Back in December of 2011, there was an offer available to instantly upgrade your Hilton Honors status to Gold for free .  Gary at Wing From The Wing writes about all the details.  Read his post here for details on how to get the upgrade.  He indicates in his post this week that the offer is still viable and the link working based upon readers comments.
I currently have Silver status through my Hilton Honors AMEX.  If you apply for this card, you receive instant status.  I would benefit from the Gold status but I am not planning use any Hilton Honors points until next April.  I’m building up a boat load for our 2013 Great Britain three week adventure.  Knowing that this offer will give you the status for 1 year, you should keep that in mind.  In my case, I’m going to just wait and see if this offer continues to be viable into May.  If it is and I am able to get the stays this May it would continue through my trip next year.  This would be a nice perk for our family’s trip.  The breakfast and room upgrade would be especially nice.  So keep this in mind.  Not sure if the offer will still be around but if it is great!  Otherwise, I wouldn’t benefit from it anyhow.

Hilton Honors Gold Status benefits:
Point Bonuses

Earn a 25% bonus on all HHonors Base points credited while you are an HHonors Gold Member.

Complimentary High-Speed Internet Access

While registered at any hotel within the Hilton Worldwide portfolio of brands, Gold HHonors Members will enjoy complimentary high-speed internet access. If two or more high speed offerings are available at a hotel, the Gold HHonors guest is provided access to a higher connection speed offering. This benefit is offered only for in-room access.

Gold Elite Member On-Property Benefits†

My Way On-Property benefits welcome Gold HHonors Members at Hilton Worldwide portfolio of brands. Choose from a variety of great options. Your choices at each brand are listed below.

Conrad® Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts and DoubleTree by Hilton™ Benefits

All Hilton HHonors Gold guests will receive the following:

Upgrades to Preferred Rooms..
Gold HHonors guests will receive upgrades to preferred rooms, based on availability for the entire stay at the time of check-in. Upgrades for Gold HHonors guests may include the next-best available room from the room type booked. Upgrades may also be rooms with desirable views, corner rooms, rooms on high floors, rooms with special amenities or rooms on Executive Floors**, as identified by each property. Some exclusions based on rate and room type may apply. See Terms & Conditions for details.
AND choose ONE of the following: 

  • Earn 1,000 Hilton HHonors® Bonus Points per stay.
  • Continental Breakfast.
  • You will receive complimentary Continental breakfast for you and up to one additional registered hotel guest in the same room each day of your stay.

** Executive Floor Lounge Access PolicyThe following policy will apply at all Waldorf Astoria® Hotels & Resorts, Conrad® Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, and DoubleTree by Hilton™ hotels with Executive Floor Lounges. Executive Floor Lounges are available only at select properties.

  • If you are a Gold HHonors guest, you and up to one additional registered guest in the same room will be granted complimentary access to the Executive Floor Lounge only if you receive a room upgrade to the Executive Floor or an upgrade to a room type that confers Executive Floor Lounge access benefits.
  • If you are a Diamond HHonors guest, you and up to one additional registered guest in the same room will always enjoy complimentary access to the Executive Floor Lounge, even if you do not receive a room upgrade to the Executive Floor.

At Embassy Suites Hotels® choose from:

HHonors Gold Members choose two:

  • Sweet Tooth (two Candy Bars)
  • Two Bottles of Water
  • Two Regular Colas
  • Two Diet Colas
  • Two Regular Lemon-Lime Sodas
  • Two Pieces of Fruit
  • Salty Snack (popcorn, pretzels, etc.)

or  HHonors Gold Members can choose:

  • HHonors Gold Members earn 500 HHonors bonus points.

At Hampton Inn® and Hampton Inn Suites® choose from:

  • One bottle of water and one snack item.
  • 250 HHonors bonus points.

At Hilton Garden Inn® choose from:

  • Daily complimentary hot cooked-to-order breakfast for you and up to one additional registered hotel guest in the same room each day of your stay
  • 750 HHonors bonus points

At Hilton Grand Vacations:

  • Early Check in/Late Check out, upon request, subject to availability.
  • Two bottles of water per stay.
  • 1,000 HHonors bonus points per stay.

At Homewood Suites by Hilton® choose from:

  • Two bottles of water per stay and Pepperidge Farm cookies.
  • 250 HHonors bonus points.

At Home2 Suites by Hilton® choose from:

HHonors Gold member can choose:

  • Bottle of water and a snack provided to guest through front desk.
  • 100 HHonors bonus points.

Benefits when staying at Waldorf Astoria hotels:

  • Expedited HHonors check in at designated desk
  • Late checkout based on availability
  • Two bottles of water per stay
  • Complimentary health club access where available, owned and operated by the hotel
  • Welcome beverage (up to two guests)
  • One category room upgrade* (excludes suites, Napua Tower at Grand Wailea and Imperial Floor at Rome Cavalieri) and choose ONE of the following:
    • 1,000 HHonors bonus points
    • One in-room movie included with your stay (where locally available)

    *Note:  if a room upgrade is unavailable, the member will receive both of the above benefits.


Due to the very special nature of the accommodations at the Conrad Maldives we are unable to offer upgraded accommodations. However, we are delighted to offer HHonors Gold Members alternate selections:
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Benefits:
Package 1 (for HHonors Gold Elite Members)
  • Daily Complimentary Happy Hours (selected choice of beverages)
  • One bottle of wine
  • Complimentary daily access to the Spa Hydrotherapy Facilities
  • Fruit basket upon arrival (regular replenishment for subsequent days)
Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Benefits:
  • One bottle of wine* upon arrival
  • Chocolate & Fruit amenities upon arrival
  • Daily Happy Hour at Vilu restaurant for you and sharing guest in same villa from 17.00 – 18.00 hours

Hilton Maldives Iru Fushi Resort & Spa

Exclusive benefits for HHonors Gold Members:
  • Daily complimentary happy hour with bar tender’s selection of beverages* in ‘Water’s Edge’ from 5.00 to 6.00 PM (no food included)
  • One bottle of house wine upon arrival

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