Free Hilton Gold Still Available?

Posted on: May 12th, 2007 by: Gary Leff

In April 2005 I posted that the offer to Citibank Chairmans Card holders of complimentary Hilton Gold status was accessible by anyone.

Some folks kept the status after signing up. Others had Hilton take it away. Some had Hilton say they were taking it away, but the status remained…

The Fatwallet discussion of this deal suggests that it still works (by phone only, no longer online). Naturally, your mileage may vary.

250 Bonus Points on Hampton Inn Stays

Posted on: January 20th, 2007 by: Gary Leff

Book at by March 31, 2007 for stays completed by April 30, 2007 and earn an extra 250 Hilton HHonors points by entering promo code H250.

Free Hilton Gold Status

Posted on: January 17th, 2007 by: Gary Leff

A new promo for Hilton Gold status – this one soliciting Emirates Skywards Gold members, but apparently anyone can sign up using this link, which just enrolls you with promo code EMOD.

New accounts instantly receive Gold status, hearsay suggests the promo will only last through January 31 and that status will last until April 2009 (I would have expected April 2008, but Hilton status sometimes just lasts awhile).

Some promos have worked out well in the past. Others, like the Citibank Chairman’s offer for Gold status, have prompted Hilton to revoke the status when used by folks not actually eligible for the offer. (I know of some folks that got the letter revoking their gold status, and yet the status mysteriously remained.)

So, as with so many of these things, your mileage may vary…

New Hilton American Express Signup Promo

Posted on: September 16th, 2006 by: Gary Leff

The Hilton American Express comes with an offer of 10,000 points with first purchase, 2500 bonus points for each of your first four Hilton stays charged to the card, and 30,000 points for spending $5000 on the card by March 31, 2007.

Hilton Downgrades Instant Gold Members

Posted on: September 14th, 2005 by: Gary Leff

Back in April I mentioned (here and here) a promotion code to instantly upgrade your Hilton Hhonors account to Gold status.

It’s a code meant for Citibank Chairman’s Card credit card holders, but Hilton apparently made no effort to restrict up front who could use it.

It isn’t even just a situation of a secret promo code that got out. I called Hilton one day and the promo code was mentioned in the voice tree without even reference to the Citibank Chairman’s Card.


Now, however, Hilton is haphazardly going through their records and demoting the status of people who signed up using the code. I say haphazardly because some people who were eligible for the promotion (they had the Citibank Chairmans Card) were downgraded, and others who were not eligible still retained their status. What’s more, people are finding themselves checking into hotels only to learn of their new status — Hilton hasn’t apparently made efforts to notify members of the change.

Especially bizarre is that it still seems relatively easy to take advantage of the glitch, Hilton’s efforts to downgrade accounts notwithstanding. You can apparently still enroll online with this promotion, I imagine your account would be started at the Gold level.

What should Hilton have done? (Besides not put a promo code they don’t want public on their main voice tree, I mean!)

  • They should have a list from Citibank of those that are eligible.

  • They should run their database of Gold ugprades/new accounts against that list.

  • Where there’s no match they should contact the member and let them know they’re having trouble verifying eligibility, and give the member 60 or 90 days to provide verification.

I don’t have a problem with downgrading status for people who signed up for a promo they weren’t eligible for (though it seems like members who learned about the promo from Hilton’s 800 number should be considered eligible).

But they really should handle this differently.

By the way, for those downgraded who don’t want to open a new account with the link above and merge it with an existing account, here’s a fast track to Gold offer which requires just 6 stays in 90 days.

And for anyone who thinks I’m giving away state secrets here … both the instant gold and fastrack offers come up in the top half of the first page when Googling “Hilton HHonors Gold VIP”.

Advance hotel room assignments

Posted on: July 26th, 2005 by: Gary Leff

Hilton is testing out e-checkin.

    Our new eCheck-In service allows you to have the convenience and control to complete your registration the day before or up to two hours before you plan to arrive.

The idea is similar to picking a seat assignment on a plane, you should be able to see what room you’re blocked into and choose a different room if you prefer. It should even process upgrades.

This is going to be interesting to watch.

Free HHonors Points

Posted on: June 17th, 2005 by: Gary Leff

500 free Hilton points for filling out a 7 question marketing survey. Points post instantly.

Hat tip to Free Frequent Flyer Miles.

Bonus Points for Hilton Stays

Posted on: May 21st, 2005 by: Gary Leff

Register by May 31 to earn 1000 bonus points on each of your next three Hilton stays between June 13 and September 30.

