Hilton Gold Status For Just 3 Stays! (You Can Use 15,000 Hilton Points / 4,000 Tesco Clubcard Points)

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UPDATE – Read this for Hilton Diamond status from just one stay instead!

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.

hilton gold status

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.

Hampton by Hilton Newport East
Hampton by Hilton Newport East

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:

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.

tesco clubcard  Virgin-Atlantic-Flying-Club

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.

Status Match?

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.


  1. Adam says

    Great find!
    I was kindly offered gold status by the HH team recently for 5 x stays from Silver. 3 x stays makes this route a lot more attractive.

  2. Naomi Charlton says

    Hi Joe, I’m so sorry as I seem to keep asking you these daft questions, but you wouldn’t know off the top of your head what the conversion rate is for Virgin Atlantic Miles to Hilton HHonors points, would you & whether there is a minimum quantity you need to convert?

    V much appreciated – Nxxx

    • Joe Deeney says

      Hi Naomi,

      No worries at all! – it’s genuinely what we’re we are here for, but I see Adam has already beaten me to it.

      • Naomi Charlton says

        Much appreciated both!! PS I would agree with Joe on IHG, sometimes they are great but at other times bit rubbish? My husband had quite a battle with them over Exec Lounge access recently, despite him being a Platinum member. We generally find Hilton & Marriott much better.

  3. Adam says

    VA – HH is 2:3 redemption rate. (10,000 VA = 15,000 HH)

    Min redemption allowed from VA – HH is 10,000.

    Hope this helps!

  4. Scottydogg says

    Doesn’t say how long the Gold status lasts for ?
    I got Gold status through a link a while ago and stayed in 2 Hilton hotels , one in Canada and 1 in England , neither greeted me as being a Gold member and neither gave me a room upgrade . I got 2 bottles of water tho from one ! brilliant
    I’m now going to try IHG status , and see how im treated by them when I stay

    • Joe Deeney says


      Yes I should have put that in really and will update later. Hilton status lasts for the rest of the calendar year in which you earned it, for all of the subsequent calendar year, and until 31 March of the year following that full calendar year. In other words, if you earned it now it would last until 31st March 2018.

      It’s a shame about your experience with Hilton – they really are usually the most consistent in terms of mid-level benefits (but I suppose it does always come down to the individual hotel following the rules in the end). Did you at least get to take advantage of free breakfast?

      IHG can be great and can be rubbish. I’ve had some of the best upgrades of my life from them and fairly often absolutely nothing at all!

      • Joe Deeney says

        I’ve actually now come up with a way for everyone to get Diamond from just one stay (I think!), and no using links intended for others is required. Will get a post out this afternoon hopefully!

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