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Hilton announced a promotion for Carlson Wagonlit Travel customers that’s kind of like an airline elite status challenge. Travelers stay four times within 90 days of registering for the promotion to get HHonors Gold Status. Update: Some people have reported getting the upgraded status within minutes of signing up – I have Hilton Silver and my status has not changed since signing up, so it’s very likely you can’t have elite status in order to get the Gold. 

Usually it takes 16 stays or 36 nights within a year to earn Gold Status (it’s the mid-tier status after Silver), so this could potentially save you a huge amount of time and money if you have some Hilton stays coming up (or can plan a few). As far as mid-tier status, Hilton Gold is one of (if not) the best of the major hotel chains.

Gold Status gets you the following perks:

•  Complimentary high-speed internet access
•  Room upgrades based upon availability
•  25% bonus on all HHonors Base Points with every stay
•  Complimentary Health Club access to hotel owned and operated facilities

The potential for room upgrades plus those bonus points (learn more about how to maximize your HHonors points earning) and the free internet are definite pluses in my book. Especially in Europe where internet can cost you in the neighborhood of 20 euros a day, that could be huge savings. You can find the full list of Gold benefits here.

The promo landing page lays out the details--4 stays in 90 days sure beats 16 stays or 36 nights for Gold status!

There are just a couple things to keep in mind. Because this promotion is in conjunction with Carlson Wagonlit you have to book your stay through them—still their prices are on par with booking engines like Orbitz and Expedia, so that shouldn’t be too much of an issue.

The great thing about this promo is that you only need to register by December 31, 2013, so you’ve got a ton of time and can plan your travel accordingly since there’s no real time crunch. For instance, if you don’t have any travel coming up, wait until you have a particularly busy 90-day window and try to squeeze your four Hilton stays in there, and voila, you’ll have your Gold status. Once you earn Gold status, you’ll have that status for the remainder of the calendar year and the subsequent calendar year, so if you were going to try to maximize the potential of this promo, try to get your stays in early in 2013, and you could have Gold status through 2014, potentially almost two years!

If you don’t have a Hilton HHonors account, you can sign up for one here.

Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card

This card is one of several solid options for Hilton guests, and it offers some outstanding benefits like no annual fee, complimentary HHonors Silver status and getting the fifth night free on award redemptions. This card also lets you upgrade to HHonors Gold status when you $20,000 on the card in a calendar year or complete four eligible stays within the first 90 days of account opening.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 75,000 Hilton HHonors™ Bonus Points after making $2,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening*
  • Earn 6 HHonors Bonus Points for each $1 spent at any participating hotel within the Hilton Portfolio.*
  • Earn 3 HHonors Bonus Points for each $1 spent on purchases at supermarkets, drugstores and gas stations.*
  • Earn 2 HHonors Bonus Points for each $1 spent on all other purchases.*
  • Enjoy the benefits of HHonors Silver status as long as you are a cardmember*
  • No annual fee.*
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