my wife already have Hilton Honors Gold status via their American Express Platinum cards, I am going to give it away in a quick competition today.
You only have until midnight tonight, Wednesday, to enter.
What does Hilton Honors Gold status get you?
This is the mid-tier Hilton status. Hilton Honors is generally known for having the best mid-tier benefits in the hotel industry. Gold does not carry a lot of weight in North America, where hotels are overrun with Gold members, but it does often carry respect in Europe and Asia.
The standard requirements for a Hilton Gold are either 20 stays, or 40 nights, or 75,000 Hilton Honors base points in a calendar year. For 2021, these requirements are halved so you only need 10 stays this year to earn Gold status for 2022.
The key benefit here is free breakfast.
You will receive a free breakfast of some sort at all Hilton Honors brands, including Hilton, Conrad, Curio, Waldorf Astoria and DoubleTree hotels.
This is usually but not necessarily full breakfast – at the Conrad New York, for example, I was given a special Gold breakfast menu which allowed me to pick a couple of items from a short list or take a $20 credit off a cooked item. At Hilton Garden Inn you need to select breakfast as your ‘My Way’ benefit. At Waldorf Astoria Dubai The Palm over Christmas, we got full breakfast – a big saving over five nights.
You should also receive some sort of space-available upgrade at most brands. You shouldn’t expect too much, often just the best room in the category you booked. You will also receive two free bottles of water per stay.
The other main benefits of Hilton Honors Gold are:
- 80% bonus points – which soon adds up
- late check-out (not guaranteed)
- 2nd guest stays free (only useful in countries which tend to charge more for two people, eg Germany)
You will also qualify for the ‘book 5 nights and pay for 4’ Hilton Honors redemption benefit which is offered to all status members.
How long will your Gold status last if you win?
Your Hilton Honors status will last for exactly one year from the day that I process your upgrade.
As the upgrade has to be triggered by 31st January, your status will run for the rest of 2021 and most of January 2022.
How do you enter?
As usual, we have made it as easy as we can. Simply fill in the form below.
The competition is restricted to UK and Ireland residents only. If you win, I will email you and ask for your Hilton Honors number to process the upgrade – if you are not already a member, you will need to open a free account.
The prize is not transferable. The upgrade can only be processed on an account in the name of the winner.
You are limited to one entry per person.
For clarity, the prize will not extend existing Hilton Honors Gold status by another year. Only enter if you are currently Hilton Honors base level or Hilton Honors Silver, or if you don’t currently have a Hilton Honors account at all.
Hilton is not involved in this competition in any way.
If you cannot see the entry form below, either because you are reading this on a small mobile device or via email, click here to be taken to a hosted online form.
How to earn Hilton Honors points and status from UK credit cards (December 2022)
There are various ways of earning Hilton Honors points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.
Do you know that holders of The Platinum Card from American Express receive FREE Hilton Honors Gold status for as long as they hold the card? It also comes with Marriott Bonvoy Gold, Radisson Rewards Premium and MeliaRewards Gold status. We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.
Did you know that the Virgin Atlantic credit cards are a great way of earning Hilton Honors points? Two Virgin Points can be converted into three Hilton Honors points. The Virgin Atlantic cards are the only Visa or Mastercard products in the UK which can indirectly earn Hilton Honors points. You can apply here.
You can also earn Hilton Honors points indirectly with:
- American Express Gold (30,000 bonus Amex points)
- American Express Rewards Credit Card (10,000 bonus Amex points)
and for small business owners:
- American Express Business Gold (20,000 bonus Amex points)
- American Express Business Platinum (40,000 bonus Amex points)
The conversion rate from American Express to Hilton points is 1:2.
(Want to earn more hotel points? Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)