Free Hilton Gold Status and Up To 50,000 Points (Targeted)

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Hilton HHonors has launched several different offers for members of their airline partners with bonuses of up to 50,000 HHonors points and Gold Status. Each offer is for a targeted group of members of the the following airline partners: American, DeltaUS Airways, United, American, Jetblue and Virgin America.

All of these offers  include instant HHonors Gold status through March 2014, which means you can enjoy perks like a 25% bonus on base points, complimentary room upgrades (and executive club lounge access if the upgrade is to an executive club room), the choice of 1,000 bonus points at check-in or complimentary continental breakfast for two daily, free internet access, and GLON reduced-rate redemption opportunities.

I received an offer through my American Airlines AAdvantage account for 500 bonus miles after my first stay at a Hilton before November 28, 2012, instant Hilton HHonors Gold status through March 2014, and then 50,000 bonus HHonors points for staying four times by November 28, 2012.

You might as well try and signing up for one of these since there have been reports of people being able to enroll for the bonus even if they didn’t get a targeted email, and Points Miles and Martinis reports that Hilton is having issues applying the promotion and that customers need to ask for certain codes to be applied to their HHonors accounts. For the American offer, the code is QAA1, and for the Delta offer, it is QB62. There are no reports yet on whether this strategy has been successful, but if you try, leave a comment below.

Even though I already have Hilton Silver status (and will have Gold thanks to my recent approved application for the new Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve card), I signed up for the American offer successfully and it registered a new account for me which I will use to get the 50,000 points. I looked through the terms and conditions, and if you already have an HHonors account, you can call Hilton and have them extend the offer to you through that account (though there have been reports of greatly reduced bonus points for folks who have done this).

In the meantime here are all the offers:

For the American offer, you will earn 500 AAdvantage miles after your first stay by November 28, 2012, 50,000 HHonors bonus points after your fourth stay by November 28, 2012 and instant Hilton Gold status through March 2014.

For the Delta offer, you will earn 500 miles from Delta after your first stay by November 29, 2012 and 50,000 HHonors bonus points after your fourth stay by November 19, 2012 in addition to instant Hilton Gold Status through March 2014.

For the US Airways offer, you will earn 500 miles from US Airways after your first stay by December 2, 2012 and 25,000 HHonors bonus points after your fourth stay by December 2, 2012 in addition instant Hilton Gold Status through March 2014.

For the United offer, you will earn 6,000 MileagePlus bonus award miles after five nights stayed by November 25, 2012 in addition instant Hilton Gold Status through March 2014.

For the Jetblue offer, you will earn 500 TrueBlue points after your first stay by November 22, 2012, 50,000 HHonors bonus points after your fourth stay between August 2 and November 22, 2012 and instant Hilton Gold status through March 2014.

For the Virgin America offer, you will earn 1,600 Elevate points after your fourth stay by December 12, 2012 and instant Hilton Gold status through March 2014.

Feel free to comment below with your success and experiences. In order for me to register I did have to try a few times and input my American AAdvantage number with all caps, so if you get an error at first, try a couple more times.

While the Terms and Conditions of all the offers are similar for all the airlines, here at details of the American Airlines offer:

“To earn 500 AAdvantage miles, you must complete one stay between August 8 and November 28, 2012. Please allow 6-8 weeks for AAdvantage miles to appear in your AAdvantage account. AAdvantage miles accrued and awards issued are subject to the terms and conditions of the AAdvantage program. Go to for complete details. American Airlines reserves the right to change the AAdvantage® program and its terms and conditions at any time without notice, and to end the AAdvantage® program with six months notice. Any such changes may affect your ability to use the awards or mileage credits that you have accumulated. Unless specified, AAdvantage miles earned through this promotion/offer do not count toward elite-status qualification or Million MilerSM status. American Airlines is not responsible for products or services offered by other participating companies.

If you’re already an HHonors member, please contact Hilton Reservations and Customer Care so your account can be updated to qualify for this offer. Offer is valid for the recipient of this email only and is non-transferable. You must update your account by November 28, 2012 to obtain Gold status, which will be valid through March 2014. Thereafter, standard requirements must be met to maintain Gold status. Gold status member may choose from a variety of on-property benefits, which vary by hotel and are subject to availability.

To receive 50,000 Bonus Points, all qualifying stays must be completed between August 8 and November 28, 2012. Please allow 6-8 weeks from completion of your stays for points to appear in your HHonors account. Hilton HHonors points required for a free night range between 7,500 HHonors points for a Category 1 hotel and up to 80,000 points for Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts. 50,000 HHonors points are enough for two free reward nights at a Category 1-3 hotel. Free nights (for standard room, double occupancy) are defined in the HHonors program Terms and Conditions. For information on reward stays, visit AmericanAirlines, AAdvantage and Million Miler are trademarks of American Airlines, Inc.

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  • Scmhenge

    So000, how does this apply again to someone who already has an account? I don’t want to have two separate accounts, and then have to pay to transfer. Also, what if we already have Gold, but will expire in March 13–are we still eligible, and will just get our status extended to March 14?

  • W Brian Duncan (aka IPBrian)

    I had no problem getting QAA1 applied to my account.

  • Steverino

    TPG you stated “Even though I already have Hilton Silver status (and will have Gold thanks to my recent approved application for the new Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve card), I signed up for the American offer successfully and it registered a new account for me which I will use to get the 50,000 points.” What is YOUR plan? Are you keeping two separate HH accounts?

  • Heather

    When entering my Delta Skymiles # it keeps saying to enter a valid number. Any ideas?

  • Steverino

    Try all caps (or check if caps lock on)? or may have to put “DL” in front of number? Don’t know–just an idea. Good luck.

