Getting Gold Status with Hilton Without the Effort
My mother and father are visiting this week, and as per usual, they are staying at a Hilton.
They are very loyal to Hilton and had been Gold Status with Hilton for a while. The benefits to having this status are:
- Quick Reservations & Check-In based on room preferences
- Late Checkout
- Express Checkout
- Complimentary In-Room, High-Speed Internet Access during stays
- eCheck-in: Select your room and check in 24 hours in advance at participating properties
And for the Hilton properties, you can choose to get a breakfast instead of check-in amenity points. My parents always go for the breakfast.
Except now, even though they are still loyal to Hilton, they haven’t qualified for status this year. This trip, it wasn’t so bad because they go to this Hilton location a lot and the desk clerk still slipped them free breakfast. But what can they do in the future?
The Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Credit Card offers a signup bonus of two free nights (after $2,500 spend), which is nice, but they should apply to the Citi Hilton Reserve Card for the Hilton Gold status. I lost mine from shifting my loyalty elsewhere, and a fee of $95 a year wasn’t too bad to have a second tier elite status.
First, they get free wifi which can cost anywhere from $10 to $20 at hotels per day. If they stay five nights at a Hilton, they can recoup their yearly credit card costs.
Second, they really value having breakfast in the hotel in the morning. Because of the generous clerk in their hotel today, they are getting an $18 breakfast comped for each of them each day. For their two day stays, this is a savings of $72 already.
So, my advice to my mother and father today was to go for the card. Even though they aren’t staying enough to hit elite benefits anymore, they are definitely staying enough to save money by getting this credit card.
Disclaimer: I do not get any affiliate credit from this card, but if I did, I would have them change the money into pennies so I could swim through it like Scrooge McDuck. Well, maybe in a kiddie pool. Okay, I’d put the pennies in a jar and shake it so I could hear it jingle.
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