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Hilton Honors frequently runs a range of targeted bonuses offering bonus Points or elite status short cuts. Occasionally you can benefit from these even if you didn’t receive (or notice) an email telling you about them. I don’t normally bother flagging these offers due to their targeted nature, but the possibility of gaining Hilton Honors Gold status after just 2 stays seems worth sharing – even if the vast majority of readers are unlikely to be able to take advantage. Also, even if you’re not targeted, there’s another option for getting Gold status after 4 stays which you might be interested in.
Hilton Honors Gold status after 2 stays
To see if your account is eligible for the offer, just head to this page here and enter your details. If you are eligible, note that the 2 stays have to be paid stays (Points stays won’t count), but you will have until the end of 2018 to complete them.
Hilton Honors Gold status after 4 stays
I wrote recently about how you can use a status match to get Hilton Diamond status after 8 stays, but you can opt for Gold instead, with just 4 stays, if preferred.
The process of requesting a status challenge is simple. You must fill in the online form with your first name, last name, email address, HHonors account number, and the status you’re hoping to match. You must also upload proof of your competing status, as well as proof of a stay within the past 12 months with that hotel chain.
Once matched, you are granted temporary status for 90 days and need to complete your stays within that period to keep your status until 31st March 2020. The 90 day restriction isn’t too challenging if you just need 4 stays (rather than the 8 required for Diamond) and a key advantage is that award stays do count.
I’m currently in the middle of my own Honors status challenge and last week had 2 stays at the Hilton Garden Inn Istanbul Ataturk Airport, which is truly remarkable value at just 5,000 Points per night (which can be bought for ~£20). If you have the chance to fit what used to be called Category 1 and 2 hotels (5,000-10,000 Points per night) into your travel plans, it’s possible to complete the Gold status challenge extremely economically.
We’ve written many times about the excellent benefits of Hilton Honors Gold status. Being able to keep it until the end of March 2020 for completing 2-4 stays, really is a superb deal!