We recently highlighted the excellent value of stays at Hilton Category 1 hotels, for just 5,000 HHonors points a night. In addition to this, we have long promoted a great value Hilton HHonors Gold fast track challenge.
The even better news is that you can combine these two options, to get Hilton HHonors Gold status and 4 nights at a Hilton-brand hotel – for just 20,000 Hilton points!
Given my ballpark valuation of Hilton HHonors points at 0.3 Euro Cents each (€0.003), that means 4 nights in a Hilton-brand hotel, plus Gold status, will cost you the approximate equivalent of €60. That is fantastic value.
So how do you do it?
1) Sign up for a HHonors Gold fast track challenge
2) Make 4 stays at a Category 1 hotel, costing 5,000 points a time
As noted above, we recently wrote about the Category 1 hotels that cost 5,000 Hilton HHonors points a night. Make 4 stays at any one of these properties, and you will get your Gold status. If you’re struggling with the Category 1 properties, these 132 hotels are only 10,000 Hilton HHonors points a night.
A key point here is that Hilton reward nights do count towards qualification for Elite (Silver/Gold/Platinum) status, so these four reward stays will earn you the Gold status, per the fast-track challenge (if you doubt this, Hilton’s terms and conditions expressly state: For purposes of counting stays and nights for Elite tier qualification… Reward Stays will count towards the number of overall stays and nights.)
What is crucial is that you distinguish between four “stays” (which gets you the Gold) and four nights (which doesn’t, necessarily). A “stay” is simply the number of consecutive nights you spend in the property on a particular visit: it could be 1, it could be 100. So, to make a single night a “stay”, you need to then not stay the following night. A single night can be a stay, but consecutive nights only ever amount to one stay. As such, break up your nights and each one will count as a “stay”.
So there you have it: Hilton Gold and 4 nights at a Hilton hotel for 20,000 Hilton HHonors points. And, of course, we love Hilton Gold status.
Don’t forget that we have a complete list of Hilton Promo Codes on our dedicated page, here.