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Great Deal for Occasional Travelers: Hilton Gold Status+ for $50

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This is a good deal for frequent travelers but an outstanding deal for the occasional traveler — purchase Milepoint Premium this year and you can get Hilton HHonors Gold Status, 1000 United miles and many other perks for only $49.95.

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There’s a long list of benefits (see below) but here are the items that in my opinion can make a big difference to folks who might only travel a couple of times a year but still appreciate upgrades and discounts.

  • Hilton HHonors, Gold elite status — free internet + breakfast
  • National Car Rental, Emerald Club Executive status — book a midsize car and pick any car from their nicer executive aisle
  • Hyatt Hotels, 10% discount off all gift card purchases — considering a big trip? Make it at a Hyatt and get a discount by buying with gift cards.
  • The Parking Spot, One day free parking per visit — who doesn’t like discounted parking?
  • United MileagePlus, 1,000 bonus award miles — if you don’t collect United miles, this isn’t a big deal, but if you do, it helps get you that much closer to your next award ticket.

I myself wasn’t thrilled when I first heard the line up. Last year’s offer of 2,000 United miles and Hyatt Platinum status was more up my alley. And then I started thinking through it. It’s worth it for the Hilton Gold status alone.  I was planning on paying the $95 annual fee to keep my Hilton HHonors Visa just for the Gold status it comes with. This saves me $45, not to mention not worrying about trying to re-qualify for National Executive status.

And for those who are even more travel savvy then I am, there’s a myriad of discount on travel software and tools. Full list of Milepoint Premium benefits.

  • Hilton HHonors | Gold elite status
  • National Car Rental | Emerald Club Executive status
  • Hyatt Hotels | 10% discount off all gift card purchases
  • The Parking Spot | One day free parking per visit
  • Award Nexus | Buy-One-Get-One-Free Trip Pass award planning service
  • Award Wallet | Free upgrade to AwardWallet Plus
  • ExpertFlyer | 20% discount on yearly Premium service
  • Frequent Flyer Master | 25% Discount
  • InsideFlyer | Free online subscription / 50% discount for print edition
  • KVS Tool | 10% discount
  • LoJack For Laptops | 25% discount
  • Luggage Forward | Up to a 15% discount
  • Milepoint | Ad-free
  • PointsHound | Level 2 status plus 1,000 mile/point first booking bonus
  • SCOTTEVEST | 20% discount
  • United MileagePlus | 1,000 bonus award miles
  • UsingMiles | Free upgrade to Premier membership
  • WORLDMATE | Free upgrade to Gold level

So even if you’ve never been on Milepoint and don’t plan to,(though you really should), this is definitely a deal to consider!

Disclaimer: We do not receive any promotional credit for promoting Milepoint. So you should only purchase if the benefits are worth $49.95 to you. I also admit that I waited to mention Milepoint Premium until after I’d purchased my own package just to make sure they didn’t sell out before I could get it. Sorry.

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7 Comments

  1. Tiara

    October 16, 2013 at 12:56 am

    DO you know how long it takes to get the HHonors Gold status from the day of milepoint premium purchased?

    • Keri Anderson

      October 16, 2013 at 1:47 am

      The milepoint FAQs say 8-12 weeks, but no idea if it actually posts more quickly than that (waiting til I cancel my credit card). Has anyone who has already requested the status had it post?

  2. Tiara

    October 16, 2013 at 2:28 am

    Aghh.. that’s a bit too long. I have to book a 3 nite stay in Conrad Bali for Nov 24-27.. sighs

    • Jeanne Marie Hoffman

      October 16, 2013 at 2:41 am

      The last time they did it, it posted faster than that for my husband, but YMMV since this is a different year.

    • Keri Anderson

      October 16, 2013 at 11:19 am

      Might be worth gambling on it posting in time? The Conrad’s breakfasts there are great, but quite pricey and gold would get them waived. 🙂 And if you do get a chance to upgrade to the club wing, definitely consider it. The lounge food presentations are great (as is the private pool which shows up on a lot of Hilton marketing) AND the icing on the cake was the unlimited free daily laundry!

  3. Tiara

    October 17, 2013 at 1:19 am

    Rather than wait for 8 weeks, I decided to apply Citi Reserve Card with HH Gold as long as I have the card. Was approved instantly this morning. Card will arrive early next week.
    @Keri, regarding the club wing, breakfast etc, did you refer to Conrad Bali?

    • Keri Anderson

      October 17, 2013 at 10:46 am

      Yep! Most of the club rooms in the Conrad Bali only have garden views, but the other perks are well worth it.

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