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It’s certainly no secret that we are big fans of Hilton Gold status here at InsideFlyerUK Towers (o/t we really need a snappier HQ name…). In my view, it is definitely the best mid-level status offered by any of the major hotel loyalty programmes – and the fact that there are always a few shortcuts to gaining it just sweetens the deal.
The latest shortcut gets you Hilton Gold status after just three stays rather than the usual twenty (technically it’s designed for people who have a premium credit card from the National Bank of Kuwait – but these sort of links have been around for many years and have been used by thousands of people without a problem).
I won’t rehash the benefits of Hilton Gold again here, because Tom has already written such a brilliant (and detailed) summary of the perks – but basically if you value free upgrades, free breakfast, (usually) free lounge access, bonus Hilton Points etc, you should take a look!
The three stays have to be within 90 days of registering, can’t be back to back (making separate bookings for consecutive nights at the same hotel won’t work) and the offer runs until 30th November 2016.
Best way to hit the three stays?
If you stay at Hilton hotels every now and again anyway, then obviously just do that!
If you need to ‘manufacture’ the stays, it’s definitely worth noting that award stays count – so you can use Points.
I had a look at some of the more interesting Category 1 and 2 hotels (that only require 5,000-10,000 Points per night!) in a post last week if you’re looking for some ideas.
There’s only one Category 1 left in the UK these days sadly, the Hampton by Hilton Newport East, but there’s still a few decent Category 2s:
- Hampton by Hilton Corby/Kettering
- Hampton by Hilton Liverpool John Lennon Airport
- Hampton by Hilton Newcastle
- Hilton Newport
- DoubleTree by Hilton Sheffield Park
- Hampton by Hilton Sheffield
Outside of the UK, the Category 1 Hampton by Hilton in Krakow is fantastic value using Points! Krakow/Poland generally could be a great place for a bit hotel hopping this Summer to complete your IHG Accelerate targets at the same time as gaining Hilton Gold status and having a lovely break.
If you don’t have any Hilton Points, you can always transfer American Express Membership Rewards Points, or (slightly more circuitously) from Tesco Clubcard to Virgin Flying Club to Hilton HHonors at an effective rate of 1 Clubcard Point to 3.75 Hilton Points.
Just 4,000 Clubcard Points (£40.00 of vouchers) would therefore be sufficient for 3 stays at a Category 1 hotel, and double that for Category 2 hotels.
If you already have elite status with another major hotel loyalty programme, forget this post and read this one instead!
How long do you keep Hilton status for?
Hilton status lasts for the rest of the calendar year in which it is earned, for all of the subsequent calendar year, and until 31 March of the year following that full calendar year.
In other words, if you get Hilton Gold status right now, it will last until 31st March 2018!
Hilton Gold is great and being able to get it after just three stays is well worth considering.