Free Hilton Gold Status From American Express Platinum

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Hotel elite status can provide numerous benefits for frequent travelers, and sometimes those perks can be even more valuable for those who don’t travel quite as often. Some chains, for example, will offer free breakfast or club access to elite guests, or an upgrade to a nicer room.

Even better, there are assorted credit cards that can provide those statuses outright, or at least give a nice boost towards elite qualification, so you don’t have to be a road warrior to earn elite status.

Hotel chains will also run promos on occasion whereby you can earn status more quickly by having a certain number of stays in a given time period, but for most of us the credit card status is the easier and more consistent route.

American Express Platinum cards now offer Hilton Gold status

American Express has been testing this benefit over the past few years, and via Doctor of Credit the HHonors Gold benefit is now available to all Platinum cardholders.

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Primary cardholders can register and link their accounts online. To do so, simply login to the promotion page:

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Then enter your HHonors account details. If you don’t have a Hilton HHonors account, you can enroll in the program first.

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The status should update within 72 hours.

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Authorized users on both The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN are also eligible for HHonors Gold status, though they’ll need to call the number on the back of their cards.

The full terms of the offer are as follows:

As a Platinum Card® Member or Business Platinum Card® Member you are eligible to enroll in complimentary Hilton HHonors Gold status. Offer available only to Platinum Card Members and Business Platinum Card Members and is not transferable. Full details of Gold status can be found at hhonors.com/memberbenefits and is subject to change by Hilton.

Gold status benefits are subject to availability at participating hotels and resorts within the Hilton Portfolio. Once you request enrollment in Hilton HHonors program, American Express will share your enrollment information with Hilton.  Hilton may use this information in accordance with its privacy policy available at hhonors.com/privacypolicy.

If you already have Hilton HHonors Gold Status, you can maintain the benefit in the future because you do not need to meet any stay requirements. You maintain Gold status without meeting otherwise required criteria only while an eligible Card Member or until American Express notifies you that the benefit is terminated. Hilton HHonorsmembership, earning of Points & Miles when booking direct and redemption of Points are subject to HHonors Terms and Conditions. Visithhonors.com/terms for more details.© 2015 Hilton Worldwide.

What does HHonors Gold get you?

At a minimum, you’ll receive the following when staying within the Hilton portfolio:

  • Complimentary in-room and lobby standard internet access
  • 25% bonus on all the HHonors Base Points you earn
  • 5th night free on Standard Room Reward stays of 5 nights or more

While there are some slight variances across the various brands, you also generally receive:

  • Space-available upgrade to a preferred room (including those with Executive Lounge access)
  • Complimentary continental breakfast for you and up to one additional guest registered to the same room each day of your stay

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Depending on the hotel and region, these latter benefits can be extremely generous. I’ve been given upgrades and full breakfast on multi-room stays at the Hilton Malta, for example, even though the benefit is technically just for one room.

Other cards offering Hilton HHonors gold status

Ironically, considering that HHonors Gold is the most valuable mid-tier elite status of any hotel chain, it’s also the easiest to secure.

In addition to The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN, you can also receive Hilton gold status via two other cards in the U.S.:

For those outside of the United States, there are often promotions and special programs offering Hilton Gold status in addition to the relevant cards in your country. If you’re a Gold or Platinum member of the Virgin Australia Velocity program, for example, you’re eligible for Gold or Diamond status with Hilton, so it pays to check your membership details.

Bottom line

The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN already offer complimentary Gold Elite status in the Starwood Preferred Guest program, so it’s nice to see them expanding that benefit to Hilton as well. Hilton Gold status is much more useful than SPG status, so this is a very nice additional perk.

I see this as being particularly useful for business card holders. Being able to offer Gold status to your employees is a nice touch, and if you typically pay a meal per diem the breakfast/club lounge benefit could provide substantial savings over the course of the year.

I wouldn’t otherwise be renewing my Hilton status this year, so this is quite timely for me. Given the large global footprint Hilton often has the most convenient properties for short stays, so I anticipate I’ll use this benefit quite a bit, and it certainly adds value to the Amex Platinum for me.

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Comments

  1. I just tried this and received an error message stating the offer is only available to invited card members at this time and that I should call the number on the back of my card if I want more information…

  2. I signed up when Amex Plat ran the Hilton Gold promotion ~2 years ago. Despite 0 stays, my account has remained gold the whole time. It seems like it’s just been an unannounced benefit.

  3. Tiffany, if I cancel my Amex Plat card, how long after such cancellation does my HHonors Gold status last? I understand from a prior MMS blog post that with respect to the Citi Reserve card, upon cancellation, the status goes away 1-2 business days after canceling the card. What is Amex’s policy?

  4. @Greg: Thanks for the Reddit link.

    per Reddit comment, you should be able to sign up under the Amex Benefits section. Just did it myself.

  5. I wasn’t targeted either but, as noted above, the link at Doctor of Credit seems to have worked for me just the same. (It’s all more than a little odd that there’s nothing on my Amex account pages about this; no email either.)

    The only hotel benefit I care about is breakfast, and so this should be good for me if it goes through. The link says to allow 72 hours for processing.

    I guess I’m glad I renewed the Platinum after all.

  6. This benefit is only offered by the non-branded Amex platinum? The delta-branded doesn’t qualifying? But the non-branded Amex platinum doesn’t offer mqms? What are the fees for the branded and non-branded platinums? Guess my days of only have a couple of cards will have to be re-thunk.

  7. Amex is currently offering platinum/ gold Hilton status, 60,000 bonus points, 12xon Hilton, 6x on food, gas, restaurants and 3 x everything else. Only 3000 dollar spend in 3 months. Am I crazy or does no one like this?! Thru Hilton site cards.

  8. i tried logging in to get the offer but log in didn’t work. my card is issued in the Amex middle east office

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