Yesterday I posted about a limited time Hilton 40% off weekend sale where you also receive 2x stay credit for stays of 2+ nights. I mentioned that this is a decent promotion if you can take advantage since the threshold for meeting Hilton status changed for 2013. While Hilton did give us a good heads up on this, it is always disappointing to see a hotel chain make it harder to earn status. I will say though, Hilton does have a great mid-tier status level (Gold), which includes some great benefits (you can learn more about the benefits of Hilton status here).
The new 2013 qualifications:
- Stays: 4 stays, or
- Nights: 10 nights
- Stays: 20 stays, or
- Nights: 40 nights, or
- Base Points: 75,000 base points
- Stays: 30 stays, or
- Nights: 60 nights, or
- Base Points: 120,000 base points
I still think needing 20 stays to earn Gold status is acceptable (especially with hotel hoping and 1 night stays), since with this status you get free breakfast for you and a guest and many times access to the concierge lounge. Also, there are MANY opportunities throughout the year to earn Gold status through a Hilton challenge which typically requires 4 stays within 90 days. To learn more about the current challenge, check out this prior blog post – this one will hopefully last until the remaining of the year.
Also, don’t forget that the four Hilton-branded credit cards come with some status, either by just having it or hitting a minimum spend. To learn more about earning a desired Hilton status with one of these credit cards, check out this prior post that discusses the differences of the four Hilton cards.