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Wednesday, 11 December 2013

An Easier Way to Hotel Status Perks

Earlier I posted about how to get Secret Saver hotels, saving a load of money over normal rates.  If you have status with a hotel chain, I've always had it honoured when I checked in even though I had booked at a much cheaper rate than normal bookings.  

But in that post I mentioned that I've gotten free status with a number of chains, which has provided all kinds of perks, which would normally cost you much more for the night.  Perks like free buffet breakfast, free wifi, room upgrades, early check-in, late check-out, and extra points during the stay for the elite status.  To me these extra perks can be worth $20, $30, or more, since you're getting free breakfast or other extras.


While in the US it's easy to attain status, with just getting 1 credit card, in Australia it's a bit more challenging.  However, there are deals to be found. 

Hilton HHonors offers a fast track offer for Gold status.  You may or may not be able to register an existing account.  If not, then just sign up for a new one. 

The shortcut for the signup is here.  Create a new account using the link or try using your existing account if you prefer.

Hilton HHonors Gold status is normally attained by 20 stays, 40 nights or 75,000 base points within a calendar year.  

You only need four stays within 90 days after registering for this offer to have Gold status and it's good through 2015.  

If you do earn lots of points with Hilton stays, one perk of Hilton is that after you've built up points and want to redeem them, you get the 5th night free on redemptions. 

I'll post shortly on how to then leverage your new status to get even more benefits with other hotels.

If you want to enjoy the perks of status, which can be very nice, then go for this 4 night status challenge. 

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