  • Mike

    IPBrian–did you already have GOLD status…and were looking to extend as Scmhenge describes below?

  • Kimo Kapula

    TPG: Do i get “instant” Gold just for signing up…or after 1 or 4 stays?

  • Aleks

    I’ve tried AA, DL, and US offers with my, my wife’s and my son’s accounts, and no go. How do you get the promo code QAA1 or QB62 applied to your HH account?

  • Aleks

    DL SkyMiles account #s are digits only.

  • Patrick U

    Just called Hilton Honors. They said i wasn’t eligible for the promotion, but did give me 2,500 bonus points that will take effect after my next visit.

  • James Ward

    I’m getting the same response

  • Kimo Kapula

    How did you do it….on line or via phone? If the former what link did you use? Thanks.

  • W Brian Duncan (aka IPBrian)

    I called Hilton Honors…got the number from Milepoint.

  • W Brian Duncan (aka IPBrian)

    I was a gold member, honestly if I get an extension to gold from it great, I am more interested in the 50K HH points.

  • W Brian Duncan (aka IPBrian)

    @scmhenge is there someplace you can see how long your HH status is good till or did you just know the March 13th date?

  • Kimo

    Thanks for the quick reply!

  • Sal

    I called and gave the code. They said the promotion was meant to be for new HHonors members only and that they couldn’t apply it to existing accounts. They gave me 2500 points as a courtesy.

  • Schmenge

    Should be on your HH GLD card. “Traditionally/historically” HH current status expires in the 3rd month of the year after a full year in which you qualified. Kinda works just like airlines FF accounts–for example AA’s always expire in the month of Feb. Jope that helps, but in any case–it should be on your HH card.

  • Schmenge

    Just re-read your question…”March 13″ –the 13 refers to the year (2013).

  • W Brian Duncan (aka IPBrian)

    I would need to order a new HH card, I cant see this expiry online…Correct?

  • Lowimpact

    Just got my 2500 on next stay too. Sad the offer wasn’t applied, but the 2500 might come in handy…

  • The Gnome

    This is dumb – says invalid number. Fail.

  • Schmenge


  • Trev

    Just tried to enter my USAirways Chairman Dividend Miles # and it came up as an invalid number. Tried it many different ways, even including the necessary zeros that are sometimes required, but no luck.

  • newton

    Do you think it matters if you have your Hilton Honors account signed up for Points & Points or Points & Miles? BTW, in your opinion, which is better to have? Thanks.

  • TK

    I’m already a gold member but need to extend to 2014. Is there a promo reference code for either the DL or United offers I can tell the Hilton rep when calling to see if I can apply this promo to my account?

  • TK

    Preferably the DL one bc it looks like United doesnt give 50K points

  • Sorengodfrey

    Woman I spoke with at Hilton just confirmed that your account needs to be set up for Points & Miles to qualify for this promotion. Separately, she added the code to my account with no problems.

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  • Nick_from_NYC

    I tried entering my AA/UA online but they were invalid. I called into Hhonors and managed to set up a new account with this offer, so it doesn’t seem to be targeted, you just have to jump thru a few more hoops to get going.

  • Jim Williams

    I was unable to do it via UA, AA and Delta. Said the number was invalid. Honestly, I did not have a HHonors account until I saw this thread and opened one. Perhaps I shouldn’t have done that until after?!

    Should I call Hilton and see if they can hook me up?

  • Dashing

    Called the Diamond Desk. They can’t find the offer anywhere. They told me to call Delta and ask them for the Promotions code. Does anyone know that actual code? If not, to those who say they got 2500 pts for their trouble, what did you say to get that?

  • Matthew Wilson

    They would not give it to me. But they were real quick to give me the 2500 bonus points.

  • Carlos D

    I called the first time and they tolme I wasn’t elgibke but offered me 2500 miles after my next stay. I called again the second time and I spoke with a nice personwho helpedme and completed the upgrade. the moral if the storyvis that you night have to call back a few times.

  • garyst16 from MP

    Targeted? Indeed…I tried my AA, DL, US, and UA numbers and all were rejected…

  • Anonymous

    I called & got the 2500 points consolation prize; I’m a Silver member.

  • Georgebrown

    i was told the promo is only for NEW honors member but i was given 2500 points for being interested in the promo

  • Mrsarkar

    TPG, CSRs (on 2 occasions) insisted the promo is targeted. No consolation points.

  • Miami_grower

    I was not targeted; bothe AA and DEL would not allow me to proceed with my FF#

  • TomT

    For the united offer., used the link and entry my MileagePlus # but it give me “Please enter a valid account number.” Its a valid MileagePlus#..

    Anyone else having this issues?

  • Dave

    I just called spoke to a supervisor and gave them the Delta code. he applied it.
    I registered for a Hilton Honors account about 3 months ago and had never used it.

  • Dave

    Can someone tell me if you book a hilton hotel through hotwire, are you eligible for the points?

  • Rschmidt126

    I’m having the exact same problem. It simply isn’t recognizing my Delta FF#

  • Joebob

    Same here, said I wasn’t “targeted” therefore not going to get the points

  • Richard Scherr

    I have been trying to ented the Hilton HHonors instant Gold Status & it will not take my UA Air Dididend Miles #. It state not a valid #. WHAT CAN I DO?

  • Dshin525

    A little late to this game. Came across this a couple weeks back. Had difficulty signing up for it. Called HH cust. service and told them the Delta promo code. I was told that cust. service was explicitly told that this was a targeted promo and not to apply it to anyone who asked.
    Right before I made the call, I also emailed cost. service. A couple days later, I got a response saying that the promo was applied. I replied asking if they could count my recent stay as the required stay to get the Gold status. No reply for 3 days. Then today when i logged into my HH account, my status was changed from Silver to Gold!

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