Or, consider other cards for 50,000 more miles or points that transfer into United miles with additional flexibility for your everyday spending.
Reward nights start at 10,000 points. Free anniversary night (no points needed) good at any IHG hotel (Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, more).
$1,000 toward travel or transfer to United, Southwest, and more.
Hilton Honors Gold status is a sweet spot of perks at over 4,500 hotels around the world, and it’s also one of the easiest hotel status levels to earn thanks to several credit cards that offer it as a benefit.
The biggest draws of Gold status are free breakfast at many hotels and upgrades that often include Executive floor rooms. The benefits vary by hotel, but generally you’ll be given a choice of a benefit from the hotel like breakfast, or instead, earning extra Hilton Honors points via the ‘MyWay’ program.
Upgrades don’t require a choice – if a hotel offers you an upgrade, it’s in addition to your choice of the amenity or extra points. And you always earn base points for the money you spend on your hotel room.
Here’s a rundown of Honors Gold benefits:
And here’s how the benefits vary across the various Hilton family brands, including your choice of extra points or a hotel amenity.
Hilton, DoubleTree, Conrad, Curio
Canopy by Hilton
Embassy Suites by Hilton
Hilton Garden Inn
Hampton by Hilton
Homewood Suites by Hilton
Home2 Suites by Hilton
Hilton Grand Vacations
In the Maldives, Hilton doesn’t offer room upgrades, but you do get a bottle of wine and basket of fruit on arrival. And you get a daily happy hour at the hotel restaurant.
If you want to earn Gold status via hotel nights, Hilton requires that you meet at least one of these requirements in a single calendar year (January – December):
Stays, nights, and base points can be earned at any of these Hilton family hotels:
It’s easier to earn Hilton Gold than its closest competitor, Marriott Gold, which offers similar benefits and requires at least 50 nights a year, with no shortcut via stays or number of dollars you spend at the hotel. You can accelerate earning Marriott Gold by spending on the Marriott Rewards Premier credit card or the Ritz Carlton Rewards card.
The easiest way to earn Hilton Honors Gold status is via a credit card, so you can get status without spending a single night in a hotel, making it easy to begin your loyalty journey with Hilton. Each of the following credit cards offers Hilton Honors Gold Status as a benefit of holding the card:
Hilton Honors Surpass Card from American Express ($75 annual fee)
Citi Hilton Honors Reserve Card ($95 annual fee)
The Business Platinum Card from American Express ($450 annual fee, you must request the status online – it is not automatic – also includes Starwood Gold status, which can be matched to Marriott Gold)
The following card offers Hilton Honors Gold Status as a benefit of having the card after completing certain requirements:
From time to time, Hilton offers Gold status to members of partner loyalty programs, or with special corporate or association relationships, so you can get status without a credit card or hotel nights. There aren’t any widely available offers now, but know that this option could return.
Hilton Honors status isn’t worth going out of the way for unless you plan to stay several times a year, but if you do, and you value breakfast, it can save you hundreds of dollars a year.
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