You need to be a National Car Rental Emerald Club member, you can join with the $50 fee waived here.

Instant Free Hilton Gold Status Now Online

Posted on: April 9th, 2005 by: Gary Leff

Last week I posted a promotion code to receive instant Gold status with Hilton just by calling them up.

It turns out that there’s a website where you can enroll with HHonors Gold status online. No phone call required!

If you’re an existing HHonors member you still have to call with the promotion code to get the status… or you could open a new account with Gold and then merge the two. Once you’ve created the new account, log in online, choose ‘member services,’ and select ‘combine multiple accounts.’ Add your existing account into your new Gold one.

Free Gold Status

Posted on: April 5th, 2005 by: Gary Leff

As discussed at, Hilton is offering complimentary Gold status (details of Hilton status here). Just dial 1-800-HHONORS, ask for a customer service representative, and tell them you are calling about promotion code CTCH.

This seems to work for most folks, and provides or extends Gold status instantly.

The promotion is apparently with Citibank, with elite HHonors membership offered to Citibank members with special Chairmans status of some kind. However, the promotion code is currently mentioned in the main recording on the Hilton 800 number so it really isn’t a secret. This is likely just a mistake on Hilton’s part to publicize it this way.

Some folks report problems signing up for the promotion, with representatives saying you need a letter from Citibank or asking whether you have a Citibank credit card, so your mileage may vary on the offer. If asked how you heard about the promotion you can honestly say “from the recording when I just dialed your 800 number.”

Update: CTCH worked perfectly well for me, and for folks who’ve left comments. Some people report on the thread that CTCH is technically for new Hilton HHonors members, and that CTCG is for current members. So if CTCH gives you difficulty with your existing account, you can ask for CTCG instead. Or if all else fails, open a new account with CTCH and merge it with your existing one.

New Hilton Alarm Clocks

Posted on: March 30th, 2005 by: Gary Leff

Via, Hilton is introducing alarm clocks with an iPod plugin and related sweepstakes.

The clocks are supposed to be especially easy to set. Unfortunately this probably won’t solve the need to make sure the alarm clock isn’t already set when you check in — there’s little worse than being woken up in the middle of the night because the last guest thought it would be funny to boobytrap you by setting the alarm to go off at 3am.

Great Changes with the Hilton American Express

Posted on: March 7th, 2005 by: Gary Leff

On Friday I mentioned a signup bonus of 15,000 points for the free Hilton American Express.

Looks like from a discussion at Flyertalk that the card has some new improved benefits.

Historically the card come with Silver elite status and has offered 3 Hilton points per dollar spent, plus an additional two points per dollar spent at Hilton hotels.

Effective April 15th, there will be three new benefits:

  • An additional two Hilton points per dollar spent (for a total of five) at supermarkets, gas stations, drug stores that are not departments of superstores or warehouse clubs, the post office, restaurants, and for cell phone bills. Five Hilton points per dollar spent is an excellent return for a free card.

  • Gold VIP status for a year if you spend $20,000 or more on the card in a year, with status beginning no later than the coming April. (I haven’t yet verified whether this is a calendar year or a cardmembership year, but it is not a rolling twelve months.) This may be a wave of the future, as travel companies continue to realize that their most profitable customers are their credit card holders.

  • 500 bonus Hilton points for each stay booked at a Hilton website and paid with the card.

These changes make the card a pretty attractive proposition. I’m not really a Hilton guy, so I have to look closely at whether Hilton properties meet my award goals (the card doesn’t seem that great a deal for other redemption options). But I probably will want to earn a certain number of Hilton points and this looks like a good way to retain my Gold VIP status.

Anecdotally Hilton may even be providing Diamond status with higher levels of spend, I’ll be listening very closely for more information on that.

Update: Got a postcard in the mail about Gold VIP status based on credit card spend. $20,000 is calculated on a calendar year basis.

Free Hilton American Express with 15,000 Miles for First Use

Posted on: March 4th, 2005 by: Gary Leff

Also via Free Frequent Flyer Miles, as always the Hilton American Express has no fee. Now there’s an offer of 15,000 bonus miles with first use.

As I’ve explained before, American Express is pretty good at figuring out who they’ve given signup bonuses to in the past. If you previously signed up for a Hilton Amex with a 10,000 mile offer you’ll probably get only 5,000 more points this time — that is, you’ll get the difference between what’s on offer now and what you’ve gotten in the past.

In my experience, Bank One (actually now JP Morgan Chase) and Citibank are pretty good for giving multiple signup bonuses…

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